Every now and then I come across a thought so profound that I have to look for the reason behind it, and last night was one of those nights. I’m truly not a sound sleeper, particularly not when something is on my mind. Success in life is an opportunity with action taken. And I’ve stepped out over the past several months and opened some doors I hadn’t known existed, before. I’ve had a lot on my mind recently, not the least of which is the coming change of season (and no, I’m not talking about the weather).
Life seasons can conjure up all manner of visions and concerns, when one allows them, but there’s more… Life can change in the blink of an eye, from the thrilling joyous season that fills up your heart and soul, to disaster. In some ways, we have little control over the seasons and where they take us.
But in other ways “The distance between opportunity and success is determined by the actions we take and the choices we make.”
What choices do you make that might impact the outcome, and improve your life?
Highly successful people take care of themselves.
I’m not going to beat myself up over this one… I always thought I was taking pretty good care of myself, because I was active, ate relatively good food choices, and didn’t do things that were detrimental to my health. And for the most part that was all good. Except for the weight thing I never really did get control over, and the toxins I ran headlong into as a business I ran. Life decisions are not always visible choices.
Sometimes, the choices we make are passive, we shift gears to accommodate a situation, and our health suffers. Highly successful people make conscious choices to take good care of themselves.
Planned and scheduled routines create better habitual choices.
Meditation is always a part of my early routine, along with “first words” a writing habit I began early in life, those first words of the morning generally go into my journal. I keep them for me. Because they’re from my heart, hidden deep. And sometimes they mean nothing outside of my realm. They just don’t mean what others think they mean. So, I don’t share them.
Another routine that I’ve recently started is stretching, and moving in ways that allow my body to awaken in a series of active motions, specifically designed to limber up joints and make me feel better during the day. I like moving. And the motion helps keep my joints mobile. I love early morning, and this time belongs to me. The best part about it isn’t really the motion or the actions at the time, but rather the results that come from taking this opportunity and acting on it. Highly successful people have structured routines they carry out throughout their day.
Get it done right the first time.
How often do you drop the mail on your desk thinking “I’ll sort that later”? I know I have a stack of mail on my desk at any given time… And if I were being totally honest, I’d admit that I’ve got boxes of mail that have been moved from one place to another before they got sorted…. Honest. Okay, that might be a bit too revealing. Truth hurts.
But this isn’t about just mail.
This is about anything you do. If you’re going to do it, do it right the first time.
I can tell you as a writer, I recognize writers who plan out their writing and sort through the errors and thoughts as they put them on paper, when I get their work to edit. There’s a huge difference in planning and plotting a story, and just winging it.
Are you winging your way through life? Because if you are, you’re doing it wrong. Take a moment and set out a plan. Put together something that resembles a structured plan and use that plan to put the rest of your life in motion.
“Traffic will flow to you when you help a lot of people out.” ~Ryan Biddulph
The key to getting where you want to go is always helping others. The more others you help, the more likely you are to get where you want to go. If you’re stalling, look at it this way, “Sometimes you just need to clean out the refrigerator and start over with clean shelves.” Read more here…
Influence schedules with daily action themes.
My calendar got accidentally destroyed last week, so for the majority of 2017, I’m running on memory, or what was already added to my Google Calendar, to sort through activities and dates. Fortunately, I learned a secret many years ago that I still apply to my scheduling process and writing processes today, so it’s reasonably easy to sort through and reapply details. Since a lot of my work is online, I have the added ability of checking my blog to be sure what I was doing during that time frame. And I’m amazingly predictable.
I would have never guessed how predictable I am, had I not had to rewrite my calendar for this past year. (I’m still working on it, but it’s getting closer.)
- Monday Crisis Overthink.
- Tuesday Coffee and Crunch Time. Because Tuesday is always the solution to Monday. No matter how bad your Monday is… Tuesday will always be better. Always.
- Wednesday Make Money Online. When Wednesday comes around, because I often do tele-seminars on Wednesday, I’m almost always working with my online money makers (those amazing clients who choose to create online business models and apply them). I love the opportunities created here.
- Thursday Throwbacks. Transparency matters. And this is truly one of my favorite stories… I’ve read it over and over, and ended up trying to rewrite it after my blog was destroyed two years ago, because it means so much to me. In the rewrite, I got some timelines a little off, because I couldn’t remember the exact dates, but WOW, the story. And the real people involved impacted my life in a huge way. I will never forget the old man at the corner and the way he became my hero. God bless him!
- Friday Fun. Grandma used to sing, “When you’re amazing and you know it, you have Jesus.” She added her own words to if you’re happy and you know it. And I sang along. Let’s sing that every Friday!
- Saturday Coffee Clatter. Saturdays are about coffee with friends, fun times, work times, family, and doing what you love the most. Do it every time you get a chance and enjoy your day. Don’t miss the gift!
- Sunday Inspiration. Nearing the end of the year, 2017, and I glanced back through my inspirational posts, and realized there’s something really special about the kick off post for the year. It had some awesome insights and steps for making changes through this year… And many of them have happened for me, because I followed those steps. You might want to take a look and see what has happened in your life during this year.
I’d love to hear about what changes you’ve made, and how those have worked for you. Please share them in the comments!