When is the last time you heard someone (or yourself) say . . .
It is what it is.
I am going to get to that next week.
I have been very busy lately.
If you determine to change your life to be more of what you want it to be, and less of what it is like now, you are going to have to …
Change something daily.
Daily? Is that right? In today’s world, more emphasis seems to be on long-term big goals. Annual goals. Quarterly goals. Monthly goals. Weekly goals. All of these categories of goals are important. Most of which get attention from time-management promoters. And yet, all goals consist of one simple and common component. All have one element that really matters.
One single day.
For over four decades, I have been executing a daily success formula. Included in my daily regimen are practices and tools that are based on timeless wisdom. In simple language, I have chosen actions that are proven to work all the time.
Timeless principles are the foundation for successful practices. Just like in scientific laws, you can expect certain outcomes if you adopt pertinent elements of achievement. What are these daily practices? I will answer that question in this newsletter. But first, a confession.
I have failed often. Abandoned my own formula. Got busy on other things. Used excuses like, ‘I am busy,’ or ‘Someday,’ or ‘It is what it is.’ I have plenty of explanations, even created my own unique list. And, I have used all of them over, and over again for 40 plus years. If you are like me, you are an expert in your own excuses. Yes, I am.
Despite the volume of excuses, the one encouraging thing about having a daily process is that I can get up each day and start afresh again. If I failed to make progress yesterday, I still have today to start anew. The power of a single day. To start over. To make it right. To put my failures in the rear-view mirror and look forward to the possibilities of this moment. Today is an opportunity.
In my current life, I concentrate my attention on having multiple successful days in any given week. If yesterday I pulled out my excuse list and used it frequently and missed out on the opportunity to succeed, today is a new beginning and I will not miss again. What about you? My goal is to achieve frequent success. And a bonus is that any repetition, including a successful outcome, creates more of the same. Success generates success.
What is my day like? How do I do it?
I strive for a successful day by employing principle-centered practices. Here are some from my personal list:
Start each day with meditation and prayer.
Do one thing today that makes progress on my most important goal.
Exercise and eat right.
Maintain a positive attitude.
Read positive letters, notes or books.
Listen to inspirational music.
Schedule my most important tasks early in the day.
If you want the entire list of practices, just go to my website at www.robhackbarth.com. Each day, select one of my blogs to read. It will take you less than 10 minutes and will encourage you to practice things that have been proven to always work. Proven…not a theory. Things that actually work. There are no reasons why you should not daily practice what is going to help you become evermore successful. What is your excuse?
Success is not hard to understand. It is actually simple. It requires discipline. The resulting success comes from doing what works. Daily action that matters. At the end of the day, ask the following questions.
Did I make one single step towards accomplishment of my most important goal?
Did I make an excuse for something that I have yet to finish or complete?
Did I use the word ‘someday’?
Did I tell someone that I have been busy lately?
Did I get distracted?
What one single thing will I do tomorrow to create a better opportunity for success?
I will change something daily.