Archive | August 2016

Never Enough Time?

I am finding that the more that I continue in this journey towards our personal success, that I find mentors and guides that speak to me in ways that make sense. One of these people is Darren Hardy, who was the editor of Success Magazine. I have been watching a series of videos by him that teach a great deal about time and how to use it in the most effective manner. This series has taught me some things that I want to share with you.

The first lesson I learned is how to get a massive amount of productivity done in a very short amount of time, practically creating time by magic! The very first step to this process is to focus. This is easily the most important step here and one that I miss much too often. When I set time to do something,I need to do that thing and only that thing to the exclusion of others. Don’t check emails, don’t hang out on social media, and don’t even pay attention to the phone. Take that scheduled time and focus only on the thing that needs doing. This turns intense focus into a laser sharpness of attention on the activity and production increases dramatically in that short amount of time over how much gets done when I  let my attention wander.

This thought bleeds into the following concept here and that is to schedule time for activities. This step has multiple layers. First off, we schedule for the activities that we each need to get done.  This is quick and easy right?  We always make time to do what NEEDS to be done.  But here is the tricky part, when setting those schedules, try to  create almost impossible deadlines for each activity. What this does is that it forces a sense of urgency and kicks us into  a high gear that allows us to out produce ourselves. Here is an example Mr. Hardy shares:  Imagine that it is Friday and you have the entire day to pick up the laundry, hit the bank, and do the grocery shopping. Somehow, this small amount of activities ends up taking up your entire day. Now imagine that it is Friday and tomorrow you leave for a 2 week vacation. This time you have a list of 30 activities to get done. What happens? I know for me that I get those activities done so that I can forget about the rest of the world while on vacation. I bet you are the same. Now why are we able to get all those things done in the same timeframe that we get only a couple activities done in before? It is because we give ourselves a firm deadline in either case. The difference comes in that the second example kicks us into high gear and makes us far more productive than the first example does. Imagine how much of our day we would gain if we only gave ourselves three hours for doing the laundry, bank and shopping. We gain at least half a day for other things.  

Finally, we need to get ourselves into flows. When we schedule our time to do something, create a schedule that combines all the same activities into one time frame. Since we are already focusing on the task, this gets us into a flow or pattern where we can be far more productive.  Some athletes call this “in the Zone”. Instead of doing one of the activity, then moving to something else, and finally coming back to the do another repetition of the first activity and being forced to start all over, we can fall into a pattern and burn through all the activities of the same type in far less time since we are not having to get off the ground. here is another great example to illustrate. When a shuttle takes off to head into space, it takes a phenomenal amount of energy to get that shuttle started and headed out of the atmosphere, but once it clears into space, it takes very little energy to keep itself moving. Doing activities is the same. Starting the activity is the portion that takes the most energy. So, given that, wouldn’t it be better to start the activity only once and get it all done rather than starting, stopping and having to restart again?   

For xiaoyi, she edits each of my blog post before they go live.  So one day a week she sits down for 90 minutes and lets herself fully dive into editing all the posts I have written.  I am amazed at how she breezes through these.  But she only gives herself 90 minutes and she waits to do it once a week instead of doing it each time I write a new post.  For those 90 minutes I cannot get her to turn her attention to anything else.  She tells me she is in “focus mode babe” and I think the house could catch on fire and she would politely tell the fire that she is “in focus mode” and the fire would wait until that 91st minute before continuing to burn because of the attention she brings and how NOTHING is allowed to stop her once she gets started on that.  Ok, well maybe I am exaggerating a little bit about the fire.  

So now I know how to focus and get more production out of the time that I have scheduled for an activity. Tell me what you will be doing to increase your own productivity!

-Dominic

Life’s too short to have bad days!  What are you doing to make today FANTASTIC?

I am learning how to compress my successes into shorter times.  

Sunday Story Time – A Grimm Day in the Forest part 3

    The forester was propped against a tree where he had obviously dragged himself after being attacked. Long gashes made from tremendously large claws had torn valleys into his flesh and his blood flowed like rivers down the valleys. Pain and fear clouded his eyes and his breathing came in shallow gasps as Grimm knelt before him Making  a point to not look at the man’s wounds, Lady Wessex stood with her back turned, scanning the forest.

“What did this to you man” asked Grimm, though his hope for an answer was slim considering the circle of blood that soaked the snow beneath the dying man. His lips tried to move and his chest heaved with the effort of drawing enough breath to speak. The last spark of life left the man’s eyes as he uttered a single word into the quite night, the white snowfall turning crimson as it landed on his wounds.

“Wolves?” Grimm muttered. “Can’t imagine a wolf large enough to make these kinds of wounds.”

“Wolfe hunter, not wolves. He said Wolfe.” Lady Wessex replied, her gaze still searching the edge of the clearing for any signs of movement.

“Wolfe … wolves, what does it matter?” Grimm growled.

“Simple, wolves are beast that live and run in our realm of reality, in our vision of the world. Wolfe is the name that the foresters and lumberjacks that work this forest give to a spirit of this forest. A primordial incarnation of hate and malice that the forest has unleashed to protect itself.”

“So in his dying moments, engulfed by pain and fear, he mumbles something about a myth. Wonderful. Can we go back to the camp now? It happens to be cold out here.”

Eyes still glued to the forest around them, Mrs. Wessex pulled the package from her shoulder and undid the twine holding the oiled leather in place. As the leather of the covering fell away a machine of exquisite death was revealed. The entire contraption from the stock to the tip of the barrel was around four feet long. Metal mesh hoses ran from compartments near the breach to small machines on the top of the stock. Along the top of the barrel ran a item that consisted of polished glass and mirrors encased in gleaming brass. Mobile lenses connected to the hind portion of the scope and looked like they could be placed in front of the eye piece to change its magnification. The quality of the weapon and the modifications on it were nothing short of a work of art and Grimm could tell from experience that the additions protruding from the barrel and breach would turn the long rifle into something more akin to a siege weapon then something for hunting game.

“You are more than welcome to go back to the camp Grimm, I am going hunting.”

“That thing looks a little extreme for simply hunting a deer for dinner.” Grimm commented, watching the way that Lady Wessex held the gun. With rock steady hands, she pulled back her cloak to reveal an ammunition belt synched tight around her waist. The ammunition in the belt surprised Grimm. Expecting large caliber rounds for the gun, he was shocked to see glass tubes filled with liquid at the tip of each round. As the lady pulled one from the belt, Grimm saw that the tip was actually bifurcated with a different colored liquid in each half and with a start he realized that this ammunition would likely explode on contact with its target.

“Do I look like the type of person that would hunt deer?” Lady Wessex asked as she pulled the bolt action on the rifle back and slipped the shell she had retrieved into it.

“With that weapon, I guess not. What is it that you do hunt?”

“Myths and legends Mr. Grimm. There are things in this world that defy logic and sanity, I have hunted every predatory beast this world has to offer and some that scientist say don’t exist. Now I plan on hunting a myth … coming?”

“Figures I would end up with an insane noble. This beast practically rips a full grown man in two and you want to go play with it on its home turf. Brilliant.” Grimm sneered, a glint of malice and blood lust filling his own eyes. “Well then, lead on my Lady.”

 

Three ways to Help Make Sales:

In all our lives, we make sales. Not only of items and of services we represent for income but also for relationships and enjoyment.  Here are suggestions on how to increase your skills at making sales and getting the enjoyment you want out of life.

Lay It Out:

            Many of us speak with people every day regarding our business and the product or service that we are represent. Many people go into these discussion haphazardly and end up either not getting everything they need done on that conversation or fail to make a connection with the person that they are talking to. Here are 3 ways to help improve the conversation from start to finish.

            First :pre-planning.

Before we get to the meeting or pick up the phone, we need to do a little research and planning. We need to sit down and review where we are with the person that we will be working with and any notes from previous times that we have worked or spoken with them. Additionally, we need to set down a plan on how we are going to speak with them and what goals we have for the meeting. This prevents us from getting to the end of the interaction and realizing that we didn’t get the information we need to progress, that we failed in the purpose of the meeting.

            Second:  Starting the conversation

This is the most important part, when we first start the conversation. This is the time that we need to give a statement of intent. We need to tell the person what the purpose of the meeting is, what we are trying to achieve in that interaction. This does a couple things for us. It puts both us and the person on the same page, creating the same template to work from during the interaction. It also shows respect for the person we are speaking with by involving them in reaching the goals that are set out. This is also the time to link this interaction to any of the other interactions that we have done with the person. This is when we say what we did last time and what we want to to in this conversation.

It also gains permission from the person to continue. This allows them to have a say in the process and invites them into the discussion as a participant rather than just an observed.

            Third:  follow through

Finally, we need to take some post interaction work. This is where we need to sit down and take complete notes on the interaction so that when we speak with the person again, we know where we are and what we will be doing for the next interaction. There is nothing worse than having an interaction with someone and finding that you already answered all the questions with them on a previous meeting that you had listed out in your pre-planning. This step is vital to keep the flow of your interactions moving forward and showing that respect to the other person.

           

These three things will make any prolonged series of interaction with someone far easier and more connected then it would have been otherwise. By keeping things organized, streamlined and personalized to each person you talk to, you increase your chances of making the sale.  Most people will say no the first time they are offered something so feel free to ask them again and again over time as they build a relationship with you and learn to trust you.   How are these strategies going to assist you in your future interactions? If you would like to learn more techniques like this one we recommend joining HERE to learn from many of the greats we learn from.  

 

~Dominic

Life’s too Short to Have Bad Days! What are YOU doing to Make Today Fantastic?

 

Continuing to find the Motivations!!!

embracingMust vs. Should

Change is a result of my need to avoid consequences. When I come to a point in my life that I can no longer live with the situation that I find myself in, I find a way to change. This is true is all parts of my life from my work and finances to my relationships. It is only when my reasons for making a shift in my life change from “I should do…” to “I must do…” It is only when that shift in my brain occurs that I actually find the resources needed to make the change and make it a lasting change. This is the real power of consequences. They are not there to make us feel bad about ourselves when we don’t achieve something, rather they are there to help force us into making the changes that we want to make.

To this end, I need to create consequences for those things in my life that I have a strong desire to change. I need to pile on the misery, so to speak, so that the processes that I need to do in order to make the changes that I want are that much more pressing and dire. This will change the things that I think I should do into ones that I feel that I must do. When that change in my thought process finally changes, the will to make the changes in my life to get rid of those consequences will happen. It will be a catalyst to get myself to where I want to be.

Yet how do I create consequences in my life so that I can energize those changes that I wish to enact? The first is by pruning my vocabulary so that I do not soften the impact of the negatives that I am trying to change. I am not a little overweight, I am fat. I am not tired from a hard day, I am lazy. These things help to create a sense of pain in me that forces me to address the situation. I can both accept those things about myself and live knowingly with them, or I can change them. If I choose to change them, this gives me some of the pain to use to make those changes.

Once I have started to make the change, putting restrictions and consequences on myself help to insure that the process is seen through. For example, I don’t get to relax and watch something until I have completed my writing for the day. By holding to this consequence, it means that I will get that change done so that I can avoid the consequence of not being able to watch something I enjoy. This can be taken a step farther and have it be that if I don’t get all my writing done for the week, then I don’t get to watch anything next week even if I do achieve my daily goals next week. This gives a lasting consequence that I will want to avoid which will drive my goals.

The trick for me is to set consequences and change those “shoulds” into “musts” without sabotaging my belief that I can change, without turning the process into something that I accept because I don’t have the belief that I can actually make the change. This is a delicate balance and that I waver on all the time. A good way to escape this is to pair those consequences with bonuses. This lets us strive and indulge in something when we reach our goals.  This is carrot and stick situation that helps to maintain my balance. Some days are harder than others, but the overall effect if that these two things drive my ability to change rather than just my desire. It changes those things that I should do, into things that I must do.

What changes in your life do you need to change into a must so that it actually happens? What consequences will you impose on yourself so that you actually must make those changes?

cool weather and my thoughts turn to fall…..

 

If you are anything like me, you find that as the weather turns cold and the leaves start falling off the trees, you start thinking about things in your life, deep thinking. Thinking about the things that bring you joy and about those things that you like and want in your life. Recently my parents gave me a gift that got me thinking. It was a simple gift, a couple pairs of gloves that had skull and bone motifs on the back. I have always loved skulls and bones, but I have never really thought about where that came from or why, at this point in my life, that I still like them so much.

The love of this sort of motif came from my childhood where I helped my mother construct and run a haunted house every fall for years. It was such an integral part of my life at that time that I fell in love with everything Halloween, from evil looking jack-o-lanterns to skeletons and leering skulls. This joy of those things only deepened through the music that I listened to and the scene that I was a part of. All these aspects of my childhood and teenage years instilled the love of these things in me, but that was many years ago, so why the continued love? Is it just a holdover from those early years?

Step a few years into the future, still my past,  and I am in college and getting close to the end of my degree. I majored in anthropology with an emphasis on archaeology. Now my love of skulls and bones had a twist of being a professional interest. How these things could tell us about the cultures of the past, of the people that walked this planet before us and how they went about their lives. It had become a desire for knowledge and growth in my profession and my understanding and it maintained that love.

Another jump into the future and I am a professional working in an office doing customer support and sales for an insurance company. Where in this life does this love for these commonly seen symbols of death have in my life now? I pondered this as I walked in the cold of predawn this morning and realized that, for me, these are not symbols of death. For me, they do not have the fatalistic message that all things will pass, but rather they are the symbol of our true self. They represent that core of our being that drives us, the place that everything revolves around in our lives, in our hopes and dreams, in our effort and learning. Just as the bones are the center of the physical body, they represent that core of our physicality and, as such, also represent that core of who we are. To me, this idea is very powerful. The most important thing to me in my life is to be true to that core of my being. I find that this ideal has attached itself to that childhood love of skulls and skeletons. For another time in my life, the meaning of the love has changed and evolved with who I am. I wonder what change in perception will next mold the meanings of these symbols for me.

What symbols or loves in your life have changed over the years from their first meaning for you? Do you have something that has been with you since you were a kid, but the reason that it holds value for you has changed as your life and circumstances have changed? I look forward to hearing about them!

 

To Dream the Impossible Dream! or is it Possible?

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To achieve the extraordinary, we have to set our sights on the impossible.  This may sound silly when you first think about it, but it is actually very true. We first have to believe that we can achieve those things that we set our sights on. Once we do that, we can start moving towards them and eventually we will almost achieve them. Sometime we will even be able to fully achieve what we set our sights on, but if we do, where do we go from there? That is where the idea of the end goal being impossible comes into play. If the goal is impossible, there will always be something to work towards.

Let’s break this idea down a bit. First of all, there is a fundamental change in our psyche we have to achieve and that is to believe that we can achieve those things that we set our sights on. In fact, this belief is really a lynch pin to leading a fulfilling life. If we don’t have this belief, than we will let life dictate our lives instead of us dictating our lives. We will be tossed around by the vagaries of life and that isn’t going to be a fulfilling life. So step one is to cultivate this belief in ourselves and our abilities.

Next up is an understanding of how we work as humans. If we strive for something and truly desire it, we will find a way to achieve it. This is as true for an individual as it is for the species. So, now that we believe in ourselves and our ability, we need to set our sights on something that we truly desire, that goal at the end of the road. As long as we keep moving towards that goal, we will achieve it at some point because that is how humans work when they are really passionate about something. We find the ways we need to get to where we want to be as long as we don’t get in our own way with doubts and fears. After all we did get a man on the moon.  See step one and the belief in ourselves.

Finally, we need to make sure that we don’t achieve and then fail. What I mean by this is that if we a goal that we then achieve, we have the habit of letting our drive fail and sliding back into the pit that we started in. The achievement is what was driving us forward, allowing us to have that passion and power that we used to achieve what we wanted. So, instead of letting all that go, we can trick ourselves into always pushing, always making our lives better in the long term. That trick is to make sure that the goal we have out in front of us is impossible to ever truly achieve. If we can’t actually achieve the final goal then we will never find ourselves in the position to lose that drive to achieve. The key here is to make sure that the goals that we do achieve on the way to the impossible goal are fulfilling and enrich our lives. In this way we continue to strive towards that impossible goal, constantly having the determination and drive to keep going while still finding fulfillment in our lives.

So what is that impossible goal for you and what are the fulfilling achievements along the way to that goal that will make your life into something you want to live?

 

Sunday Storytime – A Grimm night in the Forest part 3

The forester was propped against a tree where he had obviously dragged himself after being attacked. Long gashes made from tremendously large claws had torn valleys into his flesh and his blood flowed like rivers down the valleys. Pain and fear clouded his eyes and his breathing came in shallow gasps as Grimm knelt before him Making  a point to not look at the man’s wounds, Lady Wessex stood with her back turned, scanning the forest.

“What did this to you man” asked Grimm, though his hope for an answer was slim considering the circle of blood that soaked the snow beneath the dying man. His lips tried to move and his chest heaved with the effort of drawing enough breath to speak. The last spark of life left the man’s eyes as he uttered a single word into the quite night, the white snowfall turning crimson as it landed on his wounds.

“Wolves?” Grimm muttered. “Can’t imagine a wolf large enough to make these kinds of wounds.”

“Wolfe hunter, not wolves. He said Wolfe.” Lady Wessex replied, her gaze still searching the edge of the clearing for any signs of movement.

“Wolfe … wolves, what does it matter?” Grimm growled.

“Simple, wolves are beast that live and run in our realm of reality, in our vision of the world. Wolfe is the name that the foresters and lumberjacks that work this forest give to a spirit of this forest. A primordial incarnation of hate and malice that the forest has unleashed to protect itself.”

“So in his dying moments, engulfed by pain and fear, he mumbles something about a myth. Wonderful. Can we go back to the camp now? It happens to be cold out here.”

Eyes still glued to the forest around them, Mrs. Wessex pulled the package from her shoulder and undid the twine holding the oiled leather in place. As the leather of the covering fell away a machine of exquisite death was revealed. The entire contraption from the stock to the tip of the barrel was around four feet long. Metal mesh hoses ran from compartments near the breach to small machines on the top of the stock. Along the top of the barrel ran a item that consisted of polished glass and mirrors encased in gleaming brass. Mobile lenses connected to the hind portion of the scope and looked like they could be placed in front of the eye piece to change its magnification. The quality of the weapon and the modifications on it were nothing short of a work of art and Grimm could tell from experience that the additions protruding from the barrel and breach would turn the long rifle into something more akin to a siege weapon then something for hunting game.

“You are more than welcome to go back to the camp Grimm, I am going hunting.”

“That thing looks a little extreme for simply hunting a deer for dinner.” Grimm commented, watching the way that Lady Wessex held the gun. With rock steady hands, she pulled back her cloak to reveal an ammunition belt synched tight around her waist. The ammunition in the belt surprised Grimm. Expecting large caliber rounds for the gun, he was shocked to see glass tubes filled with liquid at the tip of each round. As the lady pulled one from the belt, Grimm saw that the tip was actually bifurcated with a different colored liquid in each half and with a start he realized that this ammunition would likely explode on contact with its target.

“Do I look like the type of person that would hunt deer?” Lady Wessex asked as she pulled the bolt action on the rifle back and slipped the shell she had retrieved into it.

“With that weapon, I guess not. What is it that you do hunt?”

“Myths and legends Mr. Grimm. There are things in this world that defy logic and sanity, I have hunted every predatory beast this world has to offer and some that scientist say don’t exist. Now I plan on hunting a myth … coming?”

“Figures I would end up with an insane noble. This beast practically rips a full grown man in two and you want to go play with it on its home turf. Brilliant.” Grimm sneered, a glint of malice and blood lust filling his own eyes. “Well then, lead on my Lady.”

 

Time Freedom

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Today I am going to take a break from the normal training to reaffirm my Why for doing all of this, the thing that drives me to move forward when I am feeling under the weather or depressed over the world. For me, the Why is time freedom, the ability to do what I want, when I want without the worry or fear of losing my livelihood or not being able to pay the constant stream of bills that seems to be a part of our modern lives.

To understand why the time freedom is important to me, a little background would help. When I first started college, I found myself a job working the graveyard shift at a hotel.  I worked this job for 8 hours from 11pm to 7am Monday through Thursday nights. This sounds like a somewhat normal job, but the timing and the scope of the job made it feel like much less. Each night I would get to the hotel and work actively for 1 to 2 hours before I had finished what was needed for the night. I would then have the rest of the time at night to do my own thing until 6am. So out of those 8 hours that I worked, 5 of them were my own time to study, or write, or just watch TV, but it was MY time to do what I decided. Yes, I had to be there and be responsible in case a guest needed anything, but that was a minor in the face of the freedom I had.

That job gave me the time freedom during the nights, but it also created time freedom on the weekends too. I would get home Friday morning and stay up all day Friday. I would start my weekend out a day before any of the day workers would. I would then have all day Saturday and all day Sunday off as well to be with family and friends while they had that normal weekend. Then the best part came into play … I didn’t have to be back at work till 11pm on Monday night. I, in essence, worked 4 nights and week and had 4 days off every weekend. I can‘t tell you how much joy that schedule gave me, a joy that I wouldn’t really realize until I started into the “normal” working world, trading that schedule for working 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and only getting 2 days off each week.

I am not sure if the schedule I lived turned me into a night person, or if I was already a night person and the schedule just completed that, but I found that the nights were so peaceful and nice. It was a calmer and more in tune time to be alive then I have found since moving to a daytime schedule. There is a peace to the night for me that does not exist during the day and that schedule allowed me to live that peace and still be alive and active during the days when the rest of the world was at their leisure on the weekends. It was the best of both the night and day time worlds.

The schedule that our culture forces on us if we want to exist within it is the reason that I work so hard on my dreams. It tears out me every Sunday evening when I have to go to bed early so that I can get up to go to work, and every morning that the alarm goes off and forces me into a wakeful and abrasive world. I long for that peace and tranquility that working the nights gave me. Every morning that the alarm goes off, it reminds me of my Why and strengthens my resolve to keep moving forward.

What is your why and how to you let it strengthen your world?

Lining Up Your Ducks

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Often we talk about productivity and being the most productive that we can be, squeezing everything out of the time that we have to get things done. Many people think that is all there is to productivity and that being focused and active during that allotted time is what makes someone super productive. This is not always the case. You also have to be strategic about the time you invest in something.

One of the tricks to being productive is to plan things out ahead of time, so that when you get into the focused time, you are ready to actually be productive. It does  no good to sit down in production time and realize that we are missing a few keys things that we needed.  Worse yet, have you ever thought you were being productive when in reality it turned out you were scattered and unproductive?  I know I have.   Taking a little bit of time before your scheduled productivity time to make sure that you have everything is a vital key to being super productive in the time you have set out.

More important than making sure we have everything is taking some time to really organize how we are going to go about our slotted time frame. Having a plan of action helps to keep us on task and focused in a way that keeps us from being scattered and ineffectual. This may seem like taking extra time when what you want to do is save time, but the truth of the matter is that your productivity will increase to an extent that you are still saving time even when that planning time haa been taken into account.

The key here is to plan and not over plan. You need to take the time to organize your plan of attack for that time period, but not get bogged down and carried away so that you are wasting time instead of maximizing time. You will learn where this line is for yourself and your activities, jsut keep an eye on it so that you can be productive rather than just planning on being productive.

Now it is time to organize your ducks and make sure that the time you are dedicating to making a real difference is actually making the difference that you want and need.  Do you have everything you need right there?  Did you go to the bathroom first so that you won’t have to part way through your productivity time?  Have a beverage?  Have your tools all waiting within reach?  Good.  Those are the ducks to put in a row before you start now dig in and get productive!!!

The Wagon

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I have spoken several times on the importance of keeping momentum going along as we go down the  path to the future that we desire. I have shared tricks to make sure that we keep taking those steps each day even when the desire to keep walking has long since disappeared. Well, I am here today to tell you that it doesn’t always work. There are times when something happens, either in the world around us or in our own minds and souls that destroys our ability to continue putting one foot in front of the other along our journey. I can tell you from my own experience that this can be the hardest thing to overcome in our quest for the better life that we want. So what do we do when this happens? What do we do when we find ourselves stymied and stuck in the mire?

For me, it is a matter for first realizing the problem. In the past month I have found my motivation for the continuation of this journey at an all time low, having trouble forcing myself into the most basic of steps that I agreed with myself that I would take. I even stopped writing blog posts each day for several weeks, instead only writing a couple times a week and letting my lethargy take control. The first step for me was to realize that I was resting on my behind and realize that this would not get me any closer to the future that I desired. Sitting at my desk at 8am and hating the prospect of the day in front of me and still not taking the time and energy to do those things I KNEW I  needed to get out of where I was and into the future that I actually wanted. Step one was realizing all this and wondering why in the world I wasn’t doing the minimal work.

Step two was reviewing my reasons for taking those steps each day. I had a wonderful weekend recently and on my commute to work this morning realized that I wanted to have a “weekend” every day of my life. I didn’t want to wake up at some obscene hour of the morning to sit at a desk for 9 hours answering phone calls from entitled customers. On that same drive I analyzed what steps I needed to reach my goals again and reminded myself of the changes that I needed to make in my life to get where I wanted to be. The first step in that process was to start taking those small, daily steps again. So here I am, typing away and sharing the methods and thoughts on growth that are the core of my journey.

The final step was tapping into the personal well of strength that comes from my reason for pushing forward on this path, my own why power. I needed to take a little time to get back in touch with that why power and allow it to propel me back onto the road of my journey and to propel me into the future that I want to live. This also came with some new methods for touching base with that why power on a regular basis so that I can use it to push past the lethargy and not stop all forward motion again in the future.

Everyone will fall off the wagon at some point in our lives and in our journeys. The question is not if it is going to happen, the question is if we will get back onto the wagon with a renewed vigor or if we will watch the wagon disappear over the horizon and stay stuck where we are. For me, I am getting back on the wagon and I hope to see you there too!