FOCUS: What can you no longer afford to be too busy with?
Get and Keep your Life Organized
Getting organized and conscious of your present circumstances (e.g., your environment, finances, relationships, purpose, and time) puts you in a position to build toward the future you want. The fastest way to move forward in life is not doing more. It starts with stopping the behaviors holding you back.
- Environmental Energy – Does your environment drain or improve your energy?
- Financial Energy – Do you have complete responsibility of your finances or are you always a slave to money.
- Relational Energy – Take stock of your relationships.
- Health Energy – Health is wealth. Forgoing sleep, overconsuming stimulants, and making poor eating habits eventually catches up and depletes your health.
- Spiritual Energy – Be clear on what you stand for and develop conviction for what really matters to you, and what is just a distraction.
Organize your time, or it will disappear and move quickly. Slow down. You’ll be able to live more presently and control your time, rather than the other way around.
Plan, then Invest, in Your Future
Your why is your reason; your what is how that is manifest. And your what can happen in a ton of different ways.
You have complete power over the details of your life the moment you decide you’re worthy of that power. That decision is manifest in tangible behaviors, like fixing or removing troubled relationships and saying no to activities that are nothing more than a waste of your time.
You get to decide right now. When you choose to forgo momentary gratification in order to have an enhanced future, you are investing in your future. Rather than expecting a particular outcome, you are completely confident that the best outcome will ensue.
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS and Track the Important Metrics
Getting organized and investing in your future are futile if you’re not tracking. Track the things that are closely related to your core priorities. As Jim Collins says in Good to Great, “If you have more than three priorities you have none.” Your priorities reflect your why. Whatever priorities you choose to track, your conscious awareness of them will increase.
Practice Prayer and Meditation
By hustling you can fail often, fail fast, and fail forward. We get caught in the thick of thin things. Far too late do we realize that in our mad rush, we were pursuing someone else’s goals instead of our own.
Prayer or meditation does more than provide clarity to what you’re doing but can open your mind up to possibilities you can’t get while busy. Your thoughts are incredibly powerful and can actually govern not only you, but also those around you. There is a higher realm you can tap into that unlocks limitless possibilities. The only thing holding you back from those things is your mind.
Move Toward Your Goals Every Single Day
Life is busy. If you don’t purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve, then without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives.
After you’ve gotten yourself organized, made plans, started tracking, and gotten into the habit of prayer or meditation, taking action and hustling will be automatic. You’ll be focused on the right thing and in the right frame of mind to actually execute.
Swallow the biggest frog first – that thing you’ve been needing to do – then do it again tomorrow. If you take just one step toward your big goals every day, you’ll realize those goals weren’t really far away.