What do you do everyday? Get up. Have coffee or breakfast. Drive the kids to school and yourself to work. Drag yourself through the day. Pick up the kids. Have dinner. Sleep. Repeat until the weekend. Then spend the two days that you own getting ready to do it all again.
Then you wonder where you’re going to find the time to get anything done that will really make a difference in your life.
Your habits control you. The environment that you let form around you, controls you.
You have to take control of it. You need to change your habits and shake up your routine.
Clean up. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need. The clutter clutters your mind. Maybe that’s the first habit you need to create.
Or write. Make sure you write for an hour ever day. Just find a corner and write. Maybe publish them on your blog. Maybe just save them up so you can use them later.
Take stock of your life. Make a decision about what you want to change. Make one small thing happen and then stick with it. Stick with it until it becomes a new habit.
For 99% of people, the thing that keeps them from becoming great is not lack of knowledge. Its the failure to start and stick with it. If you chose a direction and stick with it long enough something will happen. As I wrote yesterday, “You don’t have to start to be great, you have to be great to start” Make sure you are taking a step towards you goal every day. Even if its a tiny step.
There are days that I feel totally frustrated. It seems as if nothing that I’m doing is working. It seems as if I will never find the success that I want. But I follow Steven Pressfield’s advice from “The War of Art” – which in summary says “A professional shows up and does the work”. Well, its says a lot more that that – and you should just read it – but showing up and doing the work is a key point. And as I keep showing up and doing the work, inspiration arrives. And then strangely, little successes start arriving.
But it comes from making a habit of what you need to do.
What are your habits? What do you need them to be in order for you to achieve the success that you want?
As my friend, Claude Viens says in the title of his book, “The Most Powerful Weight Loss Device Ever Invented; The Human Brain”. He could go a lot further. Its the most powerful business building system ever invented. You won’t find it in all the programs you can buy online or all the books you can read. Its in you and you have to program it with the habits you need to succeed.
Change your habits. Change your life.