“You become what you think about all day long.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is your obsession? What keeps you awake, powerfully awake?
Think about some powerful leaders who are obsessed with their goal. Not just being passionate about their goal, obsessed with achieving their goal. Think Elon Musk, obsessed with making Tesla succeed. Steve Jobs was obsessed with making Apple the best at what it does. Jeff Bezos and Amazon, there is an obsession behind those doors.
Game changers are more than just passionate about their dreams, they are obsessed with them. Their drive makes those dreams come true.
So, what are you obsessed with? What drives you each day beyond excuses and fears? How often does fear enter your thoughts and drive back your dreams? Are you just getting by or is there something you really want to do that is a game changer?
“Leadership is a process where a leader has a purpose oriented destination and lets the followers find the best way to get there with a common vision and goal.”
― Debasish Mridha
In your organization are you given directions or a destination?
What is more powerful, the directions or the destination?
Too often people are given directions on how to do things rather than being given a destination to head towards. Give people the power to determine the direction. Give people a powerful destination and people with engage with enthusiasm to reach the goal.
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”
― Mark Twain
It’s a new year. It’s time to start something new. It’s time to ban excuse making. It’s time to take responsibility. It’s time to turn to a new page. It’s time to write a new chapter. It’s time to begin.
Most people don’t start something new. They don’t start because they are afraid.
Don’t take a risk, your boss may not approve.
Don’t exercise, it’s too hard to get started.
Don’t learn something new, it might mean not watching TV.
Don’t fail, it might ruin your self-esteem.
If you’re like most people you have a reason not to start something new. Challenge that reason. Force that reason to tell the truth. The truth is what ________________. Write down what that is.
Find a reason to start something new. You’re at the starting line of a new year. Make something new come from you. Let something new impact your thinking. Start something new today.
“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible”
― Cherie Carter-Scott
What kind of life are you living right now? Is it the kind of life you really want or are you looking for something that would make your life more than just ordinary, plain, a dull grey rather than a life that is wonder filled, exciting and full of color.
Which column of words below describes your life?
|The easy way
||the right way
|What’s in it for me
||We all win
What are you intentionally doing to make your life better?
What are you taking charge of? What will it take so that you can start living an extraordinary life?
Step outside of your comfort zone and explore living with feeling, with zest, with abundance, with a sense of being alive and with a sense of excitement. Think about where you are right now and where you could be, what is it that you really want? Set the intention and take action today.
“Perhaps the severest requirement of the good life is to have the constancy of mind to maintain our joy and gratitude even amid hardship, pain, and injustice.”
Brendon Burchard from the Motivation Manifesto
Have you ever asked the question what do people want? What do people really want? Is it more money? For some it is but for most it isn’t. Is it a better job, for some that may be the case but there are some who have their dream job. Is traveling what you want? Is it a better relationship? Is it personal growth? Is it the feeling of significance? What is it that people want?
The answer might be as simple as a choice. The choice to do what really matters most is what people want. Work is often a choice for many people if it is engaging and meaningful. Relationships that are fulfilling and allow for personal growth is a choice many would like to be able to make. What kind of choices could you make to increase vitality and joy in your life?
What dreams have you had that dried up and blew away that you wish you made the choice to follow? The choice was there at one time and you ignored its call to follow something that others would say is more important. What if you had that chance again would you follow your dream?
The mastery of life is about making the best choices for you. It is about living your life authentically and with vitality. The mastery of life is about creating wonderful goals that inspire and motivate you and then doing what you can with what you have to realize those goals. The mastery of life is about being aware of who you are and what you are doing. The mastery of life is about having the ability to make choices. What choices are you making that will make your life rich with significance?
A new year is around the corner. What changes do you want to make in your life?What do you want to do that matters most to you? What is stopping you from realizing your dreams?
Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like weather.”
― John Gardner
“The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focused on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.”
What can you do in 10 minutes?
– Plan the day
– Put the dishes away
– Clean the bathroom
– Fold clothes
– Encourage someone
– Walk the dog
– Drink a glass of water
– Write down your thoughts
– Make a commitment
– Learn something new
– Help someone else
– Call a friend
– Thank someone
– Take a moment to appreciate something
– Reflect on a lesson
There is a lot that can be done in 10 minutes to improve your life, your day or your week. In the busyness of everyday life it is easy to neglect the idea that 10 minutes can make a huge difference in personal or professional productivity.
Planning is perhaps the most important activity to complete as it helps you determine what is important and what isn’t important to work on. The plans would allow you to create blocks of time in the day to complete important work, focused work, or a single activity where you put your best attention.
What things can you do in 10 minutes? If you have things you haven’t started on use the 10 minute test and just do 10 minutes of an activity and see how far you get.
Do what you can in a 10 minute sprint – you’ll be surprised.