Uh, negative Ghost Rider! Last night I fell asleep before 9 pm and didn’t wake up until 7 am this morning! I rarely ever sleep this late, but it is Sunday and it seems my body needed the rest. We don’t have big plans today, but I would like to get to the park for a little walk. Have a great day folks!
I understand effort is relative. As I listen to comments and watch people’s actions I notice there are people who truly believe they are working hard, but when compared to my work ethic they certainly are not. Then you can take my effort level and compare to others and you get the same result. As in life most things are completely depending on comparison; unless of course max effort is defined as one doing the best they can do.
When I think about effort I can also understand why some learn to only give a little. Maybe life has taught them that their best effort will not always result in them “winning” therefore they decided early in life that the effort was not worth it. Maybe some people don’t like to put in max effort because they want to fly under the radar. I know several people who have this attitude.
There are no guarantees, but that shouldn’t deter us from working to our max ability.
Today is going to be a great day! The weekends seem to go by so quickly with Friday afternoon turning into Monday morning in the blink of an eye. I’ve got a couple appointments today that I have been looking forward to for some time now. I have to take life and grab it by the tail, then hang on for dear life. I hope you have a great Monday also!
If you have followed my blog for any length of time you will know that it wasn’t too long ago that I didn’t have much focus. I was floundering, lost, disorganized. I longed to tap into my greater potential, but couldn’t escape the feeling of being an underachiever.
Then in 2014 something clicked and there were two things that made me a better person: paying attention to details and becoming more organized. The simple fact was that of all the successful people I knew, not one of them was disorganized. And every single one of them paid attention to small details.
Till this day I pay attention to small details like doing exactly what I say I’m going to do. Returning phone calls in a timely manner (within 1 hour), answering emails immediately upon receipt, showing up to appointments 10 minutes early and taking detailed notes are a few of my “best practices” that have allowed me more success.
I truly believe that success in anything is found in paying attention to the small details.
I’ve realized that life can be pretty simple. It’s usually (not always) as hard as you make it. Many aspects of life work this way – relationships, “success”, self-acceptance, etc.
A major part of living a simple life is having basic principles that guide you. While I definitely don’t have the entire key to a good life, I can share some insight that I’ve gained from experience, and some that I’ve stolen from various other smart people over time.
This dragonfly lives simply. It striked some fab poses for me as well. Be like the dragonfly.
This will likely be a multi-post series, because that’s only necessary for something of this nature. Life is always changing, and I definitely don’t wish to impose any of these ideas on anyone. If anything, I hope they can inspire you or make you think at the very least.
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“Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures”. – Joseph Cambell To have a passion, is to live life to the fullest. With the energy and the zeal to fully enjoy each day. To wake up and do what you love and what motivates you. But sometimes we can feel like…
Sometimes success isn’t found when you find the right path, but in finding the right person. For me this was definitely the case. I spent many years throwing ideas against the proverbial wall only to experience failure after failure. I lacked focus and ambition. I was a wisher, not a doer. I saw things I wanted, but was not able to construct the path to get to the goal.
All of that changed when I met my wife Evelina. In her I found my focus and successes would soon follow. I cannot explain why this happened except that she believed in me more than I believed in myself and she did not allow me to make excuses.
All those years I was looking for the right thing to do, when all along I needed the right person.
I have written goals. I believe those with written goals achieve more than those who do not. I also know that my friends and associates who have written goals make more money than those who do not. Simply put…people who have a plan are more successful than those who don’t. Some will argue against this statement, but that is not the point of this post. My point is that I need to re-write my goals for my professional life.
I’ve gotten a bit lazy in my professional life. Now this is not to say I am lazy as I probably work harder than most people in sales. But my goals are not to be life everyone else; I want to be elite and elite status requires elite effort. Lately I have noticed my effort has been ordinary and complacent.
So I will spend the next week rethinking where I want to be and how much I want to make. The most important reason I have written goals is to make sure I am comparing myself to my potential and not comparing myself to others. I must aim for the highest bar and lose sight of what others are doing.
I’d be curious to know your thoughts on written goals. Why do you or why don’t you write goals down?