Starting new projects or endeavors is fun. We get all excited about what we can accomplish and how exciting it'll be once we've completed our new project. After a while things get a little complicated and our little project doesn't go as planned.
Or worst we simply put it off the later pile a.k.a. the never pile.
Why start something you know you won't finish?
If you know you're not going to go through the tough part of your grand plan, why start it?
Make sure everything you start that you know you'll have the energy, time and motivation to see it through. This means starting fewer things and saying no to many other things.
Quit before you start. Start only what really matters.
Things go wrong all the time. We see it around us, at work, at home, everywhere. Life would be boring without problems. Fixing them is fun and rewarding but...
Not when they keep coming back or you can't seem to find the right solution.
Too often then nov the problem we're trying to fix is just a symptom of the real problem. Solving symptoms won't solve your problem.
To put it simply...
If you're allergic to cats and you live with a cat. You can take as many pills as you want, it may help temporarily, but your allergies are always going to come back as long as the cat is there. The cat is the problem, not the itching or sneezing. The later two are just symptoms.
So when you look at problems around you, make sure you seek the problem and don't try to fix only the symptoms.
Attack the problem.
Nowadays focus is becoming harder and harder to reach. We have distractions all around us fighting for our attention. How to find focus with so much noise around us?
The first thing to do in order to achieve focus is to prioritize yourself. To find ways to disconnect, you need to let go of the world around you.
For some, this is easier than others but it is a struggle for everyone. We get notifications on our smart phones every instant of the day. Then even worst is that we get hooked on the feeling that we're missing something so we're checking for notifications even when there's none.
Distractions are the number one killer of productivity.
We're slowly loosing the notion of what it feels like to be focused on something.
I've taken the habit of working in distraction free environment a few times a week and the productive output during these time are 10 times more than when I get distracted both by my surroundings and myself.
Don't expect big results running on the world's schedule pulling you in all directions. Take control.
Last Monday was blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year. You know what else it was? Another day in your wonderful life. No matter the day of the week, of the month, of the year. We should always strive to make it the best day we can. Don't wish you were in the future or dream you could go back to the past. Today is where things are happening for you, make the most of it.
One week into the new year. I hope you still haven't dropped your resolutions, if you made any. If you didn't, now wouldn't be too late. As you'll see in Tony Robbins' video, making big improvements in your life doesn't necessarily requires big changes. Small habit changes over time will compound into massive improvements. The key here is consistency. I'm also sharing a great app to help with the consistency part. On that, great weekend to all. 2017 will be a great year!
It's been a very busy week for me, I admit the tricks in the double your productivity video helped me to not become overwhelmed. I found some neat health tricks from Dr. Mehmet Oz in my journal. And I'm loving the little bit of info I found on Instagram, I think I'm going to print it and display it somewhere.
As usual, here's a few gems of positive information I've found this week. Or in the case of the catcher's mitt metaphor a gem that I rediscovered. Great weekend to all!
This week, I’m focusing on a single theme. Climbing. I’m no climber and when asked if I’d ever set climbing the Everest as a goal my response was “Hell no! I’m way too chicken for that!”
But I love climbing stories. There are many lessons to learn from mountain climbing and those who attempts to conquer the highest peaks on earth.
"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." - Jim Rohn
It's only my 6th newsletter but I have to say the things I share in this one all have the potential of highly impacting and improving your life. It just amaze me the things we get access to, for free, in today's age. Just last Thuesday, I watched a complete Tony Robbins seminar live, for free. I know it's crazy! (I'll probably talk about this next week) But I digress, I hope you'll enjoy this week's Gems, take time to digest each one as they all offer great insights into living a better life.
A couple weeks ago I shared my list of favourite books that I read in 2015. I hope you enjoyed the list and got a few reading ideas from it. Now I’m always grabbing reading ideas everywhere. There's a thousand books, at least, I’d love to read.
My Hawaiian friend, Dennis, recently asked me if there were benefits to reading books versus articles or magazines. I thought it was an interesting questions since I read both books and magazines. I enjoy both but each offers me a different experience.
I'll share with you a three word statement which changed the way I did things day to day. I first heard it from a Joe Navaro conference I watched years ago. It really caught my attention and I started using the concept in my day to day life. But it's only a year later that I really saw the full potential of Navaro's statement.
Every successful person has one thing in common. They do hard work while unsuccessful people watch TV. Behind every success is hundreds of hours of tiny little tasks, often mundane and boring which accumulate to great things. I often find it hard to motivate myself to do those little tasks and you may have the same struggle. Following my 3 simple steps will help you become an accomplished achiever.
Like everybody else, you want to be better. Get rid of all those bad habits, you know which one they are but so hard to take away. What if there was a tool to help you defeat those bad habits.
It so happens that such a tool exists.