Let’s face, it, another year is beginning and we want this next year to be better than the last. But, we don’t like making a New Year’s resolution that we end of not following through on, because it will make us feel like a failure.
Instead, this year make a commitment to make real changes and develop habits that will make you feel great about who you are and who you want to be.
Many people have written about balance in their life. How do you have balance in your life when you want to forge in a new direction that will truly make your life better.
From my experience, it can only happen if you make a commitment to yourself and you do it through a process of making incremental positive decisions and develop habits that take you in the direction you want to go.
Running a marathon is not easy.
You can’t decide today that you’ll run a marathon a month from now.
It’s going to take training for weeks and months before your body is ready.
My daughter decided to run a half marathon in her desire to get herself stronger and healthier.
She made a plan of how far she would run on each day to build up to the time of the race.
Breaking her desire into manageable increments of distance and then increasing distance, making the sacrifices to do it several times a week made it possible for her to run successfully.
There are no magic bullets. You have to put in the time and practice, and do it incrementally.
Let’s face it, life is complicated
How do you balance wanting to get ahead in a side business, your family, your job, your health.
Truth is it easy to get way out of balance. If you work too many hours, your health can suffer.
You spend so much time on your business your family suffers.
First thing you will need to do is assess what balance is to you. You also understand that things change from day to day. One day may be totally devoted to your family, your next may take much more of your time on your job and you still are doing something on the side, so there needs to be time for that.
If you don’t take care of your health, by the decisions you make about what you eat and the exercise you get, your health will suffer.
Priorities and Boundaries
Time is the essential ingredient of the entire balance problem. It is important to be aware and schedule your time so that you can develop a routine where you have the time to exercise. have the the time for your job, the necessary time to grow your business, and you can’t neglect the most important people in your life.
Put things on your calendar. You want to have special time with your spouse or your family.
Schedule your personal time for paying bills,laundry, cooking, shopping, personal growth, reading and listening to things that will make you a better person and have a good attitude.
In other words, block off time for what is a priority. Sometimes things are out of balance because of what needs to be done. Sometimes sleep suffers. You just can’t do this all the time or your health will suffer.
Having the Slight Edge
Make the decision that you will do things to reach your goals and that you won’t give up on yourself. Jeff Olson wrote a life changing book called The Slight Edge. It is about turning simple disciplines into massive success and happiness.
Jeff Olson’s book, The Slight Edge.
There are a few people who have made their dreams come true. These people seem to have inner direction that does not let them stop until they reach their achievement.
They seem to have this Slight Edge. Reading this book is a help in having an understanding that it will take more than just the how to’s to make the change in you that will lead you to success.
Why do so many diets fail? It isn’t that they are put together poorly. I know for myself when I have gone on a diet and my mindset for the success of that diet isn’t there, I am not successful. I have sabotaged myself in many different ways. How many people do you know that have done as well.
What do you need to do to make it happen? Discover the one thing that will help you achieve your goal and a life long dream and the ladder to your success. As Jeff explains, it takes much more than the how to’s. Not that they aren’t important, but the changes that lead you to success come from within you. Once you discover how your philosophy…. creates your attitude …. creates your actions… which will in turn create your results
Jeff talks about the essential key being our philosophy and attitude. Self help books, all the how to’s are not enough. I encourage you to read Jeff’s book and create The Slight Edge in your life
With your diet, make good food choices, write down what you’re eating for the next week.
Add things to your routine.
With your family, write a note of gratitude to your spouse, write a note to your friends, With your children, make sure you carve out some individual time time with them.
With your business, focus on improving a skill or learn something that you need to know.
If you are in a job, make sure that you are doing more than just getting by. What if I hate my job and the people I work with.
Hating or disgruntled, that attitude will not help you get very far when you are in business.
There will be times in your life where you will need to work harder, it will be OK.
Don’t be afraid, that sometimes you will not be successful or that it is taking longer. It is during this time, we usually learn the most.
Your long term business success will come from making little improvements every day and that is where you will find your Slight Edge.
Having intention and commitment that you will pursue what needs to be done and to learn your skills will enrich your life and give you the success you are looking for.
So if you’re ready to make this next Your Year – if you’re bold enough to commit, get the mentor-ship and help you need to build a successful business, with residual income – then go ahead and check this out!
To Your Success,