I’ll be honest, May did not go very well, and there’s no one to blame but myself. Yes, you might have seen me post on Facebook that I met a goal. I did meet one of my goals. It was a last ditch effort and I was down to the wire, but I met that small goal. Some much bigger goals were missed. And it hurts. A lot.
Talking with my mentors and confidantes about May, and about my goals for June, I’ve decided to go back to the basics. I need to discipline my mind and my body in small daily tasks if I ever want to achieve these lofty goals. I’m listening to The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy on Audible right now. Wow is that a good book! In Chapter 3 he talks about becoming who you need to be to be a well rounded successful person. He gives the example of before he was married he wrote down everything he wanted in his future wife. 40 pages of a journal. (This guy is a little intense…) Then, instead of asking himself “How do I find this woman?” he asked himself “What kind of man is this woman looking for? Who do I need to become?” So he wrote another 40 pages and then worked hard to become that man. And she appeared!
For the last year, I have worked so hard to accomplish a lot of different goals. Not all of them were business related. When I miss my goals, its usually not for a complete lack of trying. Usually when I miss my goals its because my head and my heart aren’t in the right place and I’m trying to take shortcuts. I keep asking “How do I…?” But I’m learning that there are no shortcuts to the kind of successful life that I desire. There’s no shortcuts to be healthy, there’s no shortcuts to intimacy with your spouse, there’s no shortcuts to financial freedom, there’s no shortcuts to a deep spiritual life, and there’s no shortcuts to building a successful business. If I want success in each of these areas of my life, I need to think long and hard about who I need to become to make that happen.
So back to the basics I go. For the month of June I am going to focus on small changes in my daily routine that will shape who I am becoming.
We are what we repeatedly do. -Aristotle
First, I’m going to get up earlier. But I’m not just going to say that. Because I loathe waking up in the morning. I need a reason to jump out of bed. So I’m going to focus my mind on getting up 15-20 minutes earlier so I can spend time with Ryan and Mena. This morning, for example, we went for a walk. It was glorious!
Second, I’m going to read more. I need to fill my mind with inspiration and knowledge. Not just entertainment. One way I’m going to accomplish this is through my Audible books that I can listen to in the car.
Third, Daily Income Producing Activities. I have a chart of IPA’s that I can complete each day. And my goal is to complete at least 5 IPA’s every week day in June. By focusing on these little tasks, I think I will be less overwhelmed by the enormous goals that I have set previously. I’ve found that when I feel overwhelmed, I tend to freeze and stop working. But this will help me keep up the momentum that will eventually propel me towards those same goals.
Finally, I’m going to listen to my Affirmations playlist. This is a playlist of music that I have curated that is about 30 minutes long. Each of the songs can bring me to tears. That’s how much they inspire me. They are songs I can sing out loud while I’m in the car or getting ready in the morning and they give me laser focus on my goals and who I want to be. (Stay tuned for a post series on this playlist!)
I know June is going to be amazing. Hold me to it y’all!
“Cuz if you knock–knock me over–I. will. get back up again!”