Here’s how to identify and clear your biggest hurdles in all areas of life for a happier more successful life today!
For as long as I can remember, my uncle carried around a stack of 3” x 5” index cards for making lists, usually in his chest pocket. His little notes to himself, reminders, to-dos, and messages always kept him prepared and made him feel more in control of his day.
This system never worked for me. Whether index cards or post-it notes, I always failed. I would either lose them, they would come unstuck and float to the floor or behind a desk, or they were just never where I needed to see them when I needed to see them.
Ever wonder why most of us have been asked the same 2 questions in every job interview we’ve ever had?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
They’ve become cliché from overuse, and I even rolled my eyes while typing them. But stay with me—there are good reasons why they’re so popular.
The list is the origin of culture. It's part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order…how, as a human being, does one face infinity?” —Umberto Eco
There’s a famous photo floating around the Internet of one of Johnny Cash’s to-do lists that’s simply hilarious…
I often hear a lot of push back around planning your time. But let’s set the record straight. Yes, being in the present moment is “the way,” but it doesn’t mean NOT planning for your future or setting any goals. That’s too black and white. It means plan as much as you can to be in alignment with how you want to spend your time to be MORE able to live in the now. When you map out your goals and time frames, it actually produces more freedom to live in the present moment.
Back in early April, I found myself on my knees, scrubbing my bathtub. Within an hour, I’d moved on to re-organizing my sock drawer, then dusting furniture, when it finally hit me—I was literally doing anything to avoid my 2018 taxes!
I even have an amazing woman whom I love, and she comes and cleans for me once a week. I try to stay within my zone of genius as much as possible, and I suggest you do so too, since time is our most precious commodity—and cleaning is not in my zone of genius whatsoever— so what the heck was I doing? Have you done this?
Sometimes in the evenings, when you’re looking back at your day, do you find that nothing on your “goal list” got done? This used to happen to me more than I’d like to admit. That’s why I’ve spent the last years intensely studying what makes us more efficient with time so we can knock out busyness and get on with the joy are lives are supposed to be made of.
How many days do you spend the bulk of your time running around putting out fires?
How much closer could you be to your big dream if you stopped letting the tail wag the dog? There’s actually a way to work half the amount you are now and make twice as much money and time for things you love. Focus baby focus.
Who reading this hates when asked to make a list of personal or professional goals? Like writing it with a pen/pencil on actual paper?
I used to despise it. I couldn’t narrow big ideas, didn’t know how to articulate others, and felt a few were just unattainable fantasy.
But the truth is the more you do this the more you’ll see your busyness fade into the sunset. Also, guess what? You end up creating your life by design — one that you truly love. Most people go through their whole lives never discovering their true desires because of some falsity that it’s wrong to have or want, and that if you do it means you don’t appreciate what you have. But it’s not “either or mentality,” but a “both mentality” that’ll create true joy, abundance and success.