I hear a lot of leaders talking about “turning the corner”. They want to go from the wildly busy, all-encompassing days of COVID back to “the basics”. It even applies to our life at home. I’m talking to you COVID 20 pounds!
If you are finding yourself wanting to get back to normal life, ask yourself these two question
Question 1: “If an invisible person followed you around all day, what would they see?” Would they see you wasting a lot of time on email and social media? Would they see you working at your goals? Would they see someone who is just going through the motions.
Our lives are largely the result of the actions that we take each day. Are you taking actions that move you forward to the future you desire, or are you engaged in time-wasting, worthless activities? What would that invisible person logically conclude about you, your life, and your future?
Question 2: “If you lived that same day, every day, for the next 5 years, what is the logical outcome?” So, if you kept living your average day over and over, where is your life likely to end up? Now, compare that logical conclusion with the life you’d like to have. How close are they?
Are you likely to end up where you want to be financially? Are you currently taking consistent action to have the financial life you desire? Are you likely to have the body that you want? Are you eating nutritiously and exercising regularly? Or are you waiting to start tomorrow, or Monday, or the first of the month, or the first of the year?
Are you likely to be enjoying the type of relationships you desire? If you want to have the dream relationship, how much effort have you put into your relationships lately? Are you likely to be advancing in the career you seek? Do you think it’s probable that you’ll get that position you want anytime soon? Are you any closer to the goals you have dreamt of reaching?
Now you can make some reasonable plans and create some good habits. What do you need to do on a consistent basis to achieve the life you hope for? If you want to lose 3 inches off your waist and weigh 25 lbs less, then your daily actions need to reflect a healthy focus. If you want to go on a dream vacation, then your daily actions should echo a savings mindset.
People largely fail to end up where they wish to be for two reasons:
- They have no idea where they’re going. You can’t get there if you don’t know the destination. If you don’t have a plan, you’re going to live by default, sitting around until something goes wrong and then spending your energy fixing the issue. Alternatively, if you spend your energy driving toward something, you’ll eventually get there.
- They don’t do the things each day that will create the life they want. Success is the result of making positive decisions and taking actions that reflect those decisions.
Ask yourself the two questions above. You might be shocked when you really look at your average day and realize where you’re likely to end up as a result of doing those same things every day. It doesn’t take a lot to be very successful, but it does take consistency.
Establishing daily habits that move you forward toward achieving your goals will result in your success. So which habit will you start today?