Here’s three tips to help: Create a plan, start with gratitude, celebrate your wins.
A colleague of mine often said: “Well begun is half done.” With that in mind it is important to take time to create a plan for your day. Your plan more than a list of meetings and tasks, it’s a plan to work on your priorities.
Identify the one thing you want accomplish before the end of the day to reach your long-term goal. Do that first thing in the morning. Maybe your goal is to write a book. The first thing you do every morning your write for 30 minutes. Maybe your goal is to increase your sales numbers to X. The first thing you do every morning is make X number of sales calls. Maybe your goal is to lose 8 pounds by the end of the year. Every morning you get up and exercise for 30 minutes. Post you top 3 priorities where you can see them and until those items are accomplished avoid working on anything else.
Practice gratitude. It is easy to find reasons to complain. The weather is cold and rainy. The neighbor’s dog is barking. You have the sniffles. Instead look for reasons to be grateful. There is hot and cold water in the tap. You slept in a nice warm bed. You have food in the refrigerator.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius
As you begin to be more grateful you can begin to celebrate the actions you took to move you closer to your goal. Create a log (written or digital) of your accomplishments each day. Then give yourself a pat on the back for taking action. Remember, there is no failure. You either win or you learn.
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