Consistency trumps intensity. Never let what you cannot do prevent you from doing what you can. Perfectionism is the enemy of consistency. It is another TRAP to be avoided. It leads to missed workouts and blown diets. How many times have you told yourself, I cannot get to the gym or do my entire workout, I guess I’ll pick back up tomorrow, or I already blew my diet for today, might as well enjoy myself. I will pick back up where I left off tomorrow. Tomorrow, we always think we will have more time and willpower tomorrow. The funny thing about tomorrow, it tends to look a lot like today. Continue reading Consistency Trumps Intensity – Avoid the Perfectionism Trap
The Law of Diminishing Intent says the time to act is when the idea is hot, and the emotion is strong. When we delay, our intent quickly starts to diminish. The feelings grow cold, and the wisdom is wasted. We should follow through on the idea with action. The time to move is when we are inspired to act. BEGIN. Start installing the necessary habits and disciplines. Do it while the idea is clear in our mind, and the desire is strongest in our heart. Begin while your emotions are stirred.
Installing NEW routines and behaviors requires a herculean disciplined effort. Do not squander your desire. Put it to good use. Take immediate action. Hesitation allows your desire to install good habits that will improve your life to pass without being employed. Don’t allow the emotion to diminish through indecision. Indecision is mental paralysis. Indecision means what could be is postponed or may never be. Indecision means putting off what we could do, what we should do. Indecision means the opportunity waits. Indecision means the door remains closed. The longer we delay, the less likely we are to act. Our desire quickly erodes and fades from existence. The wisdom is wasted, and the idea is soon forgotten. “Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity.” Jim Rohn Continue reading “THE LAW OF DIMINISHING INTENT”
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job, you can make a living. If you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune… Income seldom exceeds personal development.” – Jim Rohn
Jim Rohn said the first rule of economics is that we get paid for the value we bring to the market and not our time. He suggested you develop yourself so that you can become more valuable. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says “Ultimately, there’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself.” Warren typically reads for four to six hours a day and began this habit long before he made his billions. Continue reading “Work Harder on Yourself than You do Your Job”
We can’t achieve anything of significance without discipline. Success and great achievements are only accomplished through years of disciplined effort. We need discipline to adopt the habits that will lead to our desired results. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle. We must be the architect of our daily rituals to take control of our life. Anything we want to accomplish has to be part of our daily habits. Continue reading “DISCIPLINE IS THE FOUNDATION OF SUCCESS”
I think a simple notepad is one of the most powerful self-improvement tools in existence when used to log an activity. Logging the activity creates awareness. Awareness is the first step in changing behavior. It is the first step toward transformation. When you log an activity, you become more mindful of your decisions, big and small.
Often it is the small, seemingly insignificant decisions that are sabotaging our success. Eating that cookie in the break room, losing valuable time by allowing yourself to become distracted while working on something important, skipping a workout, or staying up late watching TV instead of getting a good night’s sleep. Anyone of these decisions by themselves aren’t devastating, but their accumulated effects are. Whatever it is you want to improve, your time management, your leadership, your relationships, your business, your eating patterns, your exercise consistency, or your spending. Continue reading “A Small Notepad is a Self-Improvement Powerhouse”