Here's the thing: If you don't know what you want, how are you going to get it? How are you going to know if you won your game this year? And if you want to win your game, you might want a coach to help you do that. And if you can't afford a personal coach, at least find yourself a mentor, even if he's virtual, even if he's dead. One of my gurus is Ben Adkins who, fortunately, is among the living.
I've been growing as I've been watching him grow. He does this annual Better Life Sequence call. It's been getting simpler and simpler. He's been getting more to the point, and making it simpler and simpler to take the first steps.
So here's what Ben suggests, which is your next assignment. A few years ago, he had us write down three things we want in each of the areas listed below. That was great for the over-achievers among us, the ones who already have good discipline, but it might have a been a bit overwhelming for those of us who weren't yet at his level. I'll include myself in this group. So what we're asking now is that you write down one thing in each of the following areas that you'd like to do better. I'll share mine as we go so you know I'm also doing the work.
There are two ingredients necessary to succeed: time and money. So we'll start with time. This is what it takes:
If you're off in one, the whole system will suffer. So if things are going wrong, you want to note what's not in place. If you can't seem to get it right in one area, don't double down on it; look at what's missing and get that back in place.
As to the money, we'll get to that in our next post.
If you've been following me for a while, or even if you just scrolled back, you might have noticed I set up a bunch of goals at the beginning of 2016. In the spirit of completing that, I copy them here, and note my progress, and what I am already doing.:
And I just want to add as I was completing this, that I got that I have done a lot more than my day to day self tends to admit.