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Out of balance

Are you out of balance?  Balance is not a point in time, static state.  It is a process of constantly shifting and adjusting.  How long could you stay up on a bicycle without movement and adjustment?

For most of us, getting out of balance is a process too.  It is typically not a result of one decision but rather a series of decisions or indecisions.  Most of us don’t take the time on a regular basis to stop and reassess, “Am I spending my time on what is truly important to me?”

The good news is that you don’t have to stay out of balance.  Take an hour and evaluate your time vs. your values.  Odds are pretty good that you are doing a lot of things, spending a lot of your resources, on activities that you don’t value.  It is ok to say “no.”  Drop some of your commitments.  Other commitments do “good enough” instead of to the best of your ability.  Find other people to take up some of your commitments.

Just a little

Have you ever known the person who suddenly becomes a vegan, starts spending hours in a gym despite never being away from the couch for more than twenty minutes and loses twenty pounds in a month?  They look great.  They feel great and other than an annoying habit of talking about animal rights while you’re trying to enjoy a bacon double cheese burger, they seem incredibly happy.  A few weeks later, their running shoes are collecting dust, they gained back all of the weight and they are eyeing your bacon double cheese burger.

When you are looking to make a change, the most important thing to consider is how sustainable that change is.  Think of it this way.  If you are trying to save money, if you start putting away $1 a day, you are probably not going to notice it but after a year you will have saved $365.  Now if you go super aggressive and decide to suddenly start putting away $50 a week, you will notice it.  But if you are only able to keep it up for a month, you have only put away $200 dollars.  The little amount that you can keep doing makes a greater change than the a massive change you can’t sustain.

When you making a change in your life, start small.  So small that it is easily sustainable and repeatable.  Make it easy to do, so easy that you will barely notice.  Once you have secured that change, you can make the change even a little larger.  Not much.  Over time, these little changes will add up to significant changes over time.

What is the least that you can do?

I mean it.  If you are feeling stuck.  If you are unhappy with where you are and it seems like you can never get ahead, ask yourself, “what is the least I could do right now to improve things?”   What is the easiest thing you could do right now to move just a couple of inches in the right direction?  There are tons of things you can do.  Don’t worry about all of them.  Don’t worry about which of them are more important.  Don’t worry about which one of them you SHOULD do.  Just focus on which thing you could do right now that would require the least amount of energy and you will put up the least amount of resistance.

Improving your life, especially if you are feeling stuck, isn’t about doing one or two grand things.  It is about doing a lot of little things everyday.  It is about doing what you can do right now instead of focusing on what you are not doing.

Just 10 Ideas

I was listening to a pod cast with James Altucher.  He explained one of his daily tasks that I thought was worth sharing.  Every day he writes down ten ideas.  He may write down ten ideas about how he can grow his business, ten ideas how have a better relationship with his wife or even ten ideas on how Coke could make its products better.  It doesn’t matter, just write down ten ideas.

There are two big benefits from this.  First, James does this to keep his problem solving skills fresh.  Second, this is a way to force yourself to stretch your own ideas.  If you spend a few days writing down ideas on how to solve your client’s problem, you are going to come up with some new and good ideas.  Sure, you will come up with a lot of tired or even bad ideas but that is ok.  This practice is similar to the 20 ideas in 20 minutes I’ve written about and have suggested to my clients in the past.  Those that actually do it have pushed themselves to new levels.

I think the ten a day will be a little less stressful and longer lasting.  I start today.

Free book for New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve made my book Greater Than available for free on Amazon for a limited time.  While Greater Than is a made for anyone seeking to achieve more in their life, it is very relevant for someone trying to make and keep resolutions.

This free offer is only available for a few days, so please take advantage of it.  Do you know someone who needs a little help with getting started?  Share Greater Than with them, especially now that it is free.  We could all use some help some times.

Five tips for keeping your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is a week away.  Are you ready to make resolutions that you will actually keep this year?  Studies have shown that as many as 90% of people have abandoned their resolution within six months but it is possible to stack the deck in your favor.  You can be one of the 10% who actually keep their resolution and accomplish their goals.

Here are five top tips to make 2016 your most successful year:

1.) Be specific: The more specific your resolutions, the easier it is to set up strategies for success.  It is also easier to celebrate successes towards your goals.  For example, don’t settle for a resolution to get in shape.  Instead, set a goal to hit the gym three times a week for 45 minutes.

2.) Include your inputs as resolutions: As I tell my clients, the three most important words in accomplishing your goals are measure, measure and measured.  That have specific measurable goals, measure your efforts (inputs) and have reasonable measured steps to take along the way.  Inputs are the efforts you take to reach a larger goal.  For example, inputs for losing 30 pounds might be exercise three times a week, pack a healthy lunch four days a week and limit yourself to 1800 calories.  Inputs for building a home business might be make ten customer service calls a week, attend two networking events a month and place one ad a month.  By including the inputs in your resolutions, you are more likely to make progress.  It may be harder to get those five pounds off but you can definitely hit the gym.

3.) Create accountability:  External accountability is a powerful force.  This could be an exercise buddy, a business group or a life coach.  Making commitments to other people make it just that much harder back out of a resolution.  Some people have success making bets with competitive family members.  Message me before the New Year with your resolution and I’ll send you a daily email with strategies, advice and encouragement for each of the first 15 days of January.

4.) Focus on “the one”: While you may want to lose weight, double your business, write a novel, blog daily, find a spouse, etc., etc., etc. no one can do all of that well.  Figure out which of your goals is the most important and make that your resolution.  You can make progress toward your other goals but prioritize the big one.  Otherwise, it is too easy to become overwhelmed and accomplish none of them.

5.) Create your action plan: Very little gets done with out a good plan or, at least, a good strategy.  Don’t just say you are going to get a promotion, create a plan and identify what action steps are necessary to do.  Break down your goal into a series of smaller steps that you can accomplish.  Some times the big goal can feel a little daunting.

Make 2016 your best year yet.  You can do this.  Stay positive.  Understand that you will stumble and you are not alone.