Have you read Kekich’s Credo? I keep a copy of it on my desk and every day I read one “credo” and try to focus on it. If you are not familiar with it you can click the link to get a PDF of it that you can print for yourself. I think this is a good idea. Do it!
Today I want to take a moment to focus on number one…
1) People will do almost anything to stay in their comfort zones. If you want to accomplish anything, get out of your comfort zone. Strive to increase order and discipline in your life. Discipline usually means doing the opposite of what you feel like doing. The easy roads to discipline are
2) setting deadlines
3) discovering and doing what you do best and what’s important and enjoyable to you
4) focusing on habits by replacing your bad habits and thought patterns, one-by-one, over time, with good habits and thought patterns.
We all resist change but at the same time we know we need to change to live the lives we dream of. Time will pass whether we change or not. Our lives will end someday and we will either look back and be happy with what we have done or not. So how do we go about making changes.
First off we need to take small steps. Sometimes it is easier to change things that do not really matter than it is to change the important ones. Throughout my life one thing I have done often is change the way I look. Long hair, then short hair. Beard, then goatee and then clean-shaven. I do this because it helps me become comfortable with change. It is relatively unimportant whether I have facial hair or not. But being comfortable with personal change is hugely important.
In the credo above it says to focus on habits. The obvious habits we might think of are what time we get up, or how we waste our time. Watching TV, eating too much junk food etc. But other habits we have are more subtle. We might be in the habit of not changing! That is a bigger problem than sitting on the couch watching TV eating potato chips. If you are in the habit of not changing you are very likely to miss great opportunities that pass right in front of you. Because to act on an opportunity requires some sort of change.
I’m sure you’ve heard that luck and success are when preparation meets opportunity. Well the opportunities are out there so your job is to be prepared. What better preparation is there than being in the habit of changing? Try to find something to change today. Cut your hair if you want. Eat somewhere new. Anything that you would not normally do. Try making a habit out changing. If you do you will be better prepared when opportunity knocks.
Have a splendid day. (see I changed my usual sign-off )