To many of us, one of our biggest rivals is fighting off distractions. There are so many things that we should prioritize but as soon as we get into what I like to call the “Danger zone”, we sit down on our couch and whoops, the remote control magically appears beside us. As much as we try to convince ourselves that this little breathier might be fulfilling enough to get us up in 30 minutes and then write our post, file our papers, pay our bills, make our lunches, cook supper or do some productive learning… it just ain’t gonna happen!
Let’s see what are the 2 factors that are responsible for this
- Controlling your mind
- Controlling your environment
How to do you control your mind?
Thankfully one is contingent on the other. If you surround yourself with silence, eliminate all gadgets, no cellphone at your reach, no social media and friends, then you create the appropriate environment for your mind to function at its full capacity.
“Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.”-Napoleon Hill
We have been living in a society where everything gets sugarcoated. There was a time when things were said as they are regardless of the consequences. If one was not good at handling criticism, well, just too bad.
Pick up a white sheet and list your 3 main goals that you would like to achieve. Remember to be S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound)
Once you’ve done that- Establish your landscape
Who can you reach out to in this field of interest?
Adjusting your surroundings If I wanted to become a fitness model, would I hang out with people that eat at McDonald’s every other day? You’ve probably guessed right! I would start socializing with more fitness oriented individuals and role model what they do.
Spend the time on your goals the same way you would prioritize a customer if you had a meeting!
Forbes has released a survey, which Darren Hardy uses to illustrate the Fortune 500 daily habits. It showed that everyone who made it to Fortune 500 established a strategy of devoting 90 minutes of their time, every day, to their goals. Darren refers to this as the Sprint and Recover 90-minute Jam Session. However, sometimes we see only one side of the penny. We hear how some of these Fortune 500’s have made it in 3 months and become millionaires. Unfortunately, some of the things that are not as clearly defined as their net value or achievements are their trials and tribulations. Many years of hard work, dedication and great sacrifices are required for their success.
“In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
Ready to be Committed or will you be Interested?