62 Days to Change: Day 1 – Early Morning Clarity

Sleepless Night

This is how I felt after tossing & turning all night…not exactly in the mood to workout!

As I woke up this morning, I was more than a little annoyed that I had changed my alarm several times from 3 a.m., to 4 a.m., to 5 a.m. and still didn’t actually wake up until 6:40 a.m.!  Yes, I was a bit disappointed that on my first day on my journey to changing my habits that I overslept.

But  before I could begin mentally berating myself, I heard God speak to me (yes, I’m Christian and no I don’t mean I was hearing voices.  Anyone who’s also Christian that’s reading this will understand what I mean by that statement).  It was very clear revelation of many things:

  1. Start where you are, stop worrying about being in a “perfect place” to start
  2. You are what you repeatedly do, therefore success is simply a habit
  3. Don’t worry if you didn’t get up on time this morning, focus on what your ultimate objective is (which is to workout everyday) and don’t miss get caught up in the details

Once I took a moment to reflect upon those three statements, I understood exactly what God was trying to say to me.  For one, I’m a perfectionist.  This means if I don’t wake up as scheduled, I’d use that as a subconscious excuse not to workout that day!  I’m coming to the awareness of how much I’ve been engaging in this self-defeating habit.

Start Now!

No matter where you are, start NOW to make the necessary changes to live the life you want LATER!

Next the fact that we are what we repeatedly do made success suddenly seem like something within reach.  I thought about a simple example of someone who was out of shape and wanted to start working out.  I thought about if this person decided to start at just 10 minutes on a treadmill a day, wouldn’t they be at a different place in 30 days if they did that every day?

The answer came back to me as a resounding yes!  I could now see and understand that anything that I want to be successful at in life is just a matter of me forming the habit to work toward that goal every day.  This also includes getting in shape.

Lastly, I needed to get over my own ego and pride that I had woken up later than I wanted to and refocus on what my goal was.  It’s to develop of working out everyday.  So since at the moment I have the time to workout whenever I get up, I needed to shrug off the time I woke up, get my tush out of bed, and go workout!

And that’s exactly what I did!

I must admit I feel so much better now.  I decided to go with Turbo Jam:  Cardio Party, Mix 3.  I hadn’t done it in several months, but I was able to keep up and actually finish he workout!

All in all, day one has gone well so far.

Now I’m off to work on my study and business habits!

Chat with you tomorrow:)

 

Oh, here’s a short clip of Turbo Jam workouts.

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62 Days to Change: A Prelude to A New Beginning

Sad woman

How I felt when I woke up this morning!

I woke up this morning extremely frustrated by my life.

The past six months have been a very arduous mental and emotional journey from which I have learned a few lessons but I’m severely disappointed with myself that I’m not as far as I thought I would be.

I was so agitated when I woke up, I immediately went into my office and grabbed a book off my bookshelf.  Since I have lots of self-help books (many which have yet to be read), I figured I could read something…anything at this point…to lighten my mood and change my perspective.    My hand went to The Power of Focus: What the World’s Greatest Achievers Know about The Secret to Financial Freedom & Success by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt.  It’s a book I began reading like five years ago but never finished.

I now realize I just wasn’t ready (mentally or maturity wise) to receive the information the book contained, but I’m at a different point now.

happy woman

This is how I feel now that I have a new perspective!

Upon reading the first chapter, I felt so much better.  I mean seriously, the weight of failure and disappointment which was on my chest when I woke had evaporated and a sense of purpose and motivation had taken it’s place.

Now at the end of each chapter, there’s an Action Plan where you are to actually do the steps.  One of the steps at the end of the first chapter was using The Success Formula to break bad habit by forming new ones.

That leads me to this blog post and the next sixty two day journey I’m about to embark upon.  Currently, I’m on a health sabbatical from work and therefore have time to do many things.  Specifically there are three major habits I need to form in order to begin seeing real results in my life.  I’ve felt this way for a while, but I’ve been too lazy, too unmotivated, too discouraged, etc. to actually begin.  With this book, I felt my motivation being reignited and I followed through with the completing The Success Formula for those three habits I need to form.  So here it goes…

The Success Formula

  • Fit & Happy

    I want to be much closer to this by the end of this journey!

    Habit #1 – The Fitness Habit

A. Habits Holding Me Back

Procrastination, not exercising regularly, oversleeping

Consequences:

  • I won’t reach my fitness goals,
  • I’ll continue to feel bad about myself,
  • Zero social life,
  • I’ll continue to be an an angry person inside because I don’t like the way I look

B. Successful New Habit

Daily exercise

Benefits:

  • I’ll feel better about myself,
  • Mental clarity & increased ability to focus,
  • I’ll achieve my fitness goals,
  • Be able to live my life from a point of awareness instead of on autopilot

C. Three Step Plan

  1. Wake up at 3 a.m. everyday
  2. Follow prescribed fitness plan
  3. Write about my feelings, experiences, etc. immediately after on this blog (I find writing extremely cathartic and enjoyable so this was a little incentive I decided to through in at the end!)

 

  • Happy Student

    I want to get to the point where I look forward to and enjoy studying!

    Habit #2 – The Study Habit

A. Habits Holding Me Back

Procrastination, fear of failure, inability to maintain focus, disinterest

Consequences:

  • Stalled success in professional career
  • Fear of school
  • Unable to go further in life and career
  • Lack of confidence in my own scholastic abilities

B. Successful New Habit

Positive approach to studying with mental clarity & focus so I can engage in the activity for extended periods of time

Benefits:

  • Pass professional exams for further success in my career
  • Regain confidence in myself to continue to further my education
  • Reignite my passion for learning and to continue on to get additional professional certifications

C. Three Step Plan

  1. Study & take notes 2 hours daily in book material for exams
  2. Study & take notes 1.5 hours daily from online material for exams
  3. Spend 30 minutes daily reviewing notes from study session

 

  • Nice Car

    I want to be on track to owning one of these in less than a year!

    Habit #3 – The Business Habit

A. Habits Holding Me Back

Procrastination, indecision, and getting frustrated with myself

Consequences:

  • The dreams I have for my businesses will never come to fruition
  • I’ll never be ready to successfully run my businesses
  • Be angry about always having to work for someone else

B. Successful New Habit

Spending time daily working toward the success of my business

Benefits:

  • Finally live the life of my dreams!
  • Be successful in pursuits that I’m truly passionate about
  • Earn the income I have in mind for myself
  • Be on my own schedule and work with clients I want to work with

C. Three Step Plan

  1. Spend 1.5 hours/day working on web copy
  2. Spend 2.5 hours/day working on & implementing concepts from Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
  3. Spend 30 minutes a day planning for the next day and brainstorming new ideas

 

There you have it, those are the three habits I want (and desperately need!) to form over the next two months.

Today I simply wrote out the plans I had for each item but I will be spending time on it as well.

Tomorrow is when my journey “officially” begins.

My goal is to write everyday about it as I go along so whoever one day happens to stumble upon my blog can read my journey (and hopefully) success and be inspired to do the same as well.

That’s all I have for now.

But I do want you to check out the video below which kind of give a quick outline of  The Power of Focus.  I highly recommend the book too!

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