DAY 18: Am I creating the life I want?
ACTION ITEM: It’s very easy to get off track and live the life others make for us. It is also empty and exhausting. It’s time to start living the life you want. Write it down. My wife and I ask the question about once a year, “what do we REALLY want?” What do we want: to do, to experience, to be remembered by. Answer this question and follow your path relentlessly. If you’re not creating the life you want, the time to make changes is now.
DAY 17: Are my BIG goals written down where I can see them?
ACTION ITEM: Happy St. Patrick’s Day Lads! There is a podcast I follow by John Lee Dumas. He frequently uses the acronym F.O.C.U.S. during his podcast. Follow, One, Course, Until, Success. We achieve what we focus on. If you’re missing a goal, write it down and put it somewhere you MUST look at it every day. Focus will take over from there.
DAY 16: Am I meditating enough?
ACTION ITEM: I never thought I’d write this post. EVER. However, after taking up meditation I can tell you I’m a more relaxed, happier, alert, creative, witty, person. This fall I read Dan Harris’ book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story and I agree with him 100%. Try it. Just five minutes. See what it does for your life.
DAY 15: Who have I made feel wonderful?
ACTION ITEM: If you can’t answer this one quickly, you’ve got some work to do. I know I do.
It’s extremely easy to become selfish in the world we live in. Me, Me, Me!! But I’m going to challenge you. Think about the last time you did something truly wonderful for someone else. How did that make YOU feel?
DAY 14: What books must I read this year?
ACTION ITEM: “The only difference between where you are today, and where you’ll be a year from today, are the books you read and the people you meet” – Charles “Tremendous” Jones. I made it a point to get a little out of my comfort zone and read some books potentially contrary to what I believe this year. Reading more of the same will only get me where I’m at.
DAY 13: What are my world class talents?
ACTION ITEM: I had a breakthrough moment in 2014. What was it? Stop doing shit you hate! Instead, focus all your efforts and energy on what you’re great at and experience much bigger returns. It may be only 2-3 things. Do them and do them exceptionally well. If you don’t believe me, here is a snapshot from my journal.
Snippet from Journal – What am I great at?
DAY 12: What can I do bigger in 2015
ACTION ITEM: You can’t accomplish a goal that isn’t written down. Start there. Next, take a hard look at the goals and ask yourself if you’re selling yourself short? Incremental increases in the right activity can lead to enormous leaps in results.
What do you have to lose?
DAY 11: What do I think about positively every day?
ACTION ITEM: Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “We become what we think about all day long.” We BECOME. Our thoughts shape our actions. Look around at your successful and happy peers. What thoughts run through their brains on a daily basis?
DAY 10: When did I last send a hand written note?
ACTION ITEM: Great leaders in history share the unique feeling and obligation to put in writing their gratitude. I’ve received hundreds of thousands of emails. Few are saved. I’ve saved nearly every hand written note I’ve ever received professionally and personally. Hand written = effort and authenticity!
DAY 9: Who have I asked to challenge me lately?
ACTION ITEM: Believe it or not, some aren’t comfortable challenging you, your thoughts, or your actions. Be the bigger leader and ask for them. Ask them to challenge your thinking, remove the roadblock, and open the collaboration.