The Right Effort to Apply
Updated: Sep 7, 2020
We'll always have things to work on.
I’m sure you’re here for that content. I kid, I kid. Actually, I do have two kids. Okay – I’m done now with the horrible puns.
Last week I wrote to you about channeling effortless...creating that streamlined week that flows naturally and drives the results you want. That effortless week takes TONS of effort to get to - we know this! A few hours north of us they're opening up an Alpine Mountain Coaster that's totally terrifying looking and operates solely on gravity as you wind down the side of a mountain in a personal bucket contraption.
I struggled my way through physics so I'm not even going to try and understand how this coaster works...I just know you have to climb to the top, buckle in and brace for the ride (supposedly there's a lever inside so you can control your speed?!?). If I'm crazy enough to attempt this coaster and have great intentions to ride it...it would be silly if I didn't apply my efforts into getting to the top and waiting in line to board. What would happen if I intended to ride this coaster, but applied all my efforts into circling the parking lot?
I'm sure this analogy is not lost on you.
I could tell you a really long list of 'good things' that I think you should be doing, but that may not take you to where you want to go! Only you know where you're intending to go - your dream destination. What I can tell you is this...your habits and calendar are massive indicators of where you're headed. Make a quick outline of where you want to go and the things you want to achieve in the next 6-12 months. Now, take that list and walk it back about 10 steps. What are the small, daily habits that will serve you best to get to that place? What are the things you need in your day to see the success you want? Before you make a to-do list with 1,000 small tasks, I urge you (no really, plead with you!!) to pause. Apply effort to your calendar and your habits. With our efforts focused on the right things, we can begin to channel effortless and compound our successes. If you've been around a while, you know I'm a huge time blocking fan. It's changed my life this last year. It's given me freedom and dedicated space to learn, grow, develop, share and explore. While time blocking is up there in the things I recommend first, I cannot encourage you more to start looking at your habits. Start with creating a list of the habits that will set you up for the success you want. How do they compare with the habits you currently have? Take that fresh list of habits that will drive your big goals and simply....start tracking them. Start with 7 days. Try your best, adopt a work in progress mindset and see what happens. Jot down your takeaways, adjust your habits accordingly and try it again. Fine tune that habit list until you feel up to a 30 day habit challenge! To help you jumpstart your habits, I've created a mini habit tracker. You can find it using the button below and I challenge you to try it out for a week.
CAUTION: your habits are set up for YOU. Nobody else. No comparison allowed.
Always a work in progress,
(self-awareness is a great place to start. find your biggest strengths in 10 minutes, click here)