Wow………today is the first day where I don’t feel like I simply need to recount what I did during my Miracle Morning time. Instead, I feel like a weight has been lifted in so many ways. The past few days have been really reflective for me, and I feel like I have put on a new pair of glasses and can look at things differently. It’s a pretty powerful thing when you have the realization that the “thing” holding you back is YOU.
“Don’t fear big. Fear mediocrity. Fear waste. Fear the lack of living to your fullest. When we fear big, we either consciously or subconsciously work against it. We either run toward lesser outcomes and opportunities or we simply run away from the big ones. If courage isn’t the absence of fear, but moving past it, then thinking big isn’t the absence of doubts, but moving past them. Only living big will let you experience your true life and work potential.”
“Uncertain of the right to achieve big, or fearful of what might happen if they try and fall short, their head spins just thinking about it and they immediately doubt they have a head for heights. All of this reinforces a “dis-ease” with the very idea of big. To invent a word, call it megaphobia— the irrational fear of big. When we connect big with bad, we trigger shrinking thinking. Lowering our trajectory feels safe. Staying where we are feels prudent. But the opposite is true: When big is believed to be bad, small thinking rules the day and big never sees the light of it.”
I’m DONE thinking small. I’m done doubting myself. I’m done being afraid of “what if.”
Today was a new day with the SAVERS because yesterday I got my official job offer teaching middle school. It was crazy to look at my visualizations this morning and realize that one of the dominoes to make one of my goals come to life just got pushed over!
This poem was in my readings today:
MY WAGE By J. B. Rittenhouse
I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menials hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.
Think about those last two lines. Life is willing to give us our heart’s desire. We just have to be willing to ask vs. settle.
The past two weeks seem to have been ones preparing me for a change. Maybe it’s my attitude. Maybe it’s the personal development I’ve been reading. Maybe it’s a combination of both. I will tell you, that The ONE Thing is a book I will be reading again. Of all the books I’ve read, this one has by far had the biggest impact on my thinking and my attitude. I know starting back to teaching next week will present challenges, but I feel I’m on solid ground and ready to go. I attribute that to knowing that teaching is my purpose, and to be going back to that—although it will be MORE to do—will actually push me to be more productive in all areas of life.
“Our purpose sets our priority and our priority determines the productivity our actions produce.”
“Who we are and where we want to go determine what we do and what we accomplish.”
“The prescription for extraordinary results is knowing what matters to you and taking daily doses of actions in alignment with it. When you have a definite purpose for your life, clarity comes faster, which leads to more conviction in your direction, which usually leads to faster decision. When you make faster decision, you’ll often be the one who makes the first decisions and winds up with the best choices. And when you have the best choices you have the opportunity for the best experiences.”
I find that getting up on the weekends to do the SAVERS is the biggest challenge. I did not want to get up this morning. I must be honest and say that a 5 a.m. wake up was not even close to happening. But, I did do my savers when I got up.
“Your journey toward extraordinary results will be built above all else on faith. It’s only when you have faith in your purpose and priorities that you’ll seek out your ONE Thing. And once certain you know it, you’ll have the personal power necessary to push you through any hesitancy to do it. Faith ultimately leads to action, and when we take action we avoid the very thing that could undermine or undo everything we’ve worked for— regret.”
“If you could go back in time and talk to the 18-year-young you or leap forward and visit with the 80-year-old you, who would you want to take advice from? It’s an interesting proposition.”
I personally would want to go and visit my older self. There aren’t things in the past that I would want to go back and change. But, I do feel like I’m in a place where lessons from the future me would be helpful.
“All success in life starts within you. You know what to do. You know how to do it. Your next step is simple. You are the first domino.”
I have found a domino and placed it on my desk as a physical reminder of what it is I need to do each day. I like being able to have something to touch and think about what it is that needs to be done. Something about the physicality of it seems to trigger a focus in my brain.
Systems. Chapter 15 of “The One Thing” is all about systems and specifically about Time Blocking. This is a fundamentally different way of organizing time compared to how I currently do things. I like lists. I like to check things off the lists. However, simply checking off things that really don’t matter doesn’t move me toward my goals. So, then, the shift to “time blocking” begins. Today, I will map out my week. I will block out my Miracle Morning. I will block out my time at work. I will block out my Power Hour for my business. I will stay focused each day on my ONE THING for the day that will drive me toward my goals. And, the ONE THING needs to be something that makes everything else easier or unnecessary. (FYI——by typing this I am putting out some affirmations….telling myself that this WILL happen.)
Today’s take aways:
“The most productive people, the ones who experience extraordinary results, design their days around doing their ONE Thing. Their most important appointment each day is with themselves, and they never miss it. If they complete their ONE Thing before their time bock is done, they don’t necessarily call it a day. They use the Focusing Question to tell them how they can use the time they have left.”
“Productive action transforms lives.”