March!! “So how did that happen? ” we are all asking…
Well, that's life!!
I have to say, for me, and probably for you, it has been an interesting year so far.
On the one hand we have Life… and on the other, our Business or means of financing our life.
And we all know that takes Balance… of work and play from a personal, family, health, spiritual and inspirational basis.
Already that could be feeling a huge burden of responsibility and a mammoth array of things to be achieved in our day to day life.
But… How Are You Doing So Far in 2015?
Just read this…
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does it make you see Life Is Simple & Life Is Short?
… Read deeper than that… read the words
Life is about love, appreciation, deciding to enjoy what you do, embracing new situations and environments, exploring, taking opportunities, being free to live with passion and create and share your dreams.
I find this calming to read, like this is the essence of life… and although the reality will no doubt have some sad, frustrating, depressing and stressed times… it is good to have a baseline to return to.
Life is Short
If you are reading my blog, you will be a person who appreciates opportunity, and has a dream of a life of freedom to live as you choose.
I wasn't planning this story to be part of this post… but it is from examples like this, we learn the true value of Living Every Moment
Four weeks ago today I was driving up to the North of England with my parents. Ten days before that I had a call to tell me that one of my younger cousins was dead.
He was 38, a happy working man, just completed an Open University degree and in apparent good health.
He suffered a thrombosis in one of his heart arteries and just died in the night.
What devastation for the family, as always when we lose someone close to us…
Life is short… and can bring bitter blows
But life is short… even if you live to be 90, life is short.
So my message to YOU today is to Enjoy, Be grateful and Take Care of yourself and everything dear to you…. Alongside the business of Business, setting goals and making money.
Business vs Life
Remember you are a whole person, not just a learning junkie or a money making machine, or for that matter a punchbag (not literally!) and servant for other people and your family.
Stay focused in Life and Business
Focus is Good… but tunnel vision is often destructive unless you live a totally isolated life
A Mission is positive... as long as you have time to reflect and wind round the bends and over the hurdles without destroying relationships and inspiration.
My 10 Tips To Stay Focused for 2015
#1 Stop being busy, being busy! Get to grips with the many schedules you have going and gain some accountability from those tasks to you. Sort them and manage them so they work within your control and in your time. Don't let overwhelm grab you!
#2 Small daily improvements are the key to long-term results, be consistent and push the bar from your comfort zone when you've mastered a procedure/skill
#3 Remember, the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts, so be appreciative of who and what brings you pleasure in life and celebrate your successes
#4 Keep the promises that you make to yourself and to others, say what you will do and be true to your word.
#5 The tasks that frighten you, are the ones you want to put off… really try to identify these and when you have, take the plunge and do them… one at a time, before the ones you enjoy!
#6 Ask for help if you are struggling in any aspect of your business or life… we all have challenges we think are just ours… but no, they have been squashed before by someone so do seek help
#7 Small daily improvements are the key to long-term results, be consistent and push the bar from your comfort zone when you've mastered a procedure/skill. Never stop learning… there are lessons in life every day, and changing your thinking will move you forwards if you take action on those teachings. Work toward where you would like to be
#8 In a world where technology is overtaking our communication… spend time away from it and don't pick up your phone when you are with a real person… that is rude and dismissive and breaks any bonds. Be present.
#9 Touch someone's life positively every day. Make this a must, lift someone up, compliment, lend a hand, or just call to say ‘I love you”
#10 Be true to yourself. If you have a mission, and others are not altogether comfortable with you working on it, then Be Courageous in your heart, give it a place to flourish but be comfortable around your family/friends/work mates/sceptics. Keep Posture and work through the waves.
Take some time often to review your progress, and a 7 day plan is a great thing to have, especially in a busy, multi-faceted life! If you fall off the wagon… Reflect, tweek and get to action next week 😉
“A plan relieves you of the torment of choice” … Saul Bellow
If you are have been trying to develop new Habits or routines this year, for business, healthy eating, exercise and have been struggling with this, then take a look at my business partner Gavin Mountfords blog titled The 6 Step Habit Tracking (Goal Achievement) Process
Gavin is one of the most focused Business people I know… and I have really enjoyed the book he recommended here (and the Smart Phone App)
You will see in his follow-up post (What to do if you're a Quitter how he reviewed his progress, tweeked the routine and got back to action to achieve his goal…
Apps like this can be a great tool to keep us on track!
I do hope you have enjoyed reading my Tips, and could find something in this post to identify with… and some Inspiration!
Do Share how YOU are doing so far in 2015 in the Comments below!
So remember Stay Focused in Life and Business, and I wish you a Fantastic 2015 🙂