At the end of each year, we stop and process the year to prepare ourselves to face new experiences. By now, each one of us has set realistic goals and has started on the process of achieving them.
Well aware that we are Works in progress and that Rome was not built in a day, each one of us requires a lot of determination, commitment and courage to achieve the set goals.
Over the years, I have come to understand that focusing on doing a few things right every day will keep me on the right path of achieving my big goals. We create what we focus on and what we focus on grows.
Among the things I do consistently are:
• Decluttering- I need to declutter my home, work space and life itself. I have to get rid of what does not serve me anymore. Clutter distracts me and weighs me down while decluttering helps me to be neat and organized and helps to create space in the mind. At the work place, I have to declutter my desk regularly to create order. Less clutter enables me to focus and be more productive. In today’s digital world, we receive a lot of unnecessary information on both our computers and telephones and the essential information has to be organized into some files. This information clutter demands that I declutter both the computer and telephone more often. Having too much stuff, too much information or too much to do can cause stress.
• Time management
Time is a limited resource and has to be managed effectively. The most successful among us have acquired the best time management skills. They have control of their time and therefore are able to focus and be more productive. They do not rush through things so they tend to make good decisions and even save themselves time to relax and unwind. Their good time management skills teach them self-discipline in other areas of their lives.
• Being real
You begin by being honest with yourself and then extend it to others. Being honest with yourself helps you build the confidence you need to win in life. You can easily admit when you need help from others. Humbling yourself to ask for help is essential for your growth and maturity. Being honest with others is key to being trusted by them and in building strong, lasting relationships.
• Keeping Healthy
Knowing very well that I need to be healthy to express the full range of my unique potential within the environment I live, I take responsibility for my own health and teach others to do the same.
I make informed healthy choices every day to maintain a state of physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. Adopting a way of life that lowers the risk of being seriously ill or dying early requires me to make small changes that ensure that I maintain a healthy weight, eat healthy meals, exercises regularly and visit my doctor and dentist for regular checkups.
This quote by Denis Waitley reminds all of us the importance of health and time in our lives: “Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they are depleted.’’
• Maintaining an attitude of gratitude
I have to start by appreciating what I have and making the most of it for my own good and for the good of others. In this fast-paced world, I have to stop and take time to find joy in what I have accomplished. I have to give thanks for the small successes or wins which finally add up to my big vision.
When growing up, I used to take things for granted but as I grew older, I understood that many other people contributed to what I became. They did so by doing small things that made my life easy and many of them continue to do so to this day. I needed to show my thoughtful and heartfelt gratitude to them consistently and frequently. This has helped me to maintain a good relationship with family and friends and to acknowledge their role in the achievement of my big goals and personal growth.
An attitude of gratitude warms the heart of the giver and receiver and makes us better people.
Getting the above five things done right gives me the confidence,energy and discipline to follow my big goals through and finally make my vision happen.
Mark Gorman’s quote emphasizes the importance of having a vision in life: “Not all dreamers are winners but all winners are dreamers. Your dream is the key to your future. The Bible says that “ without a vision(dream) a people perish.’’ You need a dream, if you’re going to succeed in anything you do.
So keep dreaming big and working relentlessly towards making it a reality.
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