With the budding revolution of simplicity, minimalism, and the Paleo diet, even decisions can be broken down to just a few steps. Here are the 4 ingredients that I like to shake, not stir, when I’m getting ready to take a big gulp: reading, research, reflection, and writing. Read more…
“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” asks Anthony Robbins, also affectionately known as Tony Robbins and considered a leader in self-help. Billy Mays would be proud of this profiting self-improvement guru that is regularly featured on 30 minute infomercial style lectures selling the hope of success like it is a slap-chop. Mr. Robbins has gained fame beyond his peers of cracker jacks and life coaches that preach to deaf ears. I am reminded of my grandmother snoring with the home shopping network on in the background. They lure in desperates with the sliced and diced carrots of money, success and stability. Their multi-step plans and lists of tips have an overall common denominator: attain your desires with simplicity and ease. Simply and easily? Whoever heard of anything worth having being gained through simple and easy methods! According to Danny Dreyer, famous as an expert in “chi running”, a specialized training program for distance runners, “Struggle is the food from which change is made.” Deductive reasoning will lead us to assume the avid followers of these cereal box life solutions are not already successful. We will root for them making the Wheaties box next year, but probably, they will just be taking down bowls of this stuff with no resulting change.
So how is success gained? Mr. Robbins asked the right question. What should a success searcher incorporate into their daily routine? Preparation and persistence towards their individual goals. Machiavelli recognized the value of preparation. He wrote that a prince should always practice in action and in thought the art of war so he would be ready to handle it at the necessary time. He wrote, “Therefore [the prince] ought never to lift his thought from the exercise of war, and in peace he should train more than in wartime. This he may do in two ways: one is with his deeds, the other is with his mind.” He went on to say about an example, “that because of these continuous cogitations there could never arise any accident when he was leading armies for which he did not have the remedy.” Being ready and able is half the battle towards success, after all. The other half of reaching success is the stamina it takes to prepare day in and day out for an achievement that is not yet within your grasp. This week, my week will be about persistence. I am in my second week of working out and launching my blog. The hours and the struggle are wearing on me and the initial adrenaline is running out. I know I must overcome this basic resistance and future challenges to be a success at these endeavors though. Besides if I stop now, I will never get that cookie.
Note: I am aware desperate is not a noun, but I believe in the malleability and creative evolution of the English language.
While working out this morning (yes, I am strategically leading with that tidbit since today is Day 5 of the new workout plan implementation), I saw a segment on ABC News in which watchers describe their week in 3 words or less. What an excellent way to employ interactivity—even if John Smith’s exclamation, “made shit happen”, is not my business. Check it out:
If I were to describe my week in three words, they would be “I will succeed.” Maybe it is all of Obama’s rhetoric for change, but I’ve been inspired! 2010 will be a year of change and success. Okay, so it is about three months too late for 2010 New Year’s Resolutions—I’ve been busy, OK! I was promoted to “e-Business Programs Lead”. Cha-ching! I have lost weight. Oh yeah! My blog readers doubled to almost triple digits. Phew! Besides, better late than never as they say…
According to Benjamin Franklin: “Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.” So for me to plan for change and success in the rest of 2010, I need to figure out what I’ve already done. Last year, I learned to juggle my career with my extracurricular activities. Yes, ‘activities’ is code for drinking at the bar with friends too late and too often. But in January, I quit drinking and smoking for 6 weeks. No support from Obama on that one. Maybe he should follow my lead. In February, I began working out, albeit for two weeks, but going strong again this month. And in March, I launched my blog. I am incredibly grateful for the aforementioned success I have reaped from those efforts, but what’s next?
One of the keys to success is preparation so I’ve decided to plan the next 3 months worth of goals. In April, I will have fully incorporated yoga and running into my workout plan. In May, I will be fully involved with a non-profit. In June, the month of my birthday I might add, I will have learned and be fully excelling at my new responsibilities compulsory to my promoted position. 3 months. 3 words. I will succeed… I will succeed… I will succeed…
I have prepared a plan for my readers, too. The days of the week, moving forward, will cover enriching topics as shown below:
Success Saturday: Week in Review
Success Sunday: Week in View
Leave a comment because I’d love to hear about your goals. What would your three words be for the week? What do you want to accomplish this month and next?
It is March 6th, 2010. Go! March forth! Plan for your success in 2010!
But first enjoy this hilarious parody on ABC’s Your Three Words: