I don't know about you, but I like learning lessons from the media I consume, whether it be movies, songs, blogs, or even instagram feeds. You could say I'm easily inspired :). Sometimes, though, the lessons aren't so obvious. And other times, the lessons are plain to see, but it's unclear whether I agree with them. Which brings me to this quote from Disney's 2019 version of Aladdin:
Jasmine: "You cannot just break into a palace like you own the place!"
Aladdin: "If you don't have anything, you have to act like you own everything"
Is he right?
As of today, it has been exactly 546 days since I’ve last snoozed - and counting. Prior to my personal breakthrough, I spent years of my life trying to kick the bad habit unsuccessfully, so you could say I’ve learned some things along the way. Now, I’m able to get up without snoozing 365 days a year! In this post, I’ve boiled it down to four easy steps so that you can be saying the same thing a year from today :)
If you’ve read anything about goal setting before, you’ve probably heard that good goals are SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. That’s great, and it’s true. It’s just not all. If you want to actually reach your goals, you’ll have to account for these 6 aspects of goal setting.
I genuinely believe that most people are successful, at least to some degree or by some definition of the word. But to win in every area simultaneously - career, marriage, parenting, nutrition, fitness, sleep, finances, friendship, integrity, enjoyment, fulfillment, community service, mental development ... (and I could go on) … - that’s a totally different ballgame!
Still, some people are even able to prosper in everything, for a time. Eventually though, the juggling act catches up with us, and whether we admit it or not, we know we aren’t thriving holistically to the extent that we could be. At that point, we’re right back where we started - winning only fractionally and temporarily.
While it may seem impossible to achieve sustainable success in every area of life, I’m convinced there’s a specific solution that not only makes it possible, but probable, and our entire pursuit of living richly hinges on it.
On the whole, I find that not only do we want and intend to live the best life possible, but that we usually believe we're on the right path to doing so. In other words, we generally feel good about the decisions we make.
At the end of the day though, the goal isn’t that we feel good about our decisions - it’s that we make the right decisions. And we know we’re choosing rightly if our choices produce the outcomes we’re wanting to see.
So, if you feel like there’s some room for improvement in one or more areas of your life, apply this one-step method for making better decisions and start getting better results today.
Maybe you've heard it said before, that "it takes 3 weeks for something to become a habit." Well, I don't know about you, but I've done plenty of things for three weeks before that I don't do anymore. I've done things for three years before that I don't do anymore. So what's the deal? In my opinion, it takes much more than time to effectively form a habit.
If our journey in life hinges on our own ability to make the right choice in any given moment, we're setting ourselves up to fail, big time.
For one, our motivation levels fluctuate, and the inspiration to keep going when we don't feel like it sometimes just isn't there. And even WITH all the motivation in the world, we're still limited: we only have so much time in the day, and our brains only have so much capacity for conscious thought-processing and decision-making. With our long lists of goals and responsibilities, any progress we make in one area is often matched by shortcoming in another.
Thankfully, there's a simple solution that will take us far past where our own aspirations or willpower ever could.
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