Happy (almost) Friday! The long holiday weekend is just around the corner, the kids are getting ready to go back to school and we are at month’s end….. so I wanted to talk about being a success.
Success means something different to everyone. My definition has changed over the last 6 months both personally and professionally. Yes, there are still days when I wonder if I am a success but most days I feel pretty successful, content where I am for the moment.. Being a self-employed success takes on a different meaning then it did when I was working for someone else. I was blessed to have worked at various non-profit agencies where I felt like I was a success (at least 95% of the time). As we hit the reset button and get back to a new routine for the Fall months, I want to make sure every day is successful.
Here are some tips which might help you:
#1 Start the day with 10 minutes of inspirational thoughts, readings, music, or meditations.
I start my morning with several devotions and a few moments of silent contemplation. I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but for ME, if I don’t start my day with some inspirational words – it is all down hill from there. Of course, I need some coffee along with the inspiration. Quiet time allows my head to “de-fog” and to stomp out any nasty inner gremlins who want to ruin my day.
#2 Remind yourself of the deeper “why” of your work.
Your “why” should be front and center. I have a vision board which helps me stay focused. Does it work every day? NO but on most days it is a great motivator when I am getting a little side tracked or spending too much time on Facebook.
#3 Put on a smile (even it you don’t feel it).
When you smile at someone, don’t they usually smile back? Some days this is tough for me. Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie visit and the best way to get them to leave is to SMILE and gaze at my vision board. Then I get back to work…
#4 Keep your conversation positive.
What do you say when someone asks “How are you today?” My grandfather always used to say “GREAT, no sense complaining”. He was right, no one wants a play by play on how bad your day is. My response, is either “Good and you” or “I’m blessed”. Choose your words carefully in order to stay upbeat. Remember negative thoughts bring negative into your Universe
#5 Do the most important things first.
Prioritize your list of things to do. Start with the one you are dreading the most. Get it over with. Then move to the next 1 or 2 things on your to-do list. Keep your to do list to no more than 3 things. IF you finish them and want to jump on something else, great. I don’t know about you but I feel VERY successful when I can check off tasks from my to-do list.
#6 Maintain a good work/life balance.
WOW! This is one of my biggest problems – I am not good at balancing my time. We are multi-dimensional people and need to do more than just WORK! Tough words for a “struggling, recovering addict/work-a-holic”. Remember the saying “all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl”. It is TRUE!
Making every day a success means you need to CHANGE your MINDSET to a more positive one. How do you make every day successful?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!