A few weeks ago (25 March) a concept came to me about life and success. It became clear to me that the 2 key factors to achievement were 'Preparation' and an 'Active' approach. Really simple and basic but it has stuck in my mind.
Let me give you a few examples;
Relationships - Active action must be taken in order for it to succeed, being passive and not making an effort to sustain a relationship will cause it to weaken and end, some say love is enough, but love is a VERB and it takes an active rather then a passive approach.
e.g. Actively making the effort to go to bed at the same time and switching everything off. I know this sounds basic, but many couples go to bed at separate times, someones on the computer another is watching TV and time flies. I think it can impact on intimacy, we make an active effort to ensure we are in bed at the same time no ifs, no buts.
Careers - That dream job/promotion will not just come to you, sitting down and just doing the day to day standard work. It will not bring you the satisfaction you want or even deserve, again active action is require, force and push will make that difference.
I left a job at one of the big 4 consultancies and an amazing salary, why? To go to another company for less but to do what I want to do, but with the knowledge that I will achieve more in all aspects then I could ever had staying where I was comfortable.
The preparation element is all about having a clue about how you are going to be active. Having a plan is essential and will stop you from being confused and going round in circles.
I am one of those people that has a notepad, diary constantly by my side. I probably have about 4 in constant rotation, which can get a bit confusing, but it works for me.
Anyway my plan is to live the active prepared life on a week to week, month to month year to year basis. I'll use a blog post to track how I progress with it, this is all part of the preparation element.
These are really personal to me and things that I've struggled with and may seem strange, but if I can master these small things it will breed in me the discipline to master my other giants. The plan is for these thing to become actively integrated in to my normal living I wont need a list/to prepare they just will be.
- I will tackle important tasks as soon as they come in
- I will not read/ absorb negative things about myself
- I will not procrastinate on the internet - only use only for education, completing tasks, work.
- I will daily read the word and meditate on it
- I will not spend any money on none essentials
- I will share some love with someone in need
- I will only drink water this week
- I will start and continue the NHS couch to 5K challenge
- I will do 5 days at home workout circuit
- I will eat a Veggie/fish diet this week - fish at lunch/ dinner