Behind every achieved goal, there’s a story about our own personal development. It is a manifestation of experiences, challenges, and our inner abilities all accumulating to one glorious moment, marking off a goal from your “to-achieve list”.
Every goal is a test; a test of willpower, courage, and intellect. But what really sets apart people who are able to reach their goals from those who cave in?
Since achieving most noteworthy goals takes some time, it’s quite difficult to isolate the exact cause that allows some people to achieve their goals and prevents others from achieving theirs.
So let’s ask ourselves a few questions first. Hopefully by the end of this post, we’ll have a broader understanding of what it takes to achieve our own goals.
One of the best things I’ve done for my business in years is starting an email newsletter.
Now, you may be thinking: what a hassle! I have enough to do already! I don’t need another thing on my plate.
Well, good news. An email newsletter actually doesn’t take any more time, beyond the initial set-up. In fact, it’s actually saved me loads of time.
If you do it the right way, starting an email newsletter is an amazing way to grow your network, your business and your income, while actually minimizing the amount of time and effort you have to put into your business.
If that sounds like some “get rich quick” scheme or too good to be true, well, it’s not. You do need to put in work at the outset, but if you set up an email newsletter properly, then you get to benefit with minimal ongoing work on your end.
• to write a novel
• to backpack across Europe
• to leave your job and start your own business
• to makeover your home
• to go back to school
• to recreate your life
• to improve your health (exercise, eat healthy, quit smoking or other toxic habits)
But time passes and “life” gets in the way. We are “too busy” or “too tired.” The groceries, your job, and daily obligations all seem to demand our attention more urgently than our dreams. And over time the dream starts to fade. But it never dies. And here’s the big news:
If you really want it, you can make your dream come true!
Running a business is hard work, but with the help of these 11 top apps, it can be more efficient and easier to manage.
Starting a business requires the entrepreneur to understand a variety of aspects that stretch beyond the product or service they provide.
There are a variety of administrative, financial, and technical details that need to be worked out in order for a business to succeed.
Finding the right methods to make a business run smoothly can sometimes be the most difficult part.
Luckily, in today’s business world, there are apps for almost any business strategy an entrepreneur needs to perform, including the need to share files, run a conference call, scan documents, and manage general tasks.
Following are the top 11 apps available for entrepreneurs.
“I wonder when email officially became work,” I casually commented to my office mate.
“What did we do at work before email?” I sarcastically added.
He smiled, but didn’t look up.
I remember working before email was a thing. Granted I wasn’t in a professional position as I am now, but I still remember seeing my manager’s office. The office had no computers, only paper.
Now, of course, it’s much different. There are seemingly infinite distractions that can keep you from creating your best work, especially from the computer.
The fact of the matter is that many of us have moved from the proactive, creative work to reactionary work. The move is a result of our attention being divided up by seemingly infinite distractions.
The end of the year makes us think of what we did, what we could have done, and what we'll try to do differently next year. But thinking about changing your life in this “yearly” way isn't a good idea when you consider the implications below.
Your Opportunity To Change Is Always There
New Year's Resolutions imply that your best opportunity to change comes on January 1st. When you do this every year, it will be further ingrained that the beginning of January is your big chance to change yourself. Then, on a random day in November, when you have a great opportunity to change starting today, you might just delay change for your resolution in January.
Every day that passes is a chance to move forward or backward, I think we all realize that. But what can be a little less obvious is that today is largely going to be a result of the days before it. A person can theoretically do anything with a new day, but approximately 45% of our behavior is habitual (2006 Duke Study), so it's unlikely to be drastically different.
This is why life is a game of momentum. The more you move forward, the easier it will be to continue and achieve more. But if you find yourself going backwards, it is no easy task to reverse your course. Or is it? *dun dun dunnn!*
We’ve never had more tools at our disposal to work more efficiently, and yet we’ve never been more distracted.
We spend most days trapped in our inboxes and shuffling around our calendars, only to be left wondering where the day went.
We overschedule, overload, and overstimulate ourselves so much that it leaves us very little time or mental energy to get real work done.
But what if you could clear your schedule, take fewer meetings, and say “no” more often? You might actually accomplish something. By eliminating these common habits from your daily routine, you’ll feel happier, less stressed, and more productive.
Do you know what you’re most valuable resource is?
Willpower is our vitality, it’s our inner energy, and it’s what enables us to do anything and everything in our lives.
It’s what pushes us to do the hard things we don’t feel like doing, even when there’s nobody to tell us.
And since it’s our fuel, once we run out of it our day is shot. We’ll spend the rest of that day working robotically until we can plop our butt’s back down on the couch at home. All our work becomes subpar, and any decisions we make will be determined by the easiest choice, not the best.
That’s what happens when we run out of willpower. As such, understanding, maintaining, and strengthening our willpower is essential to having a happy and productive day.
Many people assume inspiration and motivation to mean the same thing.
They're so different, however, that I only believe in seeking one of them, and it's inspiration.
Why Getting Motivated Is An Unreliable And Frustrating Strategy
Getting motivated is such a backwards practice. Many don't realize this, but it often involves using your willpower to force or convince yourself to feel like doing something; it's an ironic brute force objective that states, "I'm going to want to do this whether I want to or not." Getting motivated is a struggle to change your inner feelings.
You’re stuck at an event for an organization you don’t care about. You’re surrounded by people you don’t like. And you’re making small talk that bores you to tears.
Has this ever happened to you? If so, why do you do it?
If you’re like most people, you may spend dozens or hundreds of hours each year attending events, conferences, or networking mixers because we think they will help our business or our career. But the truth is, we have no clue.
At the same time, we all complain that we’re too busy. There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. We want more time to spend with our family, to exercise, to devote to a hobby, or to just relax.
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