It seems like everyone thrives on letting others know how busy they are. Whether that is true or not, we seem to associate busyness as the norm. Anything less and you are tagged as lazy or a slacker.

The harder you work the more others notice. The longer hours you put in the quicker you join the path to advancement.

However, while there can be truth found in these ideas, too many people battle fatigue and burnout because they’re afraid to be passed by and passed over.

The downside in this way of thinking is while you may be racking up the hours your creativity suffers. Instead of presenting fresh and new ideas, we continue to roll out the same old thing with just another paint job and description slapped on it.

The secret behind fresh words and new ideas is your ability to rest.

Taking time to unplug, get away, put down the smartphone and walk away from a screen has a natural way of rejuvenating the mind. It’s nature’s medicine to giving you fresh eyes on the roadblocks you may face.

If you discipline yourself to live by a calendar and work from a list, do yourself a favor and schedule time to rest. No multitasking or peeking at email, shut down and walk away.

If you can do it right now, start. If not, put it on your calendar and make it a weekly event.

The next time someone asks you how are things, tell them, “you’re resting!” It will become your favorite response that you give all week.

Making Adjustments on the Fly

There’s a common response I hear when I ask people how their day is going. Can you guess what it is? Did you say, “I’m not getting anything done that I planned on getting done.” In other words, implying that their day has been one interruption after another.

Not only have I had days like this, but I’ve had weeks where it seems like I’m in constant reactionary mode.

I’ve also watched people get angry, stressed, as well as take it out on others just because things didn’t go as planned.

The other day I was having a conversation and someone said, “It seems like nothing gets to you.” While that idea is completely untrue, I’ve learned to not hold on to distractions long. At the end of the day, I can’t change the cause, but I can change how it impacts my behavior.

The greatest skill that you could learn is to quickly make adjustments on the fly.

Here are just a few things I take into consideration when I encounter something I didn’t plan for:

1. The end results outweighs my temporary feeling of discomfort.
2. It’s not personal… Sometimes things just don’t workout.
3. Deal with it ASAP and keep moving.
4. Condition yourself that things won’t go as planned and you will need to make adjustments.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t feel overwhelmed at times, but being organized and in control of my schedule as much as possible allows me to adjust on the fly without little damage.

Whatever time management system works best for you, make sure you’re leveraging it to its fullest capacity. Be proactive about your schedule and workload and last but not least, the more organized you are the easier it is to adjust quickly.

If I can do it, so can you!

It Will Take Sacrifice

The path to fulfilling our goals are never roads where everything comes easy. It usually takes sacrifice of some kind.

If you’re going to excel, it will cost you!

It doesn’t matter if you’re launching a business or trying to eat healthy and get in shape, there will be sacrifice on your part.

Unfortunately, there are somethings you may not know in advance, but when it occurs you’ll need to make a decision; do I quit or sacrifice and move forward.

The price can be high at times. Everything of value will require sacrifice from someone.

It could cost you:

  • Time
  • Friendships and relationships
  • Friction from family
  • Money
  • Jobs and Networks
  • Opportunities

With everything we achieve there’s a price. If we’re willing to sacrifice and pay the price, then we move closer to achieving the end results.

It’s really up to you. Are you willing to endure a little pain and discomfort? If so, carry on and enjoy the journey.

Accept Change Quickly

The biggest setbacks I commonly see are when people are starring in the face of change. Whether it’s unexpected or they just run out of options, when you force change on someone their whole turns upside down.

The biggest fear of change is usually not knowing what will happen next. Unsettling routines, changing locations and making someone expand beyond their known world spells disaster for many.

But, why? What is it about change that stirs an array of emotions and fears?

I discovered when change forces me to do things differently I usually wish I would have made the changes sooner. The thing that I feared the most becomes the thing I’m most grateful for in the long run.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that making the change will be the best for us moving forward. The simple key is silencing the “what ifs” and making it happen.

The are no quick tips or twelve steps. Say, yes! Then quickly put action to what you’ve been avoiding.

Why fight it? It’s time to make life happen!

Creating Habits

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, establish an exercise program or develop a daily writing habit, creating habits can be a frustrating endeavor. Usually what we do is start off with great levels of energy and determination. We make lists, block out time, buy new gear all with the hopes of finally accomplishing the challenge that we have created.

We bite off big chunks at a time with hopes to do it better and faster than anyone else has done; even though we’re trying to break a cycle of habits that has taken us years to establish.

Unfortunately, we are defeated before we even get out of the gate and begin to see any results.

A few years ago, after letting my eating habits get out of control, I decided I needed to make a change and lose weight. Over a decade of making bad choices, I had allowed myself to put an additional 5–7 pounds a year on my frame.

I knew it would be difficult, but the smartest thing I did was accept that this would not be an overnight success. It would take time, hard work and a goal. However, the goal that I set was so small I knew I could accomplish it. It wasn’t my final goal, but I knew if I could lose two pounds a week within less than a year I would be at my final goal. Within seven months I met my goal, felt like a million bucks, as well as convinced myself that anything else I decided I wanted to do, I could make it happen.

If you’re trying to create smart habits consider:

1. Pick just one thing. Failure is inevitable if you try to do too many things at once.
2. Start small and celebrate small victories. Two pounds a week, writing 500 words a day all add up if you commit to staying the course.
3. Find an accountability partner. I have discovered when I share my goals with others they seem to always show up on the days I need a little encouragement.
4. Track your progress. Use a smartphone app or have a calendar that you use that will serve as a visual reminder and motivator.
5. Keep moving towards your goal. Accept the fact, that there will be days you come up short. However, your commitment to the final goal should outweigh a setback or bad day.

Everyone of us have the power to make things happen, to create healthy habits and make a difference.

Start small, do it day and keep moving!