Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Yesterday was a snow day in Texas. It was glorious. Twelve hours of fluttering snowflakes turned my world into a wonderland. I spent most of the day driving around, playing in the snow, and shooting photos.
Now it's Monday, and I was oh so tempted to send this newsletter out tomorrow. Just because, well, no one would notice. Why would they care? There's still snow outside!
Really, in my heart, I knew these were excuses. I really do want to deliver a newsletter every Monday.
And so, I will.
Building Good Habits
Let's talk about building good habits that will enable you to achieve what you desire.
It's no big deal to put off a task or chore for tomorrow. But if we put off the change we desire for ourselves, it is a big deal.
"I'll do it tomorrow" is like a pain killer. You feel better when you say it, but the pain returns again the next day. Then tomorrow you might say, "I'll do it next month." The cycle continues.
This cycle is actually a habit. It's a habit that can last for years, or until something in your life breaks.
Break the habit of putting important things off.
Stop. Take fifteen minutes and do the following:
Write down the most important thing you want to accomplish.
List all the benefits of obtaining what you desire.
List how your life would be if you didn't pursue your desire.
Write a list of things you can do to advance you toward the future you want.
Do something every day that will advance you toward your goal.
Keep it simple. Do this in less than fifteen minutes.
Do what you can today to improve your life tomorrow.
The best way to make lasting change is to create good habits.
Creating good habits is a foundational success principle.
Well, I did it! Newsletter published. Habit reinforced. No regrets tomorrow.
As a reminder I plan on doing a newsletter once a week every Friday.
As I continue to write these newsletters I will learn more and adjust.
As always, feedback is crucial (that's a principle). I would like to know what you are struggling with or simply what you would like to know more about.
I will close this newsletter with my definition of success. If this definition resonates with you, then I'm confident we can grow together.
"I believe the best definition of success is living a life of integrity while pursuing your dreams. Success is manifested by the daily creation of value that serves others."
To your success!