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Goals Always Drift With The Wind
Have you noticed that airplanes fly crooked?
Heading to their destination, winds attempt to blow them off course. That’s why pilots turn their aircraft into the wind. They call it Wind Correction.
The same thing happens when you set a Goal. While you would prefer the straight path, you will likely run into winds that will blow you off course.
Your spouse doesn’t agree with your plans. Your boss demands more hours. Your kids, friends, and responsibilities keep blowing you further away from your dreams.
It’s time to start thinking like a pilot.
Always set goals that factor in winds that will blow you off your course. Keep an eye on your final destination. Make small corrections until you get where you’re heading.
Law of Attraction Made Simple
The Law of Attraction should be called the Law of What You Think About Most.
Like attracts like. What you think about, you get.
If you think, "I won't get it because I never do" - you are correct.
Dreaming of something new while focusing on current problems is a sure way to keep spinning your wheels.
The secret is to focus your attention and actions on what you want to attract. That will require a dedicated effort. Vision Boards, lists of goals, daily journaling are all great ways to stay on track.
The “Law of What You Think About” is magical and straightforward…
Decide what you want. Believe it is possible. Focus on the future, not the past. Don't stop until you get it.
Are You Eating The Big Frog First?
I have a question for you.
What is your ONE most important activity?
What is the ONE core activity that makes everything else fine?
What is the ONE core activity that if you don’t do causes everything to fall apart?
In Brian Tracy’s book Eat The Big Frog First he recognized that many people focus on anything but the most critical activity in their life. They are usually surprised when things fall apart.
Is it showing up for work on time or doing a great job at work?
Could it be your unflinching attention to your family?
Does your business have ONE activity that causes people to buy from you?
When you focus on your ONE most important activity - and do it first - everything else gets easier.
Your Accountability Partner
Over the years, I've witnessed dozens of people set themselves up for failure by following seemingly wise advice -
"When you set a goal, make it public and tell everybody you know so that they can support you."
In my experience, that hasn't worked so well - especially on long-term goals. The reason is that anybody outside of my close relationships doesn't know me well enough to understand why I'm doing what I'm doing. That makes it challenging to provide support in meaningful ways, difficult for me to accept it, and unneeded pressure on everybody.
It doesn't take too much thinking to realize the best accountability relationship needs to be based on respect and a sincere connection to have the most impact. That means there is no need to crowd-source accountability when you only need two people to keep you on track.
The first partner is the one you listen to the most - YOU! Accepting responsibility for your accountability is the most powerful skill own.
But since you are the Boss of YOU and don't always listen to yourself, you need somebody else that you trust, respect, and is willing to call you out on your stuff. Once they agree, let them do their job.
Getting what you want begins and ends with you, but having an accountability partner is a great way to keep you on track in the messy middle.
Thinking That Will Make Your Day Better
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Everything we do is guided by what we think is logical in our minds. I call my way of thinking Scott LOGIC.
Is it common sense? Is it experience-based? Is it how I choose to live? Yes. But mostly, it is an endless list of thoughts that make my day better. Here are a few that will no doubt do the same for you.
Life is long enough. But not for everybody. Recognize the difference.
Life goes quickly unless you are bored. Stay busy.
Life passes slowly when you are going fishing tomorrow.
Some people are too serious. Others are not serious enough. You get to choose who you are.
Standing in another person's shoes before opening your mouth a best.
The reward for hard work is more work. The reward for being lazy is more lazy.
When you turn your phone off, it won't ring.
Most things in life should be in moderation. Excess is good now and then.
It takes a fraction of the time to read a good book than to write a book. That makes reading a book a good investment of your time.
People who read more earn more. People who don't read don't understand why.
Saying "I don't care" means you do care. Do you know what that is?
Everything you experience is filtered through what you hold as the truth. Make sure you are correct in your thoughts.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
The older I get, the more I fiddle with small things that drive me crazy but keep me busy. And I do it with the full knowledge it’s not the best use of my time, below my pay grade, and distracting from big stuff I should be doing.
Over the years, I’ve noticed almost everybody I know does the same thing. I’ve also learned it doesn’t have to do with procrastination as much as getting a quick win and a short-term payoff. Yes, the reward for more significant projects is getting what you want, but check off your list of little stuff is distractingly intoxicating. It makes you feel good all day but keeps you awake a night.
The solution is to think bigger.
As I work through my day, I focus on the biggest, broadest, and most important mission in my life. Is it family? Is it your health? Do you want to make more money? Is it time to give back more?
When you have a grand picture painted in your mind, your mission becomes your focus, and you will do whatever it takes to move closer to that vision. That’s why -
“I work on BIG things I love, not SMALL things that drive me crazy.”
The small stuff is going to get done. If not, it probably doesn’t matter. Big stuff does matter. Imagine the impact you will have on your life and the world by focusing on big?