I want you to really get it that you are the secret to your success!
In our society today, people are making an enormous effort to keep themselves busy all day. Yet for many, they look at what they have done and realise that much of their time’s being wasted. They review their day and wonder what they have achieved.
You need to plan, focus and take action on what you want to achieve to get the outcome you desire. You need to get organised!
Last year I was in a shop trying on a shirt, and I asked a lady who was also in the changing rooms how it looked on me. I never ask the sales assistant as they usually tell you it looks great regardless of whether it does or not. This lady thought it looked good – I must confess I thought so too, but I like to have someone else confirm it.
Here’s what I found both flattering and interesting. The lady said, ‘The shirt looks great, I wish I had the same body.’
That got me excited! That’s the first time someone had said that to me. Mind you, this woman was about 15 kg overweight and would probably think that about anyone who was smaller than her. She also had an open packet of potato chips in her bag.
I replied, ‘Thank you!’ And then blurted out, in a nice way, ‘However, you could too! Just exercise regularly and eat healthily.’
This lady probably thought I was born this way; I was one of the lucky ones who could eat and drink anything they wanted and only walked occasionally for exercise. But it takes effort. What this lady didn’t know is that every morning I drag myself out of bed at 5.30 am to work out at the local gym. And I do that regardless of how cold or wet it is, how tired I am, whether it’s summer or winter. I pay the price to get the results. I’m also particular about food, eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water.
If there’s an easier alternative – a magic pill that will miraculously keep the weight off and keep my body tight, make me feel great consistently and doesn’t harm my health – please e-mail me and let me know! Until then, I’ll keep paying the price and making the effort, because the results are worth it.
Pay yourself first.
Having read the last couple of paragraphs, you might say, ‘Why doesn’t she exercise later in the day?’ The reason I don’t is that I’m a morning person and know that by going to bed earlier and getting up early, I can get it over with first thing. Otherwise, if I try to exercise later, chances are circumstances would arise and I’d postpone the workout.
One of my clients at the time of writing this is a runner. He originally rang me because his work and his life was out of control. He runs 20 km a day and has done so for many years.
I asked him how he managed to religiously run every morning before work, yet he couldn’t seem to leave the office by 5.30 pm each night.
He answered that it’s easy to jump out of bed in the morning and run. There’s nothing or no-one able to stop him at that hour, at 5.30 am. Yet when he was at work there were too many demands on his time and they seemed to always arise late in the day.
Learn to pay yourself first. Just like George Samuel Clason wrote in his book, The Richest Man in Babylon, take ten per cent of whatever you earn and pay yourself first. Use it to invest, otherwise there will never be anything left once you pay everything else. And I’m sure many of you can relate to that.
How to Pay Yourself First
You need to make yourself the first priority. Ensure you allow time each and every day for your own personal agenda. Here’s a couple of ideas to get you started.
- Block out time each day in your diary for your exercise. For example, walk at 6.00 am or lunchtime. Plan that first.
- Block out time each day to follow up on your personal issues. Book a dental appointment, respond to phone calls, contact the bank. Do that early in the day, otherwise you’ll run out of time and leave it.
- Make sure that you stick to it. Learn to say ‘no’ if other people want to make plans for you during those ‘me’ times. You must take care of yourself first. You have the power to say yes or no to other people’s demands on your time. Treat yourself as your number one priority.
The Final Word
When you decide to make yourself the highest priority in your life, you’ll find how much easier it is to live your life. When you decide you’re worth it, it will be easy for you to say no to other people’s demands or requests.
Of course, you’ll also need to learn how to organise yourself, so that you are as effective as possible.
Lorraine Pirihi from Relaunch Your Life is known as the Babyboomer Coach/Business Mentor.She specialises in helping babyboomer business owners avoid burnout and reignite their passion for business and life.
Her latest book, ‘Mind Your Time’…50 ways to succeed in business and life is the ultimate time management handbook for entrepreneurs based on her 13 years experience as a productivity specialist, business and life coach. Lorraine is the ‘go to’ person for Babyboomer Business Owners and has helped hundreds of people achieve rapid results in their business and life! Find out more at www.relaunchyourlife.com.au