You can make your career success far more predictable.
You essentially need to create a set of rules and follow these rules to allow for the predictability to take place.
Then, you follow the framework you created to put your success on a schedule.
Here’s how it works:
1. Create a morning ritual for success. What must you do in the morning to have a highly productive and fulfilling day? Make a “must do” list for your morning. Does it include yoga, a walk, meditation, journaling, coffee, or talking to your team? Make sure you cover everything in the systematic way you know works best.
2. Work in blocks of time throughout the day. 90-minute cycles with a 15 minute break have shown to work well for many highly successful entrepreneurs and business owners. Of course, if you are seeing clients on an hourly basis, you will need to take that into consideration.
3. When possible, do your most challenging tasks in the morning when motivation and energy is usually higher than it is late in the day. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment and relief.
4. Use the “mid day slump” after lunch for doing simple tasks that require less brain power.
5. Always take time each day to learn something new. It could completing a new continuing education course or listening to a podcast.
6. Model the traits of other successful people in your niche. Of course, you always need to remain unique and true to yourself. However, you can learn through observation about how they conduct themselves, and how they treat others. Obviously, model the best of the best traits. Then, make them your own.
7. Make a schedule for your success. This doesn’t mean that each aspect of your life is pre-planned. You will simply need to unsure you place important and a time-bound plan in place for everything that makes a big difference in your daily and annual success plan. Always make sure the process is fun and rewarding so you stay motivated.
8. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you fall short of a goal or desired outcome. Learn why it didn’t happen. Was it out of your control? Did your priorities change? Learn, reassess, adapt and move on. Being too hard on yourself is never helpful in the long run.
9. Take time to recharge. If you think you need to hustle each and every day, you will come to a point where you aren’t sure it’s worth it. Take time each day, each week, each month and each year to unwind and do something other than work or other “busy” tasks. Hobbies give us an outlet for stress and frustration.
10. For an entire month, do the following and experience the difference it will make in your life: Don’t watch any news. Don’t use a single curse word. Only use positive descriptive words. Avoid all negative people. Do 1 unexpected “act of service” for another person each day. Each morning, write just one thing you are grateful for in your life. Yes, just do this. The results will astonish you.
We could go on with a few more action steps, but get the idea now. Start now. It’s simple, effective and the results can only be positive.
The NESTA/Spencer Institute Team