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Before we even begin discussing how to create a daily success routine, I think it makes a lot of sense to define what we consider to be a success. The best definition of success that I’ve ever heard comes from Earl Nightingale who said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
What an awesome definition! I’d even add that a worthy ideal can be an external event that’s meaningful to you or to the people in your life. It can also be a level of character that you hope to attain.
So the next question then would be, what do you consider to be a worthy ideal?
Here’s what I do to answer that question. I schedule a good chunk of time, a couple of hours, and I simply write down what’s meaningful to me. I write down what I want to do and who I want to be. I try to come up with as many worthy ideals that I can think of. Then all those ideals give me a picture of what a success looks like. Try to do the same activity for your life and develop your own picture of success. Once you have your picture of success then at the start of each week simply schedule activities that’ll help you achieve those results.
Sounds simply huh? Well it’s not. Actually it can be easy but we often make it much more difficult than it needs to be.
I know that I am personally an expert at coming up with excuses for why I wasn’t able to get something done instead of just doing it. Don’t do the same as me. Make a strong effort to actually do the things that you said that you wanted to do. This is where the difficult part comes in. It takes discipline to actually do those things, but ask yourself this; don’t you have the discipline to show up at work every day? Well use that discipline to work on the things that you want to be doing. Why is that we spend so much energy and time on things that aren’t meaningful to us? Why do we give eight or more hours per day to a job and then fail to dedicate even a couple of hours to the things that are most important to us. I personally have yet to figure it out, but all I’m trying to say is be disciplined about scheduling the activities that will bring you closer to your vision of success.
Also be disciplined about doing those things, and here’s a little tip: Make your success activities the first priority of your day. If you wait until the end of the day, after you’ve already spent eight hours at work, it’s very difficult to come home and start working on the things that you want to be doing. It’s even more difficult to find joy in those things at that time.
One word of caution: Never make your success activities a chore. Remember why you consider the activity that you’re working on to be a success and all the while be present. For instance if you’re able to help your child each night with their homework because that’s important to you, but you do it with a resentful attitude you’re probably not going to feel like a success at the end of the day and that’s because you’re not being the person you want to be.
In essence the basics for creating a daily success routine are simple:
1. Determine what you consider to be a success
2. Schedule time to do those things
3. Be disciplined about doing those activities preferably first.
As you master self control your future possibilities will be endless. I wish you the best in becoming the person you want to be.