My Daily Success Plan

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Write the plan ~ work the plan! If you are readying this, chances are you have either been involved in a project, or have had the fun of running a project or two. Life in general has taught each of us that no matter what, our success rate increases if we make a plan, write it down, then work it. 

Each of us have multiple plans in our lives. We have our “before the office” plan, the “things to do during lunch” plan, the “what I have to do when I get home plan”, and perhaps the “what my daughter/son needs me to do” plan. If we took the time to count up how many plans our day needed, we may just run out of the building screaming!  

My intention for you, is that you make the time to author your own personal “Daily Success Plan”! Think of the things you can put in your day, that if turned into a STRONG habit, how each one can increase your success! Here are 6 tasks that I have in my “Daily Success Plan”, that have brought me happiness, success and opportunities I would have NEVER thought I would have had 5 years ago! 

Give Gratitude

Each morning I wake up expressing gratitude for where I am in my life, for hard lessons learned earlier in life, for my health, for my support structure, for my amazing entrepreneurial life! For those of you that travel, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to see places, meet people and grow in ways that you would never have the opportunity to if you remained in the same place all of the time. Giving gratitude for each and every stubborn, challenging, button-pushing individual along your journey. Making the attempt to never start your day without first expressing gratitude for all that you have in front of you, behind you, and around you, opens the space for many more amazing things!

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”                                                             ~ Eckhart Tolle

Breathe ~ Focus 

Whether I am on the road for business, or here on my farm in lovely North Carolina, each morning begins with a spontaneous yoga practice, and then meditation. Some mornings the meditation is a guided meditation (I suggest you try out Headspace if you are wanting a guided meditation) and other days I do a silent, mantra focused meditation. If I am feeling that I need super power focus that day, my mantra may be words that represent that ONE THING, that ONE THING that I must focus on that day in the office. The yoga practice gently wakes me up, stretches me out, builds up my strength, and through the breath brings balance to both the mind and the body.

Taking care of yourelf is so important to your success. There are articles everywhere you turn that speak to today’s most successful individuals, and how they incorporate yoga and meditation into their “Daily Success Plan”. In the middle of the chaos that today’s technology and career challenges offer up, yoga and meditation gives you an opportunity to be still ~ to go deep inside, to quiet the noise, and truly hear what you are trying to tell yourself. By incorporating into your life a daily meditation and yoga practice, you begin your day in a calm, and focused manner. The addition of yoga and meditation will heighten your sense of inner strength, produce a more vibrant creative force, and a greater level of personal success. To borrow a quote from “Yoga Made Me A Better CEO”, by Stanton Kawer, in Forbes, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape”, really sums it up nicely!

“Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious.”                                                                         ~ David Williams

Get ‘Er Done ~ Your One Thing

You have meetings, you have phone calls, you have teams to run, and deadlines to meet. In order to ‘get er done’, and have it be on time, on budget and within scope, you have to learn the fine art of both delegation and prioritization. What is really important is that you learn the concept of that “ONE THING”. Knowing at the beginning of the day what the “ONE THING” is that you MUST/HAVE to get accomplished that day, and sticking with it, will help you remain focused, eye on the ball, and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. It always seems like an easy thing to do, but try it. Be gentle if you fall off task in the beginning. We all do, but eventually the more you practice focusing on that “ONE THING”, the better you will get!

“This isn’t about self discipline this is about powerful habits.”                                                                                                                                  ~ Gary Keller

Pump It Up ~ Take A Break

In today’s world we all work longer hours, and more days per week then ever before. Long hours in a seated posture is not good. Taking a break each hour is a good habit to set for two reasons. First, setting a goal work on the same task for 60 minutes, allows you to tolerate being focused, and keeps you productive and on your game. Second, getting up and moving around, taking a brisk walk, or just breathing in a few deep, cleansing breaths, can help as well. Both will wake up your mind and your body, and result in greater focus when you return to your work. Also taking a break to head to the gym, a yoga practice or off to swim laps, will give you and your boss a much better ROI!

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity”            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~ John F. Kennedy

Wrap It Up & Write It Down

Your day is busy, at times feeling like whack-a-mole on steroids! The next thing you know it is 6:00 and you should have been out of the door an hour ago! Developing a strong habit of scheduling time at the end of the day to look at what you accomplished with your “ONE THING”, what needs to be moved to the next day, and develop what your “ONE THING” needs to be for the next day. Writing it down, allows you the opportunity to both re-review the days events and work, and double check that you are ready for what is ahead tomorrow. 

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”                                                                  ~ Zig Ziglar

Work Hard ~ Play Harder

I have a friend that I meant while a software develooper at IBM, that was from Mainz, Germany. He would often remind me of the German motto, Work Hard & Play Harder. At that time in my life I was working a full time job, and running a 30 stall horse boarding facility. I don’t think at the time my friend realized that for me, running that barn was play. 

Making the time for play in your life is extremely important. Allowing yourself now only down time away from work, but also time for brain to engage in activities that refresh the mind, body and soul, is critical for refueling. What is it in your life that brings you joy, that makes you forget your troubles, and if experiencing a stuck moment, doing this gets you motivated? Find this form of play and incorporate it each and every day. 

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”                                                                              ~ George Bernard Shaw

Find some time today to author your own “Daily Success Plan”. Keeping it simple, and repeatable will ensure that you turn it into not an act of discipline, but an extremely strong habit, that becomes to you like breathing. Organize the plan, write the plan, and WORK the plan, and remember….

      “How you show up anywhere, is how you show up EVERYWHERE!”

                                                               …show up fabulous!JeannineSignatureSmall

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