Wow. It’s Friday and we’ve made it through our first week back after vacation. On Monday you went into work all worried that life was going to hit you like a sack of potatoes, but you made it. I hope some of the tips this week have pushed you to a point of realization that you can go further than you ever thought you could. I was originally going to call this week’s theme “Go Past Your Comfort Zone” but decided to push a different direction.
When Gwynne and I take vacation time each year we always try to go someplace or do something that we have not done before. It’s like an adventure each time. We met late in life so there are so many things we want to do together now. For us, when we do go out, (usually it’s a motorcycle trip),we learn that we can go further, do more, and when we get home it’s time to apply to our lives the lessons we just learned about ourselves. Well this week we got focused, cleaned up some things we really don’t need, built a new routine and learned we need to always make room for improvement. With all of that, you realize in life, if you stretch yourself, little by little you can reach those dreams in life your have always wanted.
In life I have always built my own comfort zones, then, when my world shrinks I grow my comfort zone again. Well after the things we talked about this week, why not make your life a place of continued growth? Most of the coaching I do is with people starting over, so taking these steps we used this week it’s easy to rebuild a new life. And why set limits for yourself? Why not set your limits to infinity? After all if you are still alive on this earth you have a purpose to fulfill, you can grow more. Do you know what your purpose is?
Yesterday we talked about always growing, always make room for improvement. That is where the growth prospects come in. But many of you still have fear of the prospect of infinity. Maybe you’ve set a goal to quit smoking for five years straight but you still can’t do it. So how do you take yourself to infinity? One step at a time.
The great thing about working with and watching people move from the life they have to the life they want is watching as they grow each step of the way. As coaches we see the process with a birds-eye view. We know that it’s one step at a time that takes someone to success and no elevator ride. So just like we took things step-by-step this week, to get through the many things that were needed to get us back on track after that time off, you will also do this in the process of life, you need to make it step-by-step till you reach what you want.
Right now we are excited about the Rangers here in Dallas, so close to going to the World Series for the second year in a row. But they did not get there by one quick jump to this point. They played one game at a time to get them this far. The same way you must take one step at a time to reach your goals. If you work to win this one game, then after you win you shoot to win two games in a row. Step by step you get to a winning season. But you know there will be times when you lose a few games in a row, you get back up and start over winning the first game again.
So what are you going to do to take your life to infinity? What is the purpose you have in this world and what are you doing to make it happen? Life is about purpose and if you are not living your purpose you are not truly living.
Let’s do a quick recap of our week to make sure you got these points down and are ready to take life to the next level.
1. Get focused. Take time each day to meditate and get that clear thought process to make you the best at what you do. Clear out the distractions that keep you from being focused on the task at hand.
2. Clean house. Take time to actually keep your life clean. This is a part of life that bogs so many successful people down; they are working on so many things at the same time. I know many who read this post love music so imagine your life like your music collection. If you are still holding onto the 8-track tapes, the cassettes, the albums and the CD version of your favorite bands, you’re wasting space. Update your life and put them all on a computer hard drive, MP3 or iTunes and only keep one backup (I suggest CD, or external hard drive…just saying).
3. Start a new routine. Yes, it’s hard to tell the creative people this; they want to be free and not have anything that keeps them in a structure. Well if you want to succeed in life you will have to build a process, or routine to be able to duplicate those things that work, learn what is not working and get rid of it.
4. Always be growing. Learn what you can do and then build it into a routine. As you find yourself getting better, increase your productivity to make your life better. Those who grow in life are always making the improvements to build a better life for themselves, their family and their business.
5. To infinity and beyond. You learned all this during the week, or maybe just got a refresher course to be more productive. Set your goals higher and take it one step at a time till you reach past what you ever thought you could do.
Take this weekend and use the fact that we all need a break. Even God rested on the seventh day.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time for you to live the life you always dreamed, by loving what you do and those you share life with. Shoot for infinity and beyond and soon you will be the RockStar in your world.