In this five part mini-series we are going to be covering a number of factors that will give you strong foundations for creating the results you really want in your life and work. The series will give you ideas and tips for changes you can make and strategies you can implement to design your life at midlife and beyond. So, let’s jump into day 1 – Clear the decks!
Why Clearing the Decks is essential for Success!
A builder wouldn’t build his dream home on top of the rubble and rubbish that is already on the building site. He clears it away first before he even starts to lay one foundation stone. He does this becuaue building on top of what is already there won’t give the results he wants.
The same is true for creating success in your life and work at midlife and beyond.
You need to clear the decks of any rubble and put strong foundations in place to give you consistent and sustainable results.
How to Clear the Decks
There are numerous ways to clear your decks to create a clear space for building the success you want to create in your life and work, but here are three essentials:
1. Zap your tolerations – tolerations are all those things that you are putting up with that drain your mental and physical energy.
They can be big or small things. They are things that get in the way of progress, change and a better reality. For example, an ironing pile up to the ceiling, cluttered office, not making enough money, working too many hours, unhealthy relationships, and so on.
Make a list of everything that is going on in your work, life and relationships that you are tolerating and drain your mental and physical energy. Start eliminating your tolerations starting with the easy stuff. A few quick wins will make the world of difference.
2. Put in place an extreme self care programme – include things such sleep, nutrition, exercise, relaxation etc.
Having a strong self care programme is an important part of creating change and success on your own terms. This is because it boosts mental and physical energy. And you need a tonne of that stuff to build the life and results you really want. Yet all too often self care is down there at the bottom of the priority list. Move it to the top. This is an essential foundation of creating change and success.
Do more activities that give you energy. Deal with the excesses and bad habits.
Now, before you all think I have turned into the fun police, hear me out – people who have a good self care programme make better quality decisions and have higher levels of effectiveness and productivity. So having a strong self care programme is a no brainer.
3. Create more time and space – if your days, weeks and months are constantly jam packed with no space, nothing is going to change.
You MUST create regular space in your diary that is just for working on strategy, planning, creating change and taking action. Block the time out in your diary. Put boundaries in place to protect that time. Do not cancel it for any reason other than an emergency.
These three points have a big impact on your personal effectiveness, productivity, decision making quality, ability to create change and your success. Ignoring them could be costing you big style. What action will you take to mplement these three things in your life?
In Day 2 of this series we will be looking at how to put strong foundations in place to achieve success.