In December, did you make a big scary goal for yourself? If you answered YES, you are not alone! Me too. And so did lots of other people.
OK. Next question. Did you set small, attainable goals for yourself? A set of daily DOs, perhaps, that will all gather and build on each other to create your big scary goal? I sure hope you answered YES to this one, too.
Here’s the thing. So much of our success in life, business, health, faith… so much of it is in the little things we do every single day. You’ve surely heard it before, but it is great to repeat that 20% of all you do leads to 80% of your success. (Did you know that this same thing applies to your closet? We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Wow!)
The only thing this does NOT apply to (that I know of) is your nutrition, where the equation gets reversed. Eat well 80% of the time, take it easy on yourself 20% of the time, and you’re bound to reach your goals without going crazy.
The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) is a phenomenon that states that roughly 80% of outcomes come from 20% of causes. In this article, we break down how you can use this principle to help prioritize tasks and business efforts.
This means, in business, 20% of your day needs to be FOCUSED work that moves you forward. Working ON your business, not in your business.
Yes. This is the tough stuff. At least for me anyway…. I want to dig in, work on marketing projects, start that new layout, do the logo research and start checking things off. When really, to build my business, I need to do the things that I help you all do! Every week, I should be writing and scheduling social posts and updating any notes in my database so I am always up to date.. Every day I should be drafting notes to each client I have an open project with, learning or being inspired by something, and reaching out to referrals to schedule in-person/zoom meetups. If I stay on top of it, this all takes less than an hour. If I let it go, once or twice it’s taken me 3 hours to get back on track.
Part of my day that is non-negotiable is my AM routine (that my husband fully mocks every chance he gets) that keeps me sane … ok… mostly sane, which happens before I get to the office. In Miracle Morning, it is called SAVERS. In some sales books, this is called Daily 9. Whatever you do to set yourself up for success in the morning or throughout your day, make sure to keep showing up for you.
Will this AM routine make every day awesome? Nope. But it will set your mind to a better place to be able to better control your reactions to the “oh crap,” “wth,” and “weeeelll that stinks” moments. Trust me. I’m a mom of an old, cranky lab and a teenager. There’s no such thing as a perfect day. There is a better mindset and reaction type to these ladies in my life. And that’s where the magic is. In your reactions. Choosing to be calm, look at the situation from a different angle, and know that you will learn and grow from it in one way or another.
Success comes from practice.
Success builds on itself.
Success continues with momentum.
You don’t have to “hit it out of the park” every time, but getting on base helps. (PS. I like sports metaphors).
In health or in business, we all need a little help from our friends. If you don’t have a successful partner, get one! If an app helps you stay accountable, cool. If a simple pen and paper calendar helps you stay motivated, that's very cool. For most of us, having a human you trust and appreciate is the best way to keep going. Find your person! Or call me. I’m happy to help you come up with ideas, act as a sounding board on days that stink, and celebrate with you when you win!
Drop me a note here or give me a call at 310.569.3023 to chat about how we can work together to take steps that build momentum toward your goals. I'm excited to help you succeed!