Day 16: A much needed nudge in the right direction

I noticed something very interesting yesterday after I started work at 1 PM in the afternoon. Throughout the better part of the afternoon, I watched as a number of suppliers, clients and distributors arrived into the office carrying a range of Christmas gifts from boxes of beer to boutique bags containing fancy chocolates. I also noted (as my desk directly faces the office of the General Manager) how each person who arrived would eagerly seek some time to meet with him. He would politely welcome them in, they would take a seat and a conversation would be held for roughly 10- 15 minutes before they would get up, shake his hand and leave his office. This process repeated itself several times while I was in the office and I couldn’t help but think ‘Wow, to have so many people stopping by to drop off gifts and vie for a little one-on-one time shows that this guy (the General Manager) really knows his stuff!’

As a continued to work through the afternoon, I couldn’t help but allow my mind to wander towards the possibilities that were in store for me. My mind began to fill with images of myself welcoming clients and suppliers into my office to receive my own gifts of beer and chocolate. Now, although I don’t like beer or chocolate, the principle still applies. This entire “80-Day Millionaire” experience (all of 16 days, I know) has seen me go through a kaleidoscope of emotions, from elation in one day to depression in another but it’s also allowed me to begin thinking about the possibilities once I achieve this goal. To picture myself running my own business, leveraging what I know against what other people know, building relationships as well as wealth all while having fun, that’s what I want from my life. It is also the same image I create in my mind every time I read my Mantra, every time I listen to an audio book or every time I talk to someone about my 80-Day Journey.

What I like most about this little experience I had on Friday afternoon is that it’s gone some distance to put me back on track and refocus. Truth be told, after not getting a response from certain people, I began to get a little self-conscious and apprehensive about how next to proceed. Combined with some key points covered in Jim Rohn’s The Art of Exceptional Living, I’ve now created an alternative plan of approach to get myself noticed by an expert and the information I so desperately need. While doing that, I’m also still looking for members of my Mastermind group. I hate to think, now that I look back on the week, that I allowed myself to fall into a state of analysis paralysis completely unawares. The more I think about it, the more I begin to get frustrated over the days I’ve let slip by. In saying that, last week was pretty crazy because I was juggling my final assignment in the lead up to my graduation on Friday, as well as the regular workload of my afternoon job and taking care of my beautiful little girls in the evenings.

With that in mind, I have to say that considering my shortcomings and knowing what I could have done better, I have been undeniably blessed this last week. I also recognise the daily habits I can change now to ensure that the next week will be more productive than the last. I believe that for as long as I maintain this focus on my own self development, personal success is assured. As an example, every night before I shower, I go into my living room and do three super-sets of push-ups and sit-ups. This is to answer the frustration I’ve allowed to build up within me over my inability to afford a gym membership. I’m also using this daily habit as social proof to myself that once I do have the money to join a gym, I will have the discipline and focus to use it each and every day.

If you have examples of little changes you’ve made to your daily activities in order to improve your focus and create a lifestyle you desire, feel free to post them so that others (including myself) might learn from your experience. At the moment I’m also working on setting up a members-only page where you can log in, create your own goal timeline and update us on your progress in real-time. I have to, of course, figure out a way to fit it in my schedule but I should have more time now that I’ve finished studying. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, leave a comment below and I’ll definitely put it at the top of my list of things to do.

Once again, I encourage you to do the opposite of what I’ve done for the better part of this week, which is succumb to analysis paralysis. Keep grounded in what your goals are, where your headed and who you have to be in order to get there. The rest will surely come.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!