Stewart Welch joined us with his 100 Rules of Success. Some people think that successful people are successful because they have been lucky. Yes, luck does seem to play a role but my experience of working with hundreds of self-made multimillionaires is that luck is a byproduct of getting clear on what you want and then pursuing it relentlessly.
In fact, Stewart believes that success is there for the taking by anyone willing to follow the Rules of Success. He decided to do something unusual…to write a book on the 100 Rules of Success through my weekly column. Today's rule of focus - Design Your Perfect Day; Perfect Life. Think about it. Your life is made up of a string of days.
Most people simply get up, head to work without much thought of their day. Whatever is 'on their schedule' is what their day turns out to be. They arrive home that evening, eat dinner, watch some TV - too much? - and head for bed. The next day they get up and do it all over again. Before too long, they are looking at a year's worth of days in the rearview mirror and don't have much to show for it. Disappointing and it doesn't have to be that way. What if, instead, we designed our days to be perfect days…days that include one or more strategic activities that could improve our finances, our health, our relationships, our life? Don't overthink this or make it complicated. For example, Stewart had two things he felt would make this a perfect day for himself.
1. Hit the gym. He tore his rotator cuff playing tennis and is trying to avoid surgery so he wanted to work out in gym with light weights. He looked at his calendar and found an open slot for one hour and scheduled his workout right into his digital calendar.
2. Eat right. At six feet-two inches, his ideal weight is around 175-185 pounds. Stewart has been hovering just above 190 pounds. By planning to eat right today, he believes he'll see immediate improvement towards that goal…so he scheduled a protein shake for breakfast, grilled chicken with mustard slaw for lunch; and salad and baked chicken for dinner…and he scheduled it right into his calendar.
An alternative to using a calendar is to set up My Perfect Day in the notes app on your smartphone. Start with Monday and list a couple of things you intend to accomplish then add Tuesday the following day. Be sure to add a note at the end of your day showing you did or didn't accomplish your daily goals.
Now let's broaden the picture... wouldn't it make sense on, say, Sunday evening, to take a quick look at your schedule for the week and identify at least a couple of tasks, actions or activities that would lead to a perfect week? And what if you did the same thing at the beginning of each month? You could also do the same thing at the beginning of the year. These year-long, month-long activities should tie back to your bigger goals. Stewart knows this feels like he is approaching this process backwards. You should start with yearly, then monthly, then weekly and finally daily goals/activities but if he asks you to do that, many people will procrastinate long enough to not get any system in place. So, start with perfect days and when you get to next Sunday, add some objectives for the week. Do the same for monthly objectives at the end of this month and when you have time, begin thinking about some bigger goals you'd like to accomplish before the end of this year. If you follow this process, by the time next year comes around, you'll be very accomplished at creating your perfect life. Remember, the choice is yours. You can either let life happen to you or you can take control and create the destiny of your dreams.