‘At the beginning is a good place to be;
New life, new friends and good things to do’….
That little tune has played many times in my mind and even decades later I still think of it.
This fun song was filled with such an optimistic message; a simple lesson to begin at the beginning.
I wonder if today that message might be overlooked. Often people are in a rush to Succeed and lose focus on daily accomplishments.
In the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains in one of the habits to
PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST.
Time management is key to success and time management starts with the commitment to change.
Recently a lot of attention has been focused on Admiral William McRaven’s commencement speech at the University of Texas.
In his speech he laid out 10 Life Lessons If You Want to Change the World ….
Lessons he learned from his experience as a Navy Seal.
The interesting thing is that his Number 1 Tip was….“START OFF BY MAKING YOUR BED”
He continued on by saying;
“IF YOU MAKE YOUR BED EVERY MORNING YOU WILL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THE FIRST TASK OF THE DAY.“
WOW! SIMPLE BUT TRUE…that little task
leads to positive behavior toward the habit of
Accomplishing daily tasks.
I recall the founder of the direct sales company that I was with saying; “Start your work day at the same time each day.”
I heard what she said but I found working in a home-based business that suggestion for me wasn’t easy to follow. It was so much easier to get sidetracked with other things that caught my attention… I knew I should focus on my business ‘To-Do list” but often I found myself doing nonessential busy work around the house.
Then one day I came up with a plan. I thought if I were going out to work at a job I would have to leave the house at a specific time everyday in order to arrive at work on time.
So each morning ten minutes before my scheduled start time for my home based business I would be dressed for business and leave the house, get into my car and drive around the block right back to my house.
This probably sounds silly to you but it actually worked. When I returned home I went straight to my office and started working on my business.
Many years ago one of my business associates shared with me her plan of action for her daily accomplishment. Even though she worked a full time job that left her with a limited amount of free time she still had a burning desire to be the annual seminar Queen in team building in the direct sales company she was with.
Her plan was to book a 7a.m. breakfast appointment each morning with a prospect before she had to be at her full time job. She did this 5 days a week for one year and that plan of action allowed her to sit on the Queens chair that year at seminar.
Putting first things first is a must but to accomplish this we need to do more than prioritizing a To-Do List on paper.
~Defining the outcome you wish to have.…
~Come up with a plan of action that will lead you to the behavior that puts you in a habit of daily accomplishment.
Admiral William McRaven explained that
making your bed first thing in the morning was
an act of accomplishment …
What power in that SIMPLE message!
When we set up our day’s routine with a something to do first thing in the morning, that ACCOMPLISHMENT encourages us to keep on going and we begin to set ourselves up for a habit of success.
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What changes will you make to set your day up for Daily Accomplishment? It does not matter how silly it may seem … what matters is that the routine leads you to do first things first which truly will lead to “mission” accomplished.
I would love to hear from you! What are you beginning in your journey?
P.S. I’m working on learning Twitter this month, you can tweet me @BarbaraSunden, it may take me a bit, but I’ll be tweeting you, too!