I've read countless quotes extolling the power of our thoughts, and certainly, they're important. But not nearly as important as the habits we practice. This is because a small change in our habits can quickly translate into a huge change in our thoughts. Let's use an example. Perhaps, like me, you yearn to write a book. We may think about the book frequently, visualizing the lives impacted by our message and our name on the bestseller lists. Each time the thought of the book floats through our mind, we choose to practice the habit that follows.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, you'll learn why your schedule could be what's preventing you from achieving your goals and what you can do about it. More specifically, you'll learn the difference between a maker's schedule and a manager's schedule, what to do if you have both types of work, how to tell if you're being reactive or proactive, what to do to become more proactive, how to easily figure out where your time actually goes, and what one thing you can do to make huge progress towards your goals.
Have you ever wished that you were totally free? Free from endless meetings and tight budgets. Free from a controlling boss, parent, or spouse. Free from an exhausting schedule and one miserable day after another. Free from an enormous mortgage or sky-high student loans. Free from diseases, health problems, and diets. Maybe you've even dreamed of escaping. Leaving your old life behind. Starting a new one with a clean slate. I did more than dream. At 21, after a decade of intense structure and scrutiny, I bitterly swung the pendulum as far as possible the other direction. I refused to balance my checkbook. I ate whatever I desired. I avoided scheduling recurring events, preferring to keep each day "open." I struck out on my own to avoid corporate structure. For a time, I escaped it all. Soon enough, I was back in the cage. Along the way, I learned some lessons that I believe I'm supposed to share with you.
Led by Pat Flynn's incredible transparency, there's a growing trend among online business owners to peel back the curtain and share in-depth business details with their audiences. On the surface, these may seem like brag-posts, but they're usually quite the opposite. The most insightful offer first-hand accounts of their recent successes, challenges, and even failures. For me, their greatest value lies in the inherent reminder that their businesses were built with consistent, focused action - month after month, day after day. My destination is a bit different, but I decided there was value in sharing monthly progress reports on my journey to develop this project and my own habit recipe. Since I write about habits and productivity, I thought it would be helpful to see exactly how I apply those lessons personally. I'll also be honest about where I slip-up so that you can identify and avoid those pitfalls. So, if you're interested in a behind-the-scenes look at my January, keep reading.