[The E in ATTITUDE]
ATTITUDE – Authentic, Tenacious, Teachable, Imaginative, Tolerant, Uplifting, Decisive, Energizing
Energize yourself, energize others, move people with your enthusiasm and spirit. People don’t want to hang out with energy suckers. Be an energy giver. John Shin
Every day, when we wake up, there are numerous demands for our time and energy—work to be done, errands to run, games to be won, even time in the sun. To make it all happen, we need to be energizing to ourselves and, often, for the benefit of others. But how do we get moving, and then maintain this forward momentum throughout the day? Throughout our lives?
One of the most important aspects of all achievement is action. Putting one foot in front of the other and moving in the direction of what we want. Different personality types will do this at varying rates and in different ways, but the main thing is to have some forward progress toward your goals and dreams each day. You will feel stronger and more confident as you move, and at each future checkpoint, you will be closer to your target. The more you move, the more you want to move. Action begets action.
I have always been a believer in taking chances, making changes, and breaking free of the success-robbing habits of comfort and complacency. Sometimes, it’s necessary to embrace your uncomfortable zone temporarily for the greater good in your life overall.
“An object in motion stays in motion. An object at rest will stay at rest unless it’s acted upon by an outside force.” Newton’s first law of motion
Zero-in on the first part of Newton’s law and use this principle to keep moving once you get rolling in the morning. I recognize we all need to take a break, relax, and smell the flowers along the way. A way to ensure you enjoy your downtime is by frontloading your work efforts into your schedule. Let’s explore how you can use this strategy to be more energized and less stressed.
Early to Rise
Most people have their highest energy level in the morning when they wake up. Though you may feel a little groggy at first, mornings are the perfect time to get your body in motion. If you are a night owl and like to sleep late this still applies, though your highest energy level may be in the later morning or early afternoon.
By taking advantage of your energized state in the morning, you can maximize the number of tasks you complete early. Knocking things off your to-do list boosts confidence, builds momentum, and propels you forward. It also removes the potential for feeling guilty when you shift your attention to other matters of importance in the afternoon.
Many entrepreneurs and business professionals struggle with guilt and anxiety if they are not constantly working. I’ve heard countless stories from successful people who work twelve to sixteen hours a day for years to build their business and achieve success. Though I am a believer in hard work and doing whatever it takes to get the job done, I also recognize the priceless value of time. Those once-in-a-lifetime moments missed are also a familiar theme and a sad reflection from otherwise successful people thinking about the price they’ve paid to climb the ladder.
The best way to ensure you hit your goals and move at the pace you choose is to schedule your time. Figure out where you want to be at the end of this year and work backward. Break it down by the quarter, then the month, and finally by the week. Get the jump on your business tasks early in the week and early in the day. Again, this boosts confidence, builds momentum, and propels you forward.
Make sure to schedule personal time for yourself, your family, and friends. Build in breaks and buffer time for the inevitable unexpected situations that come up each week. Remember, if it’s important and you want it to happen, get it on your schedule. Especially personal items. Make them non-negotiable. This commitment to yourself builds personal integrity and will help create harmony in your life and keep your body in motion.
To recap our discussion:
- Frontload your efforts into the early part of your day, and you’ll feel better about chill time later.
- A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Keep moving once you get rolling.
- Take your yearly goal and work backward, breaking it down by the quarter, month, and week.
- Schedule your business tasks early in the day and week to ensure you stay on track.
- Schedule personal time and make it non-negotiable to build personal integrity.