We're mid way through January, typically known as the saddest month of the year. So, we decided to put together a list. Let's call them Focus and Fundamentals; 10 traits to acquire that will not only make you happier, they will make you indestructible (oh, and rich).
10. Be Patient
Patience is the cornerstone to having a good day, every day, no matter what. This means waiting to buy the new iPhone, keeping the Toyota for a few extra years before getting a Mercedes, and living in an unfinished basement with your best friend and her dog instead of getting the fancy downtown apartment. It also means being patient with the line at the bank, your little sister's husband, and most importantly- yourself.
9. Stay Focused
When you're focused, there is no reason to spend money on nonessentials. There's no reason to say unnecessary things, or do things that don't really matter. Everyone has their weakness whether it be sex, sports, gambling, or falling prey to Nike's marketing campaigns, buying every new running shoe that comes out. When you are focused you will be in a lot better shape.
8. Get Organized
Getting organized enables you to be more productive and assertive in your day. It allows you give time and energy where it is actually required.
7. Practice Self- Discipline
"Self- discipline is the willingness to practice giving up what you want now for what you want most. It is the ability to make a decision and see it through no matter what. It is the most crucial aspect to your success." -Jay Noland
6. Have Awareness
As we put our heads down and swim forward towards our goals, it is important to come up for air every once in a while. Look around. Are you swimming the right direction? Do you see a quicker route? Assess, adjust, then just keep swimming.
5. Allow Creativity
This is our chance to be fixed in purpose, but flexible in method. Our goals are what we set in stone, how we accomplish them requires some creativity on our part. There are times when we want something and don't necessarily know how we're going to get it. There's no wrongness in that. It allows us to use our creativity and say, "I don't know how this is going to happen, but I'm going to make sure it does!"
4. Stay Curious
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." -Albert Einstein
The future belongs to the curious.
3. Take Risks
This requires the tiniest bit of bravery on your part. When you take risks, you'll need to trust yourself. The cool thing is, there's nothing that builds self- trust faster! Risk taking is strength building.
2. Write Goals
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. His response was a question, "Where would you like to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
1. Work Hard. And Smart.
Our journey is not just about grit and grind. It is also about learning how accomplish things in an enjoyable and efficient way. Think of it this way; what would happen if you did 500 push- ups every single day? You might gain some muscle, you may even lose some fat. Or you could do 20 push-ups a day and add some cardio 3 times per week. That cardio, can be whatever you want it to be. Walking, swimming, jump- roping, playing on the playground with your kids, dancing in the kitchen, you name it. Not only will you enjoy the process of changing your body more, it will get you the results you desire in a fraction of the time.
We hope that as you continue to work towards your goals in this new year, you will be able to use this list to further your progress.