Checklist your Life

We all want to be organized because not being so is a real pain.  But how can we bullet proof being organized?  

Use a check list.

Use a check list for every area of your life that is in limbo land and needs to get on the Slight Edge train wagon.  The Slight Edge teaches that massive success is the result of repeating simple, key actions every single day consistently and persistently.  The tricky part is that because our days are full of what's urgent, we don't pay attention to what's important - those simple, daily actions.  We need a check list to keep our eyes on those actions.

Your Slight Edge Check Lists can be divided up to cover different areas of your life.  Such as:
- Business
- Health
- Family
- Financial

For each area, identify the key activities that you need to do every day to make the compound effect magic of the Slight Edge work for you.  Here's an easy example:

Slight Edge HEALTH Check List:
1. Drink 8 cups of water
2. Exercise for 30 minutes
3. Sleep for 8 hours
4. Eat healthy
5. Take vitamins

Having to put a check mark next to each of those items will keep you accountable and help you create the HABITS you need to build a successful life.  We know it takes 21 days to create a habit, and that to miss a day means starting over at day 1.  

With a check list, you eliminate the chance missing a day because you simply forgot and you eliminate the annoying feeling of trying to keep track of everything in your head.

Outside of having check lists that cover your Slight Edge actions, you should also have check lists for all the stuff that doesn't rank as slight edge activities but still needs to get done.  I call it the Dump List - the broken door, the unsent letter, the essay for that contest, etc.  Keeping this list checked off is just as important because these are the kinds of tasks that will drain you of the energy that you need for your Slight Edge lists.  

Why is My Life not Changing?

There is a quote on our wall that says, "Progress has little to do with speed and much to do with direction."
These words seem to speak for many people as the year draws to an end.  After blasting through 365 days of constant, never-ending activity, it can be exasperating to realize that in spite of everything, nothing has really changed and you're no closer to reaching your goals than you were before.

I'm happy to say that I can tell a different story of my life this year.  I've reached my 2011 goals (except for one - it's pretty big).  I've made progress.  Does this mean that I worked harder?  No.  I've worked harder in the years prior with much less to show for my efforts.

It's not enough to just go go go.  If you constantly feel like you're busy, busy, busy but not getting any where, then you have a Life Lesson staring you in the face, waiting for you to wake up and get with the new program.  And that new program is: stop running blind and become aware of your direction.

Here's what helped me this year:

1. Made the decision that this year would NOT be a repeat of last year.

2. Said yes to opportunities that broke me out of my routine and challenged me to be a bigger person.

3. Said no to activities that did not challenge me to be a bigger person.

4. Used Darren Hardy's "Design Your Best Year Ever" book program that required me to assess my PROGRESS and DIRECTION every week and month and do specific activities directly related to my goals.  BIG HELP

5. Worked with Jim Rohn's "One Year Success Plan" (this is a program that emails me weekly activities, readings, and audios throughout the year.  It takes you through the "12 Pillars of Success so that you make progress in every area of your life.)

6.  Journaling reflections.

7.  Looking at my goals and rewriting them frequently.

8.  Using a mastermind group.

9.  Reading every day.

10. Listening to positive CDs every day.
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