Every time I blog about living with passion and purpose, some readers tell me “that sounds great, Michael, but I don’t have enough time to do what I need to do, let alone pursue my dreams.”
My response? Do you have one hour a week? That’s the small amount of time I commit to defining my priorities and setting time boundaries — and the benefits are remarkable.
Even if your hectic schedule seems beyond your control, devote just one hour to slowing down and ordering your life around what matters most. When you do this, you’ll become more aware of the opportunities awaiting you and how to seize them.
How should you spend this hour? There are two key tasks:
1. Define Your Core Values
Your core values are the fundamental life principles that are most meaningful to who you are and what is most important. For example, my main core value is family. If you’re not clear about what yours are, your life can move in directions that are a waste of your time.
When you use your core values as the benchmark for all your decisions, you can quickly and easily simplify your life. So start off your hour by putting these values in … Read More »
Happy New Year. May you have an excellent 2012.
Why do I say “excellent?” Because I am into excellence; it inspires me.
As I go through my daily routine, I never know when I will stumble across something excellent that will inspire me. Excellence comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few examples of some of the excellent things that inspire me.
Perhaps most importantly, excellent character traits in people. People who possess these attributes are people I want to be with. I want them to be my clients; I want them to be my trade-partners; I want to be their customer; I want them to be my friends. Integrity is a key trait to me. Integrity includes honesty, loyalty, and delivering on what you promise. For example, I am a big fan of Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Their staff treats you unbelievably great. If there is a problem with a meal, they take it back, … Read More »