|March 24, 2010||Posted by Teresa Ivory under Articles|
A frayed shoelace, a late oil change, an overflowing inbox – all of these used to drain energy from me. And let’s face it, Energy = Success. If you don’t have enough energy to “get it all done,” you just don’t reach that same level of success you’re working toward. You don’t have the same clear vision of where you’re going or the focus to stay on task.
Ever noticed that really successful people radiate calm, confident energy. I’m pretty sure they don’t get that way by tolerating situations, small or large, that will hold them back. So follow their lead! You’ll find some things that drain energy are easier to fix than you might think.
Try this 3 step process to clear up anything and everything that’s draining energy from moving toward your goals.
Step 1 Get out some paper and ask yourself – What am I tolerating? This can be a loose doorknob, a can opener that has to go around twice, a co-worker’s interruptions, or your own disorganization.
Step 2 Write it all down. All of it. Every little, stupid thing that pops into your head.
This step is more important than you might give it credit. All those annoying habits, less than effective tools, things at work, things at home, friends, family, the dog… If this list takes a while, it’s worth it. Getting it all out on paper clears the air and makes it possible for you to create a plan to…
Step 3 Take care of it. Schedule an hour or two a week, or a few minutes each day, to deal with the things on your list. Start with the easy stuff if you need to build up your courage. Or go for the big stuff first if the relief of having it off your mind will make the rest easier. As you get things cleared off your list, you’ll begin to feel the difference. You step into the flow of a more effortless life. You find the energy that used to be drained away by irritation going toward producing results.
Just a couple of examples
There’s a shirt in the closet that you never wear because it has a loose button. Take care of it. Pull out a needle and thread, have your laundry service do the repair or get rid of the shirt! Why have it hanging there if you’re not going to wear it.
And that annoying co-worker who doesn’t seem to have enough work. Oh, yeah! They gave you half his work because the boss knew you’d get it done! Not too professional to snarl and call either one of them names. Maybe tell him you’re swamped and ask if he’d like to meet for lunch and talk then. If he doesn’t get the hint, you might have to step it up a notch, but you do have the right to take back your time. Exercise that right!
Now Celebrate! Do not – I repeat – do not wait until you’re finished with the whole list to reward yourself. Celebrate each week, each day, for every ten items checked off – however suits you best. You don’t want to wait until the list is complete if you’re at all like me. I started this practice several years ago and just keep adding things to my list. Don’t be thinking I’m just easily annoyed! I’ve finally learned that I don’t have to put up with things I used to needlessly tolerate. And I keep raising my standards! The point is to continually clear up the things that drain energy from your success and celebrate along the way! Here’s to your success!