Avoid bunny rabbit trails by following these simple to do goals & steps!
This can be used by moms in home management. These can be used by anyone in the work force or work from home arena. It can be great for school aged kids & college teens alike! This is great for anyone.
The 14 Steps of Success
By Burt T. & Ryan (aka my husband)
1. Always take notes.
Don’t try to remember things – because you won’t. So keep pens and notepads handy…near phones, in the car, by the bedside, etc.
2. Find a mentor / Be a mentor.
Hang around the right people and listen to them. Find people who will guide you in social, moral and political aspects of life and give that to your understudy as you mentor them. How many people’s lives because they hung out with Jesus? They took his advice. Paul in the Bible is a wonderful example of this principle.
3. Be honest.
There are lots of prisons filled with business CEO’s who are there because of their honesty. Honesty is in what you say and how you act…people are watching! (Be careful though…if your wife asks you “Do I look fat in this dress?” You might want to rethink your answer.)
Proverbs 11:1 - The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him
4 Always keep a great attitude.
It’s the single most observed thing about you. Six months after you have gone through a crisis, people don’t remember the crisis, but they do remember how you reacted to the crisis. Paul again in the Bible was a great example as we read in Acts…
Acts 16:25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
5. Get up earlier than your friends and your competition.
Simple rule…The one who gets up first has just projected his chances of winning by 80%. The Bible is filled with people who “woke early” and accomplished great things.
6. Learn to say yes, Learn to say no.
It’s OK to say no. “No. I’d love to help you out but I’ve got something else I need to do that would keep me from doing that. Hope you can find someone to do that – real soon.”
7. Identify and develop areas where you need to improve
It’s OK to say you are not good at something. Sharpen those skills in which you lacking for example computer skills, saying a kind word instead of a criticizing word, etc.
8. Nourish yourself.
Ø Eat breakfast within 90 minutes of getting up. Always eat lunch. The body needs fuel.
Ø Read every day.
Ø Never underestimate the value of repeating the same things over a long period of time.
Ø Be a good listener
Ø Take time in the beginning of every day to pray
Ø Take time at the end of every day to pray – be grateful
9. Learn to manage your time.
Set goals – know where you want to go. Define your purpose in life. How can you achieve your goals if you have not set them? Learn to avoid distractions – don’t major in minor affairs. If you are familiar with the Parable of the sower and the seed, then be a seed sower not a bird chaser. Have an action plan. Have a to do list everyday.
10. Give away the credit and take all the blame.
This is what leaders do. Followers don’t do this.
11. Insist on self-accountability
Always own up to your mistakes. You can give a reason for why it happened, (i.e. Late for work due to a sick child) but in the final analysis, it is your mistake, your responsibility and therefore your duty to correct it. Paying attention to this will force you to maintain better control and make better decisions. IN THE SHORT RUN, It is usually easier to create an excuse then to insist on self-accountability.
12. Give away anonymously things of value.
Give your time as much as you might give material things…there is probably more value in that anyway
13. Stay in balance
Balance your work time, your play time, your family time and your rest time. If you spend 80 hours a week at work, you will be out of balance and will have negative effects. The same is true in reverse, if you spend 80 hours on the golf course; you probably are not getting very much done at work.
14. Practice good habits
Believe it or not, you are a direct representative of what you practice every day. For example, if you are habitually late for work, then you have been practicing bed habits for a while. And not just one. If you are late for work then you probably set you alarm too late, take a shower too late, get dressed too late, get in the car too late, did not anticipate possible delays and all of this is because you probably stayed up too late watching a movie or playing on the computer. There are a bunch of bad habits that are making you late.