The same chair

We are what we repeatedly do.  That is a fact.  If you do something long enough it eventually becomes a habit.  It has been proven time and time again that 70% of what we do everyday is habitual.  Meaning most of the things we do, we don’t even have to think about doing them.  When is the last time you had to think about how to put your toothpaste on your toothbrush.  Or you had to think about how you will turn your car on.  Or when you get into the office, you had to think about how to turn on your computer.  The fact is you probably don’t have to think about anything of those things, you just do it.  It is a habit.

So what if you changed your habits some?  What if you tried to form some new habits?  What would that do for your career?  Your passion?  Your excitement?  The psychological change could be reinvigorating for you.

This morning I worked out, pretty habitual for me, I am now sitting in the same chair at the same table, at the same coffee shop, with the same mocha as I do everyday.  Tomorrow, I will sit someone else. Just to break the habit, who knows what might happen.

I am just not sure what it was

I am not sure what it was this morning.  Was it the fact that I lost an hour of sleep?  I got up too early?  I had a long week last week?  I have too much on my mind?  I have a lot of decisions to make?  I am sure it was a combination of all of those things that sprung me out of bed at 4:00 am this morning. So I make the decision to get my exercise out of the way, which I normally prefer to work out in the afternoon on Sundays.  So at 7:00 am this morning I could have easily went back to bed.  But I knew in my head that I needed something to get me going, to get me motivated.  Even though I was at it early getting things accomplished, I knew I needed something more today.

I made it to church.  For those who do not know, I made the decision to start attending Church again back in August, and I haven’t missed a week yet.  However this morning I was contemplating missing it.  But I knew I needed it today.

So with my groggy-ness (not sure that is a word) I get my coffee and make it to church.  It was exactly what the doctor ordered.  I am not going to get spiritual here, because I am an amateur when it comes to the church and theology.  However, what I am an expert in is the fact that the sermon on Sunday can change your feeling, your attitude, and your life.  The music (which I sing a long with) changed my attitude and got me excited about the sermon.  Then the sermon must have been written for me today.  It really resonated with me.  I walked away after church today feeling like a whole new person.  My mentor told me that we all have to face the “winds” in our life.  But what matters most is the set of the sail and the sermon on Sunday mornings can help you set your sail.  I am smooth sailing right now and looking forward to a great week.

Brian Willett

What’s easy to do, is easy not to do…

My mentor Jim Rohn taught me this little saying almost two years ago.  It is a really simple phrase, but it has a lot of meaning.  Since I read this, I am not saying it is easy to follow.  But as I continue to grow in different areas of my life, I find myself repeating this phrase to myself when there are things I don’t want to do.  What I have done is taken this little phrase and modified it to provide me the extra motivation that I need to make things happen the way I would like for them to happen in my life.

“What’s easy to do, is easy not to do”.  I have turned this into, “What do I want, and what do I have to do to get it”.  A slight modification to this phrase, but one that applies to me.  In my mind when things are hard, I tell myself that I can either do this or not, nothing will happen today when I make this decision, but choosing not to do something for a long period of time has major impact on my life.  The double-bacon cheeseburger at White Castle doesn’t hurt me today, tomorrow, or a month from now, but do it for 20 years and what happens.

What do I want, and what do I have to do to get it: I will be 35 years young in about two weeks.  My goal is to be in the best shape I have been in since my early twenties.

  • What’s easy to do: get up a little earlier and work out, modify my eating habits, watch my calorie intake.
  • What’s easy not to do: get up a little earlier and work out, modify my eating habits, watch my calorie intake.

What do I want, and what do I have to do to get it: My personal brand is to add value to myself so I can add value to others. Value=worth and to increase your worth (value) to the marketplace it requires you to increase your skill sets. Also, I can’t add value if my value never changes.

  • What’s easy to do: Read 30 minutes a day, get out of my comfort zone, make networking a top priority, intentionally grow and develop, ask for feedback.
  • What’s easy not to do: Read 30 minutes a day, get out of my comfort zone, network, be intentional about growth and development, be open to feedback.

What do I want, and what do I have to do to get it: Build a portfolio of opportunities for myself personally and professionally that deliver revenue streams, assets, and leveraging business contacts to make a difference with many kinds of organizations and businesses.

  • What’s easy to do: take calculated risks, be growth minded, associate with different people, colleagues, and business associates, get involved.
  • What’s easy not to do: take calculated risks, be growth minded, associate with different people, colleagues, and business associates, get involved.

To sum it up, I define “Easy” as something I can do, which means it is not beyond my ability to do it.  So when I find myself overwhelmed and tired, I remind myself of “What do I want, and what do I have to do to get it”, and the difference between getting it and not getting it, really comes down to doing what’s easy to do, and most things are easy to do, you just have to do it.