I watched a member of the audience reply to a keynote speaker “I enjoyed your speech but to be honest, and not to be disrespectful, but there was nothing that I had not heard before”.
This guy was overweight, looking tired, had no clear direction for his business and was struggling to make the next sale. Yet all the instruction giving by the keynote speaker would have made a difference. This guy knew it, but was just not doing anything about it.
I heard it said recently that 'Motivation is not your friend, it goes away. It's discipline and hard work that wins the day'.
My immediate reaction to this guy was, although you know may know it, what you lack is the discipline to do it… to get it done. The discipline to plan your priorities for the following day. The discipline to not eat the lollies on the boardroom table. The discipline to get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to exercise. The discipline to put your phone away out of sight when you get home at night to be with your family. The discipline to not be at the at the mercy of your phone every time it pings or vibrates. The discipline to always carry a book and read to enrich your mind each day.
As was quoted in the movie the Matrix 'there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path'. This guy needs to put on his walking shoes!
A Doris Day
Not every day is a Doris Day, and not every day is full of sunshine and roses - there are some days that just go to crap.
On this week's Mojo Radio Show we interviewed Canadian female rugby player, Andrea Burk. It's an inspiring, fun, and bullish show from a lady who knows how to get on top of life. However she also shares some tips - if her day is far from a Doris Day, or when life gets on top of her team, Andrea has a ritual. It is a saying - “Reset, let's go!”.
This ritual is based on not changing what happened but you changing your approach or you're thinking about what happened. When things go pear-shaped, it's time to stop, learn, reset, let go of the past, and commit to a new mindset. Is it easier said than done? Of course.
However with practice in keeping your mind on your priorities, the state of mind you want to live in and by verbally internalising and externalising “Reset, let’s go” I think this is one of the best processes for letting go of what happened, and resetting what’s ahead.
The path does not equal the future. Reset, let's go! ©GB