It never seems that I am ready to do new things in January. January instead, is a time of reflection. November is my daughters birthday, Thanksgiving, my birthday, December is my wifes birthday and of course Christmas, and then there is New Years. Also in all of that is the end of Football season, the bowl games, and the start of the NFL playoffs. From October through the end of January there is a lot going on.
February is usually when things start for me. I have set up my business so that the year begins in February so that I have some breathing room for all the things just mentioned. February becomes my business reboot month.
So that leaves March. Sure I set my New Years resolutions. I do really well with them in January. In February things start to happen and life gets in the way. By the end of February a great majority of surveyed individuals have already broken and abandon their New Years Resolutions (https://www.bulletproofexec.com/bulletproof-new-years-resolutions/).
Once March hits take time to reassess. Were those New Years resolutions really that important? Did you really want to hit those goals? Or were you just making goals to make New Years resolutions.
If you really wanted to hit the goals you made then now is the time to reassess and recommit. There are a lot of reasons that it did not happen as planned, but that is just fine, it is called life. Usually there is a little uptick in energy in March. The weather starts to warm, we get spring fever, we have some more time on our hands as the days get longer.
Take the month of March to restart those New Years resolutions that have gotten away from you, and maybe make some new spring resolutions. The only way to fail is to stop trying.
I am calling you out Cadillac. You have the worst commercial out there right now. I can’t believe that you agree with it, I sure don’t. It is not the American way it is a workaholic way and that is sad. And I love Cadillac. I used to own one and I loved it before someone decided to drive backwards in the wrong direction in my lane in a rain storm. True story.
Below is the commercial I am talking about. I will break it down after.
It starts out well enough:
Why do we work so hard, for this? For stuff?
I couldn’t agree more. I would love to have nice cars, a big house, and boats, but not at the expense of weighing me down with too much to take care of.
Other countries they work, stroll home, stop by the cafe…they take August off. Why aren’t you like that?”
I couldn’t agree more. I would love to have that life. That is the main reason why I chose teaching, so I would have my summers off. Sounds like a good national system to me. We should all take a month off a year. As a matter of fact I think we should be mandated to take a month off each year.
Why aren’t we like that?
Now it gets out of control and goes against everything I have come to believe.
We are crazy driven, hard working, believers that’s why. Those other countries think we are nuts.
They are right. We work way to hard for way to little. Time to rethink our time vs money ratio America.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for hard work, and working hard. However I do want a payoff in the end, not just more work, or more responsibility.
Where the Wright Brothers insane? Bill Gates, Les Paul, Ali?
Sure they worked hard, but it was work that they loved, it was their hobby, their vacation, their passion. That is what I am here to tell you. Work your love, work your hobby, work your vacation and you will never need to take one. That is what it is about. But, most of us never get to live that, most of us work in a job that we don’t like with compensation that we believe is not enough. Look at the polls and statistics they don’t lie in this case.
Where we nuts when we pointed to the moon? That’s right, we went up there, and you know what we got? Bored.
OK That is funny. Good one Cadillac.
So we left. Got a car up there with the keys in it. Know why? Because we are the only ones going back up there that’s why.
USA, USA, USA,
But I digress. It’s pretty simple. You work hard, you create your own luck and you gotta believe anything is possible.
You are absolutely correct Cadillac. Great message, I just wish the whole thing was like this.
As for all the stuff, that is the upside to only taking two weeks off in August. N’est-ce Pas?
Is it not? No it is not. When are you going to take time to enjoy all the stuff? When you are 65? Hell with that. Take time now, have less stuff, and enjoy your time when you have it, when you are young enough to play hard, sleep in, and take late dinners.
Of the whole minute and two seconds there probably is about 10 seconds of good stuff. Other than that I am nearly appalled. Is this what we really do? Well it is not for me thank you.
It is not often that I set aside time to watch TV. I do get to watch some good programing but it is usually on Netflix, the History Channel, or the Discovery Channel online. Then of course there is YouTube with a lot of great content on it.
However, I do like to watch American Idol. My two favorite parts are now complete. I like to see the auditions because you never know what you are going to get, and I like to see the Team Competition.
The Team Competition taught me a couple of things this year. It taught me that no matter who you are or how good you are you must at sometime be able to work with someone else. It also taught me that if it seems like the whole world is against you, it is probably you.
Works Well With Others
My favorite income stream is Trading. I love the fact that there are not any customers, there are no returns, there is no one asking for clarification, and there is no one to tell me that I don’t know what I am talking about. I get to manage my money how I want. It is a one on one competition. The trader cannot see who his competition is. It is to see who is reading the market the best.
I also like Real Estate and Coaching. Both of which involves working with others. I keep in mind other people, how others feel, and what others think. I do this not because I am going to take all their advice, but I do it because I want others to succeed.
With Real Estate I can provide housing. I can provide high end luxury properties in great neighborhoods. I can provide fair housing in safe neighborhoods. I can provide reasonably priced safe housing to people in need. I continuously take into account the needs of others and do my best to provide for them.
With Coaching it is all about the success of others. I really get a big charge out of those who are able to succeed at the highest level. My success lies in the success of others. I get my energy from watching people grow, I get my inspiration from watching people push through personal doubt and break out of their self proclaimed box. It is all about others and I love to serve.
Working with others is important not only for my personal income, but to reach my goals. As a teacher I, of course, had to take into account other people. As a football and baseball coach I saw many great athletes who did not have a chance at getting to the next level because they would not play their part. They would not work with others and it took away from their talents. If you want to grow faster and further than you ever knew that you could, learn to work with others.
Take Responsibility for Yourself
What really gets me about the Idol Team Competition is the drama. The drama that is not at all needed. It is like watching a train wreck, not that I have ever seen one. OK It is like watching a NASCAR wreck. It looks terrible, and sometimes you want to look away but you cant.
So many people try to control their team, but all they find is that the others don’t want to listen. After trying three or four groups and still not finding the one that is “right” for them there is a question that the competitors need to ask themselves, but they never do. After all that maybe it is not the teams, maybe it is you.
The competitors frequently place blame on others. They will not take responsibility for themselves. They will not admit what we can all see very clearly. It might just be them.
Instead of harping on people who I don’t know I will take responsibility for myself.
I am not cut out to work in an office setting. I am cut out to be outside. I am cut out to work on my own when I want to and how I want to. I do well with a task and being able to do it how I want to and when I want to. I get things done quickly and on a very timely manner. But I can only get them done quickly when I am ready to do it. I do not do well being micro managed. I do not do well being told how to do something and when to do something. It gets very old for me very quickly to be forced to go to the same place day after day and do the same thing day after day. I do not do well to sit somewhere just so I can put in hours when I have nothing to do.
I know I can get things done quicker than most people. I know that I am efficient. I know that the setting is important for me to complete things.
Instead of blaming my job, or hating my career I took a long hard look at myself and how I function. I took control of me and my life. I took control of my future and my happiness. I discovered that the best thing for me to do was to be an entrepreneur. I also discovered that setting my sites on one big thing was not the direction that I needed to take. I work best with multiple streams of income to which I can concentrate on at different times. This gives me challenges in multiple fields with multiple directions. It gives me completely different things that I can focus on. When I get bored with one there is another muse waiting for me to give it my attention.
Learn to work well with others, they are the key to your success. Build a team, or become a part of one. Also if your team, your business, or your life is not working the way you want it to; it is probably you that is the problem. Seek ways to improve you and you will see all your bad luck magically change.
The key to getting anything done is to focus solely on the one thing that you want to get done and do it. The trouble I usually have is that I can’t focus on just one thing. I get sidetracked all the time. there are just so many great blog posts, documentaries, web design issues, stock research, my daughter, my wife, football, golf, hockey, and everything else that distracts me. I have a lot going on. It is my guess that you have a lot going on too.
So how do I stay focused when I need to? I find a guidepost. What is a guidepost. Usually we find these while hiking. We use these to help keep us on the trail, especially when the leaves are heavy, or the path is not well worn. These are sometimes painted on trees. Sometime they are posts pounded into the ground. Sometimes these are reflective color signs pounded into the trees like the picture here.
There are a lot of things that we do daily in our businesses that we don’t really like to do, that is boring, or that is just difficult to stay focused on. These are the things that are usually not important to us as individuals, but they are important to your business. They are necessary but not fun. These are the things that support the idea that we had for our business.
To stay focused in your business find your own guidepost. There are many different things that you can focus on to keep you on track.
I like to focus on what the results will be when I am finished with the task. No, not accomplishing something for my business. I am talking about vacation. If there is something that I have to do that I don’t really want too, but I know it will be beneficial for my business I put on some Jimmy Buffett and some tropical backgrounds on my computer and I get the work done focusing on my next tropical vacation.
Find your guidepost and you will find that your business task will fly by, and you will be more successful.