Making it a habit

If you have read my previous blogs, you will know by now that I encourage you to Dream BIG and Think BIG. But it’s important to understand that quick dramatic changes in a life are pretty rare. It’s great to shoot for the moon, but you might want to learn some rocket science before departure.

 

 

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”

Aristotle

 

Forging new habits is not light work

 

When it comes to adopting new habits don’t expect a miracle or instant dramatic changes. Accept that whatever you are aiming for will have to be achieved in small stages. Decide on what daily contributions you can make to that BIG picture goal of yours.

 

“A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step”

Lao Tzu

 

One way to make progress is to add a new part to the “chain” of your existing behaviour. Example – Say to yourself “Instead of doing X, whenever I do Y, I will also do Z!”

 

  1. Try to cut down the number of decisions that you need to make. Make fewer decisions. Relentless decision-making is tiring.
  2. Try to make the boring bits in your life a matter of routine and thereby take the effort out of them.
  3. Learn to visualise / fantasise about doing the work – not the result. Fall in love with the work and the results will come.

 

Commit to doing what you need to do for 30 days. It may be that the 21-day rule is a myth (people say you can form a lifelong new habit if you can keep it up for 21 days) but if you are aiming to add something to the way you do things (create a new habit) then 3 to 4 weeks or 1 month is a great time period for an attempt to make a habit stick. Find out how the LifeDesign™ Method can help you make changes in 30 days here.

 

Whatever small steps you decide on, do it/them daily. If you do something less than daily, it will be much more difficult to make it a habit.

 

Start modestly – avoid attempting to do too much – half an hour a day is much easier to find and deliver than two hours a day. Set up a way of reminding yourself of what you intended to do – you need a “burr in the saddle” to keep you on track. Find a friend who is prepared to make your life a misery if you don’t do what you promised.

 

Be consistent – Do that small thing each day at the same time, perhaps in the same place, in the same environment. If you do something every evening when you come home after work that will link homecoming to the new habit. Remember to replace lost needs if the new habit means you are giving something up – replace it with a different kind of reward – one that does you no damage!

 

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Always reward your important milestones

 

Be ready to fail – prepare yourself for at least four attempts to get going. Start using the word “But” to good effect. Start inserting it into sentences as a bridge towards something positive. Example, follow “I’m no good at this” with “I’m no good at this, but! I’m going to get better”

 

Treat your new habit as an experiment. Don’t judge progress until after a month. Make arrangements to assess progress after a month.

 

  • Start small
  • Learn to manage negative thoughts
  • Find ways to enjoy the new habit
  • Plan for failure (it’s inevitable)

 

New, emerging habits are fragile. When things go wrong analyse where, why, how, when things started to break down…. Start again. Don’t forget to visit our shop to have a look at all the great LifeDesign™ products we have on offer.

 

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Change your life with a LifeDesign™

Welcome to the world of  LifeDesign™, where life planning is made simple. We are going to show you that anyone can do it and you can do it too. With a a bit of effort, you will start building your very own LifeDesign™ and the solid foundations you need to make changes in your life. Find out how you can get started toady with our FREE eBook; LifeDesign™ for Beginners.

 

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What is LifeDesign?

 

The LifeDesign™ Method helps you plan your life like a project.  It is a low cost, totally flexible and completely private approach to help you make better decisions and choices. You will explore your beliefs, goals and ambitions and monitor your progress throughout your life planning journey. Failing to plan means planning to fail. Find out more here.

 

I’m not sure life planning is for me!

 

You are not alone! If you are new to life planning or not sure if it’s for you, the best way to get started is by downloading our FREE eBook; LifeDesign™ for Beginners. It is 100% risk free as it will cost you nothing and if you are willing to put in some effort, you will have the ability to set goals, achieve your dreams and live the life that you desire. Click here to find out more.

 

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  • An introduction to life planning
  • Why you should plan your life
  • Common unhelpful beliefs debunked
  • The simple LifeDesign™ 6 Step Process

 

And all this is just the start, there’s so much more we have crammed into 33 pages. It’s full of valuable content, tips and advice to get you started. LifeDesign™ for Beginners works on any device so what are you waiting for? Download your copy NOW or find out more here.

 

 

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Download the eBook now to find out how you can benefit from your very own LifeDesign™ and take the first steps on your life planning journey. Want to know more? Find out more about how LifeDesign™ for Beginners works here.

 

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Time to get started!

Time is what you make not what you have got. “I haven’t got time” becomes “I’m not making the time” becomes “I am going to make the time”. If you are in full employment you will almost certainly have been subjected to a Time Management course at some point. I have attended a few throughout my career.

 

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Those courses made virtually no difference in my life. So here I am sharing what experience has taught me; create a daily “to-do” list (a new one every day). This can help you achieve the goals you set.

 

A daily to do list

 

Forget all that urgent and important stuff. If it is on the list it needs to be done. First thing every morning I make a list of what I would like to achieve during the day.

 

I rarely achieve everything on the list. I have learned its unrealistic to expect to do that. However, knowing what needs to be done helps me feel more in control and less likely to be overwhelmed. If it doesn’t get done today it goes on the list for tomorrow. I use two steps in the production of my list which might help you.

 

Step 1: Write everything that needs to be done without giving any consideration to its importance, urgency or the effort which might be involved in tackling it.

 

Step 2: I review the list and highlight the issues which really need to get done and I just start working them. Putting a line through them when they are completed is very satisfying. Seeing six or seven crossed off verges on fun!

 

I do what needs to be done – which means I don’t just do the easy stuff because I know that my natural inclination is to avoid the difficult stuff. If you are avoiding it, it is probably important!

 

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Give yourself a Break

 

I read somewhere that people who are happy with their use of time are more likely to be people who take time out for themselves. I do. What time do you make for yourself?

 

A few years ago I met a guy who had a fantastic business idea. There was no doubt in my mind that this guy had a winning idea. If he could get it off the ground, he would be very wealthy. His problem was he was in full-time employment and he told me “I just don’t have time to make this happen”. At that point I knew he would never succeed.

 

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There is no easy way in business. You need to make sacrifices to make it work. That means late nights, early mornings, weekends.

 

In my own business, I worked 70 hours a week for the first few years. I often joked that I was working 399 days a year. Yes, I know, there are only 365 days in a year – but every day is 24 hours and if you work for a client for 7½ hours and then work for someone else for another four you will have worked almost a day and a half in the day.

 

Work it out, If you are prepared to work a six-day week and 11 hours a day, and take no holidays (52 weeks) you have 457.6 working days available. And even if you work a 40 hour week you would have 201.6 days available to build your business. Simples.

 

Time is not what you’ve got – it’s what you make

 

You will find time if you have the motivation. If you’re not finding time, then it’s because you don’t have the motivation. So examine your motivations.

 

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Change your life with LifeDesign™

It’s perfectly possible to make changes in your life by altering the way you think, finding new knowledge and developing new skills. The LifeDesignMethod will help you think things through and introduce you to tools and techniques which you can use to make things happen and change your life for the better.

 

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Design for Life Lite – make BIG changes in just 30 days

 

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Design for Life – A4 hardback book

 

Design for Life is a beautiful A4 Hardback monochrome workbook that provides comprehensive life changing support with 19 tools, inspirational quotes, creative spaces and over 80 daily diary/journal pages for progress monitoring. This is the ultimate life planning tool and essential for anyone who wants to turn their life around. You can get yours today in our shop for just £19.95 including P&P to any UK address.

 

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The LifeDesign™ 6 step process:

 

  1. Understanding what you love
  2. Exploring why it makes you happy
  3. Help to set specific objectives
  4. Help setting big (and small) life goals
  5. Deciding what actions to take
  6. Monitoring your progress

 

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What is LifeDesign™?

You only have one life. LifeDesign™ can help you on your road to success.  It will help you think things through and introduce you to tools and techniques which you can use to make things happen.

 

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Tools and techniques

 

There are over 20 LifeDesign™ Tools and Techniques in total, all of which are included in the A4 hardback version of Design for Life. Here we are going to take a quick look at a tool that appears in both the A4 hardback book and our 60 page downloadable PDF; Design for Life Lite. Here’s an example:

 

tool 1 where I am

 

Where I am is a tool that you will use to assess your positive and negative spectrum. You can then analyse the important actions you should take based on the findings. This is a simple technique that is used in the initial stages of your LifeDesign™ development. Feel free to print off the tool and try it for yourself.

 

The LifeDesign™ Method

 

The premise is simple; The LifeDesign™ Method helps you plan your life like a project.  It is a low cost, totally flexible and completely private approach to help you make better decisions and choices. You will explore your beliefs, goals and ambitions and monitor your progress throughout your life planning journey. Failing to plan means planning to fail.

 

Just ask yourself the following questions, are you:

 

  • Getting the feeling you are running out of time?
  • Disappointed?
  • Dissatisfied?
  • Missing out?
  • Overwhelmed?
  • Pushed around by circumstances?
  • On the treadmill?
  • Weighed down by regrets?

 

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, the LifeDesign™ Method is for you. With a bit of hard work and tenacity, it will help you on your road to success.

 

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Not sure that life planning is for you?

 

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Welcome to the world of LifeDesign™

Affirmations and positive quotes are great, and we love them, but if you are looking for real change in your life, we can give you some tools and techniques to get started. You only have one life and LifeDesign™ can help you on your road to success.

 

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What is LifeDesign?

 

The LifeDesign™ Method helps you plan your life like a project.  It is a low cost, totally flexible and completely private approach to help you make better decisions and choices. You will explore your beliefs, goals and ambitions and monitor your progress throughout your life planning journey. Failing to plan means planning to fail. Find out more here.

 

Im not sure life planning is for me!

 

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How to get started

If you want to start changing your life, but you don’t know where to start, download our FREE 33 page eBook which contains LifeDesign™ tools you can immediately use to make positive changes. Click here to take a look inside.

 

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Whatever your situation, LifeDesign™ for Beginners can help

 

Need help deciding what to do?: If you want help with a problem or insights, “What can I do?” LifeDesign™ for Beginners will help you clarify your thinking.

 

What needs to change?: If you have decided you need to change but need a plan, Life Design for Beginners™ will support you in creating it.

 

Can’t get Going? “I’ve got a plan, I just need help to carry it out” LifeDesign™ for Beginners will help you get started and stay on track.

 

 

Your life is a project and projects need careful planning

 

Comprehensive plans develop understanding, help create action and give you a way to control things. Comprehensive life plans change lives comprehensively! The LifeDesign™ Method will help you think things through and introduce you to tools and techniques which you can use to make things happen.

 

Ready to get started? Lets go…

 

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Dealing with failure

Its not about the fail, the important thing is how you deal with failure. Failure is something that happens to everyone. It is not something you are. A failure might occur, but you are not a failure as a result. Don’t take it personally. Failing can certainly hurt and get you down, make you sad or mad.  It might not help if you think that as a result of a failure you have let others down.

 

Don’t fear failure, fail to succeed

 

Dealing with failure is never easy, we know that. In our video you will find 22 ways that can help should a fail occur. Find out ways that you can turn the situation around and make something good come out it. How you deal with failure will have a massive impact on your life as you strive to achieve your dreams.

 

22 ways to deal with failure

 

 

 

 

What does F.A.I.L actually stand for? Just for fun, lets turn a negative into a positive… It really is this easy. Changing your mindset and the way you think about a situation can make a big impact.

 

 

 

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Applying Some Critical Thinking

Applying critical thinking gives individuals the opportunity to draw conclusions based on fact instead of blindly accepting information on face value. This is a great skill to have and develop during the life planning process. It will allow you to make educated and informed decisions in all aspects of your life.

 

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Don’t take everything on face value

 

By gathering information from a variety of sources, it is easier to form an educated opinion. It is as simple as rectifying an argument between two squabbling children. It would not be fair to make a judgement when just hearing one side of the story. In the Children analogy, you would need to speak to them both before forming an opinion.

 

Assumptions are the mother of all f&*@ ups

 

The media can traditionally be biased for a number of reasons and different outlets will present stories in different fashions, angles and perspectives. Whilst on the train reading today’s METRO, no one is thinking ‘I better buy the Sun, Guardian and Daily Mail to check these facts’, but the point here is that to get a truly accurate picture of what is happening, you would have too.

 

The question is, do you think Donald Trump’s claims of ‘Fake News’ are based on critical thinking? Probably not…

 

You can apply methodical critical thinking at various stages of the life planning  process. The below three step method is simple way of articulating how to apply critical thinking to any problem:

 

  1. Investigate ALL evidence available, you may need to find more sources than you already have
  2. Analyse and compare ALL the evidence you have collected
  3. Conclude your findings and form an opinion based on the facts

 

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Self help works!

Many people don’t believe self help books work. The media is consistently sceptical about self-help, newspapers and interviewers always approach it as though it is some kind of quackery – snake oil sales.

 

 

“The only way to get rich from a self-help book is to write one”

Christopher Buckley

 

 

Self help works

 

Are people right to be suspicious or sceptical about self help?

 

In my opinion, yes and no. Lots of us do believe it works because it works for us. The sales of self help books is one of the fastest growing categories around the world.

 

YES: There are some problems with self-help. The subliminal promise of many Self Help books is that with only a little effort you can handle whatever it is troubling you at the moment. I don’t buy the “little effort” promise, even though I do buy lots of self help books. I advocate that you create a proper plan to fix whatever you want to fix in your life. And it’s important to notice that the tougher the problems the more effort is required to overcome them (usually!).

 

NO: There is now a mountain of books available to assist anyone who can afford to stump up the cover costs. They provide help in making individual bits of a life better – diet books (I’m over-weight), stress management books (I’m worried), positive thinking books (I’m down), get rich quick books (I’m poor), even “how to have a good death” books (Presumably – “I want a good death”).

 

It’s ludicrous to argue that these books must all be worthless. Even if you concede that not all the advice they must surely include some gems.

 

 

 

You have to be realistic. You probably won’t become instantly slim, positive, calm or rich as a result of reading a book. And checking whether the reader of a “good death” book had a good death as a result raises some challenges.

 

But in my view, reading about potential solutions must increase your chances of winning – whatever the issue – as long as you take action on the advice. The action bit is vital – You can’t achieve a total transformation of any element of your life with no effort and no change. If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always got.

 

Self help works if you are prepared to do the work to help yourself

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