I think it’s safe to say that none of us have a “To Do” item today that reads “Forget About What’ I Want In My Life” and yet;
Our brains keep generating thoughts at the rate of anywhere from 60,000 – 90,000 a day.
Our attention span (thanks to all the way cool distractions life now has to offer) is at the lowest in the history of mankind (9 seconds)
So the long and the short of it is that it’s way to easy for us to stop thinking about the stuff that we want most.
That’s why I’m a big advocate of visual reminders.
I have a bracelet I had a jeweler inscribe with “Intentional Life” which reminds me to be intentional in all I do. No “seat of the pants” stuff allowed for this aspiring sales rock star!
On my smartphone, I have the background picture set to my favorite campground. Reminds me to make sure, each day, I do something that brings me joy (like camping)
On my wall I have my vision board with a ridiculously large check I’ve written to myself representing how much I want to earn monthly. A number representing the weight I’ve committed to by June of this year, a picture of a dorm room reminding me that I not only have one kid away at college, I have another about to join him.
One very symbolic visual reminder . . .
A picture of my family and I the first day of a 13 day dream vacation to Disney.
11 years prior to that trip, I used the visual of someday being able to take my kids there as the driving force that help me dig my family out of a $60,000 mistake I had made.
The picture has a caption that reads “This Started With Belief” and it’s there to remind me that no matter what happens today that might set me back, I’ve kicked ass before and, quite frankly I won’t allow myself and my family to be denied!
My morning coffee is in a Disney mug for the same visual reminder.
I even set an alarm on my smart phone to go off 15 minutes after my prospecting activities should have begun. It reads “Are you picking up that phone, or is somebody taking your money right now?”
Those are just some of the things I do to keep my head in the game.
Otherwise, there are just too many other things that have this crazy habit of bringing my thoughts elsewhere!
And when my thoughts go elsewhere . . . dreams have this way of going along for the ride!
I’d like to hear from you on this . . .
What do you think of these ideas? What do you do to keep focused on the things you want most in your life and on a personal note (no need to answer this publicly) it’s February . . . have you already given up on your dreams for 2014?