One of the most popular questions I’m asked is “Sinead, what are your most important daily actions that you link with your success.” One of the basic first steps is to determine, write down and talk about what you do want, not what you don’t want. Be as specific as possible. Once you have clarified what you want, do the following each and every day.
Morning – Visualisation
As soon as you wake up in the morning, take about 5 minutes to focus your mind on your desires, goals and intentions. Visualise your goals as already being fulfilled. Spend 30 seconds to a minute on each of your core desires and goals.
During the day
- Change thoughts to feel better
Start paying attention to the many times during the day that you have emotional responses to other people, experiences, or your own thoughts. Pay special attention to when you feel disappointment, resentment, frustration or anger about your experiences and circumstances. Remember, it’s your feelings which are created by your thoughts, opinions, and beliefs that are creating your current circumstances. You must make a shift by changing your thoughts to ones that make you feel better. It is especially important to focus your thoughts and behaviours on things that cause you to feel joy.
- Time out to reflect
I like to take time out during each day to reflect on my goals. You can do this anywhere while you’re driving along in your car, while you’re walking along the street, while you’re in the gym working out. I think it is important to at least spend 10 minutes each day reflecting on our purpose. I believe each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying, acknowledging and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do, and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm. If you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, then just tune in to the signals around you. Looking toward others for help and guidance is helpful, but don’t forget to stay tuned in to yourself – your behaviour, attitude, likes and dislikes, and life experiences. Identify what’s working and what isn’t. If you need to, write it all down. You might be surprised by what you discover.
- Just ask
If you want something don’t be afraid to ask. It sounds simple, but the act of asking is actually very difficult for many of us. The fear of rejection, unconfortableness, and embarrassment stop us. The funny thing is that many times we shoot ourselves down before anyone else even has a chance. The truth is that even if your request results in a NO, you are actually no worse than you were before you started. However, mustering the courage to ask is only the first step. The more specific you can be in your request the better.
Evening – Have an Attitude of Gratitude
It is critical to take time each and every day to focus on what you are grateful for. Focus on all of the things in your life, most of which you take for granted, that you are grateful for – your health, your children, the nice weather, electricity, running water, your flower garden, your pets, your friends. No matter what your situation, there are always things to be grateful for.
You CANT always count on the economy, but you CAN always rely on yourself.
Remember, you have absolute control over three things in your life:
- The thoughts you think
- The images your visualise
- The actions you take (including what you say to others)
When you make a commitment to take these simple basic actions each day, you’ll start to move forward, with confidence, in the direction of your dreams. Believe that they are not only possible, but that they are already in progress.
Sinead Kane – The Kane Ability, Motivational Speaker