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How to Change Your Life in 21 Days!

How to Change Your Life in 21 Day!


1402725_55047002_1200We all have things we want to change in our lives but seem to never make that change. We know we need to change that area. We know making the change would bring us closer to the success we want, but we just don’t make it happen.


Jim Rohn said “Success is something you attract and accumulate by the person you become.” To become successful, you have to become a different person. You have to develop the habits of a successful person. So what’s keeping you from becoming the person that would bring you the success you want?


Your HABITS are keeping you from becoming successful!


One of the big things preventing you from becoming successful is something we’ve already touched on: Habits. Your habits; the things you do habitually, have put you in the situation you are in. If you have the habit of sitting and watching hours of TV every evening, or playing video games all evening, then you probably are not far along getting your business up and running.


The habits you’ve had during your life up to today have created the world you live in today. If your habits have been to waste your time away each day and sleep late each day instead of using your spare time to learn new skills and build your business, then those habits have put you where you are.


On the other hand if your habits have been to use your evenings and other spare time to learn new skills and work on developing yourself and building your business, they those habits have put you closer to your success goals. Habits and discipline are the building blocks of success!


How to change your habits and your life in 21 days!


But how do you change your habits? It’s really simple to do! But it’s hard to do, as well. You change your habits by simply taking one issue at a time and work on that one habit. Then you move on to another habit.


Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, worked to change his bad habits by replacing them with good habits. He set out to develop 13 virtues which he felt he was missing and needed to develop in his life. He didn’t try to change all 13 virtues at the same time. He worked on one till he got it down, then moved on to another one. Developing these 13 virtues as well as the discipline he developed in the process helped make him the successful man that he was in many areas of life.

It typically takes just 21 days to change a habit and make it yours. Then you can move on to the next habit that needs changes.


My face shaving experiment.


I wanted to prove this habit changing concept to myself. Years ago I set out to prove to myself that it actually worked. I decided to change something simple as a test.

My challenge to myself: shave the opposite side of my face first each morning for 21 days. Sounds simple but it was actually a challenge. We form deep habits so that we do things without even thinking. That was the case with my shaving routine. I always shaved the left side of my face first, then the right. My challenge was to switch it and shave the right side first for 21 days.

It was actually hard to remember to start on the right side each day. Some days I’d have to stop myself as I started shaving my left side and force myself to think what I was doing. It was hard, but with each day that I did it got easier. Eventually (after 21 days) it became an engrained habit that I still have to this day.


The lesson for us today.


The lesson I learned then, which still applies to my life and yours, is that we can change any habit we want to if we just put the effort into it to do it one day at a time for 21 days. And we can work on one habit at a time to develop skills and habits to achieve success. Success is not a one-time change. You don’t develop yourself into a successful person in one step. And you don’t develop yourself into a successful person in one day.


It takes changing many little things in your life. Each of these little things builds into the whole changing of yourself into a more successful person. It also takes working on those little things one day at a time until it becomes an engrained habit.


In 21 days you can make a new habit. With each habit you develop; each bad habit you overcome, you become more excited and committed to change more things and develop more good habits. Each new habit leads to another. Each new habit makes it easier to work on the next. In 21 days you can be well on your way to developing the new you.


You can change your life in 21 days!


So what’s stopping you? Let’s get started today on a new life; a life of success and achievement. Start today on one new habit. In 21 days you’ll have it down and that will propel you forward onto the next habit and a better, more successful you.
Here’s to our Success!


Jerry D Ross


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8 Keys to Maximize Your Productivity

8 Keys to Maximize Your Productivity

Most of us have days when we look back and wonder where the day went. We ask ourselves why didn’t we get the things done we had planned. We knew what needed done when the day started but somehow at the end of the day much of it didn’t get done.

How do we maximize our productivity each day to accomplish the tasks we set for ourselves? We know that in order to be successful we have to make good use of our time and accomplish the critical activities that are needed for success. Below are eight simple keys to maximize your productivity and help achieve the goals you set for yourself.


8 Simple Keys to Maximize Your Productivity.

1. Prioritize your tasks and focus on the important things.

You can never accomplish in a single day all the things you know need done to succeed in your field. Success is a process. You move forward each day as you accomplish some of the things you set for yourself. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” So too, success can’t be built in a day.

So prioritize your list of things that need done. Write out what is most important to accomplish today and do those most important things first. If the less important things don’t get done you will still have accomplished the critical things. By achieving the most important tasks each day it will give you a sense of accomplishment and propel you forward with more energy to accomplish even more each day. Prioritize your tasks and focus on the important things first!

8 Keys to Maximize Your Productivity

2. Get Started Early.

Get up early and get going on your day’s important tasks right away. Benjamin Franklin is said to have coined the phrase, “Early to bed, early to rise; makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” That phrase is still just as applicable to today in our lives. Go to bed at a reasonable time and get up early. Most people are more productive in the mornings. There are exceptions and you must judge that yourself. The key is use your most productive time for getting the critical things done. Don’t flutter away the time on none essential distractions. Minimize the distractions. Get started early.


3. Focus!

Distractions are so plentiful in today’s world. Phones, TV, music, email, etc. You have to FOCUS your attention on what needs done at the time and get it done. Multi-tasking has it’s place in our world, but don’t neglect focus. By putting your total attention on the one critical task you can knock it out and get on to the next task. In the end you will get more done and with better quality. Focus!


4. Close Your Door.

Have we mentioned distractions yet? Distractions are so often the great killer of productivity. Close your door or otherwise separate yourself from outside distractions. When working from home this can be difficult at times. Find a way to block yourself off from distractions, at least for part of the time when you can truly focus and accomplish what needs done.

It’s easy when working from home to give yourself a guilt trip about “ignoring” your family. Your family needs to understand that for you to succeed and benefit them in the long run, they need to give you time to focus. It’s to everyone’s mutual benefit. Of course have balance in this. But you need to have time blocked away from distractions. Close your door.


5. Take a Break.

This may seem contradictory at first, but we all need to clear our mind and rest from intense work at times. Working non-stop all day and all week may give you the since of accomplishment, but in order to perform at our peak we need to step back and rest occasionally. During the day take breaks to give your brain and your body needed rest and rejuvenation. Be careful to not let the break become the rest of the day. But by taking a break, your time focusing on your critical tasks will be more productive. Take a day of rest and rejuvenation each week to recharge your batteries for the next week. Work hard with focus, but occasionally…. Take a break.


6. Organize Related Tasks Together.

You want to focus on the critical tasks to get them done well and quickly if possible, but some tasks are well suited to be grouped into one time slot. For example set a time slot to respond to emails or phone calls or schedule tweets, etc. If you respond to emails throughout the day, you risk getting distracted from the important tasks you are supposed to be focused on. By setting a time for such tasks you avoid the distraction of responding to them during your focused critical tasks. Organize Related Tasks Together.


7. Delegate and Automate When Possible.

If you’re building your own business, especially a home business, you often have to wear many hats, so to speak. You are the writer, the proofreader, the web designer, etc, etc, etc. Managing so many things can become daunting. Whenever possible, delegate to others. Hire out items others could do just as well which would free more of your time to do the critical tasks which are best done by you. Use automation so certain tasks can be done while you are working on other tasks or even while you’re sleeping.

There are great tools available for automating tasks on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Delegate and Automate when possible.

8. Take Care of Your Body!

Your body is a delegate machine. It’s an amazing machine! But if you don’t take care of it, it will quit on you. Get regular exercise! Eat balanced meals! There is so much information available on how to have good health and take care of ourselves. Use that information in a balanced way.

If you are to be a success in business or in any area of your life you have to take good care of your body and your mind. A sickly, tired body will not help you focus on the critical tasks at hand. A sluggish mind will not help you resist the urge to follow after distractions throughout the day. A strong, healthy body and a clear, alert mind are super critical to your success in business and life. Take Good Care of Your Body!

I hope these tips will help you in your quest for success. You can achieve what you perceive and believe.

Here’s to your Great Success!

Jerry D Ross