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What Are Your Daily Rituals?

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"There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way."  -Chistopher Darlington Morley, American Novelist

A "homework" assignment I often give to my coaching clients is to create a list of their helpful daily rituals. So often we just go along without really stopping to think what actions we can take on a daily basis that will add better health, success, joy and peace of mind to our lives.

It’s a pretty simple exercise, really.  Make a list of those actions that you know — or you believe — would benefit you (and/or others) if you followed through with them on a daily basis.  Below is a list of several different "daily rituals" that I have learned from a variety of clients over the years.  Many of these I strive to follow myself and I can personally attest to the value of reading (and living) my "daily ritual" list on a regular basis.

  • Jump out of bed with a smile at 6 am
  • Go for a morning walk
  • Do Yoga or a stretching routine
  • Pray, meditate and/or visualize
  • Work on most important project before reading email in the morning
  • Plan the day and clarify the three most important items to focus on during the day
  • Read or listen to something inspirational/educational every day
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Take a risk a day to build my business
  • Connect with at least one friend each day
  • Connect with at least one business contact each day
  • Review my calendar and mail out any birthday or congratulations cards
  • Exercise
  • Sit in my car for a few minutes after work and give thought to how I want to be when I get home
  • Read or tell stories to my kids
  • Kids to bed by 8:45 pm
  • Set up coffee maker the night before
  • Layout clothes for morning walk the night before
  • Visualize my top 3 intentions/goals/dreams before bed
  • Be in bed by 11 pm

Choose your favorites from the list above and also add your own to create your own list of Daily Rituals that will add better health, success, joy and peace of mind to your life. Once complete, read your Daily Rituals at the beginning and/or end of each day. Over time, notice how these small actions make a big difference.

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Use Process Goals

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"How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." -Anonymous

Bob had started his own computer software training company almost a year before hiring me as his coach. His main goal from our partnership was to help him grow his business and make a "comfortable" income. One of Bob’s first comments during our initial session was: "By the end of this year I want to have five people working for me, each teaching at least five classes per week." Bob was obviously clear about his main goal and had a specific, measurable outcome he wanted to achieve. When I asked him what small steps he could take to move towards his goal, Bob came up with the following ideas:

– Mail 300 letters by April 30th to prospective students
– Attend three networking events per month
– Speak to four groups by May 31st on "How to Be Friends with Your Computer"

Bob had created a list of process goals. He clarified three measurable actions that he could take that would help him move towards his main intention.

Less than four months after our initial session, Bob had hired two employees and they were both teaching an average of six classes per week! Eventually, he exceeded his original goal. Before starting in the direction of any major goal, Bob now emphasizes the importance of clarifying the process goals along the path. It’s a simple step, but many folks don’t take the time to do it.

ACTION IDEA:

What is a major intention you would like to achieve? What smaller steps might help you make progress towards this long-term desire?

Write down three process goals that could help you move toward your main intention and ask your Success Partner to hold you accountable to their timely accomplishment.

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