B2B–Day 5–Commit to 3 Things

August 30, 2011 by  
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Jim Rohn, one of the most influential mentors to have ever lived, said “If you have more than 3 commitments at any given time, you don’t have any.” I love this quote for its simplicity and its power. I take it to mean if you are doing too many things, you aren’t really doing anything.”

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I try to incorporate my understanding of his words into my life in as many ways as I can. The first way is by creating a daily To Do list of only 3 things and the second is by only committing to making 3 major changes or incorporating 3 new behaviors in my life per year.

The fact is, as remarkable as we are or want to be, we can’t focus on actually doing more than 1 thing at a time–much less 3. Think about it, even proponents of multi-tasking know that whenever we do one thing, we actually stop long enough to do something else, so it’s not as if we are really ever “doing” more than one thing at a time. You may think you are, but it’s an illusion because you’re not. When you commit to doing something you have to focus and we can only focus on one thing at a time.

When you commit to doing something, you give it your all–so you can’t honestly say you are committed to doing a million things because you can’t give your all to a million things. You can do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but you can’t actually COMMIT! And that’s what you want to do this year. You don’t just want to dabble in a couple of changes or try out a few things and see how they “work out” for ya. You want to DO and ACCOMPLISH big things, right? Well, big things take big actions and big actions only come from commitment and commitment requires focus.

The two biggest threats to our ability to focus are:

Distractions:

All of us have distractions in our lives.  Whether they are external (other people, televisions, Facebook, outside noises like sirens and traffic) or internal (negative thoughts, fear, confusion) – it is up to us to overcome them.  Distractions can be aggravating, but they can also serve as a convenient excuse to lose focus and to stop trying.

Do yourself a favor: be firm about minimizing distractions as you work on yourself this year.  You may need to wear earplugs to shut out excessive noise, or have a talk with your family members and friends to ask them to support you.  You may need to decide to steadfastly ignore the critical voice in your head that utters messages of doubt and negativity.  You may need to set a new schedule to allow yourself some quiet time each day.

Do whatever is necessary to take charge of your own success.  Choose to become immune to distractions as much as possible.  Remember, distractions become a problem ONLY when you allow them to take over.

Lack of commitment:

If you’re not fully committed to your 3 Things, you will find it much more difficult to stay focused.  You’ll be easily thrown off-track by self-sabotage, distractions and more.  Without commitment, you simply won’t put forth your best effort!

Right now, before you read any further, make a promise to yourself that you will do whatever is necessary to make this year different from every other.  Vow to courageously face any challenges, take bigger risks, and believe in your ability to succeed even in the face of adversity.

Decide that no matter WHAT happens, you will keep moving forward, keep learning and growing and developing yourself as a person.  Vow that you will develop and hone a laser-sharp focus that never deviates.

With that type of attitude, you will become unstoppable!

 

Today’s Task:

What 3 goals, changes, improvements, accomplishments, etc. are you going to COMMIT to this “school” year? Share them with us in the comment box below.

Thanks for joining me for this 5 day Challenge series. If you are reset, rebooted, and ready to go get back to business, let me know! I love to hear about how you are doing and how I can help you get your goals on.

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Wishing you the best of success!

 

 

P.S. Today is the last day of the B2B series, I hope you’ll remain subscribed to the NPW blog. If you do, you’ll continue to receive the most recent blog post updates straight to your email box! I look forward to seeing you and connecting with you here in the comments.

 

Your CMO,

Nicolette  ~aka~ Ms.N*Powered

 

Comments

5 Responses to “B2B–Day 5–Commit to 3 Things”
  1. Huldah says:

    This article is very informative! I feel much better knowing that there is nothing wrong with me just because I’m not very good at “multi-tasking”. I will definately make an effort to focus on just three things and see how far that will take me. I’m excited. Especially since school just started, I’m curious to see how successful my school year will turn out to be.

    Thanks!

    • Nicolette says:

      Hey Huldah,
      Thanks for stopping by. What are the 3 things you plan to commit to this year? By articulating them and “putting them out there” you’ll be better prepared to assess how the year goes.

  2. Judy says:

    Now I know why I never get anything done. I take so much on my plate and try to do a little bit of this, and a little bit of that and never really complete anything. So today’s talk was definately on point again.
    The 3 things I would like to accomplish this year are:

    1) To continue my weight loss and good health regimen

    2) Spending more time on myself

    3) Improving my pedagogy and leading my students to be successful learners

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you Nicolette, my CMO, for getting me started on taking a reflective look at the way I have been handling my life and for giving me such woonderful tips on how to get back on track.

    • Nicolette says:

      You are very welcome! It is my pleasure. I am very excited about this year because we all have a few big-ticket items in our “shopping carts” and I am really looking forward to supporting each other in accomplishing our goals.

  3. Arlene says:

    This is a good reminder of why I may procrastinate: distractions and/or lack of commitment. However, I am determined to maintain a focused life this school year despite the uncertainties and confusion. My three goals are:
    1) Hug myself everyday and say, “I am beautiful.”
    2) Remind myself daily, with a smile, that I am God’s beautiful creation.
    3) Seek God for strength and wisdom for a successful school year and life.