3 Powerful and Proven Steps to Outwit Your Scary To-Do List (Part 3)

Oct 30, 2016



“Do I want my wins to come easily?”

Most people never think about the quality in which they want their success to arrive. For most, “success” is enough.

However, as your “success” develops, you begin to notice the trade-offs. You sacrifice your time and energy, and also forgo other important personal and professional opportunities. In the end, you have what you want, but at what cost?

It’s a slippery slope that most don’t notice until they are far along in their development. They look back and wonder how they could have spent their time more wisely, or they relive their experiences and think how they could have better enjoyed the process, their “journey to success”.

The only thing is…there is no “journey to success”. True success is NOW, and it’s easier to tame than you might think.


The Old Model

Most of us think that success should be difficult, that the reward is in overcoming challenges and obstacles.

There’s something inside of us that thinks, “Nobody else could do this”, or “Nobody else could overcome such challenges”. It leaves us with this special feeling of accomplishment. It’s the “little man” inside of us who wants to climb Mount Everest because nobody else can.

This kind of attitude surfaces in our day-to-day. We use this old model of success to define our actions and worth. It becomes such a great part of us that we become lost in it, forgetting what the “prize” was all along.

It’s a very, very slippery slope.

So what can we do to get some traction here? What can we do to rest this old model of success and replace it with a new one? What should the model be?


The Mindset

To begin to work with a more pleasing and helpful model of success, you need the right mindset and the right real world application.

To think of your favorite version of success is not enough. You also need something to practice it on.

Here’s where your revamped to-do list comes into play.

With the right approach, you can transmute the things you HAVE to do into serving your new model of success. This is the real world application we were talking about.

With a bit of time and focus in this sort of Experiential Learning, your mindset will adapt accordingly. You won’t have to convince yourself of anything, your experiences will do all the talking.

Speaking of Experiential Learning, have you begun to work with the practices discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series? If not, do yourself a favor and visit those now. If you truly want more peace, stability, focus, motivation, and momentum, you’ll work with all of the steps discussed in this series.


Easy Wins

So what kind of experiences do we need to create to change your current mindset?

We need “easy wins”.

After working with Part 2 of this series, you’ve separated your to-do list into “Today, Tomorrow, This Week, and This Month” categories. Again, this will help you prioritize your items so that everything gets the attention it needs when it needs it.

Somewhere in these four categories, we need to stage some easy wins.

What’s an easy win?

An easy win is something “easy” for you to cross off your list.

These are mostly the things you “have to do”, but never make it to your list. In the past, you’ve almost entirely reserved your to-do list for “important” tasks, ones that require a great deal of focus and attention. Everything else kind of waits its turn in your thought cloud.

You end up completing these items, but with no real sense of accomplishment or progress.

If any of this sound familiar, then you are working with a misrepresentation of what you have to do and what you have accomplished. This is not going to help us adopt a new model of success. We need something that paints a complete picture of our time and energy spent “Today, Tomorrow, This Week, and This Month”.

So what do you do?

Add a few (or all) of the tasks that you ACTUALLY have to do to your list, complete them, and cross them out with a fat, dark line.

These are our easy wins.

With more and more easy wins, you’ll begin to understand, and quantify, where your time and energy is being spent. This will give you the most accurate representation of what is actually going on during your day, how you feel about it, and if you want to name it as a “success” or not.


Your Next Step

Add some “easy wins” to your “Today, Tomorrow, This Week, and This Month” to-do list.


Food for Thought

We spoke a bit on a best model for success. What is your current model of success, and in what specific way does it serve you in your day-to-day?

Please share your answers with us by leaving a comment below. Our community has shared with us that it creates a huge amount of value to hear from others in a similar stage of development.


P.S. Quick reads like this are incredibly powerful and serve well to remind us, get us back on track, and to help us learn new skills. However, for those of you out there who are interested in even bigger gains towards personal freedom, removing blocks, deepening relationships, and connecting to Source, consider Coaching. It is truly the most transformative experience you will ever have. If this is you, sign up for a free Coaching Strategy Session and learn what Coaching can do for you (serious applicants only).

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