Continuing with Principle #1 (for the last day) from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” about being 100% responsible for your own life, I set the intention today to explore what’s working and what’s not for me. He states “The easiest, fastest, and best way to find out what is or isn’t working is to pay attention to the results you are currently producing. … You are either happy or you are not. You either have what you want or you don’t. It’s that simple. Results don’t lie!”. In essence, are we choosing to do what we need to do and being who we need to be in order to get what where we want to go?
For the last couple of years I’ve been struggling with not being able to create what I want (higher levels of art, doing calligraphy, increasing the number of clients, getting my body to my goal weight, etc); the main reason why was because I wasn’t doing what I needed to do to get there. That joke about “how to get to Carnegie Hall — practice, practice, practice” certainly applies. I’ve been doing a lot of learning in multiple areas however I wasn’t practicing any of it…and practice makes progress!
In December I made the commitment to make time for practicing. If I can practice for 20 minutes a day, by the end of the year I will have put in over 100 hours. I started this with my piano practicing and am surprised by the results so far.
What’s something you’ve wanted to do or improve on but have put off practicing? Can you spare 20 minutes per day? Even if you do 10 minutes in the morning and 10 at night, you’re still doing far more than what you were doing before. “Slow and steady wins the race.” — Aesop
“It’s choice – not chance –— Jean Nidetch
that determines your destiny.”
I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”.