WHAT I DO EVERYDAY TO STAY FOCUSED
Holy Shit. My heart was pounding.
I dreamt that I had died and woke up with heavy breathing, heart pounding, and tears rolling down my face.
I lay in bed eyes wide open gazing into space when I suddenly realized how old I’ve become, then a rush of anxiety came over me. Panic. What have I done with my life? Where did the time go? How could I of let this happen?
Regret, was heavy in my heart. I was angry with myself. I wanted to cry. I did cry. What the fuck! I tried to think positive thoughts, but no use.
Dan Pena the 50 billion dollar man was right. He’s mentioned on many occasions that most people on this planet live their life in quiet desperation, and when death is near, the only thing on most of people’s mind are regrets.
He’s right, however I didn’t have to wait until I’m much older or be severely ill to understand what he said. I felt it. I saw my life flash back before me. I felt regret. And it’s a fucking horrible feeling.
If you’re reading this, I hope you’ve never had to feel what I’ve described. And if you have, I hope you have the energy and time to do something about it. Because regretting and not being able to do anything about it must be fucking painful.
I jumped out of bed, pulled up to my desk, grabbed a blank white printer paper and started to write down what I wanted to do before I die.
This was it. It’s go time. This was my second chance at life, and I couldn’t fuck it up. Write out what I want, what I need to actually do to achieve it, and then execute.
It’s that simple right? In a perfect world yes, but I still had my baggage. I still had poor habits, my self-limiting beliefs, and a dinosaur brain that was programmed to keep me away from anything that felt uncomfortable.
Albert Einstein said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. What a genius. I knew that if I did what I’ve done before, I’d get the same results.
I think the best thing about the internet is it’s accessibility to information about the many successful individuals. I had access to them and learned about their ways, but like most people did a shitty job at taking action and implementing their methods.
Mr. Pena also said that “life is not a journey, it’s a process”. If I followed the process of those we look up to in society, I might be able to accomplish my goals. Here’s what I’ve mustered up from my years of absorbing information put to practice:
- I get easily distracted, so I needed to write down my goals everyday as a reminder to help me focus.
- There are so many distractions throughout the day, so writing down my goals right after I wake up would be the best time where there are no excuses not to.
- While I’m writing down my goals, I should also write down what I feel grateful for because focusing on what I’m grateful for makes me happier. Plus, it’s impossible to complain when I feel grateful.
- Habits are easier to do when it’s linked to other habits, so I added a few more items to write down. Gary Vaynerchuk and Mark Cuban said self-awareness is important, so I included writing down my strengths and weaknesses. Since the term “weaknesses” seems too negative, I rephrased it to “old brain”.
- Simon Senik says that our “why” is important, so I’ve included writing down my purpose in there too. Knowing why I wake up in the morning should be important.
- There are countless figures who have talked about the power of positive affirmations. Dan Pena does it himself, so if the 50 billion dollar man does it, it must be good.
- I’ve included a to-do list separated in several blocks to make it seem like the full day’s tasks doesn’t seem so daunting when it’s broken up into groups. There’s also a start and finish time slot so I am aware of how much time I’m spending on each tasks. “What gets measured gets done”.
- I also included writing down what I learned in the day because like I said, I’m forgetful. Plus it’s nice to know I’m learning something new every day.
- Focusing on what made the day amazing would help me focus on the positives which would help me think of the day as an awesome one even if a lot of undesired events happened throughout the day.
- I wanted to conclude this routine at the end of the day with gratitude again because it’s good going to sleep feeling grateful and compassionate towards what I have.
I wrote this every day. With a daily routine, I am reminded every day of the goals I need to focus on. The purpose, strength, old brain portion helps me understand myself, and the affirmation portion helps reprogram my mind towards success a little each day.
I couldn’t believe it took me this long to implement a daily routine. Now I can’t imagine my day without it.
You’ve read about my nightmare where I died and my painful feeling of regret. I’ve also shared with you the daily routine I’ve implemented into my life to help me stay focused towards my goals. I have gained clarity, confidence and direction from this experience.
Now it’s your turn. Don’t be like the old me and many others who learns from others whose found something that works, but not give it a try and implement it for yourself. Life is beautiful but life is short, so do what matters to you.
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