[Day 5] Setting Yourself up for Success

Natalie Sisson's 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge

10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge

This blog post is in response to  Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5  #10DBC, #freedomplan

Note from Natalie:

Setting yourself up for success.  If you feel that you are too far away from where you want to be, and don’t feel like you have the time to invest in your dreams, today’s challenge is for you. I’ll show you how you can get started and make progress toward your dream lifestyle every single day.

Day 5 Challenge:

Create a daily success plan for yourself that takes only 15-20 minutes and schedule a time in the day where you can squeeze it in. Write a blog post about what you will do, when you will do it, and how it will get you closer to your dreams.

Setting Myself Up for Success

I completely get it; life gets in the way. Work, family life, and social obligations keep us so busy that finding time for creating this new lifestyle becomes a real problem. Natalie Sisson

My Daily Success Plan

One of the biggest changes I have made recently is that I have adopted Hal Elrod’ s Miracle Mornring. I am notorious for being a night owl. I was going to bed at 3 or 4 in the morning and then getting up and going to work. Now I get up at 430 in the morning and I am able to put in a solid amount of work before I go to my day job. What a difference this switch has made.

The Miracle Morning (My Morning Mindset Practice)

Mindset and mind mastery are so important to living a life of freedom. Here is what my perfect day looks like.

430 am – 445 am

I wake up; I lie in bed in silence for about 15 minutes; I give thanks for waking up and for being alive.

445 am – 500 am

I get up and I have a liter of distilled water along with my morning supplements and vitamins.

515 am – 600 am

I say my prayers and do my devotion; This centers me for the day.

600 am – 615 am

I go through my morning affirmations for the day. This just gets me in the right frame of mind

615 am – 630 am

I then visualize the day ahead; I do a mental rehearsal of the day; I spend time focusing on my vision and my why. I go over it in my head. This is to remind of me of why I am doing what I am doing.

630 am – 700 am

I do my morning exercise routine. This could be a 30 minute walk, or 30 minute on the lifestyle or on the whole body vibration machine. It gets the circulation going, It gets me amped. I have another liter of distilled water followed by a fresh green juice.

700 am – 715 am

I read for 15 minutes. I have a floor to ceiling bookshelf with hundreds of books to choose from. I love reading. Reading is like food for the mind!

715 am – 730 am

I write in my journal focusing on the things I am grateful for; and any thoughts that come to mind I capture them on paper along with the plan for the day.

730 am – 740 am

I shower and get dressed for work.

740 am – 800 am

Work on priority 1 of 3 in my dedicated work area; all notifications and alerts are turned off; I like quiet focused time on task.

800 am – 820 am

Work on priority 2 of 3 in my dedicated work area. I do not do work in the bedroom or kitchen areas.

Off to Work…

Then it is off to work. My morning routine really helps set the tone for my evening routine.  Having a routine really gives me focus. It keeps me organized an on task. It helps me to be more consistent. I keeps me accountable and mindful as to how I am using my time. My evening routine is where I focus more on what I called IPAs or IGAs which are income producing activities or income generating activities. Or as Natalie refers to them as MIA or most important activities. I am very specific about these. I have 3 main activities that I do to accomplish this. They can be done in an hour if that is all you have I call them the 3Cs – create traffic, capture leads, convert sales. CREATE-CAPTURE-CONVERT (These are the activities I do when I work in my business). Then there are activities I do when I am working on my business. These are more planning, strategizing type activities,

My Evening Routine

When I get home from work I unwind before I have dinner. I may take a nap. It depends or just relax and unwind. Dinner is usually something very simple, healthy and nutritious. There may be some indulgences here and there.

Evening is when I do my IPAs. Depending on how much time I have will determine how I divide my time. If all I have is an hour I make it work. I also put in time writing blog posts and product creation. Sometimes I may set a timer. This is especially helpful when it comes to social media and email. Because I can easily burn a lot of time on both of those activities. I like to work in blocks of 20 minutes. I take breaks in between. I usually can get a lot done with this approach. It helps to chunk things down. It just makes things doable and more manageable, less overwhelming.

Others Things I do…

I keep a desk calendar, a day planner, online spread sheet just to help me stay organized. I write things done. It is a very powerful practice when I write thing downs. I find things materialize when they are written down on paper. It gives me a tangible…a concrete…something to look at and go back to. So very good practice.

My Night Time Mindset Practice and Routine

It is very similar to my morning mindset practice. I only have one liter of water before I go to bed. I do more relaxing types of activities. I do a rewind or review of the day. I set the intention for the next day. I identify my MIAs and IPAs. Then it is lights out and it unfolds again the next day.

 When  I am able to follow my routine…

It is the most amazing and empowering day. My energy is different. I feel lifted. I feel accomplished. I feel downright amazing. I am able to look back over the day and see the things that I have done. the accomplishment feedback is so powerful. It motivates me for the next day and the next day. It keeps the momentum going. Just a great feeling when this happens consistently.

Another Powerful Strategy that I Use to Level Up my Life is GAMIFICATION

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “the word refers to the incorporation of game elements, like point and reward systems, to tasks as incentives for people to participate. In other words, gamification is about making something potentially tedious into a game.” When something feels like a game, it is less tedious and more fun. Just adding this to my routine has allowed me to accomplish more of my goals.

How I use Gamification to get me closer to my dreams

I have only started gamifying my own life very recently. For me I basically apply gamification to all areas of my life. Whether it is  at work, at play, in relationships/friendships, with my family, with my business. Now that I have learned this concept I have literally gamified everything! There is the morning routine game; the eat this not that game;  the be more productive at work game; the exercise for 3o-minutes every day  game; the call a friend game; the social media game; the evening routine game; the work on my business game; the work in my business game; the pay the bills game. I think you get the idea. My life has become the gamer’s paradise.  Since making this shift in my mindset I am not stressed about not achieving my goals. Every day I set levels for the day. By day’s end I have hit the levels. Gamification is probably the most powerful change I have made in my life.

Thank you Natalie Sisson!

Thank you Natalie for yet another amazing challenge. The biggest takeaway from today challenge is the importance of  creating habits and daily success routines. Success does not happen by accident. It is something that you have to work on to get results.  I realize that the more focused I am and the more crystal clear I am on my vision and on my why the closer I get to achieving my dreams. The key is keeping my eyes on the prize.

When you gamify your life, you take your life to the next level.

Join the Movement, Be a Part of the Conversation

If any thing I have said resonates with you or feels right to you, stirs you on a heart level…or you have found great value in this blog post feel free to jump in the conversation and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

What are you doing to set yourself up for success?


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