Hello there! It has been over a YEAR since I wrote my first post in this series. Lets just say it has been quite a journey. I wrote that post with the intentions of charting my progress on my path to the Freedom Lifestyle. Confession: it was quite a year of personal and professional development.
I declared I wanted “Time Freedom.”
Well, let me tell you the hard facts; even if you declare it, you need to educate yourself and take specific actions to make it happen. Only recently did I open the right door to learn HOW to make it happen (actually, my husband opened it).
My husband and I are podcast junkies.
We love listening to personal development podcasts. Some of our favorites at the moment include Tim Ferris, Brian Johnson, Joel Brown, and Hal Elrod. My kids (7 year old twins) even know these people by name now. “Mom, I’m not in the mood to listen to the guys talking again. You know, Tim Ferris.” True story.
Podcasts are free and simple ways to gain some insight on the self-improvement process. Here was one of my struggles; I had A LOT of great ideas and I tried to execute ALL of them. Of course, that sucks up a lot of TIME right? So here you are wanting time freedom and you just put yourself in PROJECT JAIL.
I did this over and over again until I found what I really lacked was FOCUS.
Sounds simple. I just needed more focus. So I made lists. List after list was formed and I’d cross things off. Tim Ferris helped a little with some insight on how to prioritize your lists. The reality was I just felt awful about not getting to everything. Then I’d get frustrated with my family because basically they were in the way of me achieving my goals. Lets just say I’m just a little DRIVEN.
I floundered with varying levels of success with my lists and figured out a couple daily activities that helped me. I nailed down my biggest income generating activities and started doing them. The problem was I was haphazardly trying to do them all of the time. A little at 5 am, then I’d get on a kick mid-morning, a little more in the afternoon, and maybe even some late night. What a mess! I was always on edge and wanting to do more.
Then my husband blew my mind with a podcast on Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning.
I was intrigued. I ordered not only the first book but also the one that is for salespeople with my Amazon Prime free two day shipping like the good Amazon junkie that I am. They both arrived and I jumped right in.
Day one was Monday (today is Friday). So here I am, 5 days in. WOW. He does warn of an infatuation period and to expect challenges along the way. I can see that but I’m also so ready for a change and I’ve been working toward this for a YEAR now.
Here are some of the basics of what he recommends:
- Getting up before you have to. I know that sounds tough and it can be but he gives you a lot of GREAT reasons why and tips to make it happen. Once you figure that out your golden. I find that being awake before the rest of the world facilitates focus and that is the foundation of everything.
- Quiet time (he calls it “silence”). This is epic. I started doing some meditation—which I have NEVER done before and today was my best one yet. Like seriously awesomesauce. I never pictured myself doing that. I started off a little rough (like I had a hard time taking deep breaths) and today I’m totally in the zone (my mind is wandering less) and I’m selecting my favorite essential oil to diffuse while I do it–that helps by the way.
- Reading through “affirmations.” Not just thinking “I’m going to be a millionaire.” Actually talking about the action steps to getting there. This is really a great concept and HUGE for focus.
- Now you take your affirmations and apply “visualization.” SEE yourself doing your affirmations. SEE the results. This is fun for me.
- He recommends some “exercise” to get the blood pumping and oxygen to the brain. I implemented this with 25 squats, 25 jumping jacks, 25 crunches and then a series of scissors kicks, flutter kicks, and push ups. EPIC. A couple times I didn’t want to do them as I walked over to my spot but I did and afterward I was happy I did. There really is a difference for how this sets up your day.
- Now you jump into some reading. I am still finishing the book he and Ryan Snow wrote for salespeople and I read a chapter at every sitting. This is going to help you read more personal and professional development books which in turn will provide you with the tools and insight to become more successful. BOOM
- Time for a little writing (he calls it “scribing”). Another great idea. I am using my scribing time right now to tell you about this lifestyle! I have a notebook I usually use. I label each entry with the date and which day of the Miracle Morning I’m on (“MM5” for example).
My Results So Far
I’ve made some adjustments to my approach from Day One but I will say that yesterday was the longest day I’ve had in a long time. What I mean is that I was really productive in the morning and I actually found myself feeling CALM and NOT FRANTIC.
I have “crazy brain.”
You know, where you want to do a million things and there are just not enough hours in the day. Yesterday I felt like there WERE enough hours in the day–actually too many. So, I took one hour and focused on clearing out some clutter in the playroom. Six or seven bags of trash or donations later we are making progress! I limited myself to a manageable amount of time. I didn’t want to push myself or the kids to finish it 100% because I know what happens; we all get tired and cranky and start half-assing it.
Every night this week I’ve been making dinner. Like REAL dinner.
I made myself a commitment to doing that and not being wasteful. For example, here is one of my affirmations:
“I am committed to healthy eating and will make meals that demonstrate that. I am also not wasteful. I buy only what we need and we consume what is in the pantry and freezer before buying more. I will meal plan weekly on Sunday mornings and daily at 8:30 am to use what we have.”
See how specific those affirmations are? True ACTION STEPS. If you follow me on Periscope (@toxinfreemama), then you saw my scope about this–you even saw my pantry! I told you I’d only spend $50 a week for this entire month on additional perishable items. So far so good–week one is in the bag! That will provide me an extra $800 in income to apply to other debts that we want to get rid of. #forthewin
What have I learned in the past YEAR?
I thought by simply joining a profession that allowed for maximum time freedom that I would attain it. Not true. Just because the OPPORTUNITY is there doesn’t mean you’ll gain the focus to allow yourself to maximize it. Joining the Network Marketing profession has opened a door to a world of personal and professional development that I never imagined. My six years as an officer in the Navy, three years in a corporate job and four years owning a construction and real estate firm haven’t impacted my development and self-realization like this has in the last year and a half. I’m incredibly grateful.
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