Episode 52 | (00:10):
Hey there, welcome to Simple Saturdays. In episode 50, which was last Saturday, I told you how I turned off all audio notifications on my phone because it was distracting me. It was just driving me nuts. And now nothing bings or pings or chimes at me from my phone any longer and let me tell you, it is bliss. :)
I've been enjoying this so thoroughly, and then I was listening to a podcast and I thought, "Hey, this is kind of the same line of thought about doing your work without distractions." A gentleman named Nir Eyal, who's an author and speaker, was talking about not getting distracted from your goals.
He said having the one-year and five-year goals is fine but he said something that made me say, "Oh my goodness, that's the Easy Aging® way of doing things." He suggested creating a new measurement.
At the end of the day, ask yourself only one question. This is the way you measure whether you were successful or not. You might want to get a pen and paper. It's a bit of a long question, but it's such an amazing question. The question is:
Did I do what I said I was going to do for as long as I said I would, without distraction?
Basically what he's saying is, for example: If you decide you want to read for two minutes a day (because that's a little fun-sized action that you can start with), at the end of the day you're going to ask yourself, "Did I read for two minutes without distraction?"
The answer is either yes or no, so that's pretty simple. Ask yourself questions like, "Did I check my email for 10 minutes without distraction?" "Did I talk to my husband for 20 minutes without distraction? No phone, no TV, nothing interrupting us. We just had a heart-to-heart for 20 minutes." These are the things that are going to help you see progress.
One of the things I absolutely love that he said was "consistency over intensity." I was jumping up and down saying "Yes!" Again, that's the Easy Aging® way of doing things. That's why we do our fun-sized actions. Our goal is to be consistent.
We want to do consistent, small actions and we will see progress. We can create permanent change in our lives when we do this. Consistency is a beautiful thing. And let me tell you why. Consistency will help you see your progress.
Consistency means you're willing to keep promises to yourself and when you do that, you also increase your confidence in yourself. You're not going to be beating yourself up anymore because you didn't follow through or thinking, "I'm such a loser," or any of this type of stuff.
All that self talk is going to go away because you're actually going to be proud of yourself again. You're going to start telling yourself that you are a person of your word, that you follow through.
And when you do this regularly, when you start seeing your progress, you're keeping your promises to yourself and you're increasing your confidence in yourself. That is simply going to encourage you to continue being consistent and continue following through. And you're going to be growing at a very steady pace.
So ask yourself this question, "Did I do what I said I was going to do for as long as I said I would, without distraction?" Focus on your consistency, and you are going to see some serious changes in your life.
That's it for today. I'll see you in the next episode and until then peace, love and blessings to you and yours. Take care. Bye-bye!