Renovate Your Routines

October 7th, 2011 | Posted in Personal Development by

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  Aristotle 

Our routines make or break us. If I have healthy routines in my life – I am able to produce excellent results. If I have unhealthy habits and routines – my life can easily get off track. We are what we repeatedly do.

I have made some major changes to my routines this month and as the result I feel AWESOME! I always thought I had healthy routines both in my personal life and in my business. But when I really took a look at both areas of my life at the end of the summer – I saw some huge room for improvement.
I have made some major changes to my routines over the last few months and as the result, I feel awesome! I always thought I had healthy routines both in my personal life and in my professional life but when I really took a look at both areas and got gut wrenching honest, I saw I had some huge room for improvement. And I have a hard time admitting this.

My ego likes to think I have it all together. My pride gets in the way and makes me believe that I’m healthy in all areas of my life. The truth is that I’m not perfect and I don’t have it all together (just ask my kids).  I’m a human being. I’m a work in progress. And I will continue on this journey of growth for the rest of my life.

It’s interesting how I end up teaching and leading others in the areas that I need to learn most. The first area of change in my routines over the last few months came as the results of taking on a contract management project. During the first few weeks of the project, I was able to really look at what was I doing in my own business to generate revenue. Here I was trying to encourage others to complete a revenue generating project and yet I was not walking the line in my own business.

I saw that I had stopped doing the simple things that I needed to do every day to help me to be more productive. I had once again let email and technology take over my life. I had slacked off on doing the revenue generating calls and making contacts on a daily basis. I was bogged down with non-revenue generating tasks and rather burned out with my business.

I had taken on this contract to encourage a group of top performers to complete a project. I was the head cheerleader and what I saw was that I was the one who needed to do some cheerleading for myself. I needed to establish better routines once again or in some cases I needed to go back to routines that I had always lived by.

I had gotten lazy. The areas I needed to change were how I managed my time, the amount of down time I took and the level of revenue-generating activities that I participated in on a daily basis. I made some huge changes. I got back on track and as the result I feel renewed in my business.  I’ve generated more sales this month than I had in the previous two and I’m having fun.

The second area of my life that I took a look at was my health. This area of focus resulted from work I was doing with another client.  She challenged me in this area and I’m glad she did. I’ve always thought I was healthy. In fact I even bragged about how healthy I was. But when I dug deep I realized I was not even close to being healthy.  The truth was I was in chronic pain, had lots of G.I. issues, had very little energy and had been sick 5 times in the last 9 months.

I got really get honest about my health and then decided I wanted to make some changes.  I decided I was willing to do whatever it took to make some massive changes to my health. And I have. I have changed the way I eat, started taking supplements and changed the way I was working out. I feel better than I’ve ever felt ever in my entire life.

I have created some new routines in my life and the results have been good. Change is not easy but it does produce results. I can honestly say that if you take the time to do an inventory of your routines and then start with making a change in one area – you will see results. Renovating your routines is good and it works. Take time to try it this month.

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