“A” is for Attitude, the foundation of all successful work-life balanced people.
Attitude is a desire which stems from your beliefs. First do you believe you can achieve a work-life balance?
If so, you are well on your way. If not, there is no need to go any further, as it will not happen.
“Whether you think you can, or cannot, you are absolutely right” Henry Ford
It all starts with your beliefs and believing in the most important person in the world. Believing you can do anything you set your mind to.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill
Let’s pretend you do believe that you can have a work-life balance. If so, do you have a strong desire to have a work-life balance?
Your level of desire will be reflected in your attitude. If you are really hungry, as Les Brown would say, nothing will stop you from accomplishing your desires.
Therefore, you first need to believe that you can have a work-life balance which is supported by a strong desire to make it a reality. Does that reflect your attitude?
You can have a fantastic attitude, but a positive attitude alone is not enough to guarantee work-life balance success. In order to achieve work-life balance, the goal, you need an action plan to get where you want to go.
The “B” stands for Behavior. Behavior is the manner in which you conduct yourself. It is the way you behave, the way you act, function or react. Behaviors are also your habits – the things you do on a daily basis. You have good or effective habits, and bad or ineffective habits. You need to make yourself aware of all of your habits and replace the effective habits with effective ones.
Appropriate, or effective behavior drives opportunities. Opportunities come from setting goals, written S.M.A.R.T. goals. What do you want out of life and/or out of your work?
Who can determine this for you and who can make it happen? What are the daily behaviors that you must apply to live a work-life balance and the life of your dreams?
Once you identify these behaviors, and stick to them, watch your time management skills and results improve dramatically. It is those daily behaviors, when you implement them on an ongoing basis, that will make a big difference in your level of work-life balance success.
Now, with a can-do attitude and appropriate goal-driven behaviors, you can now add the “C,” which stands for Competent. You become competent when you master a work-life balance.
A is the desire, B is the practice, C is the master. However, it is the D that is the main ingredient to overall success.
“D” stands for Discipline. Discipline is a commitment to the most important person in the world – You! It means doing what you have to do, even when you don’t want to do it.
Discipline, in itself, is a behavior. Any behavior that gets recognized or rewarded, gets repeated.
The process is simple. You determine the necessary behavior or action required to achieve the goal; do it even when you don’t want to; and finally, recognize and reward that behavior so it will be repeated.
Remember, both attitude and discipline are 100% within your control. They are the foundation for ongoing self motivation and personal success. Recognize and reward appropriate behaviors and you will enjoy effective habits and a work-life balance.
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