Life is sure full of them that’s for sure. Your exposure to them and how you handle them will most certainly determine your success in whatever it is your doing. I’ll put a disclaimer out there this isn’t JUST about our Amway business because I know some out there will try and twist it around and make it out that way. I was thinking about it today because we are packing and moving to a larger place on the south end of town and while the thoughts are fresh in my mind I figured I’d write about it.
Distractions or as some may call it, life, can certainly throw some curve balls and distract you from your overall goal, whatever that may be. For us we are moving and with that comes a ton of things you need to do in order to prepare and get setup in the new place. Utilities, moving vehicle, asking friends and family to help, purchasing things to fill voids in a new place or things that broke in the move, the list goes on and on and on. For most it can easily be an excuse to not do the things that we originally have set out to do. What I’ve learned in the last two years is really how to prioritize things in my life and really be a master of my schedule. A great book I read on this even before I got involved with World Wide Dreambuilders and Amway, was a book called ‘Getting Things Done’ and it talks a lot about prioritization and organization.
Continuing with my example of moving, I could easily fall into the procrastination trap and wait until the last week or two and pack like crazy. Studying success principals has taught me that maybe I should start earlier than later. Yet some may say that just sounds like common sense, and it is, but I can’t tell you how many people I’ve moved in my lifetime that leave everything to the last minute. Doing things earlier not only makes it easier but it gives me time to do other things and it reduces the stress in my life significantly.
For us those other things include continuing to build our business and sow into the people we are working with by showing the plan, doing counsel sessions, meet and greets in our own business and in our tap roots, and so on and so on. We can’t use the excuse that we are moving to distract us from the people we’ve committed to help build their own organizations. Other things like date night(s) which are very important to keeping our relationship on track and making sure we at minimum set some dates to reconnect. You’d be surprised how little couples do this. Things like family time and making sure W gets to see his Grandparents and other family members. The list goes on but if we get distracted by things that really shouldn’t be a distraction and apply some success principals to our lives, we’d be much better off and get a lot more accomplished.
Its easy to read some books and say you’ll put these types of principals in place, but if you don’t get around others that do the same, you could end up spinning your tires or be frustrated why you let distractions get the best of you. Learn to control them and you’ll be that much more successful in whatever it is your doing.