Thank you for reading this week’s Operation Melt update.
Operation Melt started as a blog to share my personal transformation and weight loss story. After achieving success with that goal, Operation Melt has evolved into a platform to help inspire, motivate and equip people to achieve their own personal and professional goals so they can live their best lives.
I am trying to build a world where no goal ever dies of loneliness.
My amuse bouche for you today is a light “dad joke” to entertain your mind before we get down to business.
A termite walks into a bar and asks, “Is the bar tender here?”
Like any other amuse bouche, you may have hated it, but it was worth every penny that you paid for it, right?
Goal Success by Choice
We can choose to be successful with our goals if we make the right daily choices, build the right habits and behaviors and adopt the right mindsets. Goal Success by Choice shares lessons about the choices we can make that can either move us closer to our goals or hold us back. I hope this post helps you get a little closer to crushing your goals.
What Would Beyonce Do?
I love the following quote:
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Or the more modern and way more controversial version:
You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce
The intent of these quotes is to refuse the “I don’t have time” mantra that many of us have adopted as a reason (or excuse) for why we don’t accomplish our goals. We all have the time to accomplish big things, it is just a matter of priorities and choices.
I will share a personal example of choices and priorities from my week.
Each week I write and share two Operation Melt blog posts, my Sunday post (that you are reading now) and my Friday PM Believer post. I also share a variety of social media content including inspirational quotes and other glimpses of my ongoing transformational journey.
This week, I skipped my regular PM Believer post. I also was pretty inactive with daily social media posts. Plus I was pretty much absent from my Operation Melt mastermind group.
My absence this week was not because I lost interest or don’t value these posts. It is very important to me to share this information because I know it helps inspire, motivate and equip people to achieve their own goals. Selfishly, these posts also give me a creative outlet each week and keep me motivated too.
The real reason I was quieter this week was about priorities and choices.
In my day job, I am a consultant specializing in technology project management. Over the past year, I have been working on a big project and this weekend was our go-live. That means this was a full week and weekend full of work and focus on making sure that this go-live would be a success. So far, the go-live hasn’t been easy, but it has gone very well.
Once I was done working each day, I was not in the right frame of mind to get into my creative space (we will talk about “Prime Time” in a future post). Instead, I just wanted to decompress with some time out with my wife, exercise and other hobbies. This was also the last week of my Scioto Miles walking and running distance challenge, so I needed to get some miles in to reach my goal, which I exceeded (of course I did, if there is a number to be tracked and reached, I am going to do it).
Did I say “I don’t have time to write?” Absolutely not. I had time, I could have done less decompression and more writing. I chose not to.
I have a choice and so do you!
Our lives, our success and our happiness are based on our choices. Nothing is pre-determined and very little is out of our control.
Is time a finite resource? Of course it is. But you are given twenty-four hours every day and you get to choose how to invest them. Sleep, work, play, connection, gratitude, exercise… it can all fit, but you have to choose how you want to divvy up the time.
Do you want to sleep for twelve hours each day? You can do that, but there are consequences.
Do you want to short-change yourself on sleep and focus on other priorities? That is your choice, but, again, there are trade-offs and consequences.
If you want to be successful in life, you need to make good choices. The most important of those choices is how you want to invest the gift of the twenty-four hours you are granted each day. Determine your top priorities and evaluate your commitments and then plan your twenty-four hours around that.
Stop lying to yourself by saying “I don’t have time.” Choose to unleash your inner Albert Einstein, Michelangelo or Beyonce and use today to do something great!
Here are some other resources related to today’s post that you might want to read:
- Blog: It Can Work If You Do (10/18/2020)
- Blog: Not Fun Anymore? (7/19/2020)
- Blog: Bad choices have consequences (6/3/2017)
- Blog: Let’s do this my way (with some help from Lord Kelvin) (6/19/2017)
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