As we approach the end of June, take some time aside and see how the year has gone thus far.

This time to reflect is important since if we are working hard,  but not smart, all our effort is for naught.

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. – Peter Drucker

Likewise, it is important to take a step back and think about our everyday habits and behaviors and scrutinize whether or not those daily actions are bringing us closer to or farther from where we would like to be.

If we are dissatisfied with our direction in life, we must CHANGE something to achieve different results.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.

Growth only comes from exiting our comfort zone.  As men, we should always seek to improve ourselves:  on the job, at home, wherever you have a prescence.

Coasting, resting on your laurels, counting your chickens are all forms of cancer which will kill even the most talented among us.

Complacency Kills

With that, I am displaying a very simple goal exercise which takes a few minutes, which can shed light on your progress.

Simply list in plain English that which IS working and that which IS NOT working.

Things that have been working

  • My relationship is healthy; I proposed to my girlfriend, now my fiancee.
  • I created and expanded my website,
  • I am still exercising regularly and I have increased my strength dramatically
  • I am continuing to feed my brain healthy, positive, life-affirming messages and doing my best to avoid negative thinking.

Things that have not been working

  • I still read too much, write too little.
  • I do not take as much time as I should to be reflective and journal.
  • There is room for improvement at work.
  • My sleep patterns have been off since December due to late nights and napping.

This is a very rudimentary exercise, but it forces you to be honest and assess what is working and what isn’t.

Takeaway: Growth does not happen until we exit our comfort zone.  This simple exercise can give you a good idea of where you are progressing and where you are stagnating.  Please give it a try.

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