Sunday, August 28, 2011

Days #27 & #28 - Do Something Different

We are now three days away from the end of the month. For those of us that made a commitment to be at our next levels by September 1 that means that we are four days away from blast off. The most important lesson that I have learned about planning to grow or expand in life is that the process of planning for growth creates growth itself. Martin Luther King, Jr. one said that the most powerful contribution made by the Civil Rights Movement is the positive impact it made on the psyche of black people. Once a person decides to refuse acceptance of the status quo and initiate efforts towards something better, that person has grown and improved already.

In my book I describe debt free living as starting as soon as we make a commitment to debt free living. St Paul said that we should be transformed by the “renewing of our minds.” If we have begun to think about the future differently, then the future has already changed for us.

But planning and thinking are not enough. We must create specific steps that we must take to begin traveling towards our goals. This will require going back to the goals we have created for ourselves and making sure these are actually the goals that we plan to pursue. Each of these goals requires steps that we are going to have to take in order to get there. These steps become our process – and getting there does require a process.

Then we must complete our time charts to make sure that every hour of the day is spent intentionally and is aligned with our goals. One of my key mottos is this: If you want something you have never had, you must do something you have never done. Make sure you included in your plans doing at least thing that is new for you. It may surprise you but it will not take long for you to have something new also.

As one great philosopher once said “Just Do It!”

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