For so long I thought that to reach for the stars and pursue a path of success meant enormous amounts of hard work along with insurmountable challenges and obstacles. In fact, I think part of the reason I never tried to achieve great success was because I didn’t want to face that difficulty. It just seemed too hard, too overwhelming. But guess what? My life was hard anyway. Yes, success is difficult, but so is mediocrity and failure. Let’s face it…life is difficult. And once we can all agree on that, it’s time to deal with the fact and do something about it. In other words, if life is going to be difficult no matter what we choose, why not choose success? Why not choose to live the life of our dreams? It seems so simple and so why doesn’t everyone do it? The answer is just as simple…It’s because they don’t know they can.
As a human race, as a culture, as a society, as individuals we’ve lost touch with our power, our abilities, our willingness to take risks and dream big. Truth is, many of us have forgotten or worse, never even knew we could dream big. Most of us have let outside events and influences shape our lives. We’ve listened to and believed the roadblocks that society puts in front of us. There’s a recession. There’s inflation. We need a Masters degree to get ahead. We can’t have a family AND a career, It’s tough to be a woman, a minority, young, old or whatever.
We’ve all been sold a bill of goods when all along we knew that success has nothing to do with income levels, education, intelligence, bloodlines, race, creed, physical characteristics or the town we grew up in. Everyone has the raw untapped ability to create an exciting, balanced and predictable future in his or her own life. Of course, it’s convenient to let ourselves off the hook by blaming uncontrollable events and circumstances for our lack of success in life. The only problem is, there are far too many success stories of personal triumph from people who were in the same situation we are. That is, people with less advantage than what you or I have who have wound up becoming as successful as we all desire to be. In short, there are NO EXCUSES!!!
Live Your Passion,
Lynn Allen – Johnson
Author – Coach – Entrepreneur
As an entrepreneur who manages a home business, you are frequently faced with interruptions of different kinds. While it is impossible to eliminate all of these, you can control how much of your time each of these interruptions eat up. Thoughts, conversations, and actions are always part of a business whatever product or service you are offering. This is why success in the business is largely affected by how good you are at time management. You need to devour time management resources that will provide you with helpful ideas if you want to improve your expertise in this area. Here are some time management books that are excellent sources of information for home business owners:
1. David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
The problem with the advice we get from books written by most productivity gurus is that they focus on simplifying our lives. Being a home business owner is far from simple. It will never be simple. David Allen admits that people who are working on their goals have a lot on their plate. He does not suggest pruning the number of activities we engage in. He offers a “Get Things Done” method that will help us conquer numerous tasks and still have time for relaxation.
2. Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
The catchy title is based on the words of Mark Twain: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” If you tackle the hardest task first thing in the morning, you will go through the day knowing the worst has been dealt with already. Additionally, you will get pieces of helpful advice regarding optimism, goal-setting, and creating healthy habits.
3. Timothy Ferris, The 4-Hour Workweek
Many business owners have already admitted that this book changed their life. The author successfully explained the methods used by successful people in the business industry. The one reason I am recommending this book is that the pieces of advice Tim Ferris share has been tried and tested by the author himself. No better way to learn than from a fellow business owner.
These are the best books to read if you need to take control of your time. These are not all the resource you need but these books should be indispensable tools in improving your time management skills.
What’s your favorite book?