Recently on The Jeff Heggie Show I interviewed Dennis Mellen. During our conversation I made a book suggestion to Dennis that one of my coaches had suggested that I read. The day this episode released, I got a text message from a good friend of mine. He said that he enjoyed the episode, but he was running on a treadmill when he listened to it, so he couldn’t take any notes. He wanted to know the name of the book that I had referenced.
The book is, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande.
Today I was talking with someone about implementing success habits into their routine. I explained how we can accomplish major things in our lives by implementing some simple, easy to do habits into our daily schedules. Simple steps and small adjustments begin to compound and create massive results.
I help my clients implement these success habits into their daily routine and I’m always sharing them with as many people as I can on my blog, in my podcasts, when I speak, or any other time that I can. These are all habits that any of us can easily implement, but when I talk about them I usually let my passion come through and I get long winded. So it’s not very often that I talk about all of them at the same time.
Today as I was talking about them, this book came to mind. I’ve often said that these success habits are easy things to do, but they are also easy not to do. The easier we can make the process, the more chances you will stick to it. In all the complexities of our lives, a simple checklist gives us the power to deal with everything. So why not a daily Success Checklist?
By creating a checklist of the success habits you want to complete each day, you remove many obstacles that could prevent you from doing them.
Create Your Success Checklist
Your first step is to establish what the success habits are that you want to implement into your life. It’s easy to create a list and then just say, “here it is. Do everything on this list every day.” I could do that and I know it would be effective and bring success into the lives of many people. But the fact is, we are all different. We all need to do what is going to work for us individually.
Certain principles never change, no matter who you are. But how you go about your actions can vary greatly.
That’s why, when I talk about my Mindset Questions, I always encourage people to use them, but also to customize them to fit them personally.
I’m just going to start implementing this myself, and like everything, I expect to find out what works good and what doesn’t. Create the checklist(s) that will be most effective for you.
I’m not going to go into details on everything I’m including, but where I can, I will include links that will share more information with you. For example, when I talk about reviewing my goals, I’m not going to go through the goal setting process. But I’ll provide a link to my Bigger Future Goal Setting Program.
My Success Checklist
For myself, I’m going to start with a Daily Success Checklist and a Weekly Success Checklist.
Daily Success Checklist:
For now, here are the things that I plan to include on my checklist:
- Complete my Mindset Questions
- Write out and review my top Goals
- Review my affirmations/incantations – Morning
- Review my affirmations/incantations – Evening
- Network/Connect with ___# of people
- Daily actions steps that will get me closer to my weekly goals
- Record Daily Success Strategies podcast
Many of these daily actions help us to activate our Reticular Activating System (RAS). You can learn more about your RAS HERE
Weekly Success Checklist:
On this list I will include things that need to be completed at least once during the week. I will likely also create a monthly checklist.
- Meet with my coach/mentor
- Monday: Set my weekly goals/accountability for what I need to accomplish during the week so that on Friday I can look back and say that it’s been a successful week and I’m closer to my bigger goal and report to my coach/mentor. (I talk about this each Monday and Friday on my Daily Success Strategies podcast)
- Friday: Review my progress on my weekly goals/accountability and report to my coach/mentor.
- Content Creation
These are the lists that I’m going to begin with. Most everything on these lists are things which I already do. But the lists will allow me to ensure I’m on track, completing everything, and managing my time, effort, and focus more effectively.
As I was creating these lists I kept thinking that I should explain my thoughts, reasons, and/or processes for each item. But that’s going beyond what I wanted to include in this article. There are a few things that I want to add on here, but many can be found in my other articles. For example, if you read about my Mindset Questions you will also learn about my thoughts on journaling, which I learned from Dr. Benjamin Hardy.
When it comes to meditation, I am FAR from an expert. But one resource I would suggest, especially if you are an athlete is the book, The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance, by George Mumford.
Content Creation: When I look back on 2021 and reflect on who has impacted or influenced my thinking the most, Myron Golden is definitely on that list. At Funnel Hacking Live in Florida I had an opportunity to listen to Myron speak and since then I’ve read his book, B.O.S.S. Moves, and listened to him speak a number of other times. One thing that stood out to me and I feel it applies to you as well is about content creation. He said that one of the biggest mistakes that people make is that they are trying to find people to sell to instead of making yourself findable for people who are looking for your solution.How do you do that? Where do you search when you need a solution to your problem? You most likely go online. What do people find if they search you, or what you provide? Myron suggested we need to create “Prolific Content” so that people can find you and the solution you provide.
Coach or Mentor: I have different coaches and mentors for different areas of my life. I believe that everyone, yes everyone, needs a coach or a mentor. Someone who will help you to take your goals and plans and create something from them. This person should not be a close friend or family member because it needs to be someone that will hold you accountable for your actions. You can read more of my thoughts HERE. If you are interested in learning about my coaching programs, you can click HERE &/or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Try it out and then I’d love to hear from you. Is the checklist helpful? Did you follow my outline, or create your own. Most importantly, are you seeing results? Go get it!