Coach Jim Johnson

How are you handling the dog days of summer?

Are you surviving the dog days of summer?

As we near the end of summer and into the school season, it’s important to do a status update on our yearly goals.  The summer can bring a lot of fun activities, which means more distractions to deal with.  Is the year getting away from you?  Are you developing some bad habits that are deterring you from achieving success?  In the #CJJblog this week, I wanted to give you some tips on how to stay on track.  Enjoy.

  • Adopt slogans. For me, I like to consistently focus on TNT (Today, not Tomorrow), and DIN (Do it Now).  This helps me focus on accomplishing tasks in the present as opposed to putting them off.  What slogans do you use?
  • Five-second rule. I have found that when making an everyday decision (getting out of bed, making a tough phone call, etc.), it’s best to make this decision quickly – within five seconds – and simply go with the flow.  Be definitive and concise with your actions.
  • Make a list. It could be a list of five, ten, or even twenty goals/tasks, but it helps to make a list and prioritize.  After writing them down, start at number one and work your way down.  What’s your strategy for making yourself accountable?
  • Implement non-negotiables. It’s likely that at work or profession, you have things that you must do.  In life, make a few things you can’t skip each day.  Do you wish to exercise?  Do you need to eat a piece of fruit?  Whatever it is, treat it as an appointment you can’t miss.  This will help create better disciplines in your life.
  • Accountability partner. Pick someone to talk to about your summer activities and what you’ve been up to.  Then talk to them about your goals and have them check in on you every month.  The simple fact of knowing you will soon be giving a status update to someone will make you more accountable for your actions.
  • Hire a coach. If a family member or friend won’t cut it, hire a coach.  A professional who can lead you through your struggles is never a bad thing.  Have you ever hired a coach to improve an aspect of your life?
  • Understand your energy cycle. Are you a morning person or a night owl?  Knowing your energy cycle will help with scheduling your most important events to increase productivity.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson attended the Global Leadership Summit this week and saw Dr. Ken Blanchard speak.  Check out his social media accounts for pictures and more info.

Life Tip #31: Feeling listless?  Make a list.

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