January 03, 2008

10 Ways to Success by Success As we look forward and see all of 2008 stretch in front of us you might be interested in hearing the top 10 ways the folks at the new Success Magazine suggest you can achieve success. We love lists and friends that share great ideas with us. So here is their list: Decide to be Successful – Success is not a dream, hope or fantasy; it is a decision. Make the decision to change, improve and act on your ambitions. Design your Best Year Yet – As an architect would design a skyscraper, write out the goals, plans and actions it will take to achieve the life you want to live. Identify Your Passion - What are your unique interests, talents and gifts? Passion attracts success. Find what you love to do - you will never "work" again. Program Yourself for Success – You will see, perceive, expect and create what you think about. To program your mind for success – read watch and listen to materials that will support your success. Surround Yourself with Success - You are the combined average of the five people you hang around the most. Surround yourself with healthy, success-minded achievers. Model Success - The best way to learn to be successful at anything is to find someone who is where you want to be and model their success habits. Master the Fundamentals – Don't complicate it. About a half a dozen things make up 90%+ of what it takes to be successful at anything. Keep it simple. Get Fit - The mind cannot achieve what the body cannot perform. Your family, friends and career and future depend on your good health. Make it priority No. 1. Remember What's Important – At the end of the journey what will have mattered most will be your relationships – the people you love and those that love you. Make sure they are on your goal list for 2008. Make a Difference – What do you want your life's legacy to be? You have the power to make a positive difference – to a single person, a neighborhood, a community, a nation, the world. Realize that power in 2008. While all of these are terrific they can definitely be overwhelming because a pile of action items and work grows out of each one. I'm going to focus on #7 – Master the Fundamentals (of a few technical...
Kitchen Cupboard Spice Storage (& More) - - Friday @ 5:00 I was cruising the aisles of office supply stores because I like to do that and to gather some material for upcoming posts. While there I purchased a 15' roll of Sticky Back Velcro. This is better than duct tape! Within hours of getting home I remediated one of the most annoying things in my kitchen: Spice Bottle Storage. The stepped shelves didn't work for me. The plastic lazy Susan didn't work for me. The bottles were jumbled and sometime duplicated because I didn't know what I already had since it was hiding behind other bottles. They were alphabetical, more or less, but popularity is a better measure of what should be easily accessible, really. So here's something you can do with a couple feet of sticky back Velcro. Put lengths of tape from end to end of your spice cupboard door. Put squares of the other side of the Velcro on the back of your spice bottles. Stick your bottles on the door. Warning: be sure the bottles won't be against the shelf when the door closes – because the door won't close if they're lined up wrong. You see in the photo that I did this with a glass bottle and plastic bottled spices. In fact I transferred two herbs from glass bottles to plastic because they seem more secure for the long run. It's been a week and the glass bottle hasn't moved even though that's also my door to my tea stash and I'm in there at least 4 times per day. So give it a whirl. You could do this with any small thing that you want to find easily. We've since used the Velcro solution for the remote to the tv that's in the kitchen. The remote is up under the cabinet right next to the tv. It was used in our other house to put a skirt on an ugly sink basin. This could be the solution to a hundred problems. Send photos of your project to me and I'll post them here. And, write about your project in the comments below. Friday @ 5:00 is a weekly suggestion for R&R (rest and regeneration) on the weekend. Recharging your batteries so you're energetic is an important part of be productive. For related posts, click on Friday @ 5:00 under the categories heading in the side column.

Susan Sabo

I am a tool-loving productivity specialist who gets things done so I can travel the world, bicycle our country, spoil my friends & colleagues, and show you how to do the same.

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