Effortless Success!

Don’t believe the hype.

This is the type of headline that bombards us every day.  Frankly they really get on my wick.

The world is full of miracle cures for happiness, crash diets and flashy new products that instantly boost your sex appeal.

Making lasting changes takes more than changing your brand of deodorant.  It takes planning, motivation and commitment.

Spring into Action

Spring is in the air, bringing a sense of renewal and opportunity. It’s  time to dust off the cob-webs and re-boot a few life programmes that are not working.

If you know it’s time to change, here are five ways to get things moving in different areas of your life (commitment definitely required!):

1)   De-clutter your life – if your house is turning into a landfill site and your paperwork has taken over the table.  Set an objective (for example to clear out the spare room by the end of March) and commit 10 minutes a day to making it happen.

2)   Introduce a new virtuous habit – whether it’s a morning walk, 30 minutes exercise 3 times a week or taking 10 minutes quiet time to breathe every day, start something that can make your life better.  Here are some more ideas on how to do this.

3)   Audit your career – set aside an hour to honestly assess how you are making a living.  Think about what you enjoy, what gives you meaning and purpose, how your work fits with your life goals and what you’d like to be doing in 5 years time.  For a helpful test to see if work is working click here.  Here are some ideas on how to start changing things.

4)   Learn something new – what have you been fascinated by for years and done nothing about?  What skill would you love to learn (yes, origami does count).  Find a course and go learn!

5)   Get out there and meet people – if you’ve been hibernating, it’s time to shake off the sleepy dust.  Join a group, find an event, sign up for on-line dating (if you’re single!), call up your friends and re-activate your social life.  It’s ok to get out there. More on friendship here.

The advertisers would have you believe that the key to your happiness is a shiny new product.

The reality is that the power lies in your hands.

If you want something, get out there and make it happen.

Photo credit: Robert S Donovan (Flickr Creative Commons)

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  1. Phil
    March 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Do you think effortless success is possible? What are you committing to this spring? Let us know!

  2. March 21, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great post, I just started the process of DE-cluttering my room, and also started once again walking,meditating and reading, I just presented myself a good book to read as a gift to myself, and in the process of making a lot more changes,thanks for inspiring and reinforcing my thoughts. G Angela

  3. April 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    > Introduce a new virtuous habit
    I like that and it’s sticky.
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  4. May 20, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Effortless success always depends on the things you are doing but in the real life there is no such thing as effortless success.


  5. June 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Interesting! I think success always involves some degree of effort; but of course, effort doesn’t always *feel* like effort, if you’re loving what you’re doing.

    I blogged about this recently from a slightly different perspective – in a post called ‘Effort Is Underrated’:

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  6. September 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Great insights, but as I’ve known that success requires big effort and perseverance because there is no such thing effortless success but that’s only based on my own opinion.
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