Success is a choice. When we focus on the outcome of success, rather than the fear of failure, we choose to succeed by our actions.

Hidden Treasures - Day Twenty-One

We have all had days when we want to throw our hands up in the air and book a flight to an exotic vacation to run away from the problems of the day. Success is when we fight those urges to give up or run away. It is when we dig in deep and blow the ember of strength to life and continue on. It is when we recognize our need to step back and re-evaluate the situation to refine our current strategy.

The best way to step back, is to step into our exercise shoes and work off the frustrations of the day. We often become so focused on what we are trying to achieve, we become lax in areas of our life, such as exercising and eating healthy. We make excuses of skipping one day, and before we know it, that one day has become one month. Then it is groan time to get back in the routine again, with screaming muscles shouting as us, "Why did you stop?"

Taking care of ourselves, while we are working towards improvement, is vital to our success in all areas of our lives. Physical, Financial, Spiritual, and Relational aspects of our lives need to be in harmony to have life go a bit smoother. It doesn't mean we will not face hardship or challenges, it just means we can handle them better when they come onto our path in life.

Today, let's reflect on taking one small step forward in how we take care of our physical body. Let's be wide in our decision on how we move forward. Far too often we jump in with everything we have and then our progress is only for a short period of time. Remember, small consistent steps sill lead you to great destinations. It starts with breaking down your time.

We need eight hours of sleep. We all work at least eight hours a day for living. That leaves us eight hours a day to utilize. Depending upon how much time it takes to get ready or commute to work may subtract a couple of hours, leaving us 5-6 hours a day during the workweek and sixteen hours per day on our days off. Roughly we have 62 hours in a given week to plan on how we are going to spend our time.

Sixty-two hours divided by four, which is the four areas of our life mentioned above, gives us 15.5 hours a week to spend on Physical, Financial, Spiritual, or Relational activities. When we break it down, we find that we have more time to spend, rather than less... if we evaluate where our time is being spent.

Everyone gets the same twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. It is the ultimate equalizer. Time doesn't care how much is in your bank account, it deposits the same amount of time in everyone's life. The choice is ours on how we determine to use it.

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As we reflect upon our success, daily we will explore our commitment to ourselves and what the goals we set. Taking time to write down what went wrong, what was a struggle, and what was a complete failure will help us to gain insight on how to overcome the times, when we struggle and fail to keep the commitments to ourselves.
Focusing on our internal commitments, will strengthen the external commitments we make to others.
If you like this preview of Hidden Treasures, check out other books in The Ember Within Series
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