Railroads to Success

On the 23rd of January, my first son Jonah was born. He was 8.6 lbs and 54 cm (tall like his dad — I’m 6”4’).

One of the biggest things that I’ve discovered with having a newborn is that your own personal routines get thrown out of whack. I’ve had very little sleep and I’ve found that all of my normal priorities have started to shift so I can look after him. However, one of the most important foundations that I’ve been learning about for a newborn is to create routines for their life. Right at the start of his life, as a parent, I’m presented by the challenge of setting up Jonah’s routines.

Routines are the things that drive our lives. Really, the sum total of your life is the sum total of your routines. Just like newborns need routines to be established, I believe that if us adults are to be successful, we must establish the correct routines in our life.

Routines are like a railway track. Whichever railway track you are running on, that is where you will end up. Routines are the conscious and unconscious patterns that shape our destiny.

So what are some positive and negative routines in our lives?

Bad routines:

  1. The late-night alcoholic drink
  2. Waking up late in the morning
  3. Not exercising
  4. Procrastination

What you will notice is that with your negative routines, they usually feel good at the time, but they end up having negative consequences. For example, when we have that late-night alcoholic beverage, which feels nice at the time while we’re drinking it, we usually feel a bit more drowsy in the morning. If this has been a regular routine for you, you may not even notice the difference of not having that late nightcap in the evening and the clarity you could be feeling in the morning without it.

Some of my good routines:

  1. Half a grapefruit plus lemon in a big glass of water each morning
  2. Reading over my beliefs before the day starts
  3. A 30-minute workout or run
  4. 5-minute planning time before emails each day
  5. Attending workshops and reading books regularly

So I’m curious, what positive routines keep you on the right track?

Please share your thoughts!

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8 Comments
  • Julie Moss
    Posted at 00:02h, 05 February Reply

    Consciously remembering each morning that I am in control of how the day will pan out and envisioning just how much I will have achieved and learned by the end of it.

    • Colin Boyd
      Posted at 03:27h, 06 February Reply

      Thanks so much for getting involved with the blog and sharing your comments, Julie.

  • Georgette
    Posted at 04:13h, 05 February Reply

    Colin and Sarah,
    Congratulations on the birth of baby Jonah. Truly exciting times ahead.

    Routine is big word when it comes to babies and family life. Every day is different and each day is special.
    >
    The word ‘planning’ takes on a new meaning. As parents we can ‘plan’ our day, our week, a holiday etc, however plans need to be flexible, they need to accommodate change, moods and how the baby is.
    >
    Just take each day as it comes, enjoy the great days where ‘routine’ is kept beautiful and have ‘patience’ on the days where routines are totally disrupted.

    All the best, enjoy parenthood and treasure all the smiles and learning
    experiences that being a parent will offer you.
    Always remember of course we need to nuture, love and care for baby, but
    you also need to continue to nuture yourselves and your marriage.
    Baby Johah will teach you so much about life.

    Take care and God Bless.
    >
    > cheers
    >
    > Georgette Roumanos.
    >
    > p.s. I was having a bad day with my first baby, and called my mother in tears, i told her ‘being a parent is the hardest job in the world’. She
    agreed and responded ‘there are two important “F” words you should know, they are faith and flexibility.’
    Mum was right. My parents had 9 of us, I have no idea how my parents did it, but they were amazing, unconditional support, love, care and totally selfless.

    • Colin Boyd
      Posted at 03:27h, 06 February Reply

      Thanks, Georgette, for sharing your thoughts. Sounds like you’ve got a lot of experience in this parent area.

  • Rhonda Balzan Bastow
    Posted at 07:47h, 05 February Reply

    First of all…HUGE CONGRATS!! Its wonderful news of your son. I am so happy for you all. Second, thanks for your emails, even though I am very busy, I always enjoy hearing from good people I know and keeping contact, even if it is not higly complex contact or intense. That is one thing that keeps me on the right track. Staying in contact with people I admire, ‘connect’ with on either a ersonal or professional level, love, care about. I had this conversation with my 30 yo son in London and Malta just a few weeks ago..he has a rep for not responding to messages (which annoys alot of us…gggrr) but he explained that he is so busy with his career and writing music as well, that he feels when he responds to messages he has to write a big reply to show how much he loves them and cares, cant, forgets about and then just doesnt answer. I told him, just say ‘thanks xxxx lovely to hear from you, I care so much and you are important to me. Love xxxxx’. Guess what? much better from him. xx PS we are grand parents-Alexis is ONE last week..fun fun fun xx

    • Colin Boyd
      Posted at 03:24h, 06 February Reply

      Rhonda, thanks so much for your thoughts. Sounds like you’re making some communication headway with your son in Malta. 🙂

  • Craig Merritt
    Posted at 09:29h, 05 February Reply

    Many of us lead busy lives and have much to do. A daily routine of mine, albeit a simple one, is to write a daily ‘to-do’ list and prioritise it. And, at the end of the day, I gain satisfaction in knowing that I have achieved what I set out to do. This aids any procrastination issues also.

    One other ‘special’ routine I like to achieve on a daily basis is to simply perform a good deed for another person. The selfless act of giving can be very satisfying!

    Regards Craig

    • Colin Boyd
      Posted at 03:26h, 06 February Reply

      Thanks, Craig, so much for your thoughts. I also think a simple to-do list at the start of the morning before anything is one of the best routines that we can have. I love your idea of doing something special for someone. Thanks so much for sharing. Love to hear from you more.

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