Be Deliberate - and be successful

The idea of being deliberate might appear to be common sense, but for some of us, it's not a very common trait. I think it should be.

Just think of all the successful people you know or are familiar with. How do you think they were successful? Was it chance, luck or was it handed to them? It probably wasn't anything of the sort. It was most likely the result of focused effort, good planning, application of skill and knowledge, and believing in themselves.

In other words, success didn't just settle in around them, it was created through action on their part, based on some sort of plan or vision of what they wanted. They made it happen in a deliberate manner.

When you think about it, most everything in life that results in success is done in a deliberate manner. The idea is like steering your watercraft. It's not enough to gaze at a spot on the opposite shoreline or simply desire to get there, you have to make the craft take you there. It's the difference between floating and paddling. It's clear which approach is best suited to success.

On the flip side, what would be the opposite of being deliberate? I think it might be actions that appear to be casual, disjointed, careless, scattered, thoughtless, inconsistent, incoherent, accidental, reckless or disorganized. To me, that doesn't sound like any way to approach something important like building wealth, getting out of debt, or starting your own enterprise.

Here are some suggestions for being more deliberate in your life and thereby getting what you need and desire. It doesn't matter whether you'd like to save money, get out of debt, start up a new enterprise, or simply engage in a home improvement project, these suggestions are applicable and can help you be more deliberate.

Plan - make a clear plan so you can visualize each of the steps. Your plan doesn't have to be in writing, but it's certainly advisable. Are the steps well defined such that you can do "what if" analysis along the way? Is it a plan that will naturally lead to success?

Are you interested enough in your own success to make a plan in the first place? If you plan it, you'll be much more likely to make it happen. If you don't have a plan, then you're probably not being sufficiently deliberate for success. Keep in mind that planning is a powerful tool for success.

Interest - determine who is most interested in what you're doing. Is it in your best interest, or is it really in the best interest of others? Ask yourself why you should partake in the activity. Is it consistent with your interests over the long haul? Make certain you stay targeted on your own self interests.

Objectives - figure out what you're trying to achieve. Is it worthwhile now as well as later? Does it match with your lifestyle and long-term goals? Is it what you need or strongly desire, or is it just a fascination that will pass? Objectives can be a way to measure your progress, so make certain you establish them at the outset.

Commitment - a certain level of commitment is required for success in any endeavor. Are you committed to success? Are you willing to make the investments and sacrifices necessary to achieve the end result? Part of the level of your commitment is reflected in your plan and objectives. If you don't see yourself making a solid commitment, then it might be better to "sit this one out."

Confidence - believing in yourself is a key to success. Often it's a key to simply getting started. Having the desire, skills, knowledge and resources for success should instill confidence in you. Make certain you can be your own cheerleader and coach because often you'll need to sit down and give yourself a pep talk. For that matter, surround yourself with those who would give you genuine encouragement, and stay away from the "wet blankets" out there. As my friend Brad says, what you believe is what you achieve.

Inspiration - anything we do requires inspiration of some sort. Do you have a lasting inspiration for the task at hand? If you think of the satisfaction, security, peace of mind and/or excitement you'll enjoy when you've reached a point of success, then this can help keep you inspired.

Productivity - reaching any goal requires that you be productive. This is where "the rubber meets the road" in terms of being deliberate. Can you stay focused on priorities and make the best use of your time to produce results? Can you set aside time necessary to provide proper focus to the job at hand? Are you able to effectively deal with distractions? Consider things like your technique and work environment as they have an important influence on your productivity.

So, being deliberate about your life is a good thing because it can lead to success like no amount of aimless effort ever can. If you're trying to hit a target - one that is so very important to hit - you'll need to understand how to do it, envision your success, practice, aim well, and keep trying. That's the essence of being deliberate.

Done with Being Deliberate, back to Success Factors

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.