Andy Albright delivered The Alliance's Activity podcast live from his office at The Alliance's headquarters in Burlington, N.C.
Andy talked about how to eliminate distractions in your life so you can be more successful.
When you are starting your day, do you start by thinking about you and the things you are in control of? Take a piece of paper out and draw a circle and write the word "you" in it. Start listing out the things you can directly control inside your circle. Outside of the circle, write down things you need to ignore because you cannot control or impact it. Everything outside the circle of you is a distraction. It's noise. It prevents you from doing what you should be doing.
Who do you have around you? When you have great people around you, they will help keep you focused on what is inside your circle. They will help you stay on track. They will help you keep working on things you have control of. Part of defining your reality is by having great people around you to keep you centered and on task.
Worry about what is in the circle. Don't worry about the drama. Focus on the facts. Work on improving yourself. Invest your time in the people that truly matter to you. Spend time around people that make you better and are where you want to be one day. People who are successful are great at staying in their circle and avoid spending time on things that they cannot control.
Put yourself in position to win. Avoid the noise. Figure out how to make things happen and keep doing.
What is in the circle of you? Can you put yourself around people that help you? Can you go to meetings that help you improve? Can you listen to audios that make you better? Can you keep "doing" even when it isn't easy? Your thoughts will determine what you do. When you are thinking correctly, then you will be successful. What are you doing when you are not working? Andy believes that in order to be successful, you have to think about what you are doing 24 hours a day.
When you learn to take control of what you do and stop letting others dictate what you do, then you are going to make a big impact. One person on "fire" and crazy about how they spend their time can change the world.
When you start planning your time with great intention, then the pieces of the puzzle that are fuzzy to so many become crystal clear for you and you can put it all together.