When it comes down to it, there are two types of people in the world… There are those who go to bed at night, feeling like they’ve spun their wheels all day – working hard, but failing to produce any kind of measurable output.
Then, there are those who rest their heads on their pillows knowing that they’ve worked hard and have moved themselves closer to their goals. They feel proud of their achievements and know that they’re on track for the success they’ve envisioned for themselves.
If you find yourself in the first group of people more often than not, don’t worry. I’ve got a solution for you and it’s called the “C-Factor.”
But before we jump into exactly what this means, I want to highlight the different paths that lead people into one of the two camps described above. The first group of people is failing to make any major impact on their goals and workloads because they’re working reactively.
People who live reactively waste time responding immediately to all of the different circumstances and emergencies that pop up during the day. They check their email messages every time the unread flag appears and they open their Facebook profiles every time the notification buzzer goes off. Essentially, they’re moving into their futures by reacting to what other people want – not to what they need to be doing.
The alternative is to live creatively. It’s been said that the best way to predict your future is to go out and create it! Instead of living your life in a constant state of reaction, you remain focused on the outcome you intend to create. In this way, every decision that you make is a creative act that’s designed to move you forward towards the goals and lifestyle that you intend to create for yourself.
The only difference between these two is what I like to call the “C-Factor.”
The “C” here stands for “choices.” If you want to completely change your life and get more done, the only thing you really, truly need to pay attention to is the choices you make every day.
When a distraction occurs in your life – whether it’s a coworker interrupting your productive work hours or one of the thousands of digital temptations that exists – what matters is the choice you make. If you make the choice to react to the situation, you live reactively and find yourself lying awake at night, wondering how yet another day managed to go by without any meaningful progress.
On the other hand, if you choose to live creatively, you’ll make choices that allow you to stay focused on the goal you’re trying to create. If you decide not to divert your attention away from your primary objectives, you’ll remain in the creative mindset that allows you to make strides towards your overall goals.
With all of this in mind, I want you to ask yourself, “Am I living creatively or am I living reactively?” Do you have a clear goal for the future that allows you to make the choices needed to create the lifestyle you want to live? And if not, what’s holding you back from identifying this ideal future and making the decisions necessary to move you towards it?
At the end of the day, you are capable of creating any future you want – if you’re willing to make the choice every moment of every day to live in a creative mindset, not a reactive one. As you make this shift, you’ll find that the more creatively you’re living, the less reactive you have to be. It’s a cumulative change – and it’s one that ensures you’ll achieve the goals you set for yourself.