Often, the simple reason for not accomplishing all that you set your mind to, is because not enough of your mind is set to it.
It's a little test called the Education versus Entertainment Ratio.
It requires a clean piece of paper and something to write with. On one side of the paper you want to begin to list categories in the entertainment department of your life that you spend time and money at.
You may not be aware of some of them as "entertainment", but be honest with yourself here, because not being honest won't help you achieve your highest dreams.
Anything you do, that is for your pleasure and "down time", relaxation time … goes on this list. Things like:
television, movies, computer games, cards, outdoor games, golf, basketball, baseball, football … you get the idea. If some of these things are how you make your living, obviously you will need to decide when it is "entertainment" and when it is just "having fun".
After you have made that list, put two things to the side of it..one, is the amount of time each day or week that you spend at each of those activities, and second, the amount of money, if any, you spend at that activity.
Once you have finished the Entertainment side, turn the paper over and do the same thing for your Education list.
Personal growth, business skills growth, seminars, CD's, DVD's, books, etc … and do the same with the amount of time spent and the money spent, if any, on your Education activities.
Total the amount of time and money for each sides of the paper and compare them now.
You will have two totals about time, and two totals about money.
The average Entrepreneur who considers themselves "successful" and making good money at what they do, spends about 3% of their monthly income on personal growth activities. Depending on what you make, you can figure that out. Even big corporations average that amount for training and education of Employees / Officers of the company. If you make $ 1000 a week, then $ 30 a week for your Education in your field of study and personal growth would be average. That could add up to $ 120-150 a month at a minimum for your advancement.
On the other side of the yard is the Entertainment list.
The average American spends up to 33% of their monthly income on Entertainment activities … some more, some less. That is over 10 times the amount on their education.
The startling fact still remains that those who make less, spend more on entertainment, and those who make more, spend less.
Those who have "learned" to make more money, spend more money on learning how to make more.
Actually, a study done by Harvard School of Business shows that those who actively seek to upgrade and improve their personal skills and business acumen double, and in some cases, triple their incomes every 3-5 years. While the people who stop learning and just work for wages, never improve and never get raises, and always complain the most about the lack of opportunity at their present jobs.
It is an easy conclusion of the observant mind, that the society of America, at least, has worked itself into poverty by placing too much emphasis on it's entertainment over it's education ratio, leaving us in debt to our future.
The answer to changing your personal economy? Upgrade your personal skills, improve on the ones you already have, and invest in education. Make education an entertainment activity for you and you could see your income double, and may even triple, every 3-5 years.
The biggest difference you will ever make over your working years will be the books you read and the people you meet. If you would make a deep impact with your life , you must be deeply impacted by your life.