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Power Hour

How to Focus on Your Goals and Create a Life You Love

By Adrienne Herbert
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Power Hour by Adrienne Herbert

Power Hour (2020) introduces a way to take charge of your life by devoting the first hour of each day to a goal or passion. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to procrastinate. Instead of waiting for the perfect time to pursue a goal, you have to make time to do it. One hour each day can change your attitude, habits, health, and social connections – and these changes can lead to a more fulfilling and productive life. 

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With the right mindset, you can take charge of your day and achieve your goals.

If you’re like most people, you probably feel that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for personal projects. There’s no time to strive toward your dreams. You’ve got to juggle life’s many responsibilities – the appointments, meetings, and other obligations that fill the day. What’s more, when a spare moment does present itself, most people are good at generating reasons to leave the striving for another day. We’re tired. We’re distracted. We’ve got other things to do. But by deferring action, we shirk responsibility for our own happiness and success.

Now, you can’t just drop everything and devote each day to learning Italian or training for a marathon. But what if you started with just one hour – the very first hour of your day? Let’s call it a Power Hour. 

One hour at a time, you can pursue your passions and achieve your goals. And you can start by being open to change. 

The key message here is: With the right mindset, you can take charge of your day and achieve your goals. 

We each come from unique backgrounds, but the cards we’re dealt don’t have to determine our futures. Take Maggie Alphonsi, who overcame the physical obstacles caused by her clubfoot to become an English Rugby Union player. She eventually won the World Cup with the England national team and was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Sunday Times. She didn’t view her past circumstances as fixed limitations, and neither should you. When you do that, you’re telling yourself that because of your social class, gender, ethnicity, or past experiences, you can’t be successful in some endeavor.

So instead of considering your creative abilities, skills, and even character as immutable, it’s best to abandon this fixed mindset for its opposite: the growth mindset. Adopting a growth mindset helps you to see failure as an opportunity to improve, rather than triggering long-term discouragement. 

So how can you slip into a more positive mindset on a daily basis? One practical way is to start asking yourself six questions before 6:00 a.m. Here they are: What energy do you want to have today? From whom can you learn? Who can you help? How can you get closer to where you want to be a year from now? What are you most looking forward to today? What are you most grateful for today? 

With a growth mindset, you'll view your talents and abilities simply as a starting point. 

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