Where do your thoughts go when you’re not distracted?

What thoughts does your mind drift to when you have a few moments to yourself?

When you’re in the waiting room, what do you start thinking about? Do you wonder what you need to get at the grocery store, or dwell on that thing that went wrong at work last week?

Or do you remind yourself that you’re on track to meet your goals and that you’re spending your time the way you want to?

When you’re riding the bus, what sorts of talk echoes through your head? Is it positive or negative? Are you happy to be by yourself, or do you find respite in distracting yourself watching YouTube videos or browsing Facebook on your phone?

This evening, I’m riding through the rain to go run a few errands in my new city. I rode with my roommate for the first couple of miles, but once she hopped off at her stop, I didn’t have conversation with her to distract me.

The challenge and opportunity of being in an entirely new environment is that I have the opportunity to make powerful memories that will remind me who I am and what I want the entire time I live in this city.

The ways I spend my first few weeks here and the habits I develop will have a profound affect on the next few years. I can set myself up for success now by reinforcing the reasons I moved my career across the country.

It’s all about momentum.

When college freshmen arrive on campus, the habits they develop in the first 2 weeks will define their lives until graduation. Their friends, sleep habits, workouts, girlfriends and boyfriends, mentors, and plans will shape them for the next few years.

What can we do in 2 weeks that will change our lives for years to come?

As I flipped through my Spotify playlists so I could listen to music on the bus, I found a reminder I had created for myself that tells me to stay focused on taking it one step at a time as I build my life in San Francisco- and to feel confident and prepared for what I’ll face as I build my skills in entrepreneurship so that I’ll have my own company in a few years.

The reminder was a playlist called, “Life is a Startup Company – Live Accordingly.

When I listen to the songs it’s easy to find the resources I need within myself, and I know that I’ve got what it takes to put one foot in front of the other and continue making progress and living a life that is exciting and fulfilling.

What reminders are you leaving yourself that keep you focused on being fulfilled and excited in your life? How do you reinforce your goals in small ways?

Today, keep a promise to yourself, like to clean your desk, or go to the gym like you wanted to. Remind yourself that you’re living the life you want.

Austin Gunter

I’m Austin. I live in San Francisco, practice Tai Chi, have rheumatoid arthritis, listen to a lot of loud music, and host a lot of dinner parties. Want more? Start here.

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