9 1/2 Secrets Successful People Use to Get the Most From Their Time, Life, and Career Secret 8: Use the Secrets as a System

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Many people see the red rose as one of the most beautiful flowers and a symbol of love. Look at a picture of a rose, and you’ll see the beauty comes from the petals forming the system that is the rose. If the petals were not aligned as a system to form the rose, it would lose its beauty and its privileged place as a symbol of love.

Aligned Thinking works the same way. The secrets I’ve shared in these blog posts, when aligned, form a beautiful system to get the most from your time and live a more productive, fulfilling life.

You can look at each of the secrets and see how they depend upon one another. This checklist will give you a quick assessment of how the secrets of Aligned Thinking are serving you and what you can do to enjoy more of the benefits they offer.

Checklist: Using Secrets as a System

Answer each question as you are presently doing, not as you wish you were doing.

Yes means I’m doing it well.
Sometimes means I could use some improvement.

No means I need a lot of improvement.

When the 9 1/2 questions are completed, score yourself.


Yes = 10

Sometimes = 3

No =-10

Now take some time to create a list of actions that will help you pursue the life you want, using these secrets. Take the time to jot them down. Writing down your commitment of the actions to be taken will make success easier and more certain. Then put what you wrote in a place where you will see it daily.

Optimize your time and life meaning. Using the secrets as a system make life so much easier. By using them as a system, you focus on getting the most from just this next moment, now. When you get the most from the present consistently, you will be getting the most from your life just one action at a time. Sound easy? Then get started!

About the Author
Jim Steffen founded SSA International in 1974. He wrote the international bestseller Aligned Thinking: Make Every Moment Count. He would be glad to offer you the opportunity to become a Certified Trainer/Coach, learn the Aligned Thinking Secrets, and teach it to your clients; the program is free if you are an ATD member. For details, visit or contact him at
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