Are you an Executive wannabe? An entrepreneur wannabe? An artist wannabe? A marathoner wannabe? An author wannabe? Do you put one of those on your New Year’s Resolutions list? How about your career goals list?
What Is Stopping You?
Look at last week’s calendar. Look at last month’s calendar. Is your ‘wannabe’ goal anywhere on your calendar? If not, why not? How can you possibly accomplish your goal if you’re not spending any time on it? Don’t tell me you don’t have time. People who really want to do something have time. Every successful accomplished person who has done what you want to do has EXACTLY the same amount of time that you do. It comes down to six things:
- Priority: If this is your future, then you need to put it sufficiently up your priority list that you are spending time on it
- Motivation: Understand what motivates you and put that in your life.
- Focus: You CANNOT do it all (at once). Turn off the TV. Stop surfing the Internet. Stop texting. Take yourself to some place quiet and isolated.
- Determination: Keep working toward your goal, no matter what gets in the way.
- Create whatever support infrastructure you need. If you need training, get it. If you need a coach, get one. If you need a place, find one.
- Action: I hate to be repetitive, but JUST DO IT
So, How Do You Do That?
- Write it down. Be very specific. Not ‘Write a book’ but ‘Write a novel, get a book contract, and get it published by this time next year.
- Once you’ve written the specific goal, work backwards. In order to write a novel, get a book contract and get it published, what do you have to do? In order to do those things, what do you have to do? Ask what you have to do and detail it several times.
- Once you have a fairly detailed list, decide what you are going to do tomorrow. What are you going to do this week. Look at your calendar and put these tasks on it. Take something off your calendar to make room for it, if you have to.
- What reward will you give yourself for which accomplishments. It doesn’t have to be something big–just something that you will associate in your mind with accomplishing the task.
- What are the big milestones in your plan? How will you reward yourself for these big milestones?
- Hold yourself accountable. Tell someone–that makes it harder to escape the accountability.
Great books to help with this:
- Flip the Script, How to Turn the Tables and Win in Business and Life, by Bill Wackerman
- This Year I Will, How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution or Make a Dream Come True by M.J. Ryan
- Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work, by Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne