2010 came to a close whether we like it, or not, and will repeat itself in 2011 unless we make changes like described in the last post. In this edition, I would like to simplify things a bit in structure, but not in technique. You need 2011 to be a good year, right? Not just better than last year, I hope. How about this for a change? Let plan for an outstanding year. Here’s how:
- you have to WANT it to be outstanding. That’s right, you have to want it. Want it real bad. So bad, that you can almost taste it. I’m talking desire here. Sprinkle in a little motivation and intent the a thick helping of passion, then you are ready to consider step two.
- you must BELIEVE it can be outstanding. You also have to believe YOU are capable of making it outstanding. Yes, you, all by yourself, or better yet, with the help of others. Just make sure those others believe in you, so you can be brought up, not pulled down. Praisers, not nay-sayers. For if you think about it, it’s the nay-sayers that will keep you where you are, not help you get going. I heard someone say once that a strong belief is mightier than the overwhelming facts. Enough said, just believe! Now you are ready for step three.
- clearly UNDERSTAND what is required to make you and/or the endeavor successful. My clients would tell you I call this the “Stages and Steps”. The stages are the larger goal or objective and the steps are the smaller actions or activities that push me toward the accomplishment of the goal. It does not matter so much how many stages or steps are involved, as long as you know all of them, and can simplify them as you progress to satisfy each one of them. Be honest with yourself as to which will be easy and which will be hard. Also note the ones you can do alone versus those you will need help with. Creating this list of dependencies early will help out greatly in the end.
- Get GOING! Move forward! Take the first step! We have a major problem in this country with the word GO. We almost fear it, as if it makes us more vulnerable or involves way too much risk. In an economy like this one, the real risk-takers are the ones waiting for something to happen, before they will make a move. Well, this strategy may leave you behind. Way behind!
I would be remiss if I did not quote a famous man who lived and breathed these values, and who’s legacy we take time to honor today. He wanted, believed and understood what he desired could be true, real and accomplished. Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Will you be that dedicated individual in your own life? This one you have to decide for yourself. As my father used to say…choose wisely!