Time really doesn't move any faster, we are just more distracted with all the tools that are supposed to be saving us time. Then, like a Leroy Jethro Gibbs head slap, back to school or Christmas advertising wakes us up to how fast the year passes.
What about you? Your business? Your goals?
If 2016 was the year that you were going to follow your annual plan and not just put it in a desk drawer and you are currently wondering what desk drawer you put it in, it's okay. You don't have time to beat yourself up, let's get busy.
Monday, July 4th, leaves us 25 weeks and 4 days left in 2016, that's more than enough time to have major impact before 2017.
Your best actions come from your best mindset.
Think about your standards. Tony Robbins talks about how we always get our standards.
If your standards require you to wake up, get up, and work out, you look different than the people who repeatedly hit the snooze and then wake up and eat poorly without exercise.
It won't happen with "will-power." It has to become your standards. I agree with Robbins when he says will power never works, you have to provide the goal that pulls you toward it. You can't keep the "push" mentality consistent enough to see results.
Think about the area in your life where your standards are in line. How you take care of...:
The cleaniness of your vehicles (I have to step it up here)
Your financial business
Your commitments (especially to yourself)
What standards do you need to work on?
I offer you 4 suggestions.
Set yourself up to win.
1. Be smart. If you want to start a new standard of getting out of bed earlier, set yourself up to win. If you get up at 8;00 AM; let's not go to 3:30 AM.
Set a goal. What do you need to do to hit that goal?
If you want to get up earlier, it would make sense to:
- Go to bed earlier
- Get better rest by not watching TV
- Eat better
I get it, we are not splitting atoms here, but simple doesn't mean easy. Knowing something doesn't help you until you implement it. When you hear advice you already know, what matters is if you apply that knowledge. To know is not to do.
2. Start now. You don't have to wait to pick the ball up. People often think they need to start on a Monday. (If you are reading this on Monday, go today!) If you are on another day, don't wait, do. Get started now.
3. Review your plan. Whether you are looking at your goals consistently or are trying to remember what you did with it, it's okay. If you can't find it, set some simple goals.
If you can find your goals, are you on track? Did you try to focus on too many objectives? If yes, what needs your focus? Have new opportunities developed? What needs to be dumped?
4. Stop waiting for perfection or time.
One of my favorite professors was Bob Lake. Bob was an old time media guy. He grew up in a different type of media business. It was direct, honest, and for the most part they couldn't spell PC.
I remember giving Bob a list of excuses on why I didn't have my assignment completed exactly as directed. Bob listened. Then in front of the whole class, he asked if I had gone to the bathroom in my pants that week. (exact verbiage would not be appropriate)
Perplexed, I told him no. He suggested that I use the same type of time management on his assignments.
Successful people don't have more time than anyone else. They don't face less issues than you. They probably have more.
Successful people are intentional about managing their time. They focus when they would rather go with their friends. They respect themselves be keeping their word to others.
They also get off track and make mistakes. But successful people get back on track quicker. They pick up the ball and advance it.
What about you? How are you doing with your goals in 2016?
Leave a comment below and tell us how you are going to make an impact on your 2016 goals in the next 25 weeks.
Get out of your own way and enjoy the view.
Join "Get out of our your own Way" Movement!
Never miss an edition. Click here to enter name and email.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!