Do you remember the excitement of running home after school & having your mom or dad measure your growth? You were probably so proud that you had that chart somewhere in the house where every visitor could see it.
How did you respond when someone asked how old you were? You very proudly pinched your thumb & forefinger leaving the indication of three years old.
Ahh.. the signs of progress..
Now that we’re all grown up.. has anything really changed?
This is the first of a four part series during this month of August, a month focusing on personal and professional Development & Growth. In case you were still wondering, you can’t separate your personal life from your professional and still expect to have a healthy & well-rounded life. Still have doubts? Talk to my friend Maslow.
Strategy step #1; Measure it..
What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done! Whether you’re trying to loose weight, control your blood sugar, cholesterol, run longer distances in a shorter time during a marathon or get better at anything you hold in high regard.. you have to take measurements in order to record progress.
Set up a simple system that fits your personal style of motivation and take regular pulse checks (measurements) of the current condition or situation you’re working on vs the progress your making. And if you stuff up, no worries.. just learn & make the necessary / appropriate adjustment.
Strategy Step #2; Have a plan & One step at a time..
“Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.” – Oscar Wilde
You’ve laid out a strategy, a series of steps, to change something in your life which will contribute to your further development & growth. Behavioral science proves that when we invoke an action we’re either moving away from, or toward something. Another way to look at it is that we’re moving away from pain or toward the light.
Change, even good change, is always emotionally challenging.. even if only at a subconscious level. In order to better guarantee your success take it one-step-at-a-time.
Bonus tip; 3′s & 5′s are the key numbers to remember. Never have more than 3 significant tasks for a short period of time & no more than 5 priorities for a longer interval. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for defeat from the very start.
Strategy Step #3; Embrace the challenges & break old habits..
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
The only anchors holding you where you don’t want to be are either limiting beliefs or a lack of effective strategy. Since strategy is just a series of steps strung together to achieve a predestined outcome, let’s focus on our limiting beliefs.
The next time you think you can’t do or achieve something, be honest & ask yourself a series of why’s & how’s in a drill-down format. Example; I can’t make a million dollars. Why? Because I have no skills. How can you acquire those skills? But I have no money. How can you have access to those skills without money? Can you leverage someone who has those skills already? But I have no network. Do you know someone.. who might know someone.. who could know someone?
The majority of Limiting beliefs, no matter how fearful, are only imaginary boundaries developed through years of our external “programming & conditioning”. Embrace that fear & ask yourself why? Once you understand “the why” you’ll be ready to move forward. From there onward it’s just a matter of practice, practice, practice.. because as we know, practice makes perfect.
Strategy Step #4; Give it all you got & have no regrets..
“I want to be all used up when I die.” – George Bernard Shaw
We have proof that amongst the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying, the top 2 are “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me” & “I wish I didn’t work so hard”.
I read or heard somewhere this week the following phrase which absolutely inspired me.. when no one else believes in you, believe in yourself.. and soon you’ll have a crowd believing in you. You’ve got to start somewhere, so start with yourself.
It’s your life, your destiny. Take responsibility for it & give it all you got! Don’t be afraid of learning opportunities (mistakes). And if you hurt someone along the way make sincere amends.
Strategy Step #5; It’s all about execution..
“We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start.” – Anonymous
The execution of an idea is always more important than the brilliance of the thought. Too many rocket scientists, brave-hearts & millionaires have never stepped out of their showers. The difference between mice & men is the courage & discipline to transform thought into action.
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision merely passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. – Joel Barker
Which of these 5 steps are you currently missing? What anchors are holding you back from taking your game to the next level?