Success tip for 2018

It’s January 1 and you have written down your goals for the coming year. You have taken my advice from my article Inspiration for Success in 2018. You have imagined your life once you have completed them and you are ready to get started. Motivation is high and you are determined to make this the best year ever and achieve all your goals.

In this post, I will share with you the number one thing you need to do in 2018. I’m not giving you an additional item to add your to do list so don’t be afraid. What I am recommending is a shift in your mind set which will enable you to be more effective in all areas of your life. The number one thing you need to do in 2018 is to adopt a proactive mindset. To start responding to the events in life rather than reacting. What is the difference I hear you ask?

Responding vs Reacting

When we react to situations, we do so immediately based on our emotions. Unfortunately most persons react to situations in life as they happen which allows life to dictate where they go and what they can and cannot do. Responses are proactive, based on thought mixed with emotion. Responses are delayed but are based on reason with an eye on the bigger picture rather than patching a problem temporarily. What I am proposing is that you adopt the following strategies to forge a path to achieve your goals and get the results you desire.

Begin with the end in mind

The first step in creating a proactive mind set is to know what you want. This principle comes from my project management background. If you are taking a vacation, you have to know where you want to go before you can book your trip. You will research the country you want to travel to, then plan your trip based on what you want and what you can afford. If you are looking to vacation on the beach, you will probably go the Caribbean, but if you want to go skiing, you will go to the Swiss Alps. It is important to have an idea of the outcome you want from your vacation and based on that you begin a process of steps, which leads you to achieving your desired objective. This is why I encourage you to know what you want out of life for you and your family and write your intentions down.

Be guided by your priorities

This point could easily have been the first one in this article but here it is. When you have set priorities in life, it is much harder to become distracted. Once you have set the goal that you need to achieve for you and your family, you should prioritize them based in the potential impact they can have, and then allow that prioritization to guide you on a daily basis.

Therefore, if you set two goals; A and B, and you believe that achieving A can have a bigger positive impact on your life then it would not be wise to spend more time on B. Furthermore, if someone gives you something to do, which will take you off your goal for a prolonged period, and adds no value to yourself or those most important to you, then you may simply have to decline.

Set yourself up to win

This third principle has to do with motivation. We usually have good intentions. We say things like, from tomorrow I will start walking the dog, or I will start exercising from Monday. Then tomorrow comes and we do not have the same level of motivation we had when we made that promise to ourselves. The key here is to prepare for the thing you said you would do when the feeling to do it was there. You want to make it as easy as possible for yourself to do the thing you set out to do.

For example, if you want to go to gym the next day, go to the gym while the excitement is there rather than putting it off. Alternatively, pack your gym bag; take out you sneakers and any other item essential to getting to the gym. That way, when the time comes, it becomes a path a less resistance for you.

Have options

Finally, give yourself options where possible. The very definition of a great plan is one which covers as many eventualities as possible. Leveraging my project management training once more, I believe it is important to give yourself options in any undertaking. I am sure you are well aware of that guy called Murphy who famously said that anything that can go wrong will. My advice is not to leave something as important as your life’s goals up to chance. Make a plan, but leave allowances for some things not to go according to plan and have an alternative in the event that it does. As I tell my stepdaughter, if you want something bad enough, you find a way to make it happen. This mean not always going the straight path as you had intended.

Conclusion

The issue is most of us live life in a reactive manner, rather than a responsive manner. At this point, the difference may be unclear but if you follow the four recommendations I made in this article and observed persons around you who do not, it will. When we react to every event in our lives, there is a greater possibility that we make a decision, which appears best in that moment but we often find ourselves regretting later. However, your decisions will be well thought out and have emphasis on the big picture if you adopt a proactive mindset through proactive thinking. Take the time to think about what you want. Order your priorities. Set yourself up to win and give yourself room to make mistakes and correct them as you go. These steps will make you a responsive person who is capable of effectively achieving their goals.

Life Inspired Online.

 

 

Inspiration for Success in 2018

Reflection

As we prepare to welcome 2018, most of us will reflect on the objectives, goals and resolutions we made this time last year. Maybe you were successful in achieving your goals; maybe some fell by the wayside and life just happened. Maybe you did not feel motivated at times and you just lacked inspirations to do what you had intended to do.

What is inspiration?

Exactly what does this word inspiration mean anyway and why is it so important? Why are we constantly looking for heroes to give us this inspiration? John C. Maxwell has a saying that sums it up perfectly for me. He said, “If there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.” When I first heard this quote, it made me think differently about how I planned my life, my week and my days.

We draw inspiration from the ability to see the outcome we want before we even get started. This gets us excited up about what we do on a daily basis. When the vision of our future fads, our ability to function in the present also fade.

Integral for Life

On further investigation I found that the word inspiration comes from the Latin word for inspire or to draw in breath. Having my breath directly connected to my inspiration became very intriguing. Observe someone who does not have inspiration to do anything in life. They usually have a very drab personality and walks around aimlessly; shoulders slumped, chin low and no zest for living.

Therefore, inspiration is key to stimulating you emotionally and mentality into taking action towards your future goals. It is the creative force behind solving problems and coming up with innovative solutions. The key here is emotional stimulation or arousal. Think about a mother, emotionally driven to run into a burning house to save her child. What is her inspiration in such a dire situation? This is the attitude we want to approach 2018 with; an attitude, which says, we simply must get it done!

Dream

Therefore, I dare you not to kick yourself too much about the things you did not accomplish but look to the future and all the opportunities it hold. Do not ponder on the days you have lost but become enthused about what is to come. Before December 31, take some time to be quiet. Think about what you really want for yourself, your family, your relationships and career. Paint a vivid picture of what your life will be like when you achieve the things. Become romantically involved with the idea of achieving them.

Plan

Most importantly, devise a plan of how you will achieve these goals. As another author puts it, “an idea without execution is simply delusion.” Think about the steps you need to take to achieve the things you want for yourself and your family. Ask yourself, what actions are necessary for you to perform each week and each day to bring my ideas to reality? Be optimistic and challenge yourself but do not be deluded.

For example, if your goal is to loose 5lbs, think about how many times a week you need to do cardio, then determine, given your schedule, how many times a week you can commit to doing cardio. If you know you are unable to perform cardio 7 days a week, do not promise yourself you will do that. You will be setting yourself up for failure.

Commitment

I know the things mentioned so far are not impossible and many of you may have taken these steps before, but somehow you still did not achieve your goal. February comes and yet again, you did not follow through. This is why it is important to write your intentions down and revisit them regularly. Have status update meetings with you. Ask yourself:

  • Am I on schedule?
  • What is going well?
  • What is not going well?
  • What obstacles have I encountered?
  • What can I improve going forward?
  • What have I learn?

Model Your Hero

It is also important to find someone who has achieved what you are trying to do. Find out what they did, what worked for them and what did not work. Modelling someone can provide an example for you, decreasing the time it takes by avoiding the mistakes they made. It is also motivating when you know your intention is possible because someone did it before. Ultimately, you need to find it within yourself to push yourself. Hold on to the vision and the idea you fell in love with when you wrote your intention down at the start of the year.

This will be one step in becoming a happier, healthier and more productive version of yourself. Life Inspired Online.