History Repeated

by Eugene on January 8, 2012

Courtesy of http://my.englishclub.com

Let me start by saying Happy New Year!  If you’re anything like me, you feel 2011 flew by entirely too fast.  And they say time flies when you’re having fun, what do you think about that one?  And we’re already into the 2nd week of ’12 so we must be having a blast right?  How go those New Year’s resolutions?  Is the bank account over flowing?  Weight falling off?  Of course I used those examples because they’re the two most common but whatever yours are, are they going as planned?  Here are a few steps to assist you not just with 2012 but with your life’s resolutions!

1.  Determine your wants and needs:  If you don’t know, you don’t know.  I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, “if you aim at nothing you hit nothing dead on the head.”  What do you want out of life?  Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day that we fail to step back and think big picture and then before we know it, 5, 10, 20 years have passed and we’re no closer to where we should be.  I’m certain this has happened to all of us in some aspect of our lives.  For this reason it’s so important for us to determine our wants and needs and hold them in the forefront of our minds daily.  Our wants and desires become the litmus test through which we pass all our activities and decisions.  “Is this activity moving me toward or away from my wants and desires?”  If something is going to require your most valuable currency, your time, asking yourself that question is paramount.  After all, whose life is it anyway?  Yours…of course!

2.  Create the plan:  “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”  “Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!”  So you know what you want and need out of life…now how do you accomplish your goals?  Break them down to their simplest parts and attach a timeline for each piece.  Brian Tracy asks, “how do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  Creating your plan enables you to take a big picture approach.  I’ve heard it said that your 1st plan is usually your worst plan, your 2nd plan is your next best plan, and so on.  There have been times in my life when I’ve created plans and things initially didn’t work out and I could sense an underlying fear of creating another plan.  Negative thoughts like, “my plans never work,” or “what’s the point?” started to creep up.  Don’t listen to the negative gnat and create your next best plan!

3.  Work the plan:  The best plan is nothing without implementation.  Work is the only way to breathe life into your plan and I’m more about working smarter than harder.  We must plan our work and work our plan, as Jim Rohn says, “not to think so is naive.”  Sure your $100M lottery ticket may be on it’s way but in the meantime we must put in the work to reap the reward.

4.  Evaluate the results:  Taking time to evaluate the results of your work will save you a tremendous amount of time, it let’s you know if your on or off track and by how much.  Understanding the Pareto Principle aka the 80/20 rule is beneficial here.  It says that 80% your result will come from 20% of your activity, 80% of your sales will come from 20% of your clients, and 80% of your goals will be achieved within the last 20% of the time just to give you a few examples.

5.  Make Adjustments:  Now that you’ve looked at the results you know where to make changes.  Maybe you have to make more sales calls, rearrange your workout schedule, go to bed later or awake earlier in order to get more in, cut out the TV, get a mentor, etc.  Midcourse correction is what it’s all about.  As I’ve said before, when you step with your left foot, your body naturally adjusts as your next step is with your right foot.  Have you ever tried taking back to back steps with the same foot?

6.  Get Back After It!:  Repeat steps 3-6 until you’ve accomplished your wants and desires!

Life is Giving You the Green Light!


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1 Mike January 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm



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