It’s a new year – well, newish. A time for resolutions – and by now, 25 days in, if you made some you’ve probably already given up. Research* shows that most last less than a week!
So if there’s something you really want to achieve, just give it a laser like focus!
- “I’ll just do these quick jobs first …..”
- “Where did the morning/day go?”
- “Oh no, I still haven’t had time to work on that big project today”
- “I just haven’t had time to do that”
This was definitely me until I decided it couldn’t go on or I would never achieve the big, important things I most wanted to do. Through some coaching I realised that there is just one way to focus – and that seems appropriate when we are talking about focus! It works for others I’ve passed this tip on to as well.
And the really good news? – it’s not just one thing, it’s simple as well!
Work on that big, most important project first thing in the morning – dedicate some real brain-space time while you feel energised and upbeat and before everything else starts crowding in on you. It works partly for that reason and also because those many ‘small, easy tasks’ are never actually finished – every day more appear! It’s also a very virtuous circle – you feel good about yourself and what you’ve achieved and so become more enthusiastic to carry on, achieving even more than you expected.
So give it a go and let me know how you get on – why not start tomorrow? unless you haven’t got time of course…..?
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*University of Hereford
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Some time ago, back in the days when I was an HR Business Partner, my boss asked me to (well,actually I think that was TOLD rather than asked!) me to run a quarterly Career Development Forum with the Board we were working with. I was new in to the job but I guess I should have realised it was not going to be easy when he told me he’d been trying to get this off the ground for months and now wanted to hand it over to me! To cut a long story short, it was a disaster. They had no idea what I was talking about and I had completely failed to get on their wave length. You can imagine how much I was looking forward to it when the next quarterly meeting approached! I started to think of all kinds of diseases I might go down with, reasons why there wouldn’t be time to do it with, disasters and emergencies that might intervene and then ….STOP!
I suddenly realised how I was sabotaging myself and setting myself up for failure by thinking of everything negative about the meeting and all that could go wrong. It dawned on me that to be successful what I needed to do was envision a successful meeting and me running it really well.
Visioning! such a powerful tool for all sorts of things – and especially to create exciting and motivating business and personal goals for yourself. Of course SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound) has been tried and tested and is popular in many organisations. But does it inspire you? does it make you want to get up in the morning, make you want to give your all?? exactly! Visioning what you want to achieve and yourself being successful certainly can though.
Your mind cannot tell the difference between a real event and something you have merely imagined, so by vividly imagining yourself as having already achieved what you want you are far more likely to succeed.
- Find yourself somewhere to be alone and to relax – this is definitely best done in private!
- Close your eyes and imagine with all your senses that you have achieved your goal, be it winning a new client, giving an amazing presentation, getting your dream job…. Imagine what you’re seeing around you, who is there, what are they doing, the expressions on their faces. What are you hearing? what are they saying? and what are you feeling – excited, exhilarated, proud, confident? think of other times you’ve felt that sensation and really remember what it’s like – where do you feel it in your body? how strong is that sensation?
- Whenever you need re-motivating or you lose touch with what your goal really means to you repeat the process so that you’ve recreated the reality of it again
- Your unconscious mind will help you find ways to achieve your goal when you really know what you want
- Write down your goal or find a picture or object that represents it so that you can carry that with you at all times to remind you what you’re working towards.
So what are your tips for creating exciting goals for yourself and those you lead? or how else have you used visioning? Please post your ideas below – what’s worked and what hasn’t worked for you?
Next time I’ll look at why you need to focus on what you do want, not what you don’t. Join me then and I look forward to hearing from you in the meantime.
Photo: Caroline Talbott. Antarctica 2006.