Trying to improve your life and your business? You may have heard the following advice…
Create a Vision Board! No, you should Think Bigger! Or, get better at Goal Setting. Actually, it all starts with Daily Affirmations!
Let’s face it, there is a lot of advice out there about how to make things better for yourself. Heck, an entire industry has formed around it. So how do you make sense out of all of it?
Yesterday Facebook was kind enough to remind me that 6 years ago I did an exercise suggested in The One Thing by Jay Papasan and Gary Keller. I wrote my someday goal, my 5-year goal, my 1-3, year goal, and my monthly goals on 3X5 note cards and kept the notecards close by for review for years. It turns out, that was very effective.
It was interesting to see within 6 years I accomplished my 5-year goal and I can now see clarity in executing what was then my “someday” goal. This got me thinking, what was it that I did that created that success? Two things come to mind.
First, I kept the cards with me and reviewed them weekly. This exercise reminded me where I was going, and also helped to guide my decisions and activities toward a broader focus. I didn’t realize it at the time, though that routine was a subtle, yet powerful nudge in the right direction for me.
Second, I constantly reminded myself to be patient with myself when I felt like I was off track. Which was often. Looking back on the last 6 years I’m reminded of the very wise saying which is that we overestimate what we can accomplish in the short term and underestimate, sometimes by a large degree, what we can accomplish in the long term.
There is tremendous power in setting up patient long term focus with a very impatient view on your routine that you know supports the most evolved version of yourself and your business.