It’s 2018! Whoo hoo…
It is not a year to rest on your oars, not a year to be complacent because of the level of success you have achieved so far, it is a year for doing more. There is still much work to be done no matter what your life vocation is.
This year is bringing you a new opportunity to start (if you are yet to join the moving train of achievers), and to get better at what we do for our best is yet to come.
The following steps will set you on the path of getting more done this year.
If you know what you want, you will get it easily:
Brain Tracy quote aptly puts it this way, “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine”. I will put the emphasis here on “clear”-you are very sure what it is you want to achieve, you are not indecisive, thus, when you spot an opportunity that links to what you desire, you grab it with your two hands.
You might have given yourself a pat on the back for the various feats you accomplished last year and this year you have so many ideas and you just want to execute them all at once. This might not turn out well and will slow down your productivity. It is important to balance your creativity with wisdom.
Not all your beautiful ideas will fly so focus on your competitive advantage (that which you do so well or makes you stand out).
See Success as a journey rather than a destination:
When you see success as a destination, not only will you be tempted to wait for it to happen instead of working towards its achievement, there is also the danger of being complacent. After the achievement of one goal, there should be the desire to get another. So don’t spend all your time trying to achieve one thing.
Get it done and move on.
Most of us are guilty of this habit. We push off what we are supposed to do now to a later time, and before you know it, its the year 2020.
You don’t want to wake up tomorrow and you are a 105 years old; that dream you had when you were fifteen is still in your heart unaccomplished and you will know you have not lived because you will not feel fulfilled. Start working on that dream now so you don’t have regrets tomorrow.
Arese Ugwu the author of the smart money woman in the acknowledgement page of the book mentioned that Steve Harris played a huge part in helping her finish the book in time-he kept checking up on her to make sure she was committed to writing her book.
I believe if she hadn’t been accountable to him, she would not have finished the book at the time she did.There is this thing about the right time. If the book had not been published at the time it was perhaps the doors she said the book opened for her would not have happened.
Find someone you can be accountable to especially if you are not naturally self-motivated or goal oriented.
Stay close to your inspiration:
Life is not a walk in the park so are your dreams or things you desire to achieve. You need to stay inspired to reach the finishing line. Read articles regularly here on SLA, you will find stories that will help you learn from other peoples experiences so you can navigate your world better.
Attend seminars and conferences aimed at making you improve the way you do things, watch movies that will motivate you, surround yourself with people who can talk you up just when you need it.
You don’t have to stick to one thing or one strategy if things are not working as expected. This year is for getting things done so don’t get stuck, find a new way for life is full of options. Oprah Winfrey puts it this way “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”
I look forward to a greater you this year 2018!