February 20, 2019
When it comes to your daily activities, do you operate based off of a plan, and a schedule that is organized?
If not, the chances are good that you will not accomplish everything you would like to in a given day.
I would like to give you three simple yet critical steps to help move you toward any goal that you wish to achieve.
You must work with a plan, a schedule and be organized to be successful!
Have you heard the story of the farmer’s donkey that somehow ends up stuck in the bottom of a well?
The animal cried and cried for hours until the farmer decided to enlist his neighbors to help him start shoveling dirt down the well and on the donkey’s back.
Now, the farmer was either trying to bury the donkey alive or he thought the donkey was smart enough to know the farmer was executing a plan.
As the dirt ended up on the donkey’s back, the animal shook it off and stepped up. The donkey kept doing this until he was able to step out of the well. He stayed focused on the process and was able to change his situation for the better. He didn’t quit. He kept stepping up.
What if people faced challenges and obstacles in the same manner?
The way to success can be simplified if you are able to plan, schedule and organize (prioritize). The next step is to decide exactly what you want. If you plan to get that, you are more likely to get it. You have to execute the plan and you have to work to develop the skills it takes to get what you want.
Ask yourself the following questions:
How do you spend your time?
Are you in control?
Do you have great time management skills?
Are you happy?
Are you confident?
Do you have the power?
How is your well-being?
No matter how bad you think you are, you have to learn to avoid procrastination and stay away from low-value activities. Start doing better today. You can fix all your problems eventually. You do this by being as efficient as possible, working to be your most effective and by doing things that are as productive as possible. The key is that you start improving today, this minute … right now!
You have to move from confusion to clarity and from frustration to focus. This comes from repetition and practice. You have to be result oriented.
It’s about clear goals and being organized to do tasks that move you toward your dream. This means maximizing every minute possible of every day. The choices and decisions you make have created your entire life up to this moment.
What are you doing now? This is the time to make new choices and new decisions that align with what you want.
Are you using the LLC (List, License, Convention) method? Are you getting a list from people you meet, are you helping them get a license to sell insurance and are you working to help them attend the next event or meeting they need to be at?
Your business, family and your health should be priorities. Be like a sniper and zero in on your target with a high-priority focus on what you are aiming at.
How do you know what is the right thing to do? If you know what you are aiming at, then it should be pretty easy to figure out what to do next. The right things should always take priority over wrong things. All your effort should involve your aim or goal at the moment you are in immediately.
The most important tasks should be your “A” tasks. These are things that get you closer to where you want to be, and they are things that need to happen now. The “A” tasks should take priority over “B” tasks. Which one gets you closer to your goal?
Let’s discuss intelligence. High IQ. Did you make good grades? If not, do you at least seem intelligent? Don’t act unintelligent, that is not a good look at all. Behave in a way that moves you closer to the goals and be smart about it. If it doesn’t move or get you what you WANT. Don’t be stupid when it comes to your behavior because it could be the difference in success and failure.
If you have been around me or read my blog, then you know how much I believe in the importance of white sheeting. This is an exercise that I do daily and it helps me focus on the things that are most important. Drawing out a plan can help you be aware of things that are the most urgent and timely. It also helps remind you of other major upcoming projects that might not be timely at the moment, but that you have to keep on your radar because it will soon be the biggest rock you need to address. With a pen and simple white sheet of paper, you can put your thoughts on paper and start the process of moving toward checking off tasks that put you on track to being successful. This is a great way to hold yourself accountable. If you are not happy with where you are, then you need to figure out why you aren’t closer to your goals. There is no reason in the world that you can’t do this once a day. I suggest you keep your daily white sheet and review it the following day.
Hey, you could keep a week’s worth of sheets and review all of them every Sunday to see how you did that week. What if you then created a week-in-review white sheet that is your own personal scorecard for the week? What if you did this for a solid month? What if you did it for an entire year? The more you put down on paper, the more committed you will be to reaching the goals you have for yourself.
I encourage you to white sheet often and to do your best to have a solid plan, schedule out your hours and minutes and work to be as organized as possible when it comes to your time. After all, time is your most valuable asset and it should never be wasted.