Success and being successful, whether it is in life or in business, means having a mindset that enables you to move ahead towards your goals.
A bunch of obstacles will always put themselves in your way. That’s life. What separates those who achieve success from those who don’t is how obstacles are handled.
In my experience, one of the biggest obstacles is often of our own making.
It’s called procrastination.
Procrastination presents itself in many different guises. The secret to avoiding being caught by this sneaky little disease is…
Being organised and….being disciplined!
This applies to both your personal and professional life.
Controls need to be in place to help maximise your time. This way you’re moving forward toward the results you want.
By being 100% honest you can easily pinpoint where you can cut down, chop out or build up your schedule.
When you truly want something you make time for it.
How much time do you spend on social media or watching TV, YouTube clips etc?
Ask yourself these two questions and be HONEST with your answers:
1) Is it really necessary?
2) Is my business really benefitting from this?
Sure we all need to have time out to refresh, reframe and relax BUT…
Spending a bunch of time watching and reading about what others are doing to move their businesses forward is not really helping you.
Think of it like this…they are telling you what they have achieved, persuading you to buy from them…their business is moving forward, but is yours?
Unless you are actively taking ACTION, rather than just consuming content, you are wasting your precious time.
When I started my career, many moons ago, there were no social media channels online.
Yep, I’m a dinosaur.
Instead, there were hard copy newsletters, conferences and key business events where there would be some top quality speakers. They were expensive – very expensive – so it was important to choose wisely.
BUT…here’s the thing…
Once the event was over, there was no Googling more information, listening to more Podcasts, watching more YouTube clips and more experts.
The conference, the piece you read in the newsletter or the event you attended would inspire you to take ACTION.
And that my friend, is the secret of success…taking momentum building steps each and every day that moves you forward towards your goals. Watching and listening is not ACTION!
This is why being organised and disciplined is so very crucial.
This means knowing what you need to do and when you need to do it.
In the early days of my career, I had a young family at home. Today I have adults in my life that I am caring for. My schedule needs to accommodate the time to go shopping for them, to spent time engaging in meaningful conversation and to take care of my own health.
Unless I am able to organise my work time, family time and “Me Time” there is no chance of everything getting done.
My secret weapon? It’s not exactly a secret…
Creating a plan and then using a MAP – measurable, achievable and progressive steps.
Having a MAP helps you keep on track.
It’s easy to meander – and hey, we all do this from time to time. That’s where the power of the MAP lies – getting you back on track after a meandering moment.
Just like all journeys, you need to plan your route. You need to know how you will get to your destination. By mapping out the key milestones, rest points, the quick look around and linger longer stays on your personal MAP you’ll be able to achieve your goals.
It doesn’t need to be highly complicated. Simple is best. The key is following that MAP once you have laid it out.
Unless time is used wisely it slips away unnoticed – just like when you’re driving along and not paying attention. It’s so easy to miss a turn-off, especially if you’re on a busy highway with all the hustle and bustle of traffic flying past. You get in the zone and before you know it…
Darn! Missed your turn-off. You end up travelling further down the wrong road before you can come back in the right direction.
There’s a myriad of different tools and methods to choose from depending on what aspects of your time you are needing to manage. Different systems work for different people.
One of my favourite methods is working in 100-day blocks.
Because it is enough to make sure things get done, and not too long that I am able to procrastinate – at least not for too long!
It means deciding in which blocks of time I’ll be implementing ideas and actions identified in my business journal.
It’s quite amazing what pops out of that journal. It’s my incubation spot. Ideas pop into our heads very regularly. If you’re like me, then you may not always have the time to implement them, but when you’ve written them down, they are never lost.
Writing them down gets them out of your mind. It leaves you free to concentrate on tasks at hand. Writing your ideas in a business journal keeps them all in one place. Saves you losing them or having to hunt through a bunch of sticky notes or notebooks.
Concentrating in the present moment not only affords great productivity but allows you to fully focus on what you’re working on at any given moment.
When you focus on one particular aspect it’s very rewarding to see exactly how much you start achieving in a very short space of time.
What Success Looks Like
It’s really important to identify what success looks like to you. The reason being is that unless you know what it is that you want to achieve you will never be able to tell if you have got there.
You need to be able to measure and to identify when you have reached the goals you set for yourself.
And yes, goals can and do change over time.
It’s perfectly okay to set new goals but you must keep track of the ones you have already set, rather than dash off on another tangent. One step at a time is the key.
Life is very frustrating if you keep chasing something that always lies over the rainbow. You must enjoy the moment you are in. By embracing small successes along your journey you’ll start feeling so much more fulfilled, motivated and inspired.
A 360-degree successful life, to me, means being able to have the time to enjoy precious moments.
Moments to spend time with my elderly parents discussing garden plans and reminiscing. Time spent in conversation with my adult son. Girls sessions with my daughter. Going paddling, walking the dog and short sojourns devoted exclusively to me – that’s 360-degree success.
Having happy clients and feeling fulfilled by my work is integral to that life. The fact I’ve received great testimonials, awards and recognition for my work is just the icing on the cake.
What does success look like to you? Let me know in the comments.
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