I have always been a person who needed to have a task list. A list every day that I would work off of to get my work done. Did not matter if it was personal or business I always had a list. It would be painful in the days before smartphones and have to copy my tasks every day in my Franklin Planner. For those that don’t know what a Franklin Planner is because I am showing my age, it’s a form of a Calendar, Notes, and Task list in a 3 ring binder. Those were the days… Ha. Things got so much easier when we switched to smartphones right? Wrong! I tracked everything in my smartphone in Calendars, Notes, and Tasks lists. My favorite was the tasks lists and it still is my favorite today. I had task lists for Personal, Work, and Business. I would have 30 – 40 tasks to complete a day! And they were setup to auto repeat. This by no means is the right way to track tasks. Any task list close to this is overkill and will not help you progress or succeed in moving forward. In fact it will prevent you from moving forward because you lose sight in what the important tasks are.
I have found a way that I would like to share with each of you that helps ensure you are succeeding every day! Every day if you do this will help you move closer and closer to your goals.
If you following these steps I am going to outline below you will move closer and closer to success. You will move closer to accomplishing the most you ever have in your life every single day. There will be days that you accomplish more than others but you won’t be staying in the level of mediocrity. You will be a winner! You will succeed! And you will be the best you that you can be.
Do you know anybody or have worked for anybody that would not make a decision even to save their own life? How about somebody that goes back and forth between two decisions (A Flip Flopper). How about the person that wants data, more data, more data, and then puts it in a dozen different charts and graphs and still contemplates what decision to make? That is what you call “Paralysis by Analysis”.
Research shows most decisions don’t have to be that difficult. Most decisions in fact are decisions we can make by first instinct. Our gut by experience or first thought helps guide us. Have you ever been told that when taking a test your first guess is usually the correct answer? The same goes for decisions in our life and business.
Because of this leaders and people faced with decisions can usually make decisions quickly. Sure there will be those decisions where there is money or investments involved where we would typically take more time in making a decision. But decisions that impact projects, operations, daily work activities, and other areas can be done quickly.
Why should decisions be made quickly? Here are 3 reasons why.
I have been studying goal setting and accomplishing more in your life and business for almost 30 years. I have seen people do and define goals many different ways. Some have worked and some have not. Some might say drive and determination contributes. Some might say that how you define a goal determines how successful you are. I still believe there is one more thing that out weighs all. I started studying Anthony Robbins tactics and principles when I was seventeen years old. I was a young entrepreneur and bodybuilder at that time. I took every opportunity to learn more in these areas of my life. I remember him saying one thing that stuck out more than others. One thing that when I started doing it I was unstoppable.
It is true there are ways that setting goals will help you be more successful in accomplishing them. One thing that stands out that when I have done it I have been success each time.
I have worked for many great leaders in my career. Some of them had this trait but most did not. But they were still good leaders. The ones that had it are the ones I am still close to today. The ones that didn’t I don’t hear from. Which is understandable. If you wanted to take your leadership to a level that most never do you need to work on your benevolence.
Constantly work on your ability, your integrity, your benevolence and your impact to improve your leadership.
What is benevolence?
Don’t let the word Impossible get you down or even used in your vocabulary. After all the word itself spells I’m Possible.
Do your mornings start like mine? You get into the office, boot up the computer, get a cup of coffee and then the first thing you do is check your inbox. Let the urgency begin!!! Immediately you get overwhelmed by all the messages. All the questions. All the needs. The need to put out all the fires. Many times somebodies urgent task for you is because they failed to plan. So you start your day out on the wrong foot.
What if you ignored your email inbox for the first two hours of work? You would be able to:
Have you ever had that boss or friend who you swear loves to talk. Talk about anything and everything. And when you try to get a word in they jump right in with another story or something about them? In Steven Covey’s book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” one thing you can do to win friends and influence people is listen. Not just listen but listen with a clear mind. Understand and remember what the person is talking about.
To become that great leader. That Level 5 leader that John Maxwell talks about in his books. That leader that everyone looks up to and respects at work. You will need to become a great listener. Become the best listener you know. It’s not hard. I have been told that I am a leader who cares about my people. That understands my people. That takes an interest in my people. That wants to help my people. I have been told this by colleagues, management, and my team members. I attribute this to becoming a great listener. When you listen and understand people something triggers. They can trust you more than most.
I have not always been a great listener… Just ask my mom. I had to learn to become a great listener. For me there are just 5 simple rules to becoming a great leader.
The 5 key strategies to becoming a better listener are:
A SWOT Analysis is one of the simplest tools to help take business and lives to the next level. A SWOT analysis is a simple tool that should be completed once or twice a year. A SWOT analysis will get you thinking about what areas you are good at and how you need to improve. A SWOT is a simple tool to highlight to you the areas you should be focusing on for opportunities and threats. A SWOT analysis can be done as a team or even with a group of advisors. If your looking to improve you can fill one out for yourself. You could also have other people fill one out for you. This will help you understand how others perceive you. A SWOT can be for individuals or a company / Team as a whole. People or businesses can have many SWOT’s.
Here are the simple steps to fill out your SWOT. Once you are done you can build goals or plan around any action items that are the result of doing a SWOT Analysis.
Strengths – Write down the strengths you or your organization have. These are strengths you will want to improve and keep building them stronger.
It’s getting close to the new year. You know what that means… Time for new years resolutions? We also know new years resolutions don’t work. Often they are last minute thoughts. Not something we put much thought or planning into. Or maybe we are just doing it because everyone else is doing it. I have never been much for new years resolutions but I have set annual goals every year. I have been setting goals for myself for over 30 years. I have found the best time to plan for annual goals (January – December) is in November of each year.
Each November I sit down and use a spreadsheet I have developed to plan out my annual goals. I am happy to say that I have been success most of the time at all these goals.
Setting Goals In November are 10 Times More Successful Than Those Set in January.
3 reasons I have found planning your next years goals in November are:
When I help others improve and grow in their career and life I grow and improve my career and life. When you serve others you grow as a leader and you accomplish more through what you learn.