Day 4 of 5 Days
This week I have laid out the framework for these considering how to utilize these last 5 Days in preparation of a better 2017. For the remainder of this year I will give you links to the prior days of posting so you can refresh your understanding of every post to help you prepare for a new and better 2017.
Please… Read the earlier posts… Time is short! To sum them up….
I left you with these 4 things to think through, list out, categorize and prioritize on Day One.
- Think through where you are, and where you want to be.
- List out those thoughts of what you want to accomplish. Short range. Long range.
- Categorize them appropriately.
- Set some priority on each item.
On Day Two, I left you with these two tasks.
- Review your recorded thoughts from Day One, and put some Focus on each Task, with the intent of Narrowing your final list of things you want to accomplish in 2017. What will it cost you, and how much time will you need to complete each item?
- Get your calendar ready with all the known events that will impact you during 2017. Consider that some holiday’s are three day weekends, and some are not.
On Day Three, you had a simple task.
- Write your Goal with action words like “Save; Lose; Study; Read” with Observable and Measurable specifics. Make sure you understand your Start and Ending date.
Now, we are going to build on the hard work you’ve done!
So… Here’s Day Four. The focus for today will be to take all of your Goal statements and make them into a presentable format. Perhaps it’s a big and bulky, but you should have it miniaturized, and perhaps laminated, so you can carry with you every where you go. Also, it should be in a prominent place where you work and live – something that you see every single time you turn your head! I know one person who prints their goals out, puts it into a picture frame, and hangs it next to their desk in their office.
It’s In Your Face!
When someone asks you what your New Year goals are, you should have it ready at hand to read. Do not be prepared to recite it, you’ll probably get it wrong! When they come to your office the first thing they should see is your Goals List. It should be a conversation point! You should be prepared to speak about what you’re working on, and how it’s going! Pour your heart into it. Prove to yourself and your audience that you have something you can accomplish. It will help them to see someone else being so positive about their goals…
You need to know WHY you are doing what you are doing! How important is it to you? Most folks start a new year with good intentions but it is not long before they have failed keeping a portion of their resolution and before you know it, everything is canned until next year.
Remember the format of the Goal is something that can be observed, measured, recorded, and the results are visible. The Goal must have action words and be able to fit into the schedule you have in front of you.
Back in 1982 I decided I wanted to learn to fly. A few practice loops with an instructor, some time in a sail plane with a friend, and a jaunt across Anchorage in a Hot Air Balloon convinced me that being in the air was something I wanted to do regularly and all by myself!
So, I bought every book, read every piece of literature, hung out at the airfields, and made flash cards (I still have them) that I carried with me everywhere to practice reciting all the rules, start up routines, talking to the tower and ground control, etc… I memorized those cards and could recite them at the drop of a hat…. Go ahead. Test me!
This is how you work through the list. Rehearse all the actions. Keep it visible in front of you. Read it. Track the results. Keep yourself motivated by challenging yourself to not let that goal go down the sink. It will be hard, at times, and other times will make you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
There’s one more thing I want to share with you…See you tomorrow!