5 strategies to get the most out of this year
Achieving great things in your life and getting the most out of your days, weeks, and months is not complicated if you have the right strategies.
I want to share with you five strategies that will help you reach you goals faster. When you put them in place, I can guarantee you it will make a massive difference into your life and performance.
Here they are:
1.Multiply your moments of excellence
The first tip I have for you is to sit down and look back at the last 6 or 12 months and identify your moments of excellence. The moments where you did really well; whether it was interaction with other people, or maybe when you delivered a project at work, or a presentation that went exceptionally well.
First of all, identify those little moments when you were kicking ass and think about what did you do that made you do so well?
There are three elements involved in it.
Thinking: Maybe it was something to do with the way you were thinking at that moment, how you thought about the situation, and how you thought about yourself. Identify why did you do so well. What was going through your head? Out thinking massively impact our performance.
Feeling: The second element of that is your heart. What was your emotional experience at that moment? Were you inspired, motivated, determined? Maybe you were angry or frustrated and it helped you deliver really well. What did you feel?
Doing: What was it that you actually did? What was the action that you took? How did you behave? What helped you be excellent?
Because when you identify these moments of excellence and when you understand what helped you do so well, you can then replicate it. That’s one of the best ways to improve. You can do more of what works.
2.Eliminate the what doesn’t work
Just as well as in the previous tip where you identify the moments of excellence, now let’s look at the opposite side. Identify the moments when things didn’t go well, or when you screwed up.
Understanding what thinking, feeling and action/doing caused you do poorly will help you eliminate that behaviour. Follow the same process as when you were exploring your excellence.
The third strategy that will help you accelerate your progress, but will also help with your motivation, commitment, and determination.
The strategy is to immerse yourself in the process.
Whether you want to lose weight, complete a marathon, start a business, or learn how to do public speaking, immerse yourself in it fully. Let it become part of your life.
Don’t be afraid to deep dive into the topic by all possible means.
Read books about it. Watch YouTube videos. There are so many experts out there that teach a lot about pretty much anything. Listen to podcasts, meet people who are passionate about it.
When you immerse yourself in the process, you’ll start learning new techniques, new tips, new strategies. But also, you will be learning from people who are super passionate about the topic and their passion will rub off on you.
When you’re passionate about something, it’s so easy to commit your time to it. It’s so easy to push a little harder and to stay consistent and determined.
When you immerse yourself, it will become part of your life. When it’s part of your life, it becomes more fun a little bit harder to give it up. It becomes a little bit harder to procrastinate. So, don’t be afraid to go all in and learn more and become passionate and excited about your goals.
4.Set achievable milestones
The fourth tip I have for you is super simple. It’s so simple that most people ignore it. The tip is to set achievable milestones. Maybe you have a goal that will take weeks, months, or perhaps even years to accomplish.
Here is my question; if you don’t have milestones that you can celebrate on a regular basis, will you be just hustling and pushing hard for months and months without any reward? That’s going to be a pretty miserable journey. I can guarantee you that.
But with milestones, it’s a different story.
If you want to lose 20 kilos for example. It’s going to take some time to lose that weight. Without milestones, you’re going to feel pretty demotivated for months in because it’s going to be just grind.
But if you set milestones and break your goal down into little steps where every two kilos is a point that you celebrate, it will feel great.
Find the right way to celebrate. Maybe you can tweet about it, post about it on Facebook, tell your partner or a friend. Even if you keep it to yourself, it’s a great feeling that will encourage you to keep working on it and celebrate again when you lose another two kilos.
Whatever your goal is, make sure that it’s not just A->B points, the start and the finish. Break the goal down into lots of little milestones. Don’t forget to celebrate those little milestones. Let it sink in. Appreciate your effort and everything that you’re putting into it.
5.Build up your patience
The last tip is my favourite and yet most people are so bad at it.
We live in a world where everything is happening so quick. You can communicate with anyone instantly. You can order something and have it delivered the same day. We live in a world where everything happens so fast, and we often expect our results to come just as fast.
Do you ever get frustrated when you’ve been working on something for a few days, or a couple of weeks, and the results are not quite as you expected? I know!
When you work on something meaningful and substantial, it takes time because the work that you’re putting in needs to reach a certain level for the results to show. When you work on yourself, you’re literally rewiring neuro-connections in your brain and the way you think. That takes time.
Be patient with yourself. The lack of patience is the reason for most failures.
I will share with you a quick tip that will help you improve your ability to be patient.
Think about some activity you regularly do that requires focus. It may be reading a book, working on your computer, writing, etc. As you know, there are many other things demanding your attention; your phone, you got a new text message, Facebook notification or email. What we usually do is that we just jump straight at it and let it distract us.
Practice resisting the urge to check these things instantly. Practice staying focused on what you’re doing. Nothing super important is probably going happen if you don’t answer the email or text message for the next 15 or 30 minutes. But when you practice staying focused and not get distracted by the other things, it will help you improve the ability to be patient, rather than just being drawn by the next shiny thing and the “urgencies” that are trying to get our attention.
Practice being patient.
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