I was listening to John Assaraf yesterday while driving to the nursery. He told a story of how he was asked by a virtual stranger when he was 19 years old if he was interested in achieving his life’s goals and dreams, or was he committed to achieving them.
hmm. That’s an interesting question…
When you are interested in doing something, you do it when it is convenient You believe your stories and your excuses. You continue to be a victim of your current reality and circumstances. You come up with all the reasons why you can’t achieve those goals.
When you’re committed, you begin TODAY. You let go of your stories, your excuses and all the reasons why you can’t achieve your goals and dreams. If you’re committed, you upgrade your knowledge, you upgrade your skills. If you are committed, you come in every single day and figure out how you CAN achieve those goals. in fact, why you MUST achieve those goals.
Making that commitment should scare the bejeezes out of you, because it puts you firmly at the helm of your own ship. Succeed or fail, it’s on you and you alone.
Oh, i’m not saying you go it alone. But if you don’t know how to do something, YOU figure it out. Or YOU find someone to show you how, or YOU pay someone to do it for you. But it’s ultimately on you.
And once you align your knowledge, your skills and your desires, you ignite that fire within.
And there’s nothing you can’t do when that fire is lit.
It is where my annual goal strategy actually starts, with something inside of you that wants to succeed.
Quick review of the process through the lens of commitment.
This section is about answering the question “what exactly IS it that I want?” and has you writing two statements in each of the following areas:
- Physical Health
- Mental Health
- Spiritual Health
- Social/Emotional Health
In order to be committed, we HAVE to know what we are working towards!
In the design phase, we take one of our goals in each of the areas listed above, and put a little meat on those bones. Here we are looking for:
- What do I need to know/
- What do I need to do/
- How do I need to think?
- Who do I need help from?
If commitment is taking action, then it is imperative we take action that aims us in the right direction.
We designed the goal, so now it’s time to add a little electricity to it to make it live (if you follow my Frankenstein meaning…). In this phase we add a lot of detail to the design from above.
What are the actual steps you need to take to:
- get the knowledge and skills I need?
- get the support and help I need?
- mitigate my excuses?
- get the equipment I need?
- make the time to do this?
- get the money to do this?
- give up something or rearrange my schedule to do this?
From all the steps you listed, you can now build a plan or at least a checklist that lets you breathe life into your goals.
If commitment is the fire within, this step is how you make that fire burn and the next one is how you keep it burning.
Time to bring that beautiful plan home. I encourage managing the execution of your goals by monthly, weekly and daily planning.
- Plan the macro tasks in the first few days of the month
- Plan the medium tasks for the week on the weekend
- Daily plan either at the end of the day for the next day, or first thing in the morning
Make that commitment to yourself. Put the Most Important Things first every day, even if that means not checking email for the first two hours (I know, are your freakin’ kidding me?!?). But you can do it; I believe in you!
I know I ran through the process at a high level here, so hop on over to How to Create an Annual Goal Strategy and read up on the detail, plus gain access to my cheat sheet, too.
Wishing you all the best as we head into the Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S.
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: I don’t understand your specific kind of crazy, but I do admire your commitment to it!