In a previous post, I suggested that we all should go and assess where we are at currently and what needs to change going forward. What came to mind?
I hope you have it written up. Getting our thoughts and goals in writing is crucial. Nothing happens without it. It is too easy to blow past another day, week, month without focusing on our daily, weekly, monthly, and annual goals.
What is it that we want to change? How can we make this a better world to live in? Every decision either adds blessings or takes them away. It is a choice – your choice.
I’ll assume you have ideas of what you want to change, if not let me know and I’ll write more about that. Many times the question becomes, how do I get this change to infiltrate my life? The key to driving lasting change begins with Knowing Who You Are. If we don’t know ourselves well then we won’t know how to make changes.
Uncovering Your Gifts
Ask! Ask yourself, what do you want to do; what do you like doing; what is fun for you; what tasks do you get engrossed in and lose track of time; on the flip side what do you avoid like the plague; what do others compliment you on; how do you learn; what are you passionate about, how do you organize your daily life? I think you get the picture. Take the time to discover yourself.
I’ll give you an example. Here are some of my answers to those questions.
I want to make a difference. I want to leave a legacy for my children and future generations. I want to help others find satisfaction in their work with a solid life balance. I love career direction, career development, mentorship, facilitation, speaking and coaching. I really am a “career nerd”. Meeting new people is fun for me. I love being out and about, consulting, guiding, talking, giving workshops. I am in the zone when I do this. I also like being on the water and various sports but those will not be my livelihood but they are who I am. On the flip-side I dislike financial details. It bores me to death and I completely zone out. Writing is tricky for me. My confidence in my writing is not nearly as solid as my confidence in speaking gift. I could go on but you have an idea.
Now it is your turn. Go…. write out all your thoughts and ideas about who you are. Take some assessments if you think it will help. Below I have listed a few of my favorites.
Make the Change Stick
Go back to what it is you want to change. Is it in one particular area of life? Is it in several? Does it run across all areas such as financial or time management?
One area I want to change for 2013 is the management of my time. Since I have been working from home for 3 years now, my management of the clock has gotten worse and worse. Now I am failing in an area that had been a strength of mine. I know myself well enough to know that I am getting too easily distracted and am not accomplishing the goals I have set out for myself or my business and it is frustrating me to no end.
How do I get this to stick? First and foremost I look for the experts in this area and ask for help. One of my colleagues is amazing at her time management. Here are her suggestions to me.
- Visualize what success in this area will look like at the end of the year. Define what success looks like.
- Record my daily and weekly actions for at least a week maybe more.
- Assess where I am wasting time and not accomplishing my goals.
- Be realistic with my time assessments. Give myself more time to finish a project rather than cutting it too close. Let the other non-essential tasks go or delegate to someone else.
- Change my schedule and be firm with focusing on the top 3 priorities.
- Make adjustments daily.
- Be held accountable to someone. I am being held accountable by my colleague. I am reporting into her regularly as to my progress.
- Lastly, I may even consider moving my office out of my home to help me focus. A more drastic move but could be a positive change for this extravert to be in an office with other coaches / professionals.
I have so much more that I want to change this year but I know that focusing in on better time management will help in several other areas. What is your area(s) of focus? Put a plan together and commit to changing it. Post notes to yourself of what you want to change in a positive phrase. Don’t beat yourself up over past failings. It does you no good.
Look to the future. Nurture that seedling of what you want to accomplish. Love on it, water it, give it sunshine. You’ll be amazed at the growth at the end of the year.