08 Feb The secret sauce for achieving
Taking effective action towards your goals will see you achieving them quicker. But how do we know what effective action is, and once we know what we need to do, how do we make sure we do it?
In other words, you have set the goals and know the outcome you want but what about the steps in between?
Here are three strategies to ensure you maintain momentum in the right direction.
The Step after the Step
To more clearly understand whether an action will move you closer or further away from your goals, consider what will happen after you have taken the action. Ask yourself, “what happens next?” If the step you are about to take has a natural flow to the next action, then you can be confident that you are on the right track. If it doesn’t, you may need to re-evaluate and if you aren’t sure, consider the step, after the step, after the step. Eventually, it will become clear one way or the other.
Everything’s a Project
Management guru Tom Peters wrote several books on the importance of project management, and how businesses who adopt project management techniques will be able to achieve more, with less resources. That was more than 15 years ago, and now project management applications are one of the most downloaded business tools online.
We can all learn something from that.
Project management ethos says that every action should be measured, both in terms of effectiveness and on a timeline. Good project managers will create an entire list of what needs to be done without concerning themselves initially with dates, or even who is going to be responsible to do it. Then, they will attach each action to a timeline, taking into account what needs to be completed before another action can be taken and assign that task to a person.
make a list of everything you need to do and then put dates on each and every one. If you miss a date, then forgive yourself and push the entire project forward by a day – don’t let yourself off the hook with inaction.
Speaking of action,
On an assembly line, robots complete tasks without complaint or concern. After all, they are robots. Robots don’t have emotions or fears and they complete a task as long as they have the resources (energy, maintenance, raw materials) to do so.
In terms of maintaining momentum, we should all be a bit more like robots. When something needs to be done, don’t think about how long it will take or how annoying it may be to complete, just take raw, fearless action.
Want to get up at 5 am every day? When the alarm goes off, don’t think about how warm your bed is, just leap out of bed and straight into the shower.
Need to book a meeting with someone you don’t like? Don’t spend 30 minutes dwelling on it, just make the call and get it done.
Now the article is finished, go and be a robot and take some fearless action.