Have you ever had the experience of shopping for a new car, where you finally decide on THE car that you really want to buy. Let’s say it’s a new Honda sedan…and at that point, you suddenly started noticing all of the Honda sedans on the road – they are everywhere!
The reality is that the number of Hondas on the road didn’t change from one day to the next, you just tuned your Reticular Activating System!
The Reticular Activating System is the part of your brain that helps you filter out the unimportant stuff going on around you…and conversely focus on the important stuff. Without that filter, you’d be overwhelmed with stimuli and likely lose the ability to function, so it’s an important part of your brain that most of us don’t know anything about!
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” – Jim Rohn
I had a great discussion the other day with a client and their frustration with simply not getting enough things done. This is a pretty common issue for most people – but it especially impacts business owners because they likely have a wider variety of things they have to do and more than non-business owners!
In this case, part of the problem was not having clear priorities…they had a lengthy list of things that needed to get done, but all of them were equally urgent. Another part of the problem was a lack of organization…this list of things that needed to get done wasn’t literally a list on a single piece of paper, it was a chaotic set of things ranging from emails to post-it notes to stuff that was just held in their head.
I was revisiting some of my older blog posts and I found one that I felt was really worth while. The original post is called What are your Real Goals and it covers a powerful exercise that will help you look at what you want to do differently.
One of the traps that we all fall into is more of a wish fulfillment state rather than an honest and actionable set of goals that actually mean something. “I want a lot of money” is not an actionable or even inspirational goal…however something like “I want to be free from concerns about money so that I can do the things I love” might generate more direction and be more inspirational.
Take a few minutes to go through the exercise (actually write things down) and I guarantee you’ll get something out of it. Here’s a link to a form you can fill out for the exercise: Real Goals Worksheet
When you’re trying to make big changes, personally or in your business, they can often be overwhelming. In fact that’s why a lot of New Year’s resolutions fail – they’re too big to tackle all at once (and more than likely there are too many of them).
Basically the idea is to take those big resolutions and break them into small pieces that you can successfully complete in the next 4 days. Then take the next small piece and get it done in the next 4 days.
3 guys, a camera and 4 days…
The video linked below is a fantastic example of doing the unimaginable by breaking it down into small components.
Imagine recreating the D-Day invasion of Normandy – with only 3 people! It’s a 4 minute video, but it’s well worth the time.
You eat an elephant 1 bite at a time – it seems overly simplistic, but by fully planning out all the steps that need to be done and then doing something to move forward every day, you can get through the entire thing!
What elephant are you trying to eat? Share your challenge here – I’d be glad to help you think through your next steps.
I’ve been having a great ongoing discussion with a couple of friends on a business opportunity that one of them is facing. Over the course of the last 10 years or so, this friend has been doing sales transaction analysis and consulting for small to medium sized companies.
What’s really interesting is that he’s uncovered a set of patterns and commonalities across more than 50 companies that are extremely consistent, despite different sizes, industries and situations. This data contradicts conventional thinking on how to approach sales and growth for companies and can really pinpoint how to improve results.
In short he has a repeatable process that can make a substantial positive impact to a client’s bottom line for a lot of business clients. Additionally he has a unique situation and approach – he’s been working on this for 10 years…it’s not going to be easily duplicated. Read More…