I think a lot about making this year better than the last.
But lately, something’s hit me. What about making the year better than – the next one, and the one after that, and so on? After all, if all we ever do is base our improvement on what’s already happened, then we’re severely limiting our perspective.
This year could be the year that changes your life forever. It could galvanize who you are in a way no other time has or will – in your lifetime.
Yet, none of that will happen if your perspective is based solely on improving on what you’ve already accomplished.
By comparing your year to what it was last year, it’s easy to make small changes. Instead of creating a revolution in the way you lead your life, you’re only likely to create a mere evolution.
– Go to the gym a little more frequently
– Pitch more clients and apply for more jobs to improve your salary
– Spend more days out with your family
“If this was the best year of my life, what would have to happen?” ~ Brian Tracy.
Whatever the case may be, even if you decide to step things up by a huge amount, because you’re only using last year as your template for what this year could be, you’ll likely only improve by 5-50%.
But if you look beyond what you’ve already accomplished, you’ll be in a much more empowered position to reach your full potential.
Last year, for instance, I only wrote eleven articles on self-improvement. If i try to build on that, then I might only try to double that at most this year. But if I drop the model of linear growth, I can force myself to jump into a position that allows me to take a ‘quantum leap’.
Under this model, if I consider that I may be 10x as prolific in three years, there’s nothing stopping me from attempting it this year. And even if I don’t reach it, I’ll be better off by the end because I would have attempted to do more than I otherwise would have.
Introduce New Technologies into your Life
Archimedes once said: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”
With the aid of technology, you can make your goals easier to achieve. Whether it’s with a new laptop that allows you to accomplish your work faster, or something as simple as listening to the right music for your productivity.
The more you can introduce levers in your life, the easier building momentum will be.
You don’t always need to work harder to get more of what you want. Instead, consider and purchase the right physical and digital technologies -so that you move towards where you want to go, more easily.
Making progress based on what you’ve experienced last year is a step in the right direction. But looking at the past keeps you tunneled in. Looking into the future makes you think outside the box and act on outlandish possibilities.
Getting to where you want to go this year doesn’t have to be hard. Start comparing your present to your vision of the future – and make the necessary adjustments.
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Most people perform better when they are heading toward a goal. But it is important to understand that the goals must motivate. If your goals leave you feeling inadequate, stressed out, or over-worked, then you will lack the motivation to complete them.
Goals that motivate have specific characteristics:
* Clarity. Clear goals are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART). When a goal is clear and specific, people know what needs to be done and what is expected.
* Challenge. We are often motivated by achievement, so we’ll judge a goal by how difficult we perceive it to be. If it is too easy, we won’t give it as much attention and energy. However, if it demands us to stretch ourselves in order to achieve the recognition of a job well done, we are more likely to be motivated to excel.
* Commitment. For goal setting to be effective, the goals need to be agreed upon and understood. While this doesn’t mean you negotiate every goal with every employee, there is value in engaging the people working towards the goal in crafting it. When we help to create the stretch goal, we are more connected to the challenge and more willing to commit. The harder the goal, the more commitment is needed.
* Task Complexity. For goals that are highly complex, we have to not only give people sufficient time to meet the goal, but actually provide the time to practice or learn skills that are necessary for success. The purpose of goal setting is successful achievement, so you have to be careful that the conditions around the goal support that success rather than stifle it.
* Feedback. Incorporating feedback into the goal setting process allows for expectations to be clarified, difficulty to be adjusted, and recognition given. In particular, when a goal is long-term in nature, it’s important to set benchmarks that help people gauge their success and see their achievement.
Once the goals are defined, each goal should be “drilled down” with specific objectives and measures. Objects can be thought of as the yardstick; measures can be thought of as the exact location on the yardstick of each goal area; and both short-term and long-term objectives and measures should be defined.
When determining your objectives and measures it can be helpful to ask, “How will we know when this goal is achieved?” “What, exactly, will be different around here when the goal is attained?”
I appreciate this simple statement from Sir Edmund Hillary: “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”
We create our lives. We also create our own luck by what we do or fail to do. There is no such thing as good luck and bad luck. How do you get what you want?
What is that you really want in life?
We probably want a lot of things right? But what is the thing that we want most? How do you recognize it?
When I was 16 years old (Legal age to drive with a permit and an adult accompanying you) all that I really wanted back then was a 1968 Mustang, with a 302 engine, and a 3 speed transmission. I didn’t really care about the conditions, all I wanted was a Mustang that met that criteria.
Well back then I didn’t know how to attract things into my life. So it took me 8 years to get my 1968 Mustang, with a 302 engine, and a 3 speed transmission. The condition is that it needed a lot of work. But remember what I said? I didn’t care about the conditions, so I got what I wanted exactly what I wanted in. If I only knew what I know now, maybe that Mustang would have came faster than expected, and in better conditions.
When you really want something in your life, it will come to you. As a matter of fact by the time you think about it, it’s already yours, but how do you get it?
The key is to be CLEAR on what you truly desire, how much energy you are going to put behind that it is what you want. Be careful on what you wish for. Because you will attract it into your life. Just like the Mustang I wanted, you will get yours too.
So how do you attract it too?
Write on a piece of paper the 10 things that you really want. Next you have to be honest with yourself here. Rank each one of them from 0 to 10. BE HONEST!!!
How do you know if one of them is a 10? You will feel it in your heart right away. Is that thing that makes your energy spark. That’s how you’ll know.
Now discard everything is 9 and below and concentrate on your 10’s.
Describe what is that you want very detailed, exactly what you want to see and have.
Now picture it in your head as if you already have it.
The universe will know when is time for you to get it. And when that time comes. You won’t even know how it got there. But you will enjoy it as much as I did and continue to enjoy my car.
The best thing of all is that you can do this over and over and over again. In every area of
Try it and let me know what happens?
For your Success,
Jorge Fernandez de Cordova
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