What are your two most important goals right now?
Perhaps one is a business goal, such as prospecting 25% more
customers this year than you did last year. Another
could be a personal objective, like losing ten pounds within
Go ahead. On a separate sheet of paper, make two
vertical columns and write down the two goals you have
identified for yourself, one atop each column. Now,
immediately beneath each heading, jot down everything you
did today to move towards each objective. Next,
write down everything you did yesterday to bring you
closer to achieving your goals. What about last
week? Last month?
Okay, look at your list. Over the past month, how
much time did you spend on these two items. . . and how much
progress did you make?
If you've taken significant action daily toward these
goals, congratulations! Unfortunately, you're in the
minority. Many people have specific aspirations which
they say they want to accomplish, but which they seldom take
action on. If this sounds familiar, it's possible that
you're not really committed to achieving the goal.
Oh, you claim you are, but your actions prove
otherwise. If this is the case, admit it and replace
the goal with something you'll have the desire to
achieve--and the discipline to follow through on.
It's also possible that you do have the desire to reach
your present goal but, for one reason or another, you've
been procrastinating or letting other, less important, tasks
get in the way. Allow me to share a personal example.
For the last two years, I've talked about writing a
book. Yet, I never got around to it because I was
doing too many other projects at the same time. I had
to face this fact: if I don't delegate the other
tasks, the book will NEVER be completed! So I have
chosen to entrust these duties to someone else--which will
allow me time to get back on track with my book.
We all need a periodic reality check to make sure we are
spending time on those things which mean the most to our
well-being and success. If you've veered off course,
now's the time to assess what's needed to get you moving
once more in the proper direction. Schedule activities
immediately which put your actions on target with
Invest the time to carefully plan each week and, at the
end of the week, determine if you've been doing the things
which will help you accomplish your objectives. It's
one investment guaranteed to pay huge dividends!
Keller is the President of Attitude is Everything, Inc. For
more than 15 years, Jeff has delivered presentations on
attitude and motivation to businesses, groups and trade
associations throughout the United States and abroad. Jeff
is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, Attitude is
Everything. For more information, go to http://www.attitudeiseverything.com