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Back to basics

Time to Read – three minutes

While you may still be thinking of your dreams, ideas and plans in this fledgling year I want to revisit the Formula for Guaranteed success which hasn’t been covered for awhile. It is in the books and it never changes!

Over the next four weeks I am going to invite you to go for one of your goals using this process…

Know where you want to Go – The What

I used to have a PowerPoint slide (before we banned it!) with the quote

 “Make no little plans – they have no magic to stir man’s blood.”
Daniel Burnham
(I liked that slide!)

•  Focus on what you want – your outcome, and keep it in mind throughout
• Set a standard for yourself, higher than anyone else can ever reasonably expect of you
• Word your outcome in language understandable by a ten year old

Know where you are now – The YOU

• Be the very best that you already are (don’t let what you can’t do, get in the way of what you can)
• Take ownership of your life
• Be open and honest with people

Know what you have to do, to get to where you want to go – The MOMENT*

• Don’t focus on “change,” focus on “Choice”
• Make True Decisions (stop changing your mind about your outcome)
• Value your “gut feel” (it is both logical and scientific to do so)

* It is in The Moment that you make a true decision that your future is decided.

Do it! – The HOW

Take one action. Then ask yourself: Does this action, this behaviour, this thought, take me closer to where I want to go, or who I want to be?

If yes – do more of the same

If not – do something different

SO that’s it – simple, and not easy!

For the next 4 weeks we will focus on each step to see how much nearer you can get to achieving your ambition for 2011, and beyond.

With my love and best wishes

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5 Responses to Back to basics

  1. This is the time of year for knowing where you want to go and trying to get there.
    Resolutions come and go each year and it’s important to have a plan with your life.
    I have read the books and agree that it is the perfect time to revisit.

  2. Thanks for the reminder David.
    It’s great to think about the here and now and work out ways in which you are going to get in the future, be it a month, two months or three months down the line.

  3. I often go through this process to really asses where I want to go and what I want to achieve. It’s a fundamental process in my opinion and has to be observed properly to obtain maximum benefit from it.
    Planning how you are going to get somewhere should come second nature as it is when you look at a map to see where you need to go.
    Why would you not do that in your life when trying to reach a goal?

  4. I love the thought of changing something in a positive way and I will take heed of this message.
    I guess we can all make choices to ensure we live positively although sometimes, where you want to go gets clouded by other issues.

  5. David,

    As usual a clear and actionable message. Thank you.
    I find your weekly reminders, often of stuff we have forgotten that we already know, are really useful.

    This week you said – “Focus on what you want – your outcome,…..Set a standard for yourself, higher than anyone else…” and I realised that so many managers in organisations don’t do this. Instead, they compare themselves to “best practice” and then aspire to this as a their target.

    Is it any surprise that customer service in most organisations is rarely outstanding.


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