09 Jul Getting Clear
When you’re in the midst of a busy week at work, sometimes it can be difficult to keep a clear head and focus on what’s important. Here are three helpful things to keep in mind and help keep you on track to achieve what you want.
I’ve met a lot of people in business who are fantastic at what they do, but they don’t seem to be doing the one thing that they are in business for – making money. There’s a lot of talk about doing what you love and never working a day in your life (don’t get me wrong, I’m all for that!) but interspersed with your passion, needs to be a healthy dose of ‘down to earth’ and focus.
So, here’s three ways I stay clear:
Ask yourself the hard questions, and keep asking them: What do you want? Why do you want that? What are you NOT changing that is stopping you? Where are you NOT moving outside of your comfort zone? Each of these questions will reveal multiple layers, so you will need to ask these questions over and over to truly drill down and reveal meaningful answers. Consider keeping a journal, and revisit your answers once you have made some progress and are ready to move to the next level.
Write a list, and tick it off: You’ve got your answers now, all you have to do is break it down into bite-sized steps. This process will refine your answers and give you a further degree of clarity, ensuring your focus is crystal clear. If you get stuck, look at that – why is it hard to move through that particular point? Is this a point you falter at regularly?
Revisit daily. I have a daily list of successes, outstanding items and priorities. This inspires personal accountability. I understand that there’s never enough time to do everything, but there’s always time to do the important things. So at the end of each day, I email myself a short list of where I have succeeded (this is SUPER important – otherwise we can become bogged down in what we still have to do and we forget to celebrate our wins), what I have outstanding and of those outstanding items, what my top priorities are. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, and sometimes – we just need to get out of our own way. Getting clear is the first step. We all want to achieve a million things, but if we aren’t clear on what those things are, it will never happen.
Remember, there’s no reason you need to go through this alone, I’d love to hear about your goals, challenges and successes.
Originally published in Profile Magazine, July 2015