Tip #1 - Check Your Energy
1. Set goals that are beyond what you believe is "easily" possible.
2. Spend some time each day working towards those goals.
3. Achieve some or part of the goal
The entire process starts with pushing ourselves beyond what we know or believe to know to be possible. That is the point of the goal. Given that, even if we did not meet the goal, but made significant progress towards it, wouldn't this actually be "winning"? When someone has a financial goal of 1 Million, I will ask them, if you end up with $900K, would you really be upset? The purpose of having a goal is to push beyond what is possible. Therefore, not achieving the full goal is never a failure, it is an opportunity to see how much more was possible than you imagined. Go back to when you set those goals. Review the journey. Can you see everything that has been accomplished in the process of working on this goal?
As a leader, it is important for each of us to see the story to this point in the process of goal achievement. And, to realign the energy towards, look how much we have already accomplished, we can do this! And, then to communicate that to your team. Our energy travels and others can pick up on it. Don't believe me? Think of a time when you could just tell someone did not like you. Nothing had happened. You hadn't meaningfully interacted with them - it was just obvious. How did you know? You could just tell? A million little things that your mind picked up - body language, wording, facial expressions - because energy creates and we can feel the energy of someone who is enthusiastic and believes that Q4 is going to be the best quarter yet and someone who has written the year off and is ready to eat turkey!
Tip #2 - Visualize the End, not the Means
One of the biggest pieces of advice I give is to limit yourself by what you think is possible. This is the quickest way to kill true creativity and potential.
Sounds great, right? Have you ever tried it? It is HARD! That is why I have created a system that works for me to not figure it out while giving my brain the feeling of figuring it out. I can it Daydreaming Brainstorming. Imagine the result of what you want, like a child daydreaming, and then ask yourself, what is one thing I can do right now that aligns to that result. It is CRITICAL that you do the daydreaming part first. The reason for this is because it aligns your mind with already having the result accomplished. Ideas that come from that mindset sometimes turn out to be the most brilliant. In my experience, it is not that the idea leads to the result, but that idea leads to an action which opens up another area of possibility. Like the sea of endless possibility, as we wade in, each step reveals new possibilities that we could not see from the shore.
Tip #3 - Put In the Meaningful Work
Working smarter, not harder, takes some discipline and practice, but the pay off is amazing! Below are my best practices in how to work smarter:
1. Plan your day the night before. Clearly identify the top 3-5 things that you have to get done. All night long, your subconscious mind will be planning how to make this happen with the most ease.
2. Do your top 3-5 things first thing in the morning... BEFORE you check your email! At least start #1 on your list, prior to checking your email.
3. Schedule email checking and replying time into your day. I normally schedule this in at 11 (from 11-11:50) and again at 2 or 3. That way you can get YOUR priorities done before helping others with their priorities.
4. STOP, pause, sit, think, walk, meditate, slow down. It is easy to get into go, go, go and do, do, do mode. But the best work may come from taking time to think. The most successful leaders I know spend the first hour of their day thinking about things. Not on the computer, not in action, just mulling on what they think their organization needs and what opportunities or issues they are facing. In today's world, we have severely downgraded our time to think and it is showing up in our results. Slow down, breather, and ponder