Visualize the outcome of your efforts. There’s nothing more valuable than looking in to the future to realize the potential fruits of your labor. If you can see what your desired outcome is, then you can develop a step-by-step strategy on how to get there. Biggest mistake I see people make is setting a goal and “winging” it. You must have a play-by-play, so you'll know what you must do so your outcome can successfully be attained.
Surround yourself with a solid team. Wise leaders know they didn’t get where they are alone, it takes a great support system. It should be true for your team and your dream. You all must work together to realize the vision of the organization. If you don’t have a clear vision or a team that works closely together for the good of the organization, the outcome is high turnover and low productivity. Inspire your team and they will inspire the dream.
Recognize “slack time” – When you’re working at full speed, do you sometimes hit a wall? If so, do you then find yourself putting things off? I find that when I’m the most overwhelmed is when procrastination sets in. Therefore, I have my “Immediate Five” (IM) list which I write out each morning in case of a stall. The IM list is a gentle reminder of what my priorities of the day are. In other words, if I’m trying to do 20 things at once, my IM list gets me back on track and focused. I’m no loner trying to do many things at once, rather I’m able to focus on my priorities.
Raise the Bar- I don’t know about you, but I love a good challenge. When I find myself bored or frustrated, I realize that the goal or task I’ve set for myself isn’t challenging enough for me. For certain personalities, pressing towards greater challenges is fuel for solid performance. Mundane tasks, can become repetitive and ultimately boring. If there are things that must be done, figure out a way to make them more interesting. For example, writing my bi-monthly Current columns can be time intensive. Therefore, when I’m preparing to write it, I give myself 20 minutes to go online and read the hot business topics of the week or month, etc. I’m then inspired with several ideas and writing the column becomes interesting vs. something I just check off my to-do list.
Hopefully these nuggets provide you with some strategies to stay the course end your year strong!
Here’s to your success,