You all have good intentions to get things done. And yet good intentions don’t necessarily lead to good results. Desire is not enough. Sometimes you need to be motivated or you need a kick in the pants to get moving.
When you come up with your good intentions, do you plan your actions so that you accomplish what you set out to do? How do you keep your motivation high? What kinds of measures do you put in place to make sure you are successful?
For me, when I have to get something done, that is the time that my bathroom is sparkling clean. Seriously. If I have created this big goal, and I don’t have action steps or a timeline or someone keeping me accountable, I will focus on every single irritant in my life and take care of them. Does the door to the garage squeak? Off I go hunting for the elusive can of WD40. Did something spill in the refrigerator? I might as well clean the whole thing out.
This is not new to me. I was like this in university. If there was a big paper due or an exam to study for, I’d start off with a bang and then start hunting for distractions. And yet I always managed to get things done… because there was a deadline holding me to it.
What gets measured, gets done.
What do I do now, in my business? Sure… I still succumb to distractions. I also have a coach and a mastermind partner to hold me accountable to my big, lofty ideas. They do for me what I do for others.
I do with them exactly what I expect you to do. I set daily, weekly, monthly, and annual goals. The daily and weekly goals feed into the bigger goals, which support my annual goals. And then when I have my calls, I know I better have an answer if I did not follow-through with the plan that I so carefully laid out. And since I avoid pain, I will sometimes pull an all-nighter just to be able to say I got it done.
Here is that I want you to think about:
When you have your weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly chat with your coach, are you asked about your assignments? You know, the ones you said you wanted to do and agreed to have done before your next coaching call.
- Did your coach remember your goals from the last time?
- Did you complete them?
- What was the result?
- What progress have you made?
- What obstacles did you encounter?
If you are not getting that kind of service with your coach, what are you getting?
Have an awesome week getting things done!