The year is coming to an end and you look back on everything you have done. Wow, so much was done. So many todo lists have been eliminated. Meetings, calls and emails have been knocked off one by one , minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, month by month. You ended every day wishing that you had some more time to accomplish more. You were drained an exhausted of all the work you had to do.
But have you ever asked yourself the questions: what happened to my goals? Did I have any at the beginning of the year?
These are questions a majority ask themselves.
If your asking yourself all of this, I imagine you would have difficulty with this one. What is the only thing you could do today that would make everything else unimportant and useless? Could you answer this if someone walked up to you and ask you this question?
This is exactly what we should be asking ourselves.
Whatever you have to do, you need to break it down. You are in sales, you are on the governing board of your condo building, you coach little league. Whatever you do, there is an end goal and you need to determine what it is, if you I haven’t already. But what happens next? This is where things seem to bog down and we loose sight of everything and our focus becomes so fuzzy. It’s like trying to look at something great through a dirty lens. You just can’t appreciate it.
What if I told you that the answer is easy to implement. It’s so easy that you are going to kick yourself once you learn it. You will say “well I knew that”.
Here we go, what is the one thing you can do today that will make everything else seem unimportant? Yup, that’s it! Here’s a secret, it’s not that easy. We need to focus on what needs to be done. This requires some backwards engineering to get to that one thing. And once your there, this is when things get hairy. Some of the vocabulary will need to change. Priorities don’t exist anymore, only a priority, singular. Multitasking goes out the window, like it ever worked anyways. Then, and here’s the big one, you must learn to say NO. This is the crowning factor. Without this last thing, everything will come falling down.
Let’s backward engineer one thing. This can be applied to anything or goal in your personal or professional life. Let’s use the all so famous, I want to loose some weight or get in better shape. January is arriving soon and resolutions will be set. This one usually pleases some of you.
First, one thing needs to be establish before moving forward. I want to loose weight is to vague. You need to be very precise. You need to ask your self “why”. Why do I want to loose weight? I want to loose weight because I want to spend quality time with my family. Now this is the why. One thing is missing, a deadline. Let’s put one year to lose 20lbs. Ok what needs to be done, loose 20 lbs. what needs to be done to lose 20lbs, exercise. Ok the plan is shaping up. Now we need to dive down into details.
1- Have a healthier lifestyle.
a. Lose 20 lbs
2. Go to the gym
3. Loose 2lbs per week
Now that the backward engineering is done, there is one last thing. You need to block off time in your daily calendar. Without this step, you will suddenly be looking through that dirty lense again and loose focus on your goal you had set for yourself. Two things are identified: go to the gym and walk. Block out time each day. Each day I go for a walk from 7pm to 8pm. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I go to the gym early from 6am to 7am. Once this time is blocked out, say no to anything that tries the upset this time. Then and only then you will start to see the changes and your focus will stay very sharp.
Not so difficult! Rince and repeat to your life and you will see amazing things happen. This concept 5hat seems so easy at first sight, will test your resolve day in day out. Don’t bow to anything. Keep on course and reap the rewards that will come to you.