(c) Kevin Spencer
You may have made some New Year’s resolutions for 2011 which you are keen to achieve. I have some listed in my notebook as well. In the past, I have written up New Year’s resolutions only to discover by the end of January that I am struggling to keep them. I am pretty sure that a number of you have faced similar challenges in the past. Is it a question of a lack of will power or simply a lack of motivation that hinders us from successfully sticking to our New Year’s resolutions?
I believe these 3 keys will help you have a productive 2011.
(1) Start doing – Determine what you need to start doing to have a successful and productive year. These are new things that you have always wanted to do but never got around to starting. These are your priorities and are the things that empower and enable you to get ahead in 2011.
(2) Stop doing – Identify the unproductive things or time wasters that are hindering you from focusing on the things that you need to be doing. These are distractions that sap the energy and time that should be devoted to the priorities (New Year’s resolutions). Goethe said that “things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least”.
(3) Continue doing – These are things that you need to continue doing because they have proven to be beneficial to you in the past and because they work for you. These could include things you have done on an inconsistent basis but know that with some degree of discipline, it will get you closer to your desired goals in 2011.
These three keys are based on the foundation of knowing yourself. Reflecting on what worked for you in the past and identifying the things that keep tripping you up in the pursuit of accomplishing your goals. To be successful and productive in 2011, you need to focus on your priorities and ignore your distractions. Distractions are urgent and in your face but though priorities are important, they tend to linger in the background. The consequence of ignoring your priorities is not always immediate; neither is the payoff, but the consistent attendance to them produces tremendous results in the long term.