Successful professionals and businesses know that to maintain and accelerate success you must periodically evaluate your performance to find out what is working at what is not. This is a great thing to do because you do not want to waste your valuable time working on something that is not worth your resources and does not play a role in taking you to the next level. Therefore, I recommend that you evaluate your performance every three months or every quarter. That does not mean that you wait until the quarter ends to change something that is not working. You should have a system in place that will help you determine what is not working in order to maximize your resources. Here are a few strategies to help you get it done this year.
- Get a laser focus on where you are going and how you intend to get there. If you are like me, you tend to burden yourself with pages upon pages of goals to accomplish each year. I learned to change this strategy when I became stressed and depressed over my goal list. I felt as if I could never catch up. Thereafter, I learned to break down my goals and focus on what is most important. I wrote down what I needed to do to achieve my goals and attached a deadline to each of them. Finally, I determined the final product of my goal. I make it a practice to review these steps monthly to make sure that I am on track and to make adjustments if needed.
- Get back more of your time. Successful people do not complain about not having enough time to achieve their goals. They make more time to do what is necessary every day to bring them to the fruition of their intentions. They shut off the television and put the phone away. They keep a calendar to tell them exactly how they are spending their time. We all have the same 24 hours. Successful people make sure they accomplish their goals and dreams by determining exactly how and where their time will be most effective.
- Accelerate your success by multiplying yourself. Can you really do this? Yes, you can. You might recognize this strategy as networking, niche marketing, and strategic alliances. For example, creating strategic alliances require a tremendous amount of work. However, your time and energy will be well-spent because the relationships you build will allow you to accomplish things that you have never been able to do on your own.
My challenge to you is to get focus on exactly what you want to get done this year and determine what exactly you intend to do on a daily basis to accomplish your goals. Go over your calendar with a magnifying glass if need be and carve out some time, take the necessary action steps and place this goal in the done pile. Finally, surround yourself with the right people to accelerate your success.