Trust me…don’t do it.
You did it… didn’t you?
When you set out to jump on FB or this blog, you had no intent to click on this post. Beautiful, attractive, curious, but detrimental. You saw this picture and your irrational brain took the controls away from your rational brain. And you couldn’t resist temptation and allowed yourself to get off track.
Pretty easy isn’t it? That one click is a click towards a slippery slope. You need to remain focused, sharp, and intentful on where you want to go. If you allow yourself to be set off course, as easily as you just were, then you’re not going to make it far. It is so easy to be taken off track that often times once you start, you won’t realize you’re off track until it’s too late.
So how do you stay on track?
1. Before you go home for the day, take 5-10 minutes to make up a plan for tomorrow. Set up a strategy for victory, and make sure that strategy leads you to success.
2. Place your events on a calendar. If you don’t schedule it, it won’t happen. Check out this article on Inc.com by John Brandon. He’s interviewing Chris Carneal, a father of 4, youth sports coach, fundraiser, and a CEO of a 600-employee company, Boosterthon.
Chris created a 1,000-day calendar (3yrs if your math is off). In the calendar he scheduled all the events that was valuable to him and worth how time. Vacations, kids’ birthdays, social engagements and other events can quickly fall to the wayside as the busyness of day-to-day life derails you.
Planning 3 years out can seem like a daunting task. But if you take a look at long-term goals, then you should be looking at 5 to 10 years out. If you plan 1 year out, while excellent for the short term, may prove difficult to find success on the long term. You need a way to gauge success. A 3 year plan does just that. Are you off track? Here you can see that and make the appropriate adjustments. How many times to we finally look up after a few years only to see that we’re in the exact same spot?
3. Accountability partner. Find somebody who will give you the honest, blunt, no BS feedback and will call your bluff when they see you slipping off of the track from your goals.
Beyond the Safe Harbor has a really good blog on how to select an accountable partner, how to create dialog, and how to stay on track with your accountable one. A good read and worth the time.
So there it is, 3 ways on how you can get yourself back on track, stay on track, (how many times can I use the word track?) and attain the goals that you set out to complete.
Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. But…on the other side of hard work is victory.
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