When engaging in a project at work we go through careful planning and we make sure that all aspects of the project are carefully mapped out; timing is correctly factored and risks are considered and provisioned for. It wouldn’t make sense to approach it any other way.
Think of every day of your life as a new project and plan for it.
If we take a trip, we check the gas and make sure we fill the tank so we don’t run out of gas before we reach our destination. What do we do every morning before we start out day? Do we refill? Is that breakfast and coffee? Is that enough? Is that all the energy we need to successfully execute on our daily projects? Is that the ONLY type of energy we need to feel in shape for all that’s coming?
Any sustainable system that is driven by high quality performance needs a few critical elements. These elements may be slightly different from person to person, but there are some constants.
Here are 10 things to consider when mapping a journey towards personal success that can be applied to any project you want to tackle:
- Know your sources of energy and how to use them to your best advantage. What nourishes you?
- Know the energy drains in your life and learn how to manage them so that they don’t impact you un-wantingly. Sometimes we know them but we are not prepared to deal with them.
- Plan for a less than optimal performance and know what to do when it happens. This is hard one. We tend to be a lot more forgiving with others than we are with ourselves.
- Understand the role of failure and learn how to manage its impact on our mental and emotional body. Failure has a very bad reputation and we shy away from it instead of using it as an opportunity to grow.
- Have a crystal-clear goal setting system and know how to formulate them in any type of circumstance.
- Root your motivation into the most powerful resource you own: your emotional life. Will power combined with deep feeling is a formula for continued progress.
- Know your weaknesses and prepare for the moment they kick in. Have a plan to work around them and make it to the finish line.
- Be open to course correction and expect it to happen.
- Perform the steps and invest the proper amount of energy in each one.
- Re-frame self-criticism when things are not going according to plan and acknowledge yourself for doing so much and accomplishing your goals. Congratulate yourself for showing up, for being able to plan, for following through and learning about yourself in the process.
It might seem like a lot of work at first. It gets easier as it becomes more routine. Give it a try and always remember to go easy on yourself in the process.