Part One and Two of our Smashing Success series took you through some of Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner’s most effective, tried-and-tested time-trap busting and time-boosting practices. Now they’re going to help you unearth your true purpose, create a success list, and put it all into action.
Success is not about doing everything right, it’s about doing the right thing. And what could be more right than your true purpose? The most productive people start with a purpose and use it like a compass that becomes the guiding force in determining their every action. The New Year is always a wonderful time to explore what will make your soul sing.
- If you didn’t have to work for a salary, what would you spend your time doing?
- If you knew no one would judge your decision, what would you do?
- If you knew you would not fail, what is the one thing you would try?
- Instead of asking yourself ‘what will make me happy’, ask yourself ‘what will excite me?’
Create a success list
To-do lists are long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. One is a disorganised directory and the other is an organised directive. If a list isn’t built around success, then that’s not where it takes you. If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go. A success list is a short, well-defined list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results. What steps are going to bring you to your true purpose?
Schedule like a pro
Once you know what matters to you, make a conscious effort to select those tasks and activities that will bring you closer to your purpose and passion. Be careful to ensure that they are realistic and broken down into bite size chunks…attempting to run a 10km marathon in a month is only going to derail you and cause you to quit.
It is vital that you schedule your daily ‘bite-size chunks’ of action into your calendar. It will become instantly clear the moment you try to cram an unrealistic number of things into a calendar’s limited time slots. Remember to leave some blocks of time unscheduled to accommodate unexpected crises, opportunities and serendipitous exchanges with your colleagues.
Avoid back-to-back meetings to give yourself time to process information and to execute action items. Consolidate tasks such as email, paperwork, and phone calls to help you eliminate startup and switching time. And make sure you schedule personal tasks as well, because if it gets scheduled, it gets done.
Share your plans
You don’t need to accomplish all your goals on your own. When you bring in your networks, your higher ups, your mentors and your supporters, you can be far stronger and far more successful than you ever imagined. When people know what you are trying to achieve, they are more likely to help you get you there. It could be in the form of connecting you to people who can assist you, or providing advice and guidance.
Keep going; be thankful
Things might get tough at times but remember that you don’t have to get it all done in one big step. Just get it going. Don’t write a book; write a page. Don’t create the entire presentation; create a slide. Pick a small, manageable goal and follow through. Then pursue the next. These smaller steps give you the opportunity to succeed more often, which will build your confidence. If each of your goals can be achieved in a day or less, there’s more opportunity for success.
And when it all feels like too much, just start by showing up. Schedule it in, make it happen, and be present.
Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner are female empowerment educators and the authors of ‘Own Your Space: The Toolkit for the Working Woman’ – a chapter-for-chapter guide to help women become the best version of themselves.
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