Ignite your goals!
Nov 30, 2017
I’m excited to share about productivity because it’s one of my favorite topics! Have you ever gone to a conference, felt inspired, vowed to make a change then went back to life as usual? Better yet, how did you do on those New Year’s resolutions? Did you lose the weight, quit the habit or accomplish the goals? A few months ago, I started a productivity challenge, kept the participants accountable and it warms my heart every time I receive a call or text about the success they are experiencing. This is my way of empowering others to achieve their dreams because productivity is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
The reason we don’t accomplish our goals is not that we are tired or incompetent, it’s because we lack the support we need to create positive habits. Productivity relates to achieving a desired result and requires efficiency and strategy. Let’s not confuse activity with productivity. Being busy does not necessarily mean you are being productive.
I’ll share my story. It has always been my dream to write a book. When I was single, I didn’t own a plant or a pet, I had very little responsibility but I never got around to writing a book. When I got married, the desire lingered but I thought I was too busy so it remained just a dream.
A year later, I had a son, and I published my first book about my journey to motherhood. I definitely had less time being a wife and first-time mom. Now I’m a mom of two boys and I’m working on my third book. What changed?
1. Desire – my desire to write a book became stronger because my passion was tied to something more significant. #Purpose. I want to die empty knowing that I told my story and fulfilled my purpose. I don’t want to rob the world of all the books, blogs, speeches because I believe in the power of storytelling. That desire promoted me to set a deadline because a goal without a deadline and an action plan is merely a daydream.
2. Mindset – Motherhood is not where dreams go to die! Instead of saying “I can’t achieve my goals because I have children”; I thought “I have children so I have to achieve my goals.#Legacy. I had to get rid of all the excuses, stop playing small and limiting myself with wrong thinking. I know I can achieve anything my mind can conceive so I had to Change your mindset and believe that I am enough, I have enough, and there is enough.
3. Action – I started working on my goals because mediocrity and complacency were not viable options. I like to write down my goals, break them up into bite-sized pieces, execute and revise as necessary. When I was writing my book, I kept waiting for the perfect opportunity to work on the chapters. I knew that if I spent one hour, I would eventually make a huge dent. That perfect opportunity never came so I had to make a shift. My new goal was to work on my book for ten minutes Monday through Friday
. I set my alarm every morning and some days the momentum picked up and I wrote longer. Other days, I literally wrote for ten minutes but I celebrated the ten minute accomplishment. Two months later
, I had a full draft and I fleshed out additional content and published my book before my deadline.
4. Support – I put in the time, energy and sweat equity and then my cheerleaders and accountability partners showed up. They kept me motivated when I became discouraged or hit roadblocks. Why would I need help if I wasn’t doing anything? The provision comes with the vision! My family and friends realized that I was serious about accomplishing my goals and supported me in different ways. Some kept me accountable and checked in on me to keep me encouraged; some offered to play with my children so I could have quiet time to write and others acted as sounding boards to develop ideas.
The beauty is that we get a new start every day, so don’t wait until next week, next month or the new year to work on your goals. I’m challenging you to start today!
I am a Productivity Coach who works with clients to achieve their goals through introspection, accountability, renewed perspective, and humor. Email me today at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how I can help you achieve your goals