As we come to the end of the year, the question ultimately becomes, how do you move forward from here to your next great accomplishment?
Years ago Leonardo da Vinci commented on this very topic. He said, “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Well, what has to happen?
Whatever goal you are trying to reach next year, break it down to the smallest increment and then focus on the pieces one at a time. Based on careful observation, I’ve seen that moving from point A to point B can sometimes be overwhelming unless the time is taken upfront to plan each step along the way.
While you may feel this way, what I’ve found is that you can accomplish your goals by following these 5 steps.
1) Narrow down your ideas
Many times being overwhelmed is the result of scattered and inconsistent focus on more than one task at a time. Ask yourself, what one thing must I focus on now? What impact will accomplishing this one thing have on my business in the short term and in the long term? Is this something I must do or can I delegate it?
2) Plan your action steps
Accomplishing one major actionable item a week gives you 52 wins a year. Now that’s something to celebrate. That momentum will put the wind at your back as you move forward to accomplishing your goals.
3) Create a timeline
Let’s face it, most of us perform well under pressure when we know we have a deadline. Remember college exams? Let’s borrow a lesson from that experience. What did we do? We started with the exam date and worked back to plan our study schedule. In this situation, since you are coordinating your efforts and the expected efforts of your staff, planning becomes even more critical to accomplishment.
4)Just take the next step
We have all heard the saying, plan your work and work your plan. The operative word here is work as in efficient execution. Any accomplishment that you achieve requires consistent work.
5)Be open to adjustments along the way
Things happen. Our perspective will broaden. We will discover new ideas. These new insights may lead to a better road to accomplishment. Be sure to stay open and flexible.
Without organization, nothing meaningful ever gets accomplished. Your accomplishment won’t be the end of your journey but just the starting point to your next leap forward. Now that you have the steps to accomplishment, what can you plan to do in 2015 that can change your life forever?
Mike Sciortino has more than 30 years experience in the investment management business. Mike speaks at Conferences and writes often about how advisors can differentiate themselves, grow their practice, and improve their lives through time-tested processes. See all of Mike’s stories for CMG Advisor Central. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn.