The process of jotting things down in the hope that we take action and do what we plan.
The funny thing is that when we plan and write things down we take the first step towards action. However, the planning stirs up motivation and we jot down detailed plans and experience the sense of excitement that accompanies the idea of actually doing what we have planned.
The issue that arises is one of:
“Motivation comes and goes. It fluctuates. We’ve planned to do X activity everyday or every other day. We get through one week or perhaps even two but slowly motivation begins to deplete and we end up skipping a day or missing two days here and there.”
IMPORTANT: DO NOT GET OVERLY EXCITED ABOUT YOUR PLANS.
GOING TO’s can be great conversation points but the power lies in the
I’ve DONE’s! THE ACTIONS we take SPEAK LOUDER than words EVER could.
GET EXCITED ABOUT THE ACTION YOU DO TAKE & THE MOMENTUM YOU CREATE BY COMPLETING THE TASKS YOU SET OUT TO DO.
We need to hold ourselves accountable because most people – even if they have written their plans down – won’t end up going back to that paper and ticking it off. They will just do it mentally which works for a while but is not concrete and definitely not sustainable. We aren’t able to measure progress and evaluate whether what we’ve been doing has been working or not. This is crucial if we’re ever to get to our destination.
One thing I started many years ago was a simple excel spreadsheet. I input what needs to be done for the month or week or day. It might be an exercise routine or a new habit that I want to dedicate some time to each day or every other day. I will enter the details into the spreadsheet.
It’s your DAILY MUSTS.
In one cell I will enter either YES or NO at the end of my day. SAVE.
We quickly see how we deceive ourselves through white lies as it’s so easy to type in YES even though we might not have done the work that day.
This simple exercise has taught me so much about HONESTY and as been a massive aid in building this particular character trait as well as DISCIPLINE. (More on this soon)
Jerry Seinfeld was once asked by a young comedian for some tips on how to become a better comic. Here’s an excerpt.
“He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker. He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day.”
“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.”
Find a method that works for you. Or start with a calendar or an excel spreadsheet.
Don’t wait for motivation. Instead create MOMENTUM. Then use motivation as it comes and goes in order to boost you even further forward.
What methods do YOU use to PLAN and EVALUATE your ACTIONS?