Razvan here. You know, the amounts of “a-ha” moments I’ve had in the last few days was amazing. I’ve been blessed to understand so many things, some on my own, some through the conduit of other people. At this moment in my life I feel like the fog is lifting up and I have a panoramic view over existence, seeing in places that I’ve never seen before.
Yesterday, I have took a good look at my to-do list. I have realized that I’m doing several things wrong. Among them …
# I’m pursuing a dozen goals at the same time, dividing my effort on many small tasks.
# I don’t know if what I’m doing actually works or not, I’m focusing on the effort and not the impact of my effort. Simply put, do less but do it better.
So in my “a-ha” moment, I’ve decided to do a few key changes:
# Shift from all the goals to a single goal.
# Focus all my effort in any given day to accomplish that goal. In other words, instead of investing one hour a day for each goal, I’m investing eight hours in a single one. I’m building brick by brick.
I’ve also understood something very important. When the goal is very clear on WHAT I NEED TO DO and WHY I NEED TO DO IT, when I have both my HOW and my WHY, everything else becomes a lot easier. I don’t have any challenge in accomplishing that particular goal. The reason why most goals fail, for me, it is a lack of clarity or a lack of a plan. Improvising on a strategic level is not such a good idea, now, looking in retrospect. You want to know what needs to be done and where this will lead. Otherwise, improvising may eat away at your will-power as you need to take constant decisions at what’s next and will-power tends to be a very rare commodity indeed.
I’ve made the connection and it lead to a simple three step system. I’m weary of presenting anything as a three step system, but in this case, it is actually simple.
Step 1: Pick up a meaningful goal. Get very clear on the WHAT needs to be done and most importantly, on the WHY. You don’t want to feel confused about what comes next but understand very clearly the next step and at least have a general understanding of everything else.
I use Checkvist for this. One goal at a time. Single tasking. I’m a human being. I’m not meant to do 50 things at once. I’m meant to focus my creative effort, my passion, my energy, my joy into one goal and get it done from start to completion. Here’s the website I use: https://checkvist.com
Step 2: DECIDE to put in the maximum amount of time you have available for that goal. For a long time I’ve thought that I need to have diversity in order to not feel bored. This is not true. When you enjoy something, when you like something, you can focus only on it. The diversity part is more my brain trained by freelancing when I used to have several task to get done in any given day, so I had to juggle them. Focus on a single task brings calms, pleasure, a real feeling of progress and a real sense of satisfaction.
I use TeamWeek for this. It is a Gant Chart like software. I can put on a timeline that from X to Y I’m going to focus on a particular goal. I can also add how many hours I’m going to work on average in a day. I set for eight. Even if I work less, I want to aim high. It is better to set high standards and fail them than have low standards and achieve them.
Here’s the link: https://teamweek.com
Step 3: Create your daily ACHIEVEMENT PLAN. I don’t want to call it a battle plan. I don’t battle. I achieve. Those around me are my friends and supporters. They are my future mentors, clients, friends or teachers. Why the hell would I battle them? 🙂
My achievement plan contains several elements.
# It is made out of ten wins. Each win is a major task or group of tasks. It’s generally something that’s not big enough to be considered a project but that takes more than one action to complete.
# The first win is always my morning ritual. This is a ritual designed to empower me, to start my day right. The last one is my evening ritual. This is designed to make me end the day joyfully.
# After each win, there is a debrief phase. Here is where I ask a few key questions. These are: what happened, what went right, what went wrong, why, what are the lessons learned?
# I fill most of my other wins with the steps from the goal I’m focusing now. This means a maximum of eight. Sometimes, generally, it is less as you need to do other things, that may not be critical but must be done (as simple as doing the laundry or getting a haircut). But the mass of the day, the “body” is made out of my goal.
And what’s the next step?
Get to work! Ofc! Take it one step at a time. Do it. Then debrief yourself to help you understand what worked, what didn’t and how can you do it better next time, if you can. This builds self-awareness and this is such a precious skill. It wakes you up, you’re not just doing things but you’re aware of the impact of what you’ve done. It really feels like drinking a big cup of coffee and waking up.
So let’s review …
# Set one goal.
# Get very clear on the HOW and the WHY. Spend as much time as needed for this, even days if required. Don’t use this as a reason to procrastinate but get the HOW and the WHY to clear as possible.
# See how much time you can spend on this. Ideally, it is a minimum of eight hours.
# Create a daily achievement plan and combine your other tasks, your rituals and your goal into a list of tasks.
# WORK ON IT! Make magic happen.
You know … maybe you don’t realize it yet but there’s a hidden mechanism in life that makes things happen. Call it extended causality or magic or universal law or the fact that the universe is causal with a Markov component but there’s something there. I’ve seen it, felt it so many times that whatever you tell me, I’m not going to believe the contrary. There’s a lot more than we see.
So when you pick your goal … get CLEAR on it … plan EACH DAY to accomplish it … WORK ON IT to the maximum extent that you can, magic happens. Dots connect. Rewards will come from places you don’t even expect. It’s like metaphysical alchemy but you need to DO IT and to HAVE FAITH in order to work. You need to BELIEVE that your goal is actually going to change your life otherwise you’ve lost before you’ve even began.
As a bonus, here’s a small mantra I’ve said to myself today:
In the last days, I’ve started a shower mantra. I repeat this again and again to myself while showering, at the beginning of my day.
Here’s a variation of it …
“Today, I’m going to be successful. Today, I’m going to receive many blessings and gifts from many people and I’m grateful to have received each one of them. Today, what I do matters. The time I invest in my goals matters and it is going to move me towards the direction of my destiny, of my goals, of my dreams. Today, my life is going to change. I’m going to learn something … or do something … or meet someone that is going to change everything for me. I have a date with destiny today and I’m eager to get started.
Today, my perseverance and creativity are going to keep me walking to the finish line and I will finish this day as a winner. Today, when challenges present themselves, I will recognize them for what they are, blessings to grow, to prosper, to learn, to advance in life as there is an universal mechanism that puts me on the right course. This mechanism exists for all of us but only those who recognize it and keep it in their heart through faith, persistence, love, joy and happiness use it to their advantage. The universe will send you towards the direction where your heart is – and can make a hell out of a heaven and a heaven out of a hell based on what thoughts you hold in your head and what feelings you hold in your heart.
Because of this, today, I will talk positively to myself. I will be happy because I decide to be happy. I’m not waiting for someone else to make me happy but I simply am, through my self-talk, through my thoughts, through my communication, through the words I use. Today, I will keep the feelings of joy, happiness, love and excitement towards every situation I encounter, towards every person I meet, towards every fabric of reality because I understand the universal law – circumstances don’t create you, you create circumstances through the power of your self-talk, communication and emotions.
Today, I’m winning.”
Hope you’ve found this helpful!