When engaging in a project at work we go through careful planning and we make sure that all the aspects are accounted for, the timing is correctly factored in, the risks are considered and provisioned for etc. It wouldn’t even make sense to do any less, right?
So the recipe works (although yes, we all know the execution many times is not ideal).
Now, if every day is a project made up of so many to do’s, trips, meetings, tasks, trips and many unknowns that are inevitably going to reveal themselves as we go along, how do we plan for it?
If we take a trip we check the gas and make sure we refill to the needed level so we don’t run out before we reach our destination. What do we do every morning before we start out day? Do we refill? Is that breakfast and coffee? Is that enough? Is that all the energy we need to successfully go through all our list for the day? Is that the ONLY type of energy we need to feel in shape for all that’s coming?
The work projects seem a lot easier to approach because we have the recipe. We studied them, we practiced enough and they became a familiar reality of our daily life. Meanwhile many questions about ourselves and the way we function are likely to remain unanswered…
My experience led me to the conclusion that any sustainable system that provides high quality performance in the long run needs a few critical elements. Of course, because we are unique each one of us, they might look different for different people. However their general category is stable across most of us all.
Here is a quick 10 step list for personal success applicable to anything you want to tackle next:
- Know your sources of energy and how to use them to you best advantage. Most of us know what gives them the boost and that is great. There are important elements here like the timing and the quality of the energy sources that are less popular or less studied.
- Know the energy vampires in your life and learn how to manage them so that they don’t affect you. Sometimes we know them but we are as prepared on how to deal with them.
- Plan for a less than optimal performance and know what to do when it happens. This is hard one. We tend to be a lot more forgiving with the technical systems at work or with the delays in practical projects than we can ever be with ourselves.
- Understand the role of failure and learn how to manage its very impactful repercussions on our mental and emotional body. Unfortunately I found that many of us are missing the system to support events in this area that proves to be critical to our going forward in anything. Failure has a very bad rep so far and we kind of shy away from using it and turning it into opportunities.
- Have a crystal clear goal setting system and know how to formulate them in any type of circumstance.
- Root your motivation into the most powerful resource you own: emotional. Will power proves very weak when working in spite our own inner beliefs.
- Know your weaknesses and prepare for the moment they kick in. Have a plan to work around them and make it to the finish line.
- Be open to course correction and expect it to happen.
- Perform the steps and invest the proper amount of energy in each.
- Reframe self-criticism when things are not going according to plan and acknowledge yourself for doing so much and accomplishing your goals, for showing up, for being able to plan, to follow through and learning about yourself in the process.
It might seem like a lot of work at first but it won’t feel like this once it becomes routine. And then after doing so much for everyone else, who else in your life deserves more than yourself?