Personal Mastery – Maintaining Progress Toward the Goal
Over the last couple of months, we’ve taken up a challenge to add daily content to this blog. Today’s entry marks the 71st consecutive day of posting content here. With only 19 days left in the original 90 day challenge, we have to admit that ths challenge is a true challenge. Yet it is at the same time is very real, since it is moving us toward a lifetime goal of consistently producing forward life momentum.
Although we do view this as an exercise for future big challenges, in fact, this is reality. So when the rubber truly meets the road, what can you do to maintain forward progress, and even increased energy toward your big goals? Here are a few thoughts:
- Visualize the end result. What will it feel like when you reach your goal? For many working towards recognition, visualizing and rehearsing the “big” moment is key. Tony Daum, a star diamond with USANA Health Sciences took some time to actually go on stage following a recent convention, just to imagine what it would be like when he reached his goal of speaking on stage during the annual event. His dream came true within a couple years.
- Understand clearly what is needed. Most beginners don’t really have a clue what is needed to reach their goal. Specifically, what level of production is typically necessary to reach that income, or recognition goal? You must know and fully realize the efforts needed on a daily basis and be working toward your goal step-by-step and day-by-day. For those procrastinators among us, it won’t happen at the last minute with a heroic level of effort like you were “trained” to produce in your college days.
- Join a mastermind. This could be an accountability partner, a coach, or a true mastermind team. Your mastermind will support your most important goals by agreeing with them, e.g., “Where two or more are gathered together…” as well as holding you accountable and pushing you “to the limit.” Distance runners normally train with a partner or a team to support each other in “normal” times of let-down. Professional cyclists operate as a team, propelling individual members on to achievements that would be otherwise impossible.
- Challenge yourself. What reward vs. punishment will you accept? Force yourself to swallow a big consequence if you don’t make the goal (e.g., something that would be a big public embarrassment for you) and/or give yourself a big reward for achieving the goal. Some are motivated by negative and others by positive reward/consequences.
Is your goal really important in the scheme of things? If not, then you possibly should raise the stakes to put a true challenge in front of yourself. If it is important, then pull out every stop in order to cross the finish line in good form. Just remember that what you accomplish will affect not just your life, but many others following your lead and depending on you to show the way.