Check It Off

One way to measure your success steps is to check off every task, the reading and research done, each mentoring session, networking event, relationship, meeting, publicity effort, or social media entry you do. This way you not only have a visual progress report but the salient fact is that you are definite about what you want to achieve.

Definite purpose of achievement equals 75% achievement.  Behaviorists certify that if your actions are synchronized with your achievement goals, you will tend to stay on track. If not, there’s a disconnect from purpose and you are far more likely to lose focus and become distracted and thereby mismanage your achievement.

Be driven, but not myopic. Yes, have your checklist and check off each active effort but be mindful that you also need to stay open and expectant of opportunities you may have never dreamed off. There is no way you can think of or know everything, absolutely no way. But, with a mentor or by consulting with others about what you intend to achieve, you open to the universe of limitless options.

See yourself.  People who consistently win self-evaluate. They achieve based on fact or evidence and have limited space for denial, fantasy or fiction. Achievers, for the most part, are self-critical rather than delusional about their dream and they hold themselves to higher, realistic standards.  Outcome based people embrace the truth about themselves and about what they intend to achieve, since they recognize that nothing else will make their vision obtainable.

The other 25% in the success quotient is persistence. Diligence pays off. Success requires finish line management. Those who achieve, regardless of what it is they want to do, consistently manage their challenges according to the top priority. They commit to managing their first priority first rather than follow the shibboleth of reverse priority that oftentimes becomes a destructive distraction. Winners check off priority one.

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” ~Thomas Edison

Perceived obstacles crumble against persistent desire. Do the work and not just appear busy checking off the small, less impact things on your priority checklist. Effective, efficient action is the best check it off success system you can have.

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The Right Mistake

Have you ever made a mistake? Do you regret some mistakes? Of course, if you are breathing that is, you have made mistakes and assuredly you have regrets about some of them.

Mistakes happen! That’s right, mistakes are a human calamity that come with the ability to make choices. Sometimes the choices you and I make are on point and other times our choices lead to mistakes.

What can you do about it?

First off, remind yourself that mistakes happen to all of us, so don’t beat yourself up and create negative energy around a happenstance mistake so long as it is not a sabotage.

If you are making mistakes that threaten your focus, skew your self worth, damage another person, or create chaos – then what you are doing is probably not a mistake, but a deeper causative response to a sense of senseless unworthiness. Work that ego-centered pain out right away and do not allow the inner voice of past pain ruin your presence of goodness and goodwill.

Second, have you considered the mistake to be a right mistake? It could be a blessing in disguise that you made that particular mistake which could actually guide you to alternate choices and open-eyed new views or information that could benefit you and alter conditions.

Right mistakes usually produce good results. Truly, right mistakes that are often judged awful at the time could blend into a higher shift in reality. I know two people who made simple mistakes in their job responsibility that set into motion a termination. Although devastated at first about the injustice of the firings, they have both created new livelihoods which they both love.

I recently heard a author tell her story about being downsized and subsequently not being able to find a new position turn to writing her book which had been simmering in her mind for more than 15 years. The right mistake here is that she previously ignored her promptings to showcase her talent. The good news is that in 2010 Patricia published, The Art of Standing Still. Patricia Walden used her situation of being downsized to the advantage of writing a powerful testimony about standing still when still does not mean stuck.

Third, a right mistake causes introspection. As I have written in Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits!, mistakes magnify learning. If you take the time to graciously learn from your mistake, rather than ignoring the lesson embedded within, you will begin to see truth contained within for your review.

Mistakes are a part of success; they improve your problem-solving skills. Those who avoid mistakes, avoid success. Elbert Hubbard says, “The greatest mistake you can make is to be continuously fearing that you will make one.”

Every right mistake has a solution.