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MOVING ON… Do You Have a Plan, Is It Focused?

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MOVING ON… Do You Have a Plan, Is It Focused?

Do you often feel inadequate at the end of the day because there is still so much more to accomplish? All of us are "too busy!" The fact is we work hard, we have enormous "to-do" lists, and most of the time we go home or go to bed feeling disempowered because of what we didn’t get done. I see this all the time in my coaching business, and especially with small business owners and professionals because it seems like every decision must be cleared through them.

What is the answer? How can we get past the ‘have to’s’ and move on to the ‘want to’s’?

The answer is being productive, not doing everything, but rather doing the things that matter.

It has been called ‘working smarter’, it’s been ‘super-productivity’; Tony Robbins’ called it personal power; I’m calling it focused planning. We have to have a plan and then focus on it…but not just any plan, the right plan. A plan based on your vision, your goals, using your talents and your strengths to reach your heart’s desire. And this plan has to fit in with your life and your family, not in spite of it.

The # 1 reason people hire a coach is because they want to achieve results and they want to achieve those results in the shortest amount of time. The second reason people hire a coach is because they want a higher quality of life. Are you beginning to see the connection? We all want a life we love and we want to be successful in our careers without risking our health, without missing out on our children growing up and without reaching retirement age without the means to retire.

I love the six basic elements that my colleague Philip Humbert ( wrote in a recent newsletter entitled “How to Work Less and Achieve More”, the elements that super-achievers use to get maximum results. The reason I love them is that they are so specific and so true of all I know, all I’ve used for myself and all I’ve used for my clients. They work even if you don’t consider yourself to be a ‘super’ achiever, which you probably are if you’re reading this. Here we go:

  1. Clear VALUES. They know what's important, and what is trivial. They understand that some of our "have-to's" are simply an illusion. Some things are not as important as they seem. The key is knowing what to do and what not to do.

  2. Clear PRIORITIES. In any given moment, there is only ONE thing that needs your time/attention/energy MOST. That ONE thing will bring results, that ONE thing will move you forward, and IT should be done, and everything else should be delegated or set aside.

  3. Clear FOCUS. Whatever you do, do it with all your heart. Do it efficiently. Do it skillfully. Super-achievers are not confused or distracted. They do not "multi-task" because they know human beings can only FOCUS on one thing at a time.

  4. Clear CHOICES. They know what their unique abilities are and where these should be applied and how to delegate everything else. They make decisions knowing they have limited time, energy and skills, and they make careful choices to get MAXIMUM RESULTS. They know HOW to delegate. You can, too.

  5. Clear BOUNDARIES. Super-achievers are not interrupted. They do not work in chaos. They create Personal Eco-Systems (they control their environment; their environment does not control them). This allows them to use all their time, talents and skills to maximum advantage. A coach can show you how to manage interruptions and design your Eco-system.

  6. Clear OUTCOMES. They are precise about what they want, and settle for nothing less. They know exactly which results they need to move them forward, and they keep track. As Peter Drucker said, "what gets measured, gets done!"

So how do we use these six elements? You begin by first exploring and discovering, then strategizing around the desired outcome, next designing the plan to reach this outcome while leveraging your strengths and resources. This is what I call focused planning. A VERY powerful tool to take control of your life and your business and create both in such a way that it serves you rather you constantly serving it!

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