A to do list with out action is simply a wish list, a letter to Santa Claus. It is easy to sit down and make a list of someday. It’s easy because it doesn’t require anything of you. This, of course is not an original idea to me. I don’t have some brilliant insight no one else has discovered.
Nearly every leadership book, blog, seminar or conference will tell you the same thing. If you want to accomplish your goals you need to take action. Heck even common sense tells you that if your goal is to score 10 on flappy birds the first step is that you have to actually play the game. Then again if that is your most substantial goal you should probably take a second look at your definition of success. So I hope your goals are a bit more ambitious than than this but for now let’s start small.
The first thing you need to do is write your goals down. Again this is not some new insight no one else has ever thought of before. I’ve heard everyone from Michael Hyatt to Seth Godin and John Maxwell all talk about this concept. But I want to encourage you to do more that just write a wish list. Start small. Write a list of 10 goals that you can accomplish in the next day or two. It may be a bit cliche but sometimes getting a few quick and easy wins under your belt will help inspire you on to greater success. Here is a possible sample list:
- Organize your sock drawer
- Do the dishes
- Make dinner for your family (difficulty: no frozen pizza)
- Do 2 loads of Laundry
- Take a shower
- Make your kids take a shower
- Write a short love note to your spouse
- Take an evening walk with your family
- Read a Dr. Seuss book to your children before bedtime.
- Announce your candidacy for President in 2016
Now of course I am being a little silly with some of these but you get the point. I am currently working on a series of posts about goal setting. I’ll be talking about goal setting and how to accomplish goals more effectively by using SMART goals. While most of the information will not be new or groundbreaking insight, hopefully I’ll be able to break it down in to more manageable portions.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I see all the information that’s available on a topic and I get overwhelmed to the point of simply giving up because of the sheer volume of knowledge available on the subject. Or I devour as much of the information I can but then never end up doing anything with it.
When I started this blog part of the reason was to move beyond the mistakes of the past and actively work towards success. It is time to take the information I gathered and put it in to practice.
The only question you have to ask is will you join me?http://bradschmidt.net/action-hero/DecisionsDreamsEvaluation