Short and sweet steps to staying inspired and in action:
1. Create A Short Mission statement that Keeps You Anchored
Create a short mission statement for yourself or your company if you don’t have one. If you do have one but don’t remember or don’t use ir daily, create a new one.
Steps: a. Come up with a list of 20 words or phrases that inspire you. b. Select the best 10 out of this list. c. Craft a draft set of three sentences maximum based on this short list.
Don’t try to get this perfect. Review it daily to get it perfect.
2. Ask the simple Future Based Question when stuck
Even if you do not have a mission statement, ask yourself every time you get stuck; is what you are about to do or choose something that will further your future as best as you can see or set yourself back. This may not have a straight forward answer, but just inquiring daily or as frequently as you can, will begin to train you to look more towards the future than more towards the past.
3. Plan Ahead
Make it a practice to plan out the next week every Friday. This sets the positive tone for the following week despite whatever setbacks or successes you may have this week.
4. Plan Long Term
Plan out the next 3 months in a simple way. Start by looking for what are the top 3-4 objectives you want to focus on for the following three months.
5. Create Systems for Dialogue with People You Trust
Identify at least three people in your life who would listen to you without judgement but would give you realistic feedback based on what you want and need and what your goals are.
Set up times to talk with them once a week – make it light or according to your style – e.g. if you are more sociable, have the occasion for the discussion be over coffee.
6. Look for the wins
Every end of the day and week, look for how you moved forward as well as how you can improve. This creates balance in your self assessment.
Enjoy your Friday and Weekend!