Focus on What You Can Do

I just finished the book “The 12 Week Year” and it has me thinking a bit differently about my goals.  I have always been a big goal setter.  But as the book points out, annual goals can sometimes be tough to set (and achieve).  (This ends up being Book 48 for those keeping track).

The biggest reason is a sense of urgency.

In an annual goal, you always feel like there is more time.  You an waste today because you can make up for it tomorrow, or next week, or next quarter.  The concept of the 12 Week Year is to break goals into 12 Weeks with every week representing a month.  By doing so, each time you waste a day, it really matters.  This can help to create a sense of urgency that sometimes lacks.

The other ideas in the book that I really like is a focus on Tactics.  Though you set “lag goals” which are the overall 12 Week goals, you also focus on creating daily tasks that will help you reach those goals.  This daily list of “to do’s” helps you focus on what you can control.

As I said yesterday, “You can’t always control whether a big order comes in.  But you can control whether or not you do these specific activities each day.”

This concept helps you focus on what you an do–not what others have to do–to reach your goals and objectives.  It puts the responsibility back where it should be…on you.

So when creating your goals for the year (or the 12 Week Year) make sure you take some extra time creating your task list to figure out what you need to do to reach your goals.  Then make the time to make it happen.

Here’s to a great 2016!

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