Are you clear?

I don’t know lots of things, but I do know that unless you become clear on what you want and how to get there, you won’t generate the solutions to achieving that want or dream.

The more colorful and realistically you portray the ‘getting’, the more self-directed you’ll become in getting the outcome. .

You can begin by saying things like…

What can I do today to get there?

What do I need to do today to get there?

If you consistently identify these actions and take them, the next questions is: Am I making progress?

I tend not to realize how much I accomplish in a day towards my important ‘stuff’. So this is what I did.

I collected 2 small oval rocks that fit nicely in the palm of my hand, and put them on my kitchen table. Every morning after breakfast I hold one rock in my left hand, and ask and answer the question…

What did I accomplish yesterday?

Then I hold the other rock in my right hand, and ask and answer the question..

What am I grateful for?

I’ve found that these simple daily practices keep me focused, productive, and feeling good about how I spend my time each day.

What can YOU do every day to fulfill your goals and dreams?

Bikeshedding

Do you know what ‘bikeshedding’ is?

That makes two of us.

I ran across this term while researching some information for one of my online classes. So of course, I looked it up and it means…

*The act of wasting time on trivial details while important matters are inadequately attended.

So I asked myself...how often do I practice ‘bikeshedding’? I had to have a sit-down talk with myself on some things that had come to my attention about how I was actually spending my time. My time that was never coming back. I then realized what it was costing me at all kinds of levels and decided there were things I needed to give up right away including…

  • Pretending like I was going to work what was important later
  • Trying to convince myself that this work was more important than what really was important
  • Getting psyched about feeling like I had really accomplished something important…not
  • Just giving in to the brainlessness of it all

Not a pretty list. But honest.

So what did I do? I became uber clear about what was the most important thing I needed to work on every morning, before turning on the computer…even if it took hours. And then I actually did that thing.

Amazing what can happen when motivation, focus and proactive behavior has a happy dance together.

*This term originates from Parkinson's observation of a committee organized to approve plans for a nuclear power plant. As Parkinson noted, the committee devoted a disproportionate amount of time to relatively unimportant details -- such as the materials for a bicycle storage shed -- which limited the time available to focus on the design of the nuclear plant. Source.