What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Organising for Success

This title came to my head while I was doing my morning exercise a few weeks ago and its been hunting me ever since.

(Image courtesy of Dollar Photo Club)

You see, I am one of those people who find it difficult to keep an exercise regime for a long time. One moment I am exercising and the next I am not. Yet when I do get a regular exercise going, I find myself feeling healthier and more productive in other areas of my life.

So why do I not remain focused my objectives?

The simple answer is that other things get in the way and I make excuses. Once I miss a few days, getting back to my routine becomes more difficult. So I came up with a simple phrase to help me. That is

I have to get my life organised for the success I want to achieve with my health and fitness goals.

Success for me is achieving my stated objectives – simple. If there are no targets or objectives, there can be no success.

And to be organised is to put things in order to make things happen.

Therefore to organise for success is to put things in order to achieve your stated goals and objectives.

So here is my question for you today, what are your goals? What do you want to achieve in the area of:

  1. Your health
  2. Your relationships
  3. Your family
  4. Your career
  5. Your business

What got you here won’t get you there

If it could you would be there already. So the fact that you know that you are not where you want to be means that there are changes or improvement that you need to make.

Before you can organise to succeed, you have to set goals or targets for yourself.

For example, with my exercises, I have a modest target of running 5 kilometres three times a week. To achieve this, I need to look out for conflicting or contradicting goals.

The new job may take you away from friends and family. It could also be taking you away from attending your personal development workshops and seminars simply because you are too busy at work.

Well, once you have your goals in place, you need to look at how you are going to arrange your life to ensure that you put in the required effort needed to achieve your goals.

Now that you have goals, here are a few things to consider?

  1. How do you manage your time?
  2. How do you manage your expectations?
  3. How do you manage other peoples expectations?
  4. How do you organise your workflow?
  5. How do you not say yes to every request on your resources.

Time is one of those things that you are never going to have more of. You are going to have to make better use of the time that you have.

You are also going to have to manage yours and other peoples expectations. Set the bar too low and you remain in mediocrity. Set the bar too high and you could have set yourself up for failure and disappointment. Set no bar at all and nothing happens.

How about your workspace? Is it cluttered and untidy?

And then there is the never ending demand for you to be a part of so many good things. Always remember that there is only one of you and you need to take care of that one to succeed. So learn to say no with a smile.

To fail to plan is to plan to fail. If you want to succeed, you have to plan to succeed and then you implement your plan.