To manage a business you must be able to first manage yourself. We’ve all heard the saying ‘if you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail’ so why not use this simple saying for our future aims rather than our present aims.
[quote]”If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.”[/quote]
In my opinion the short term, although very important in implementing this approach, is too focused upon as it holds us back from our creative and ambitious characteristics. It can segregate a set of skills with no long-term aim.
Here are a set of steps which have and are helping me to grow, improve and achieve – like a business would do too:
1. Set out things you wish to be doing in the next couple of phases of your life i.e. university phase, work phase etc.
Simply making a presentation about how you wish to be living in the next couple of phases of your life, is a powerful statement of your dedication to making yourself the complete article.
2. To achieve step 1, what skills are necessary to fulfil these aspirations?
Implementation of mind-mapping is the skill here. Being able to identify key components which accumulate to form the bigger picture is important; using short term goals are specifically vital for this. They say knowledge is power and here is the step where it will begin. Note, your brainstorming tree should be big; these things take time and will be split up into many short term goals.
[quote]”Knowledge is power.”[/quote]
3. Gradually establish yourself financially
By adding money to your ‘stash’ periodically, money is not an obstacle preventing your progress. For an article about some techniques to help you to save money, click here.
4. Analyse your performance
Review recent events and see whether they are a step to bigger and better things. If you realise that you could be on a better, more efficient route to the same goal, then go back to step 2 where you can re-analyse your route to this goal.
5. Motivate yourself
Use your presentation, brainstorming tree and other people’s stories to inspire your progress. For an example, see Will Smith’s (the actor) take on how he believes people should stay motivated.
This approach requires a lot of patience; results are dependent how you act in the present and are the product in the long term.
The benefits of this approach are that it moulds to your needs; by analogy ‘if your skills were bricks, it allows the foundations to be cemented together before the palace is finished, where the removal of one brick will not cause the palace to tumble and can be replaced with what you want, when you want.
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