Digging Deeper with Allison LaMarr…
How would you like to create your best year ever? I’m not kidding, exaggerating, or loosely using a cliché. In fact, I’m being dead serious. How would you like to stop for a few moments right now and arm yourself with the critical few tools that will give you a competitive advantage over the rest of the world like you’ve never seen before? The steps I’m going to share with you have the power to do exactly that – if you apply them exactly as I lay out. But I should warn you before we begin: these steps are so ridiculously simple that you will be tempted to follow them only casually. If you casually apply them, you will see casual results (at best). However, if you take these to heart, memorize them if you need to, and stick with it until you’ve mastered the process, you will look back twelve months from now and see a life that has become unrecognizably different. Are you ready? We have no time to waste.
Step 1 – Set a crystal clear goal that is both measurable and memorable. You must be extremely passionate about this goal; so hungry that you can actually taste it, smell it, feel it, and see it. And this doesn’t have to be a specific business goal – it might be a personal dream that your professional accomplishments will help you achieve. A vague, ambiguous goal will not get the job done. If I were to wake you from a dead sleep, you should be able to instantly tell me what this passion and purpose is.
Step 2 – Start with the end in mind. Do some number crunching and educated guessing to estimate how long it should take to accomplish this goal with consistent effort, but accounting for life. Then work backward – do a little reverse planning to put your strategy together. What kind of activity and effort would be necessary across this timeframe you have identified to deliver you to your finish line? (Let’s assume for this discussion that your goal would take roughly a year to reach.) Break this down into monthly benchmarks and write your plan down so that you can refer back to it frequently throughout the coming year. You may want to seek the counsel and input of a mentor to solidify and confirm your plan.
Step 3 – Get a 13-month calendar. The brand doesn’t matter, just so long as it shows one whole month per full page. I actually have one created on the computer that we just update each year. I print it off, punch holes in it, and keep in my three-ring binder that goes everywhere with me. Make sure that all major holidays and national events are included, then go through the entire calendar and add any significant details that will affect your life in the coming year. Here are some different types of events to consider: birthdays, anniversaries, business trips, family reunions. If you’re married, you and your spouse need to track down any of this information that would affect you or your family schedule. If you have kids, contact the school or their community leagues to get their schedules and calendars for as far out as you can. Next, consider what types of events or activities you would like to add to the calendar: perhaps a weeklong vacation, a few couple-day getaways, professional or personal development seminars, church retreats, etc. This exercise allows two things: 1) Nothing important to your life and values will get overlooked, omitted, forgotten, or left out due to a lack of scheduling; and 2) You have a clear picture of how you’ll need to work toward your goal around your life instead of always letting life get in the way of your goals.
Step 4 – Choose your weapons. This is where you will prepare in advance to defeat the enemy of mediocrity that is absolutely guaranteed to secretly ambush your plan and wage war on your life in the coming year. To prepare for this battle, ask yourself two questions: 1) Are there any skills I’ll need to develop, strengthen, or master in order to reach my finish line? 2) Would my odds of success be higher with some private instruction and accountability built in? I’ve learned through trial and error that my results are light-years ahead when I employ two specific weapons: self-study and private coaching. Let me explain them both briefly and why I advise using them together. Some of the skills I’m lacking can be picked up through reading books, attending seminars, and listening to audio training – those are all different types of self-study, and I incorporate them into my battle-plan almost on a daily basis – to keep me fresh, sharp, and dialed-in for success. But the private instruction and personal accountability give me a quantum leap advantage that I could never get on my own. The perspective and outside counsel of a mentor who is wiser, more experienced, and more accomplished with a proven track record of success can provide game-changing insights and drastically shorten my learning curve and implementation time. Combining these two weapons together is like purchasing an insurance policy or warranty on my pending victory. If I start to slip or fall short of my goal, these two elements of support help me get back on track. In fact, I’ve often found they are more like the ounce of prevention that keep me from slipping. These resources actually help me stay ahead of the game – firing through the air directly toward my bullseye.
Step 5 – Problem-solve potential deal breakers ahead of time. What annoyances always creep up and rob you of your power, energy, purpose, clarity, and joy? Make a list of those things that keep getting in the way of your victory. Let me just give you one quick example to get your wheels spinning here. If you have young kids at home, does a lack of childcare keep you from performing the necessary duties to take you to your finish line? What could you do to solve that problem? Would it help to go back to your 13-month calendar and line up childcare for every event and business trip you know is coming for the entire year? Would it help to build a file of reliable babysitters so that you have multiple back-up plans? Would it help to create a job description and list of character traits you want in quality childcare providers to make your search and interview process easier and more thorough? Remember, there is a solution to everything if you’re willing to dig deep enough. There are literally dozens of examples I could give here of common recurring problems that I see tripping up thousands of women across North America. The good news is that these problems don’t have to trip us up! So, just make a list of the things that constantly frustrate your success efforts and invest a little time to brainstorm some possible solutions. Keep in mind, every frustration has a solution, and every solution has a price tag, but the frustration costs more than the solution every time. Of course, you can’t know what every problem will be ahead of time, but you can guarantee that you will encounter struggles. So, decide to have the mindset that you will not be derailed; you’ll simply take them in stride and deal with them as they come – one at a time – all the way to victory.
Step 6 – Carve out time to manage your success. Most people make the fatal mistake of thinking they don’t have time to plan. What we fail to account for in that skewed thought process is what I’ll call the “archery” factor. An arrow shot from the bow of a skilled archer is a deadly weapon. But without the knowledge, strength or skill to first properly position the arrow on the string, and then pull the string back to create the compounded-force launch, there is no power involved whatsoever. The arrow would just fall to the ground like a lifeless stick. Pulling yourself out of the action to plan, strategize, and tweak your efforts on an ongoing basis is like this pull-back step for an archer, or a pit-stop for a racecar driver. It allows you to come back stronger than ever before, laser-focused on your goal and repositioned for success.
Revisit these steps constantly and follow this process at all times. If you will start with the end in mind, maintain laser focus, and apply consistent effort that you’re constantly improving, you will absolutely blow your own mind – and blow your results right out of the water.
One final note: These really are the simple secret weapons to set you apart from the rest of the world. If you want to dig deeper in order to fully explore this process, come join me! I’ll conduct a 3-hour seminar in each of the cities below to explain all the nitty gritty on exactly HOW to execute these secret weapons in your own life.
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