|Posted on August 5, 2015 at 12:10 AM|
Many times, I have been asked how I get to do the various tasks and projects I have envisioned. Some of the questions that flood me include the following: “How do you manage to do that? Do you still have time for yourself and your family? I can’t even manage my full-time work alone, how can I engage in other things outside my work? I don’t have a talent like yours, how is that possible? Coming up with projects is such a difficult task to even start, how do you do yours?”
In a nutshell, allow me to share what has worked for me in the hopes that they’d be of some help to those who are confronted by the same situation.
1. KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.
Personally, this is what always keeps me going. If one takes things positively, good vibes readily usher one’s way to achieving the desired goal. Being positive also allows a person to clear his/ her mind and find a better focus. Negativities normally cloud a person’s mind making him/ her think and believe that things will not work for him/ her no matter what. Having said this, it is then very important for one to get rid of the I-can’t-do-it mentality.
2. DO A SELF-INVENTORY.
Dreaming to do/ achieve something else is great, BUT it has to be coupled always with a self-check. Before a person goes to a battle, s/he has to know first what weapons s/he can use. Warriors do not win battles without any weapons. Doing a self-inventory is a must because it allows one to know more about him/herself and understand his/her own weaknesses and strengths. By doing so, one can always play up on what s/he knows and does best and avoid the traits that lead to failures. Knowing one’s weaknesses also helps a person gauge the possible challenges that may come along the way hence s/he can prepare for them. Or, avoid them.
3. SET REALISTIC GOALS GUIDED BY YOUR SELF-INVENTORY.
This is one reason why doing Step #2 is a MUST. One can never expect to carry out a project successfully if s/he does not know what s/he has and can offer. Remember the old adage: “You can never give what you don’t have.” Take note as well that what the imagination feeds the mind is not exactly what a person can afford to do and achieve, realistically speaking. Equally important to mention is one’s self-check on his/her happiness barometer. People who are not happy are those who always check on what others have. They do this and rush to do theirs regardless of their capability. In other words, one has to stop comparing one’s self against others lest the motive to carry out a project becomes misplaced.
4. WORK TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS GIVEN A REALISTIC TIMEFRAME AND EXPECTATIONS.
No matter how grand plans are, they will always remain as such if a person is working against what can be possibly done. Any project, big or small, will work if the person behind it is realistic with the time allotment and the expected outcomes. Many times, people fail because they either rush and end up frustrated or work slow and do not get to finish the task at hand. Expectations-wise, people fail because they tend to set goals that are just too difficult to achieve. In other words, some projects can be overly ambitious and always end up impossible to do.
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