Sunday, February 07, 2010

Being Engaged

Becoming successful in reaching our goals is not something that just happens, rather it is something that we have to work hard to make happen. It all begins at the self-level and how engaged we are as individuals in the pursuit of our vision. When we are engaged we are more likely to discipline ourselves to follow through with better planning, prioritizing and managing our time efficiently. One of the biggest keys to reaching our goals is having clarity in what we “want” to do versus what we “need” to do.

Becoming organized is the first thing anyone must do to be engaged. Clear your work area and get rid of everything in front of you that does not serve a purpose in you accomplishing the task at hand. Have a day planner open in front of you at all times so that you can be reminded of your schedule and be able to write things down that come up while working. When you write it down it will happen. Making a personal plan by writing down your goals is one of the most important steps in managing ourselves to reach our goals. If we fail to plan, we are planning to fail.

What makes a great leader? Leadership traits can be adopted to better engage ourselves to reach our goals. Characteristics of great leaders are leading by example, sacrifice, accountability, vision etc. Leading by example means that we are willing to do what we expect others to do. Sacrifice is willing to surrender short-term pleasure for long-term gain. Being accountable is always reviewing our goals and adhering to the plan set out. Vision is being able to see into the future what has not yet been done.

John Miller wrote in his book QBQ: “Long-range vision and strategic planning are all great tools, but we need to get some things done before lunch.” The most important step in being engaged is doing. We can see, hear and plan all day long but nothing will get accomplished until we simply DO. Procrastination will add to stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Avoiding this is easy if we just take action. Get up, move, do what it is you have to do to get you to your goals. Goals are written down for the purpose of being accomplished. Follow your plan by acting because time flies and before you know it the end of the year will be here and we will be asking ourselves “where did the time go”?

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