From Pit Stop to Fast Lane in 2015 with Ubong Ekpo
Targets, goals, quotas, destinations, I’m all for them. Nothing gives meaning like purpose, the reason why and what you live for or the reasons do what you do every day. Without goals and targets, we have nothing to really focus on. There is no guarantee of any good results, no guarantee of growth and positive change.
Change is inevitable but not all change is good. Good change leads to growth and arriving set goals or targets.
To achieve that growth, we need to decide to do so on purpose, day-in and day-out, no exceptions. Some days you make more perceived progress more than others, but surely and repeatedly. This requires a plan and it all begins with how you manage every hour and every day.
Your targets, goals, quotas, dreams and desires for 2015 and beyond begin from right now where you are. Not very many people are able to assess the gap between where they are right now and who, what or where they need to be around in order to close that gap. Your imagination can inspire a plan that connects your future with your present as a daily, even hourly plan.
Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. Without imagination, you may not even know what knowledge you lack, who you can learn it from or what you need to learn. I heard an illustration from Mike Murdock of how the same pieces of metal could be bent into shape and used to produce cheap products that sold for $30 but in the hands of a person with imagination and a great idea, are used to make the springs within Swiss Watches that sold for thousands of dollars. Same raw material but some imagination converts the knowledge to something extremely valuable. What will your tomorrow look like? What will next year hold for you? Will you go on vacation next year? Will you certify next year? The questions you can first ask is where do I want to be tomorrow by what time? What do I want next year to look like or to experience? What do I dream to certify in?
Once you answer that question, you will see that your imagination has gone into your future and brought that vision to your present and a plan is necessitated to realize it once you decide on it.
Even after achieving or realizing your dreams, next year, your imagination will tell you what comes next and what plans need to be in place daily to make it happen.
So in order to manage your day, you must have a vision for your day and the future of your daily actions. Once your imagination has captured your future into your present, a plan becomes much more potent and meaningful to you in the day-to-day tasks.
I like what John Maxwell says about the greatest gaps in the world ,between successful and unsuccessful people, between their present and desired, imagined future. The thinking gap and the action gap.
Successful people think differently, not better, maybe not even smarter, but differently.
He says that every morning he looks at his schedule and asks :
- Who is the most important person Im going to see today?
- What is the most important event I’m going to be at and participate in?
- What are the most important tasks I need to do to fulfill critical goals?
This is how you maximize your day. He also talks about the power of reflection in the evenings, when he reflects and says : Okay, how did my day go? and I go through my whole hour by hour calendar.”
John adds: “Because I know if we go through our day without thinking, we will go through our day without being successful and sowing the seeds that we need to reap the harvest that only a good mind can bring to us”
In order to manage your life, you begin with managing your year.
In order to manage your year, you begin with managing your day.
In order to manage your day, you begin with managing each hour.
In order to make the most of each hour of the day, you think out your day, year and life and come up with a focused plan.