Win! That is what we do when we clearly establish the items that are most essential to be completed right now, also represented by the acronym WIN, “What’s Important Now?” Recently, I was working with one of my clients to determine how many of their 2009 objectives they had accomplished. They were amazed that each and every one of their goals and objectives had been accomplished! They also had “dodged the bullet” on all three of the “worst possible events” that they had estimated could happen during the same time period.
While I appreciated their amazement, I frankly was not surprised at all. In fact, I find this type of result to be fairly common in businesses that establish their “top three goals” and try to identify the “worst possible events” that could occur each year. The primary reason for this pattern of results lies with the following facts:
You and I will tend to focus on the items that are listed because we know that they are important. Often, they are crucial to our success. Your subconscious mind also will work on these issues all the time. You cannot stop your subconscious mind from trying to solve these issues. This power of the subconscious mind can work to your favor, but only if you write goals and objectives down. It can also assist you to be on the look-out for ways to avoid those three “worst possible events” that you’ve listed.
You can use these tools on a business or personal level. In either situation, discuss issues with your management team (business) or your family (personal). First, it is beneficial to bring them into the planning process. Second, the professionals that you have on your management team have probably encountered similar situations elsewhere and can assist you to stay on a faster track to making the most optimal decisions and choices.
Here are some steps for you to act upon:
I think you’ll be glad you did