“What got you here won’t get you there.” – Marshall Goldsmith
Indeed. But knowing where there is is an essential part of making the shift in the what. December is a great time to think about then and there stuff, but really every morning you should reflect a bit on where you’ve been and where you’re going. What went well, what went badly, what can change, what must change… and how do we begin right now, today?
Personally, I function better with Bullet Journal type lists. Check things off, move things forward that you didn’t do, etc. Lists of tasks are easy. Lists of life goals are a little harder. The Warren Buffett/Mike Flint 25/5 exercise is harder still, but time marches on and if you don’t reflect on where you’re going you’re going to end up somewhere else with the things you wanted to do undone. I did this 25/5 exercise a year ago, and I’m going to do it again this week. Essentially, you write down 25 things you want to accomplish – start a business, write a book, run a marathon…. whatever. You then circle the 5 most important goals and avoid the other 20 at all costs until you’ve accomplished the circled 5. It forces you to focus on what your real priorities are, and what the real distractions are to getting there. It’s challenging because we all want to be good at everything, but in being generalists we fail to achieve our biggest goals. Hell yes or no. Essentialism… The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People story of putting the big rocks in the jar before filling the rest with pebbles, then sand and then water… Whatever you want to call it it’s the act of saying no to many things to enable you to achieve the few big things. And the few big things are the “there“.