I hate it when I’m being asked to do something that is “not me.”
So if leaders are supposed to be “forward-looking” but you don’t think very far ahead, what do you do?
STOP! Stop beating yourself up and stop making excuses. LeaderTribe is a guilt-free zone. Don’t carry the guilt of past failures. But… don’t make excuses for yourself either. Most people who give me an excuse in this area say, “I’m too busy in the present to even think about the future, let alone plan for it!” Baloney. I don’t buy it.
If you were given a free week vacation in a place that you really wanted to go, but to claim the free trip you had to plan it within a week… you’d suddenly find the time to be forward-looking. Most people only work 3 weeks out. That’s why when you ask someone to help with something, if you do it 3 weeks in advance, you’ll get a 90% yes rate—it’s true!
So you need to start doing something.
START: Start by looking one month out. What is one small thing you would like to be improved in your life, at your place of work, or in your family. Seriously, think of one small thing. No, I mean it. Don’t keep reading until you’ve come up with the one small thing!
Continue: Continue with your regular life with one exception: write down the first small step in accomplishing that one small thing. Then write the exact time and the exact place you are going to be when you take that one small step.
That’s it. No, really, that’s it. If you take that first small step, it will be hard for you NOT to take the next step! Why? Because you now have momentum, and you can plan the next small step. Then just write down when and where and you are on your way.
Now what’s your excuse? You don’t have one! And that’s good. If you are not a visionary, this is going to be a great month for you.
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