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You'd be surprised to find out that 3 simple things help artists fail. Finally, let's focus on the last thing that prevents success.
Why Artists Fail #3
To be honest, sometimes, I wouldn't even do certain tasks because my "to-do list" was so overwhelming that I couldn't... better yet... didn't set aside the time. I would just push it along on the calendar and set a new due date.
Lousy time management played a huge part in my non-productive ways and created a more profound void in my life, and the dream of succeeding started slipping away. This was about 5 years ago.
All these little things I was overlooking or waiting for the last moment to address hindered my success. It made me reactive to situations rather than following the plan I set forth. For example, do you remember being in school and your teacher telling you that you have a paper that needs to be turned in by a specific date in the far future? I know you remember this. So let me ask you this? When did you start writing the paper? Hmm?
Some of you gave yourself ample time, and the rest did it with the clock ticking. Probably the night before and stayed up all night to complete it. Sound familiar? Like the ladder, I wasn't giving myself adequate time to not feel rushed into completing a task, and in business, this can be detrimental to the company's future.
I was suffering from chronic Procrastination.
My Solution: Stop wasting my time and focus on setting a doable plan that leads to completing my goal, with ample time to spare for corrections. It's one thing to be known to get a task done; it's another to be known to get it done ahead of all expectations.
Legendary Personal Development Speaker and Mentor Jim Rohn said, "What is easy to do is also easy not to do." How true this statement is.
To wrap this series up, I figured out why most businesses fail and, most of all, why I was failing. These 3 simple things: An unclear vision, unclear objectives and procrastination is what was holding me back.
These 3 things were not easy to correct, and I didn't have a mentor to teach me how to do it. But, I was willing to succeed and saw the adverse effects in my life if I continued the way I was going. Something had to change. I had to change.
Over the years, I've studied and worked on better productivity, narrowing down my things to do and thinking about the vision in everything I did.
I started to peel back layers from my central vision and focus on what I precisely wanted to gain. I began forming all my ideas around just that one goal. I detailed my tasks to
only six, which would be the most productive and highest priority objectives needed to reach my goal, and then I immediately got started on the most important one. It changed my life, and I decided to start helping others change theirs. Success is great, and it's even better when other people get to experience it too. Good luck to you!
"Excellence is the minimum." Now make it yours.
Steps to Success:
SET A GOAL YOU CAN GET STAY ABOUT
FOCUS ON A SINGLE OBJECTIVE
GIVE ALL YOUR ATTENTION FOR THE TIME ALLOTTED TO THAT OBJECTIVE
BREAK DOWN THE OBJECTIVE INTO SMALLER STEPS
FOCUS ON THE STEPS YOU'LL NEED TO COMPLETE THE STEP
COMPLETE EACH STEP ONE AT A TIME
ADD A TIME CONSTRAINT THAT WILL PUSH YOU TO COMPLETE IT ASAP
MOVE ON TO THE NEXT OBJECTIVE UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETED YOUR GOAL
It might sound tedious to focus so intently on a single objective, however, the smaller the objective, the quicker you'll get it done and move on to the next. Before you know it, all the objectives have been completed and the goal has been reached. We're aiming for progress, NOT perfection.
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