By Tom Tognoli , COO & Founder , Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.
Every week I meet with people who are frustrated or struggling in business/life asking me for advice on how to turn it all around. After I hear their story the first question I always ask them is let me see your schedule. That is when I typically get that blank look back at me. That is when they start squirming in their chair and with that dejected look on their face they almost always tell me “I don’t have a schedule” or “my schedule does not have anything in it”.
Look…if we want to know how successful we are going to be at accomplishing our goals, all we need to do is look at our schedule. It is amazing how many times I am working with someone who has these big sexy dreams and goals, but has been struggling to accomplish them… then I look at their schedule and it’s blank. It’s pretty obvious why it’s not happening!!!!
Bottom line is, if it is not in your schedule it is not going to happen, no matter how bad you want it. We can’t just have it in our heads. I drive this home with everyone I meet…our minds are meant for creating ideas not storing them. We need to take the time to create our success plan, whatever it is, outline the things we need to do to accomplish it, then put those things in our schedule and stick with it day in day out no matter what.
That is not to say we cannot make some adjustments along the way and modify our schedules to become more efficient, but we have to follow our directions/road map to success. That road map is our schedule. Too many people spend the majority of their day stressing and thinking about what they need to do instead of doing what they need to do. If they would just take the time to write things down and put it in their schedule they would not only be less stressed, but usually they will be amazed how all that stuff they need to do to accomplish their goals that was stressing them out was not that big of a deal at all. Truth be told, what might stress them out is when they see all that empty space in their calendar even after they put in everything they need to do.
I know it sounds too simple. But it is amazing how so many people don’t have a detailed schedule with all of the things in it they need to do to accomplish their goals. Take the time to write down the 1, 2 or 3 things you need to do to crush it in each of the areas of your F5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Finance). Things like going to church, volunteering at a food bank, playing catch with your kid, working out, meeting with a financial advisor, going for a hike with friends, going grocery shopping for healthy food, making those sales calls, etc. Now put all that stuff in your schedule. It’s what I do. If you don’t decide what you are going to do someone else is going to decide for you and you are not going to like the outcome…I promise you that.
Look at your goals as your destination on trip half way around the world to a beautiful and remote place you have never been to before…and look at your schedule as your map/directions to get there. Could you imagine traveling half way around the world to a place you have never been and doing it without detailed directions and a plan? Of course not…we know we would get lost and never make it. Well the same thing applies with our goals and our schedule. We have never been where our goals are before so we better have a detailed plan /schedule how to get there and the discipline to follow it every day or we will never make it.
Make it a POWERFUL week!!!!!