What’s The Secret Sauce To My Success?

It’s February, are you still on track to meet your goals this year? Or has life already gotten in the way and put your goals on the fast track to failure?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone… And there’s still time to take a step back, breath, reorganize and still achieve your goals. Be it business related, health or wellness.

Here’s a real world example of how I got behind and had to walk through the steps above.

I had a meeting last week with a business partner who is collaborating on a project with me.

We outlined a new concept for a product we want to offer, who we wanted to offer it to, and even chose dates for all the course training.

We then did what you’re supposed to do. We took action on the spot and got what we saw as the first step out of the way: we wrote the basic sales copy for the product.

We then agreed on the next steps in the process and parted ways to get busy “making this happen.”

A week goes by…

Nothing else has gotten done.

Why not?

Simple. Though we made a nice to-do list of all the items we need to get done, we missed a crucial step.

One that could have derailed the entire project if we hadn’t caught it soon enough (we still have to postpone the training by a week, but that’s fixable).

What step did we miss?

We didn’t put deadlines on our actions.

We assumed the action items would get done.

Then the inevitable happened… life got in the way… and nothing else got done.

Good intentions don’t get your projects done.

DEADLINES placed on each action get projects done.

Deadlines can be dates. Deadlines can be a time of day… or both! (I like deadlines like “by noon Tuesday” or “by close of business Friday” or “2:00 Monday!”)

Why? Because a definite deadline gives you a fixed point in time to take a specific action and accomplish a concrete step toward your goal or outcome.

It might sound elementary, but by golly, no matter how accomplished and competent you are, if you skip the basics, you won’t get the results you want.

By the way…

My partner and I have a meeting scheduled for Friday at noon to get deadlines set for our to-do list.

Better late than never, right?

So the next time you have a project that’s not getting done, do this:

1. Break it down into concrete action steps
2. Put them in order
3. Decide who is doing which step and assign it
4. Put a deadline (day, time, or both) on each action
5. Git ‘er done!

These are 5 steps that will help you get any project done, on time.

Everything can be broken down to a formula. Success is something anyone can achieve. It’s just about doing the right things in the right order.

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