Looking down the road
In order to organise your time, your tasks, and your surroundings you must go through certain mental exercises and be able to see results in terms of hours, days, weeks, months and sometimes years.india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 13:57 IST
In order to organise your time, your tasks, and your surroundings you must go through certain mental exercises and be able to see results in terms of hours, days, weeks, months and sometimes years. At times, looking at the long-term is easy, and sometimes, it's the hardest thing you can imagine, but in all instances the ultimate mark of getting results hinges on your ability to organise your thoughts for both the short- and long-term gains.
Specify the results you want to achieve, and back them up with effective plans. Writing a goal like "retire by age 50," may seem specific enough on its face, but unless you have some accompanying detail, the goal doesn't mean much. Retire from what? Do you plan to work for the same company until you are 50 and then retire from, and how you plan to accomplish that feat given the time you have left?
Visualise yourself having achieved your goals. Arnold Palmer never won gold tournament he hadn't already envisioned himself winning. No successful athlete ever attained greatness without successfully visualising results. Visualising you goals consists of more than dreaming about holding the U.S. Open trophy and waving to a cheering crowd, however. You must set specific parameters.
How old will you be when you finally reach your goals? What physical condition will you have to be in to attain the goals you have established for yourself? What will your lifestyle be? How will you handle the obstacles along the way? Successful visualisation means taking all aspects of your plan into account and putting yourself through the mental exercise of seeing each step ahead of time.
Set long-term time frames to allow for sort-term focus. Unless you are a lottery winner, nothing of consequences occurs overnight. All worthwhile long-term goals take a fair amount of time to achieve. That's why people whose goals include "making my first million by age 30," or "retiring at age 35" fall more often than they succeed. Unless you have a career map that shows you how, and unless you focus on the individual task that get you there, you don't have a chance.
Getting results by
Mark H. Macormack,
Published by IDG Boos India