The finish line is getting so close. One step today and one tomorrow and you will be well positioned to celebrate on New Year’s eve knowing you have in place the elements to lift your performance in 2012.Congratulations on your diligence in completing the steps that have preceded this one!
By now, you should have a high quality draft plan (completed in Step 23). You hopefully are starting to get constructive feedback from your Board of Advisors (Step 25). You have taken the plan to the next level by creating your Magnificent Milestones (Step 26). And you have begun identifying your support structures with your selection of an All Star Support Team (Step 27).
In this step. we are going to backstop the support provided by your All Star Support Team. In essence, we are going to double the support you will have in place to keep you on the track to successful implementation.
Before explaining that second level of support, I want to explain why I am so adamant with my consulting clients and with my mentees that they build in tons of support for their implementation efforts.
We live in a challenging world, and in very challenging times. No matter how strong our commitment to our Life Purpose and to our SMART Goals, all kinds of things can – and will - occur that can derail the best of intentions. A loved one gets sick, or even dies. A dear friend loses his or her job. A sibling gets badly sidetracked and starts doing drugs. Our employer’s business, or perhaps our own business, gets walloped by the sick economy. Things happen!
It has been my experience that the winners in life aren’t dealt better hands (using a card game analogy), but they play the hands they are dealt them better. Winners don’t fold. They adjust and keep on going.
All of us will encounter some adversity in 2012. What you want to do is build in support levels before adversity happens. You want the support levels to cushion the blows promptly. You don’t want to just wait to you hit adversity and then hopefully have the presence of mind to go get the right support.
Your first line of support is your All Star Support Team. I want to encourage you to back-up that Team with a calendar of events where your participation will (1) provide additional skills or knowledge to speed your success, and/or (2) encourage you to be on plan by the time of the event.
I am sure you noticed how arbitrary dates can often accelerate our progress. Ever noticed how the week before a vacation, we can often get so much more done than usual. Or, consider how many of use year-end as an arbitrary deadline to get some important things done. Or, consider how people use a class reunion as a motivator to lose some weight.
I want to encourage you to schedule your participation in some events that are relevant to the attainment of your SMART Goals. Commit to yourself that you will be on track with respect to your monthly Magnificent Milestones by the time you arrive at the event.
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