One of the biggest challenges that people face in building a successful business – is self confidence! I have seen this in every market I have ever worked in. People want to succeed, believe in the business, believe in others but lack the confidence that they can succeed. This directly impacts their behaviour and of course – their results. Do you struggle with this issue? Would you like to have more belief that you can succeed – and have real conviction that your future can be what you want it to be? Sometimes we look in the wrong places for the answer to this question. The solution is found in how we spend our time . The positive thinking required for personal development is better applied in encouraging us to stick at a task when we want to stop much more than reaffirming “I’m a nice guy”. When we stick to a task or honour a commitment we will naturally start to tell ourselves we are doing better. Self belief grows on a subconscious level. We influence it by what we do and what we do determines who we are and become. How we spend our time therefore determines what we ultimately think of ourselves.
We all have a dream of what we want to achieve, we share our vision with each other but we lack the details in the process of how to move from where we are to where we want to be right? The truth is, what we do with our time will determine what we get later on. Planning is simply predetermining future events. And when you map it out with clarity, you bring your future right into the present day and feel its reality. When this happens – your confidence grows because you can see the steps to take and feel the benefits of them when you do.
I would therefore like to suggest some simple tips to planning well.
1. Find a place to plan that is relatively free from distractions.
2. Review your long range goals and objectives.
3. Make sure the number of tasks and the amount of time required for each is well within the time available in your day.
4. Set specific daily goals.
5. Anticipate obstacles. We don’t need to be negative here, but we should do a “quick think” about the prospects for unscheduled happenings in the day.
6. Prioritise your tasks. Not all tasks were created equally and we need to learn to measure the value of each activity.
7. Remember – urgent does not equal important. Don’t get distracted from your most important activities.
A friend of mine once said “a goal is a planned for event”. I would encourage everyone to take at least 30 minutes at the beginning of each week to plan their time and focus their week on the things that matter most. When it comes to building a Nikken business – please get your head in the Smart Start Guide and start right there for defining key activities.
“Doest thou love life? Then do no squander time. Time is the stuff life is made of!” (Benjamin Franklin) When we use time well we grow in productivity. When we grow in productivity our belief in ourselves grows and we feel good. This is a virtuous circle that continues to grow and expand – as does your success, happiness and self belief.
Give this a try and I promise you, you will experience a difference within one week!