The Strategist CEO helps businesses to shed non-essential activities to achieve goals. How can you do the same things in your life? Follow the same simple process:

  1. What’s your current personal concept? Better asked, if you died today, what would people say about your passions?  Perhaps you’d hear, “Oh, she was one of the great moms of the world.” Or maybe you’d hear, “He loved being a chef,” or “Wow, what a great teacher.” Of course you might hear comments about what a good person you were, etc. but that’s not what got you out of bed every morning with a spring in your step. Truth or dare:  ask your friends what their one-liner summary is for you. Don’t wait for a eulogy. You may be shocked.
  2. What’s your primary driving force?  Above all, what drives you to do the things you do?  There may be secondary driving forces, but there will always be one primary driving force where you have the greatest passion. Is it pride, duty, honor, success, love?  Your life is one continual balancing act as you evaluate your use of time based upon these driving forces. Doing more things that relate to your passion will yield greater success. For example, what is your level of interest in serving on a hospital board if: 1) A friend asked you to do so; 2) It fills out your resume; or 3) That hospital recently saved your child’s life. The stronger level of commitment you have to a project, the greater your chance of success.
  3. What factors are propelling you change to something else?  Some of these factors may be internal, for example, “I hate my job!”  But do you hate the type of work you are doing, or do you love your career but dislike the environment or your boss? Another internal change could be your health. Perhaps the physical nature of your work is too hard as you grow older. Another factor that might drive you to change could be competition. For example, what if your job is being replaced by automation or cheaper labor? This could drive you to change. Automation and outsourcing have driven millions of people to seek new careers. Finally, external factors may propel you to change. For example, government legislation, technology, and changing demographics may affect what you do today.
  4. What’s your tentative new personal concept? There is never a bad time to ask, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Some people begin training for a triathlon when they are senior citizens. There are also entrepreneurs making millions on e-Bay by the time they enter college. Change is age neutral.
  5. How does your new personal concept compare to who you are today? This is a very important question. For your metamorphosis to be successful, you must understand the gaps from where you are to where you want to go. Without a realistic analysis of skill set, monetary, geographic, or physical gaps, you may end up with nothing more than a pipe dream. No beginning runner merely wakes up one day and does a marathon. But faith means believing that which can’t be seen. If you know what it will take for you to transform yourself, and accept the challenge, you can make it happen.
  6. If you believe that the new concept of who you want to be is achievable, then you need to “inspect what you expect” by establishing metrics such as time frame, budget, performance measurement etc. People don’t lose weight without a scale. Once you have set your goal, establish benchmarks for success and measure them on a regular basis.

Never ever say, “I just don’t have any time for myself!” Your dreams are achievable if you make a plan take daily baby steps toward achieving it. This is the key to living life in crescendo.

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