With one month of 2016 already behind us, it is a good time to ask how well you are moving toward your goals for the year. If you aren’t quite on track, this blog is for you.
Do you have the right structure in place?
I wrote about some techniques for setting yourself up for success by using set of active reflection questions focused on the most important things we want to see in our life through Marshall Goldsmith’s daily reflection advice.
Goldsmith says, “We do not get better without structure.” The key is choosing the right structure for you.
Are you caught in some lies?
Another guru in the productivity space, Gary Keller, author of the best seller, The One Thing offers this advice.
Keller says, “The challenge we all face when forming our success strategies is that success has its own lies, too. If we’re going to maximize our potential, we’re going to have to make sure we put these lies to bed.”
Are you buying into any of the 6 lies Keller writes about?
- Everything matters equally
- A disciplined life
- Willpower is always on will call
- A balanced life
- Big is bad
On a personal note, after attending The One Thing workshop, I realized that I was setting some of my Upper Limits about growing my business by holding onto the story that “Big is bad.” I feared that by developing my website to reflect the full range of services that I can offer, I might actually get projects that were bigger than I could handle. This was definitely an eye opener for me and helped me do some things differently to get out of my own way.
Is your inner story holding you back?
I recently came across another angle to think about what could be interfering with your productivity. It’s called the “Upper Limit” problem.
In his book, The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks explains the Upper Limit Problem as a syndrome most of us experience of creating our own internal glass ceiling. He says, “Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed our inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into the old, familiar zone where we feel secure.” The upper limit of our setting becomes our own internal glass ceiling and without consciously realizing it, we give ourselves limits to how successful we will allow ourselves to be. These limits become beliefs that we then act out in ways to ensure we stay within our self prescribed and allegedly, safe limits.
Success is not defined by one month.
If you are already sensing you could get off track, give these ideas a good look. In part 2, I will submit some ideas for how to do some inner work and transcend the beliefs holding you back from being all you can be.
Are you on track to achieve your goals? Tell us below!