INQUIRY, REFLECTION, CORRECTION
THE CORE STRATEGY FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE AND IN EACH AREA OF LIFE
The goal is to achieve "life success" and to do and arrive at living the life of a life champion.
To achieve life success it is always true that one must start with deciding what is of value, so that one has a target. (Duh! Of course! But people drop the ball before finishing the necessary decisions - so they can't achieve what is undefined and unclear.)
The idea of "having a strategy" is amorphous (without clear shape/definition). To achieve anything we must know (and follow) all of the steps to do so, including the cue that starts off the process! (Anything that produces a result does so from following the appropriate system. The term "system" includes process, procedures, ways of doing things - it is anything with steps in sequence that will produce the result (hopefully successfully). (Read the intro discussion on the Systems - Contents, Links page.)
The time spent in improving your systems is paid back (saved) many times over, since the systems' benefits are repeated over and over in any repeating activities!
Your life should look like this, if you are to live your greatest life.
Do not "flat line" life or have it grow a little and be far less that it could be!!!
The systems I recommend that you install/use are:
1. Noticing what is not working, using a cue and a process:
Daily writing/recording what is not working, such as some version of
wrong, having a daily time to reflect/write.) If you use this journal, I guarantee
that you will succeed in anything you do.)
Tickled times (a schedule) for planning, at which time one of the questions is what
needs improvement, prioritized, with a schedule to follow-up/complete each
Frequency counts greatly in becoming a true champion of anything!!!!
You must build in the time to do it!!!! Or it will disappear into the abyss and
Scheduled consultations with a coach, accountability partner, partner in the
process, etc. (Careful, as this can "spring leaks" that let the process dissipate.
2. Follow forms or checklist to guide you in improving. See the worksheets in the side bar.
TO IMPROVE TAKES "THINKING" ENERGY
Because of its complexity and also because of its possible emotional component (most often fear/anxiety), one must be in a high energy, high alert state. While you can write down a problem and a few facts about it at a time when you are not in the Power Zone, you must be in a high thinking ability mode when doing the thinking processes of analysis and solution generation. (Use the problem solving process forms to assist in what to do in the process.) This is something you allocate to your Golden Time, where you work on the highest impact items in your life. It is also called your maxiumum productivity time.
Do not delegate this to "later" or to "when I have time and have finished the high importance stuff" (for this is actually "high importance stuff"!).
TO IMPROVE "TAKES" TIME, BUT ENDS UP "SAVING" TIME
Of course, every physical event in the universe takes time and energy. In our shortsightedness we see only that something takes time.
But we have plenty of time available if we are managing our time well (which is one of the improvements you will be spending time for).
The key insight, however, is that we save huge amounts of time (plus getting more benefits each time we repeat the system we improved) from having to solve repeating problems and other time that would have been wasted (or virtually wasted on very low value activities) to being more effective with our time because we are functioning without the stress that eats up our energy and our thinking ability.
TO DEVISE, PLAN, AND IMPROVE TAKES TIME, SO....
Definitely do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (if you are to have the level of success you want in life).
YOU SHOULD READ THIS TO GAIN PERSPECTIVE AND ALL THE PIECES
A not-too-long book is often needed to pull all of this together, as people do not seem to be able to effectively follow the links (which can be at times hard to keep track of). So, I wrote the book on "Life Value Productivity", as the lowest cost for such a book on Amazon - link to it from my page Books.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD YOU SPEND ON THIS "ARTICLE"?
While you may need to limit the time right now, it is essential that you tickle up some time to complete the journey to the destination (of being able, and having the systems, to quickly and effectively fix problems in life).
That means you will study this "article" AND do all the links, spending from 10 to 40 hours doing so.
The absolute minimum is to assure that you have the time scheduled in, as that is the foundation upon which this is all based. PLEASE DO NOT DO ANY LESS than this, as, otherwise, reading this article will have been another wasting of your time (doing "incompletions" in life).