Ask Not What Others Can Do for You. Ask What You Can Do for Yourself!
We are very good about not taking responsibility for our incompletes. We can always find someone else or some other circumstance to blame.
You know it is true: the only one to blame is ourselves! Even if someone else’s input, signature, or blessing is necessary to move forward, somewhere along the line, you have dropped the ball. Have you really pursued it? It is up to you to keep after the person, circumstance that is standing in the way of your success. Get out your calendar and schedule reminders to yourself; even if you passed it on to someone else’s desk. That’s right: there is always the option to delegate! If you don’t have the expertise, system or ability to finish a task, enlist others! The rule of thumb, however, to get something done, is to do it yourself. If you have delegated it, make sure you are kept apprised of progress made.
Do what you have to do to get your tasks completed. Assess what needs to be done. Plan how to accomplish each one. Involve others, if you must. Consciously take the next step of filling out required documents, mailing them in, meet with your [fill in the blank – be it lawyer, accountant, parent, boss, child].
Remember—limit yourself to a couple of projects at a time. Don’t let multiple projects take up space in your house, your RV, and most definitely, Your Mind!!!!
Evaluate progress on the task. Then, realize that if the task is not completed, you have yourself to blame.
Until next time…
Steve Anderson, Director of Possibilities