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How to Be More Self Assured and Get More Done During the Week

How to Be More Self Assured and Get More Done During the Week
From Lifehack - April 11, 2018

Time is a great leveller isnt it? We all have the same 24 hours in a day.

But why is it that some people can be so much more productive and achieve so much more in a typical day, whilst others struggle to achieve anything apart from a feeling of being time crunched and overwhelmed?

Everyone I know and work with wants to make the best use of their time. They want to learn how to be more self assured, happier, and work lessall while growing in their career.

How effectively we use our timeand how we actually work in our businesscan make a huge difference to the amount of success we achieve in our workday. It can also make us more focused and more confident.

Do you want to have more thinking and creative time? Do you want to spend more time working on your business rather than working at or in your business? In this article, well show you how.

Get More Done by Gaining Confidence

What if you had a strategy for making the best use of your time that brings you more joy and allows you to focus on the biggest activities and opportunities in your business? You may find the following outline below to be helpful:

1. Create an Exciting Vision

If you dont know where youre going, how do you know when you get there?

You want to be more productive. You want to spend more time getting the right stuff done. Then you need to create a compelling and exciting vision of your future.

What does this future look like? How will you feel when you get there? If in this future, you arent a lot better off than you are in your current situation, then why bother to change anything?

Creating a new vision, especially one that is a lot bigger than where you are right now, has a way of igniting your passion. It may be something that feels hard to achieve, but every step you take towards that bigger vision will certainly build your confidence.

Commitment to this vision, and accomplishing continual daily progress depends on your ability to look at any situation youre faced with or currently in, and see something bigger ahead.

Also, when you know where youre headed, you will instinctively start to see all the new opportunities and connections that will get you there.

Make a vision map to get you started on the path to better productivity. This doesnt have to be fully actualized, but you should know at least what direction you are heading.

2. Build a Strategic Plan

Once you have your future vision mapped out, the next step is to build a strategic plan to get you there.

Your future vision may be for 3 years or 5 years, or you may choose a longer time frame. Any timeframe over 3 years may feel like a long way away.

You may wonder how you are ever going to feel confident and motivated on this bigger future years from now when you feel as though you have so much to accomplish today.

The first step is to decide on some specific goals for the next 12 months. Dont list too many or you may begin to feel overwhelmed.

The magic number for me and my clients is to create and stick to five annual goals.

These are big goals that will create massive change in your business and life and bridge your current situation to your bigger future; accomplishing these goals one by one, little by little, will help to increase your confidence on a daily basis.

3. Get on Goal Planning

Get yourself a piece of blank paper and a pen and divide the paper into 4 columns: Column A, Column B, and Column C and Column D.

Ask yourself the question: What is great in my business and life right now? Write these things down in Column A. This might be a couple of things, five things, ten things, whatever feels right to you.

Then ask yourself: What things are happening right now that I dont want in my future? Write these things down in Column B.

This is your opportunity to take a step back and look at the things that are simply not working. You may list people that are bringing you down or projects that you dont want to work on any more. Maybe youll include a service offering thats going nowhere. It could be the people youre working with, or it could be your pricing.

Now lets look at your personal strengths. Write down everything that youre great at in Column C.

These could be things that youre doing right now and having success with. It could also be things you know youre awesome at but youre not spending enough time on.

Finally lets move to Column D.

This column is for your biggest opportunities. Could your marketing be better? Is there a new service/product you could offer your ideal customers? Is there a new innovation you could bring to market? Just take some time out and really think and list these things in Column D.

Once youve analyzed everything youve written down, take some time to really think about what goals you want to set for your business and life in the next 12 months.

4. Set Outcomes to Build Confidence

You now have your goals and youll feel confident and raring to go. They are written down and youre committed to achieving them. You feel confident and motivated.

But how do you ensure that you stay on the correct course to achieve these goals?

Managing and juggling day to day projects can get in the way. Dealing with problems can get in the way. Staying on top of orders, managing cash flow and handling day to day stuff can move your ship off course.

You want to be productive and achieve your goals, but you also need to ensure the day to day runs smoothly.

One way to ensure this happens is to set 90 Day Outcome Goals; within those Outcome Goals some specific process goals that need to be undertaken.

Lets say you want to get 10 more speaking jobs in the next 90 days and you know that you typically convert 50% of opportunities.

Therefore, your process goal needs to be to have 20 conversations in the next 90 Days to deliver the 10 new pieces of work. You will then work out who you can have those conversations with.

Its smart to overshoot so you will more easily hit your target. This is a clear productive plan to work through because with every win your confidence will grow.

5. Completely Commit to Your Success

If you are not truly committed to achieving your goals, then chances are that you wont reach them.

Motivation can only take you so far. It is the intentional commitment and emotional investment in your future success that will move you forward.

Think back to any time that you really committed to achieving something. There must have been a reason you actually achieved what you set out to achieve. What motivated you?

Were you fully invested? Why did it matter? Did you have to be really courageous to achieve it?

How did it feel when you achieved it? What difference did it make?

If your motivation begins to drop when youre working towards less important goals or those get in the way.

Think back to a time when you were really committed. When you are committed to something, then you arein a wayforced into action. Your mind-set is focused and your body follows; you want to get it done.

And, when you do get it done, your confidence goes through the roof. You feel a level of certainty in achieving the goal you set out to accomplish.

To build up the confidence needed to achieve our biggest goals we need to focus on our strengths.

What are you best at? What are your unique skills? You want to spend as much time as you can working in the areas that youre great at.

Multiply your strengths. These areas are where you add the biggest value.They often bring you the biggest amount of joy and you feel more and more confident when you are using your unique skills.

7. Embrace The Present

8. Calm The Whirlwind

9. Take More Time Off

10. Celebrate Wins

11. Give Yourself More Space

Confidence is Key to Productivity

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