“Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and re-growth, according to Wikipedia. It is also the time to spring forward. Of course this phrase has become associated with turning our clocks ahead one hour for day light savings time, but those two words can mean so much more. To spring means to jump, leap, helix, twirl, or pounce. Forward means to advance, promote, and to move ahead or onward. Springing forward then, is a reminder to put a little spring into our steps and move forward. It is a time of collective and global renewal. Spring represents new beginnings, new life, and new possibilities. Perhaps you’ve set those 2021 goals, but haven’t made as much progress as you’d like. Now is the time to recommit, rev your engines, and spring forward.
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Spend some time thinking about the purpose of your life. (“Begin with the end in mind.”)
Decide what is important for you to achieve during this life and then work backwards to the present time with your planning. What do you need to do now in order to have the outcome you desire in the future?
Know ‘why’ you are doing what you are doing. ‘Why?’ is just as important as What? and When?
Don’t spread yourself too thin. You can’t be everything to everybody. Every role you accept or play is an unspoken commitment of time and energy and both are limited. Remember, every commitment you make to someone else is a debit of your time and energy. Be sure to make your moments count.
Have a road-map or game-plan. Plan your day in advance, but don’t plan every minute of it. Leave time for the unplanned and to rest and restore your energy.
Review your goals daily, morning and evening. Create affirmations of your goals and read often.
Be aware of what drains or boosts your energy. When you run out of energy, your dreams and goals have to wait. Some wait so long that their dreams eventually die. Complete your most important tasks during your most productive time.
Do you want to experience significant change right now? You can, if you just realize that all change happens only in the current moment. Master the current moment and master your life. All you have to do is think, say, and do the right thing in this moment, and the next, and the next. And guess what, you’ll be different and things will be different! You can make change right now by doing the following exercise.
Do this exercise right now.
Think of something that you wish to experience or receive more of in your life right now. Don’t worry; it’s okay to ask. That’s the only way you will receive and anyway, you deserve it! We live in an abundant, loving, and harmonious universe. It’s important to see the universe as abundant if you wish to receive from it. If you see it as limited, shrinking, and hostile, this won’t work for you. Okay, have something in mind? Great!
Now think of how you can assist someone else in getting that same thing. Thought of a person?
Write down their name and prayerfully think of some way to assist that person in some meaningful way.
NOW DO IT!
Then report back later and share the wonderful results you are destined to experience.
Okay, so you don’t have the time looking at your calendar. But who does? If it’s something we really want to do, we can and will find the time. Where will you find the time, you ask? On your calendar! Just decide what’s on your calendar that is less important or less urgent than the goal you want to focus on now! And, don’t worry if your schedule is tight, some of my best work has been done under pressure. In fact all of my six books were only completed when I gave myself an urgent deadline. There seems to be some power in making a request urgent, otherwise it keeps getting put off waiting for the perfect time.
There Is No Perfect Time- Only Now!
Go on, commit and set a date. It gets the juices going. So, get busy realizing your goals. You’re probably familiar with the adage, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” Busy people get things done because they HAVE to schedule their time. Last year this time I was busy and had plans for the next day. But then, I got a request from a client the night before to put together some training for teaching a course in Hawaii. The request had everything it needed to peak my interest. The only challenge was that I had to put the info together in less than 24 hours. It was clearly an urgent request. Did I get it done, You betcha!
Decide what you want. Make sure it’s something that you’re interested in doing. If you don’t whole-heartedly commit, you’ll find yourself procrastinating more. Just make a decision and commitment.
Create a plan of action. You might want to consult with others, get info, and do some prep work. Your pre-planning work will help you to set a realistic date that you can commit to.
Decide when you want to realize your goal and SET YOUR COMPLETION DATE! Put it on your calendar. Remember you can always change the date, but you’ll never hit a target if you don’t have one.
Tell folks. Have people in your court to remind, encourage, and support you.
Schedule your individual tasks too. Put them on your calendar. Take them seriously.
Begin immediately to do something every single day that will move you closer to your goal.
Cross off each completed task. This self-satisfaction will keep you moving.
Decide on a specific amount of time you will work on that project each day. 30 minutes? 1 hour? 2 hours? Then set your timer and stay on it until you’ve worked the agreed upon amount of time.
Focus!- Limit distractions. Set yourself up for success.
Finish- Keep at it until you’ve reach your goal. Now reward yourself.
Want to achieve a specific goal by a specific time? Then put a date on it. The more urgent the date, the greater chances that you will achieve it. Most of you are aware of my desire to have my own television show. Since the Oprah competition last year, I have been taking classes in field production, studio technician, Finalcut Pro Editing, and studio production. After the competition ended, I immediately signed up for the next class and have been taking them for the past year. I decided that I wanted to launch my show in September. Deciding to do something is not enough. I had decided last year, but just yesterday I filled out the final paperwork, and selected a date for my first show on the local cable MCM Channel 19. The date is September 24, 2011. Although I had been preparing for years, it finally felt real when I set the date. I told them that when the Oprah people call, I’ll have to bow out. So, even though I’m on hold for a part on OWN network, I’m proceeding on with my own plan.
Go on, Commit and Set A Date.
So what do you want to accomplish? Is it important? Does it excite you? You can keep hoping and wishing or you can set a date. Just setting the date gets the juices going. So, get busy now realizing your goals. You’re probably familiar with the adage, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” Busy people get things done because they HAVE to schedule their time. I was busy yesterday and had plans for today. But then, I got a request from a client last night to put together some training for teaching a course in Hawaii in August. The request had everything it needed to peak my interest. The only challenge was that I had to put the info together in less than 24 hours. It was clearly an urgent request. Did I get it done? You betcha! Click to read about 10 Tips I Learned About Getting Things Done!
Let me start off by saying, “You have enough time.” Or let me put it more precisely, “You have all the time you’re ever going to get!” Time is the great equalizer. Unlike money and talent, everybody gets the same amount of time. Time is the one thing that no matter what we do we won’t get any more or any less of. Now, I have to admit it feels like time does seem to fly when we are doing certain things, drag with others, and to even stand still under certain conditions. However unless you fly to the moon or evoke quantum physics theories, we each will have the same number of hours.
So with that said, let’s look at what the real issue is, managing the time we have. One strategy for getting control of your time is to approach it like you would money. You’ve got to know how much you have, where you’re spending it, and how much you have left. It’s the same with your time. When we value something we keep track of it, appreciate it, and don’t waste it. Where is your time being spent. Do you know? How much time did you waste today on things that did not move you in the direction of your most important goals?
How to Find More Time
As we’ve discussed, you will not find any more time, so you will have to redistribute the time you have. Everyone gets 24 new hours every single day and most people say they are still too busy. But, what we may not think about is how small amounts of time add up. We’re looking for that big chunk of time which we may not be able to find so easily. Did you know that if you just set aside ten minutes a day to work on a specific goal that it would equate to over 60 hours in a year? What if you put just thirty minutes aside each day, that’s less time than one television show. You would find over 180 hours. That almost eight 23 eight- hour days in a years time. What could you accomplish in 23 full work days? It’s like the latte factor in saving money. Now that we’ve established the fact that we have the time, next you need to determine how much time you need for your goals or dreams. Next take a serious look at how you are spending your time now. Find the time wasters and schedule your important work during that time. Before you know it, you’ll find that you have more time than you thought you did.