You can do anything you want – but not everything

My people have always told me "you can do whatever you want" when you grow up. They believed them. Unfortunately, like all kids, I wanted to be in a lot of things: a New York Times correspondent in London, a president, a famous lawyer, a rich businesswoman – Well, you get the idea.

What people didn't tell me was that I couldn't be everything. ALL REQUIREMENTS is a concept I remember from most of our youth. Another sad but true fact is that it is getting old with what I have received, which I have undertaken. The truth is that many people go through the least resistance in life – they have no plans. Guess! If you don't have a purpose, you won't achieve much. The good news is that you can do anything with a paper plan and some accountability.

So who's ready to start kicking 2011 in the teeth? To make this the best year?

I know I am. So how do we do that?

We must first select a destination. Sounds easy, but I know not. The truth is … most of us have to choose one thing to learn, change or achieve at the same time, because it's too easy to get away with trying to do too many things at once. Then, if that goal is met, or at least the autopilot starts, you can move on to something else.

For example: If your goal is to increase your revenue by $ 50,000 this year, then you need to write down all the things you will do to make it happen. Let's say you plan to build a network, redesign or create a website, launch an email newsletter, send a direct mail, and hire a salesperson. If you tried to start it all at once, you would soon fall into frustration and raise your hand. After all, the "business" of your business has yet to be completed to pay the bills.

So, what are you doing? At the same time, you select a new project, outline all known steps to complete the project, send the task to the to-do list, and start … one step at a time. As with any goal, accountability increases the likelihood that you will achieve your goals by 95%, so I recommend that you include this in your plan. Many of my clients quote the same 2 reasons they continue to work with me after months: accountability for what they have done and not achieved, and the confidence to focus on good projects / tasks rather than distracting them non-revenue generating tasks.

So the lesson is that we can do any (one) thing, but we can't do everything at once. I encourage you to plan, focus, and seek help if you need it. Good luck making this year the best!