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2017 is here. Some good amount of days in. The frenzy of the new year celebration and resolution setting is gone. And, for a lot more people have walked out of most of their new year resolutions which either got dropped off or lost the shine off it. And for some, they are still in the game and looking at winning it big or the next level in 2017.
With that being said, for sure, I am seeing people choosing to still set up and achieve new goals. And so am I. I came up with a new challenge for myself around last week. To come up with a minimum of one 1000+ word article post every single day (double on it for days when I know in advance I cannot make it) and be consistent for the same this year for a minimum of 100 such articles. Yes,
Yes, I am definitely looking forward to this goal for the first quarter of 2017. And yes, then there are some more marketing goals, health goals, relationship goals and for sure, some big time professional and money goals for the second half of 2017.
Some background information.
Hey, it’s Dr. Maharaja SivaSubramanian N here. Blogger, Coach, Consultant, Speaker, and Trainer. And let’s get on with the topic diving deep right now. So, one of the things that I have been doing this week has been working on my vision. The vision for my last decade was mostly focused on my education, while the upcoming decade is going to be more focused on transferring all the education into valuable and profitable expression and sharing. This post is one such aha moment about vision building and also what is the role of challenges as part of our growth in life. And let’s get on with the topic diving deep right now.
And another quick disclaimer.
What I am sharing here is part of my own perspective and life lesson too. A part of my own experience, education and all the perspectives coming from there. And very much subjective to changes which otherwise I would label as evolution as I evolve. So, take it for that, another perspective and another way of looking at life. If you feel it can be empowering and you are ready to take responsibility for the consequences, then give it a try. And again, absolutely not a substitute for professional help.
Here is the rationale behind.
I have always faced challenges in my life. Some of them chosen by myself (with few helping me to win big, and few making me feel lost in spite of winning). And a lot many challenges which I was handed out to me by others. (most of them are stuff that I will just like to throw out of my space.
Hey, that’s how life sometimes is. For some people, that is how life is a lot of the time With having to face lots of challenges. And for a lot of people, they face through some of the challenges here and there.
It’s not about the challenges.
Ultimately, it’s not about the challenges. It’s about, in what way are they contributing towards your growth? A joyful growth or for a painful growth. And if they are chosen by you or handed over to you. Likewise, what is it for you. Check out my post here where I discuss the topic of what if your life has been about filled with challenges.
And it’s definitely about one more thing. And that’s about picking up success in your life. In different areas of your life. Check out my post here of one of my definitive guides to success.
And once you do both, if you want to, send me an email to email@example.com mentioning about this post. And if I have some resources that will help you achieve your goal, I will happily send it over to you.
How am I doing it?
Like I had shared, I am setting up challenges for my own self, in all areas of my life, one at a time. Apart from it, I am also picking up challenges which are conducted by others. (Some free ones, and some paid ones). Last week, I had a great growth curve in the Find your Joy challenge by Tanya Tinney (Joy catalyst). Looking forward to few more challenges like them (and planning to do at least one challenge per month facilitated by others) and one challenge (a minimum of one and grow it from there) setup by me every single quarter.
It’s all about the growth.
Yes, it’s all about getting out of the comfort zone and setting up myself to expand and do things which otherwise I would not do. And yes, it’s for achieving meaningful growth which otherwise I may not focus much (in) my radar.
My joy quotient has definitely increased a few notches since the last week joy challenge. So, pretty excited about bringing on similar growth and similar challenges.
And how you can do it?
Make a list of all the successes that you will like to achieve this year. Make it SMART. Yes, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
Make it specific. And if needed, break it into smaller goals and actionable steps.
Set up a measurement system in terms of how you are going to judge whether you are on-track or you are not. And also, know how you will achieve the growth.
Make it achievable, with a twist. Yes, a goal that you want to achieve to claim a new growth and new result that otherwise, you may not have achieved. (That makes it juicy and exciting for you to put in the work). And also split it into smaller action steps and habits that you will eventually end up doing it rather than missing on it altogether. Set up yourself to win.
Realistic. That means just one thing. It needs to be real for you. Real as in, something you want to achieve and something that you can achieve (if you make up your mind and can work through. And also you can mobilize the resources to achieve).
And time-bound. Create a schedule for your challenge. Commit the time. It may be few minutes every day or few hours. However, something that you can fix into your schedule. What gets scheduled, may get done. What doesn’t, rarely gets done. That way, you can be sure of your priorities and also be honest with yourself.
But then, how is it different from goal setting?
It is. As in, it is more than just goal setting. It’s more about goal planning and executing. And it is so, with two more pieces.
Become accountable. It may be a system, a friend, a mentor, a coach, or a group, to which you got to stay accountable. Find your accountability system.
It’s fun. Yes, if you plan it well, keep up a scoring system, and do it with the right people, right system and right commitment (and follow-through) it is going to be extremely fun. (Much more than goal setting).
So, what next?
Start doing it. Let me give you an example of my own challenge if you want. One of my challenge like I mentioned in the beginning of this post is to get my 1000+ words posts in the first quarter. (Target 100).
Specific. 100 such articles.
Measurable. 100 and 1000+ words.
Achievable. Have done something similar (long time) before. So, can do it again. And yes, since it had been long I did something similar, it is something I really want (and also good for my business marketing and networking too).
Realistic. One post, maybe around 30 minutes of focused typing. Very much possible.
Time-bound. First thing in my day schedule. So, gets done. Also, a check before I go to sleep if I can do one more (based on my experience and inspirational moments from the day).
My accountability system. I have my friend to whom I have to share it by evening. (Nothing wrong happens if I don’t do by evening. Just a reminder since I will still be having few hours to get it done.)
And fun system. The post gets shared for feedback (and have been receiving some pretty real good feedback/compliments and appreciation) from some of the groups I have been sharing.
Get your challenge on and going.
Yes, now that you have seen a framework, and also an example of mine, get yours. If you want to, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning about this post. And if I have some resources that will help you achieve your goal, I will happily send it over to you.
Get going and grow in 2017.
Dr. Maharaja SivaSubramanian N.
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