21 Apr The Art of Getting Things Done
Remember back in January when you laid out your plans for the New Year? How are those plans coming? Ask yourself honestly, how am I doing? What have I been able to do and what have I been procrastinating on? There are several great books on this topic that offer tips and thoughts to keep you in motion. One you might enjoy Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander.
This is a funny, short, and easy to read book that will inspire any action-oriented person to get moving! Scott Alexander has a creative approach to get you ready to charge forward into action! The author makes the premise that there are 2 kinds of people in the world, Cows and Rhinos. You get to pick which you’d like to be.
The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are already Rhino material! Rhino’s are the people who charge ahead and don’t let things get them down. They get things done and see the possibilities even in adverse circumstances. Obstacles are merely hurdles to break through, not roadblocks that immobilize. Now realistically, every Rhino is going to have some “Cow” days; the trick is to be a cow as little as possible, because Rhino’s simply get more done and are more successful. Cows have a different purpose altogether and are ok with mediocre, good enough and simply settling for living in fenced-in pastures, chewing their cud. I am not going to focus on cows, because the Rhino is the one who is making things happen and moving forward through the jungle of life!
Strategies for living your purpose and expanding your awareness for life, people and the opportunities of each day:
- Positive Self-Talk. Scott Alexander talks about daily reading a focus statement. He suggests: “I am a Rhinoceros. I have a [darn]-the-torpedoes spirit! I am full of energy and I can’t wait to get up in the morning to start charging!” Now, write your big picture goal and get moving!
- Expect Torpedoes. These are the obstacles and negative things that inevitably discourage, distract or serve to get you off track. Expect them and commit to not letting them knock you over. Develop a tough, thick skin so you can keep charging. These are traits like confidence, endurance, discipline, focus, and determination.
- Action is essential. Pick the most important thing you need to get done each day and do it first, before the smaller and more seductive things (checking e-mail, cleaning, personal calls, coffee breaks, etc.) Also write the 4 other key things you need to get done and focus on doing those. Make it your goal to accomplish these 5 key items each day.
- CHARGE! Rhinos are in the business of ‘charging’ forward. They have a target in mind (the goal) and are focused and going for it. Since you have already developed your plan, you can be confident in your charge. Go for the next step and get it done. Success of large goals happen one step at a time. Whatever you do, do something, stay in action and keep moving forward.