Why You May Fail in 2018 Even If You Desperately Want To Succeed
Written by Adeposi Okupe on January 8, 2018
Is it okay if I shared something personal with you…about last year?
I failed at some things – woefully by my standards.
One of the areas I slacked badly was my productivity. As much as I hate to glory in past days, as a lot of people do, I remember how productive I used to be just several short months back.
Back when I was a full time architect working 8 -10 hours a day in Lagos Island and didn’t have to manage 3 businesses all at once…and live on them.
Back when I was bachelor… and didn’t have to share so much of ‘my time’ with someone else…
Back when I was living in a 1 room apartment in a serviced estate with no worries of power going out, or fuel scarcity, pumping water, or sorting out waste.
I deem that my most productive season, and rightly so because I got things done big time.
Every blessed day, I cranked out one 5 – 10 minute video, transcribed it and converted it into a blog post article…
– created the customized feature image for the blog post and for social media…
– researched high ranking keywords on google and YouTube and optimized the posts for SEO…
– syndicated the post on all my channels and about 50 online groups and forums…
All within 2 hours (well sometimes it extended beyond that) after work, before going to bed.
But as Mike Tyson said,
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”.
I got punched in the face when I was retrenched from work due to ‘redundancy’ in the 2016 economic recession.
I wasn’t too surprised and it was not a doom spell for me as so many people take it… because I had marketable skills that could easily give me an income. Rather I actually felt liberated to go hard after my dreams and really prove my entrepreneurial passion.
But what I wasn’t ready was for the shock to my daily routine. I totally lost it.
I had created the Side Business Network earlier that year in May and that was going smoothly until I realized I had to change my long term monetization strategy because I now needed my own money…and fast!
In December 2016, I co-founded Design Party, a design-led architecture and intellectual practice and began on that journey as well.
Here’s what I learnt about the last 12 – 18 months.
I wasn’t very intentional about my money and my time even though I really more money and wanted to be productive.
And because I wasn’t intentional, the money didn’t come in as it ought to. It would not have been a problem if they remained side businesses, but as they say, you don’t choose the cards you are dealt. You only decide how to play them.
If wishes were horses, men would fly.
Wishes alone wouldn’t cut it.
Getting ‘Intentional’ doesn’t mean you didn’t want it bad enough before, it just means you are now deliberately putting in plan and taking action on them to make it happen.
Here’s what I need to get across to you right now:
No matter how desperately you want or wish for something, if you are not intentional about how to make it happen, it will not happen.
It is good enough that you have goals for the year – business goals, income goals, family goals, spiritual goals, etc. – I have all that but what is equally important as setting goals is putting in place a solid plan of action to make that happen.
Here are 4 important steps you can take to ensure you hit the bulls eye in your goals in 2018:
1. Write the vision and make it plain.
You are going to spend a lot of time working on this so you need to be sure of what you want to achieve and make sure it is authentic and that it resonates with your vision. If it is not authentic to your WHY, you will lose steam in pursuing it and this will become another failed mission in your bag of failures.
2. Work backwards from your goal to this moment and set objectives and timelines.
In order to climb a house (goals), you would need to get a ladder (objective 1), place it against the building (objective 2) and then climb each step one at a time (objective 3).
In much the same way, you have to break down your big vision into smaller goals and objectives which you can track and measure.
3. Create a daily routine that ensures you achieve those objectives
This is where I took the hit last year. I had a highly productive daily routine that I built over several years and was shattered in 24 hours with my letter of termination. I was unable to come up with another one through out the year and it really affected my productivity.
If you have done step 2 well, you will have daily tasks you need to accomplish and you have to schedule time periods for all your activities.
This one tip here can be all you need from this article…
What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done.
Get a journal (like I use), use google calendar, a time management or to-do list app to organize every moment of your day (including time for family, sleep, relaxation and rejuvenation).
Learn from my mistakes. If you don’t do this, you will not find the time.
Scheduling is the secret of high achievers.
4. Get Accountability
Now that your action plan is set, you need to have an accountability partner or a group that will make sure you execute on your goals.
For some goals, it may be as simple as posting it out on your Facebook timeline, or telling a trusted friend to hold you accountable…
And for some more serious goals, like business goals, you may want to get into a mastermind or a coaching program where you can get inspiration, accountability and support you need.
Whichever way you choose, the essence of this step is to make sure you execute on your action plan and eventually arrive at your desired goals at the end of the year or period.
I have just opened 10 slots for my Business Builder Coaching Program. In this program, I will work directly with you to either start that business you’ve been procrastinating on for so long, or grow your existing business to hit your goals in 2018.
Click here to get more details about the Business Builder Coaching Program now and let me know. I am only taking 10 people because I need to spend quality time with each of you and have enough time for my own businesses. Email me to claim your spot in the limited 10 slots.
If you need help with goal setting and creating an action plan for the year, that is the first thing we are going to sort out when we start working together.
It’s a new week!
I hope you are ready to crush it.
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Making life worth living!
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Needless to say I am fully back on track with insane levels of productivity this year after a month-long re-calibration exercise I did last December.
If you don’t take action on goal setting, creating an action plan, a daily routine, and getting accountability this year, nothing different will happen.
It will just turn out bland as other years were.
You will not die, but you will know deep down that you could have done much better.
May 2018 be as fruitful for you as it is for me.
Take action now!