Productivity Coach's Corner: Getting Luckier Every Year
Often, a little luck is all you need to succeed, and that doesn’t require a lot of magic. It just takes a little forethought to set the stage for good things to happen. Here are two habits that increase the likelihood good things will happen. Each one is designed to put you in a better position to advance and achieve your goals.
1. Visualize an “Ideal Day”: Singer Taylor Swift said, “One thing I’ve tried to never do is make wish lists. I try to have a stepping-stone mentality about this whole thing…” This is advice that can get you moving toward achieving your goals.
Open a notebook to a fresh page and write tomorrow’s date on top. Next, write (in detail) as much as possible to describe what would happen if it were an “ideal day.” At the end of those five minutes, ask yourself, “Now, what can I do to prepare for that?”
2. Know When You’re at Your Best: Do you know people who have “good days”? Do you wonder how that happens? Watch them. Not while they’re having a good day, though. Instead, observe them the day before they’re having a good day. Chances are, they’re creating those good days more often than not.
On another page, write: “I am at my best when…” There, write a list of five to 10 “conditions” that help you experience “good days” yourself. Make sure each one is 100 percent in your control and at least 75 percent believable. One of mine: “I am at my best when I delegate something smaller to free up 15 to 30 minutes each day.