When things around you are in flux, uncertainty and dissolution, it is a challenge to stay focused and productive. One thing that can help is having an aim. Having an aim aligns your energy in pursuit of a concrete outcome. It gives you purpose and is a good buffer against distraction.
Are there specific things you must accomplish this week? These things can become your aim. Decide when and how you will get them done. Create ways of reminding yourself of your aim. By the end of the week, with your aim accomplished, you will have created some stability and momentum for getting things done, as the new week beckons.
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A well-known quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca says “Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” One way to establish the aim (and wind) to carry you forward is to identify what you hope to gain from your work in 2019. Are you looking for a promotion, satisfaction, monetary compensation, building skills, growth, being of service to others?
Ask yourself “What payoff am I going for this year?” In doing so, you will firmly set your aim and your plans will carry forward.
Drifting does not have much aim. Sometimes, you can drift without realizing that you are doing so. The danger is that you may drift into something dangerous and end up surprised and unprepared.
How does this happen? It happens when you are not fully in the present moment, lose focus, are overwhelmed or “check out” because you do not want to face something. So, you go along unconsciously and lose touch with what is happening around you.
Try not to drift in this way. It does you no good and rather than relaxing you, leaves you unaware and vulnerable. Have you drifted lately? Is it time to take aim again?
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Where are you going? Without an aim, the steps you take can lack direction.
With an aim, your energy is focused, you know where you are going and your probability of success improves. Better to not leave things to chance. Set your sights on something and move towards it.
What is your aim for the month of June? For the remainder of the year?
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At the start of the new year, are you proactive or reactive? You have a choice – to actively begin the year the way you want it to be or to let the new year take you on a ride that is determined by what happens to you.
What are you beginning this year? What dreams are you moving closer to? What skills are you enhancing? What changes are you preparing for?
Better to set your direction, than to drift without aim. Make 2016 a year of your choosing!