How is your future?

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As the new year begins, it is certainly good time to orientate towards the future. A lot of promises have been made under last days. However, according to one research, less than half of the people even remember (live alone accomplishes) the promises they have made. So what is the right way to keep your promises and actually make them real? Recently, as I was passing New York Aiport, an interesting book sticked to my hands. It was a book with revealing title: Willpower. What makes things happen (and not to happen).

There seems to be always certain interesting preconditions: first one is that there is a repetition and perseverance that overcomes the lazyness and nausea, so prevalent in all human action. Second is that the target needs to be clear. Hazy targets produce hazy efforts to achieve them. And third is that the target needs to create emotional bond in any one trying to reach them.

So it is not about ideas but really how you make use of them. In my life, I have noticed time and again how great ideas slip into oblivion if there is no real actor to take care of it and make it really happen. So it really needs that somebody takes care , as my friend Paul Suni suggests in his research about silicon valley success stories. It is always about how you take care of the task/company at your hand, exceeding sometimes your own limits.

 

Here is also a revealing list of Richard Branson:

  1.     Write down every single idea you have, no matter how big or small
  2.     Always carry a notebook
  3.     Find a list method that works for you. Doodles, bullet-points, charts – what suits you best?
  4.     Make a list of small, manageable tasks to complete every day
  5.     Mark off every completed task – you’ll find making each tick very satisfying
  6.     Make your goals measurable so you know if your plans are working
  7.     Set far off, outlandish goals. What do you want to have achieved by 2020? How about 2050?
  8.     Include personal goals in your lists, not just business
  9.     Share your goals with others. You can help motivate each other further
  10.     Celebrate your successes – then make new lists of new goal

 

This list of Branson describes pretty much the way I try to operate, although in a much more sophisticated way...anyway, looking at his track record, no wonder he has accomplished so much...

 

 

 

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