Today I pass along a tool to help you achieve your goals: the Productivity Process. This terrific tool can help you achieve your goals through intentional alignment, which we have discussed, step by step, in recent articles.
Achieve Your Goals
So far, we have shared exercises that inform and define:
• Your life mission and purpose statement
• Values and making meaning, i.e. beliefs and behavior
• How to set and achieve your goals.
Take time now to test the Productivity Process template, an alignment tool that will help you achieve your goals with more focus and clarity.
Life Mission, Purpose: Foundation To Achieve Your Goals
By definition, “Living on Purpose” means that we align everything we do with our life mission and purpose statement. For 2012, consider creating a new habit with the Productivity Process template, one for each goal. Daily use and review of the five-level template can help reduce the time it takes to achieve your goals.
First, write your life purpose and mission statement on level five, at the base of the diagram. This becomes a visual daily reminder to intentionally align everything: our attitude, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, communications, and behaviors.
Example: “My life purpose is to experience Divine connection, accomplished through my life mission: inspiring people to live on purpose and realize their potential.”
Achieve Your Goals: Short-Term Supporting Long-Term
With a specific 2012 SMART goal in mind, state the goal you want to achieve as an affirmation. Example: “I am learning something new every day, opening my mind to new experiences.”
As a daily, one-year goal, it would be written next to the short-term goals section of the diagram, second level from the top.
A longer-term goal example is, “I am conducting research for my new book, to be published in 2013.” The research goal would be written on the third level of the diagram, next to long-term goals.
Please take time now to write down your goals. Assume that doing so is one of the top ten ways proven to help you achieve your goals.
Goals Align With Values and Beliefs
What values/beliefs are necessary to achieve your goals? The answer may vary from goal to goal.
By way of example for my short-term and longer-term goals mentioned above:
• Integrity means I keep my agreements, and do what I say I am going to do, on time.
• Respect means I believe that I can learn from others, in every interaction – even when I don’t always agree with them
• Spirituality guides me to keep my mind open to new possibilities, points of view, and “God winks.”
Because integrity, respect, and spirituality are necessary values that support these two specific goals I want to achieve, these three words are written on level four of the Productivity Process diagram for my goals.
What values and beliefs are necessary for you to achieve your goals?
Final Step To Achieve Your Goals
In the next article we’ll consider the daily activities that top off the Productivity Process. These are the necessary actions steps you must accomplish consistently, every day, to help you achieve your goals more quickly in 2012.
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