3 Little Practices for Success
In January of 2018, I wrote about thinking bigger to create bigger results.
I declare 2019 the year to think smaller.
I am a natural born visionary. Maybe you are too. Here’s the thing. Not everyone can think bigger and create results. In fact, I’ve discovered that thinking smaller can often lead to success faster, and ultimately inspire the habits and mindset needed for long-term sustainability.
Thinking smaller doesn’t mean you have to give up on your big goals and dreams. Quite the opposite, actually.
Here are three think smaller tools that will help you to succeed more in 2019.
Break it Down
Just like the bridge of a 90’s pop song, when you break it down, you may actually experience new clarity and momentum!
Recently, I took on one of the biggest challenges (and mental barriers) of my life. Network marketing!
There is a lot to learn. From the product side to the business strategy, the network marketing industry has a steep learning curve.
I learned very early on to focus only on the tasks and information that were directly relevant to me. It started with learning how to invite someone to hear about it, and how to edify my colleagues.
At every step of the way, I committed to learning and knowing exactly what I needed to know to generate success.
I started earning a residual income in month four – all because I was able to break it down!
How can you break down an idea or project you’re working on to empower yourself with less overwhelm and more success potential?
Robert Kiyosaki says, “FOCUS! Follow One Course Until Successful.”
Being a high achiever myself, I’m not one to sit around and wait for the next thing. I create it.
The danger is that I’ve been known to start multiple projects, seeing only a small percentage of completion. The other danger is that people may become confused about what you’re even doing.
Let’s deal with shiny object syndrome first.
If you start something, you should, as Kiyosaki suggests, follow that course until successful, or in my own experience, until you see that you cannot create success on that course.
It’s been proven multiple times over that we are actually more productive when we do less.
I’ve also observed that the world’s most successful people pick a lane and stay in it.
“But Davide, many successful people have multiple ventures.”
I’m so glad you asked!
Yes, they do. AND they are all related to their one focus or course, if you will, which is intrinsically tied to who they are.
Whether it be radical innovation for positive global impact (Elon Musk), or laughter and kindness (Ellen DeGeneres), successful people know who they are, and everything they do aligns with who they are and what they believe.
What do you believe? Are your projects aligned with your values? If they are, you’ll start to find less and less people questioning your choices – just like I’ve found since I embarked on the journey of network marketing as a complement to my personal offerings.
The Next Most Powerful Step
Having worked with high school students for many years, I learned a very important lesson.
Excitement and intention do not always produce results.
Even today, when I work with speaking clients who have very exciting ideas they want to pitch to TEDx and global stages, the idea is rarely enough to inspire action all the way through to completion.
In his description of the composing process, Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre talks about the initial excitement which is always followed by the work (and pain) of actually developing an idea into a viable piece worthy of being performed for an audience. He notes that the excitement only returns when the end is in sight.
So, how do you get through the potentially long, challenging, (and sometimes tedious) development phase?
The most effective tool I’ve used is simply asking the question, “what is my next most powerful step?”
When the answer is I don’t know, the next question to ask yourself is, “if I did know, what would the answer be?”
In other words, constraint breeds creativity. When push comes to shove, if you are always focused on the next most powerful step, you will find yourself moving forward without being overly concerned with the big picture result. You can cross-check your results at every step of the way which will, in turn, inform your next most powerful step.
A discussion on installing new practices that become habits would be incomplete without a mention of accountability. It’s essential and is usually the single factor lacking for many entrepreneurs and visionaries.
When it comes to breaking it down, focus, and determining your next most powerful step, ask yourself:
By when will you begin to break down your big goals, focus on your one course, and determine your next most powerful step?
By when will you assess your progress and make adjustments that will get you closer to realizing your goals
What will get in your way of staying in your lane?
How will you overcome your obstacles?
And, if you don’t know the answer, what would the answer be if you did know?
2019 is a year for Being UNapologetic about who you are, what you believe, and achieving your goals, dreams, and visions! Ready? Set...Go!
Davide Di Giorgio is an Author, Professional Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker Coach, and Leadership Coach. He helps people with big messages change the world while they travel world.
Davide's book, Being UNapologetic is a ten country international best seller and has received high praise from book lovers and critics globally.
His philanthropic endeavor, Project Being UNapologetic dares to tackle bullying and build confidence and self-esteem while funding dream projects for high school performing arts students.
Originally from Toronto, Davide now lives in his dream city, San Diego, with his dream husband Heath and their dog, Galileo.