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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Don’t give up on those Resolutions yet!

Take action!

I go gaga for Goethe, and this is one of my all-time favorite quotes: You’ve probably seen it before, but perhaps only the last part - many people have never read how it begins.

“Lose this day loitering, 'Twill be the same story Tomorrow -- and the next more dilatory. Then indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting overdays! Are you earnest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream you can - begin it! Courage has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed.”
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Take action. “What you can do, or dream you can - begin it!”

Recently I’ve found that the two questions* GTD guru David Allen talks about are very effective when I incorporate them into my coaching as keys in someone’s ignition. In effect, my coaching persistence with them acts as a starter, and I’m sitting shotgun so they get out of their parking spot!

In short form, it goes like this:

1. You need to get something done. (your goal or resolution)

2. Picture what it will look like when it’s done, and paint a great picture, in other words, a picture of when you have really nailed it. (your wild success!)
*Allen’s first question is, “What’s the successful outcome?”

3. Picture what you will look like doing it, and then define your very first step, and do it.
*Allen’s second question is, “What’s the Next Action?”
Try it.
Remember why that goal or resolution lit your fire in the first place. Then get it done.

Schedule it. Your calendar is the best productivity tool you have when you use it to schedule actions you commit to taking.

By the way, desire drives action too. In fact, it’s vital. If you can’t remember why that goal or resolution lit your fire, grab some keawe wood and start a new fire.


  • At 12:54 PM, Blogger Steve Sherlock said…

    Great reminder Rosa!

    In coaching high jumpers, the visualization technique is one I use all the time. It is so successful If the jumper does not see themselves lying in the pit after flying through the air over the bar, guess what? It does not happen. The parallels to other aspects of our life are there. We need to take advantage of them and act.

    Enjoy the aftermath!


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