1. START WITH WHY
I find it very instructive that the question that young kids ask more than any other is ‘WHY?’ As we grow up, we quickly move away from this very powerful question to a less inspiring question ‘HOW?’ Simon Sinek, in his book Start with Why states very eloquently that ‘WHY’ is still the most powerful question for leaders and organizations to be asking. He concludes by saying that “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”.
Even though a lot of people don’t actively ask the question ‘WHY’ anymore, people still commit more when they have clarity on why they are doing something – when they know the reasons. People who successfully pursue their goals are usually people driven by the power of their reasons. Sinek discovered that the most influential leaders in the world all think, act and communicate in the same way – they all have the clarity of WHY. What’s your WHY?
2. BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Everything worth pursuing in life is worth believing that it can be achieved. The biggest killer of dreams is doubt. When people don’t believe that something is possible they will never fully apply themselves to the process of delivering it. Powerful leaders are believers; they continue to believe even when everyone else has concluded that they are insane. Nelson Mandela believed what everyone thought was an impossible dream.
Albert Einstein believed in his theory of relativity in the face of ridicule. The Wright brothers believed that one day it would be possible for humans to use flight as a mode of transport. Strong leaders stay true to their conviction and don’t succumb to other people’s limited thinking.
3. ATTACH ALL ACTIVITIES TO GOALS
There are thousands and thousands of books that give advice on goal-setting and productivity. They all seem to agree in many areas – determine what your goal is, write it down, have a to-do-list everyday, start working your list in the morning and scratch off each task that you complete.
This is good advice. One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that, to make an impact in the world every activity you undertake in your life needs to be aligned with your life purpose. Everyday when you write and review your list of activities, it is important to always ask yourself how each activity aligns with your purpose. In the thick of things and when life happens and people are busy fighting fires it is very difficult to remember what the purpose of it all was to begin with.
Aligning your activities to your goals during the planning phase helps to keep you connected to the main reason and the ultimate objective. Always ask yourself how each activity is linked to your life purpose.
ABOUT SIYA MAPOKO
Siya Mapoko is an independent marketing specialist, founder of MRI, author and professional business speaker. He has over 12 years experience in scientific business research fields Chemistry, Drug research, Investment analysis, Equity trading and Entrepreneurship. Siya is a regular contributor of Kasibiz Mahala.