Original Date Posted: Apr 18, 2012
By: Blair Ball

Abraham Maslow, the transpersonal psychologist, once wrote, “The ultimate end of human life is to become everything you are capable of becoming.”
Your purpose should be to fulfill your potential as a human being and to accomplish every goal that you can possibly set for yourself. Your aim should be to get the very most out of yourself in every area of your life.

  1. The only difference between the high performers and the low performers is their HABITS.
  2. Personal Strategic Planning – Organize and reorganize your life in such a way that you are earning the highest returns.
  3. Think Long Term – The greater clarity that you have regarding your long-term goals, the better and more accurate decisions you will make in the short-term to assure that you achieve your goals on schedule.
  4. Review Your Goals Daily – The habit of daily goal setting seems to act like a turbocharger on your potential, moving you more rapidly toward your goals than you ever thought possible.
  5. Think On Paper – One of the most important habits that you can develop to increase your return on energy is the habit of thinking on paper.
  6. Start Each Day With A List – Develop the habit of beginning each day with a list of everything you have to do that day.
  7. The question is always, “How badly do you want it?”

Five Questions to Keep Yourself Focused

  1. Develop the habit of asking, “Why am I on the payroll?” This applies to everyone, self-employed as well.
  2. Develop the habit of asking, “What are my highest value activities?”
  3. Develop the habit of asking the question, “What can I, and only I do, that if done well, will make a real difference?”
  4. Develop the habit of asking this question, “If I could only do one thing all day long, what one thing do I do that contributes the greatest value to my company?”
  5. Perhaps the most important habit you can develop in personal management is the habit of asking, “What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?”
  6. Practicing and utilizing Social Media Marketing is a habit just like any other habit. How effective you are depends on your focus, goals, commitment, strategic planning and execution.

Action Exercises

  1. Begin each day by rewriting your goals, in the present tense, in a spiral notebook; this programs them into your subconscious mind.
  2. Plan each day in advance, preferably the night before, by making a list of everything you have to do.
  3. Organize your daily work list by priority, using the 80/20 Rule, or the ABCDE Method, or both.
  4. Overcome procrastination by starting in first thing on your most important and valuable task.
  5. Practice single handling on each task, disciplining yourself to work at it nonstop until it is complete.
  6. Resolve to be punctual for every appointment, and to complete every task before the promised deadline.
  7. Prepare thoroughly for every important meeting; do your homework in advance so that you are always ready for anything that happens.