When was the last time you set aside time to really work on your greatest asset—You!
Administrative professionals can often times lose sight of their personal and professional development when spending their days, nights, and sometimes weekends supporting and caring for others (e.g. executives, managers, family members).
Demanding more from yourself requires time, commitment, and discipline. It also requires goal setting. It requires new habits and routines. It requires planning. When we better our lives, we are in a greater position to enhance the lives of those around us.
Over the past four weeks, I have made a conscious effort to look ahead at the long-term vision I have set for myself and how the choices I am currently making are going to accelerate, slow down, or prevent my success. As part of this process, I have chosen to be more open about my life by sharing a new experience every day on Facebook. I have also pressed the reset button on my daily routine and am committed to making some changes in my day-to-day living. I have set new goals and let go of old goals. I have created measurements and accountability. I am ready for 2016!
Creating goals without a well-thought-out plan broken into steps that can easily be measured is simply a wish. Goals must be personal, measurable, and they must be realistic. Goals are often divided into short-range and long-range goals. You really can’t do a goal! You must list the activities that will allow you to complete the goal. For example, if I want to include more physical exercise in my life, I need to list the steps and/or activities required to do exercise and make sure that my time frame is realistic. Those who achieve their success in meeting or exceeding goals are focused and make their dreams become a reality.
Ask for help when you need it. I ask for help each day. Let go of what does not matter. Move forward in areas that do matter.
Would it be easier to just stay complacent and not make changes? Perhaps. However, you will never know what you might have been able to achieve without making the additional effort.
In what areas of your life are you giving less than your best? How is this impacting your personal and professional life? In what ways can you improve?
Make the commitment to spend more time in areas where you are giving less than your best. Make no excuses. You are the creator of your day, and your day is created by your choices. Consider changing how you are spending your time and setting priorities.
There will never be the perfect time to work on you. Consider becoming your own best friend by deciding today to maximize your greatest asset—You!