3 Key Ingredients to Help Your 2014…

A few years ago I read a post from an executive coach. In the post he discussed an exercise I have used dozens of times since then. The exercise was called “keep, start, stop.” The idea is rather simple, but profound.

First, make a list of all things you need to “keep” doing in order to reach your goals. Honestly, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we do that works for us. At this time of year we want to jump into the “start,” we want to rush to the new stuff. But reaching your goals likely doesn’t mean that you have to scrap everything your doing. A lot of what you do now is already producing good results.

What do you need to “keep” doing?

Second, make a list of what you need to “start” doing. Look at your goals for 2014. That is where you are going. Look at where you are now. What do you need to start doing to bridge that gap and reach that better future? The truth is, that you already know what you need to do, that it’s the difficult stuff that no one likes to do. Which is probably why you haven’t done it already in the past.

What belongs on your “start” list?

And here is where the action is: your “stop” list. From year to year, we add more and more to our “to do” lists without adding anything to our “to-don’t” lists. If there is one thing that will derail your ability to reach your goals it is going to be your refusal to give up the things that steal your time, your physical energy, and your emotional energy and make room for your priorities. Be honest, what are you hanging on to?

What are the things that you need to “stop” doing in order to reach your goals? What do you do that requires an investment of time and energy and doesn’t produce the results you need? What no longer works?

Go ahead and answer these questions now. Maybe you need to add, “stop procrastinating” to your list? Or maybe you need to add, “stop refusing to take time to work on myself.”

What are you going keep doing, start doing, and stop doing in 2014?

Post to the comments and send us your thoughts, your ideas, and your stories. Forward this to anyone you know who could use some help organizing their efforts with a keep, start, stop list.

The O-Board Says…

5 Rounds for Time:
20 Pullups
30 Pushups
40 Situps
50 Squats
*3 minute rest in between rounds

Post by Chris.