Boost Your Focus and Execute with These Tips
Plan to Make 2023 a Great Year
Our recent blog posts have focused on helping you take what you experienced and achieved in 2022 and leverage it to make 2023 an even better year.
Did you follow the prescribed actions? If so, you have:
- Reflected – Looked at what did and did not work last year. And hopefully, you celebrated your achievements.
- Visualized – Created a clear picture of what you want this year. You possibly downloaded the Happy New You worksheet.
- Planned – Set goals to achieve your 2023 vision. You developed a SMART plan to get you there. And since you’re so savvy, you even have a plan for the inevitable obstacles.
With a clear vision and plan in place, you’re sure to have a successful year. Right? But that’s not enough because even the best-laid game plan can fail.
You must focus and execute.
“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” — Anthony Robbins
Two Tips to Boost Your Focus and Execute
Tip 1: Choose a word to guide you throughout the year.
In their book, The One Word That Will Change Your Life, authors Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page suggest that we should ditch goals altogether. They recommend choosing one word instead. More specifically, one that represents your vision or theme for the year. The idea is that by focusing on a single word rather than numerous goals, you’re more likely to succeed.
What do you think? Frankly, I take the One Word Challenge every year. But it’s in addition to – not instead of – my goals. Interestingly enough, my word for this year is FOCUS.
“Successful people have focus. They don’t get easily distracted, and they ignore things that are completely unnecessary.” — Penelope Holmes
Tip 2: Executive one quarter at a time
Some say annual goals are, or should be, a thing of the past. It’s easy to lose focus when a target seems unattainable. But, according to Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington, authors of The Twelve Week Year, you can get more done in 12 weeks than most people do in 12 months.
How? By breaking your goals down into quarterly targets rather than yearly ones.
I couldn’t agree more. Knowing what you want to accomplish by the end of the year is fantastic. However, you’re more likely to meet your goals if you break them down into small, easily executable milestones.
Why not give it a try? Chances are you’ll remain focused, execute flawlessly, and achieve more if you do.
Bonus Tip: Remember to Ask for Help
Rarely do we accomplish anything of significance on our own. So ask for the support you need to achieve your goals. And although I may be biased, a coach is great for helping you stay accountable.
Follow these steps, and you will easily focus and execute your plans this year.
Lisa L. Baker is a professional life coach, career strategist, and keynote speaker. Lisa is the founder of Ascentim – a Maryland-based coaching practice that utilizes a unique G.R.O.W. process to help clients gain clarity, realize new possibilities, overcome obstacles, and win at life. Lisa shows high-performing professionals how to Level Up and Live the Life of Their Dreams.