2013’s Last Question: Who do you want to be in 2016?

We’re 5 Mondays away from 2014, and one very common personal practice people often do before the year ends (and they announce it to themselves on the night of the 31st of December) is the NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION. 

Now the tip for this week, is inspired from the life of Strategists, those who think years in advance, plan for the unpredictable and execute to achieve goals others thought would be unlikely to be realized (at the current time). Being a Strategist myself, I have always felt at ease planning for my professional life & my personal goals (Except with love life where all the planning and strategies of the world won’t help 🙂 ); So i’d like to give you a Quick Virtual Coaching in this post.

Let’s start with your NYR: A New Year’s resolution is a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year; then in order to do that you need to start listing all the good things that you appreciate along with all the things that you didn’t like in 2013, and move on to writing the things that you need to stop doing and the things you will start doing in 2014.

Now think about this quote for a minute: 

“Vision without execution is hallucination.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

The question I have for you now is the following: if Thomas didn’t have a Vision and a Goal, how would’ve he looked at his failures?  

The 2013 Last Question: Who Do you want to be in 2016? 

It’s important to ask yourself this question as you are evaluating your NYR and not before.  Because you will start seeing black dots on your paper sheet that you considered failures before while they were not, and some achievements that they might not be that impressive.

In your mind, draw a mental image of the person you want to be in 2016, how will you look like, what will you be doing, how happy you should be, where will you be living and so on…

and finally,

Drive the road of 2014: Ghandhi once said: “Speed is irrelevant is you’re going in the wrong direction” so use 2014 as the path to get to where you want to be 2 years from now… The person you ASPIRE to be. Taking small steps towards working on things you don’t like about yourself and small steps towards the things you want to have in your life; On your way, you will find bumps, and roadblocks but as well, you will find friends and opportunities… so keep driving and put a target to reach where you want to be… and who knows.. 2016 might be closer than you think :).

Have a great week!
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

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Change the world, one task at a time

“Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

Everyone’s job is important, no matter how small you think your tasks are; in fact an office that has decoration worth 1 Million dollars and accommodates dozens of executives, cannot operate 1 full day without a Bathroom :).

So whether your tasks are perceived as easy, hard, significant or not; You are Changing the World on your own terms! 

This week’s tip is about the magic of doing one thing at a time;

In my coaching path on productivity, I faced lots of very smart & talented individuals, who felt guilty everyday by thinking that they can do more with their time but fail to do so, in fact they are always Overwhelmed with tasks & projects that no matter how hard they work on them, there’s always more to do.

Normally, it’s a general miss-conception about being a Multi-tasking person that you need to have the ability to juggle so many things at the same time, and get away with it; as if you need to prove to yourself and to the world, that the more things you can handle, the smarter you are and deserve further respect.

Well, handling too many projects or tasks, is not necessarily bad, but giving each task the time and dedication it deserves is what matters in execution. Sometimes we swim in an ocean of thoughts, we’re thinking of the next project while we’re working on the current one, we’re thinking of fixing the car while we’re in a meeting, and sometimes a day-dream arise while you’re listening to a customer talking… and the list go on and on… STOP!!

The Tip is Simple, and it will save you so much time ahead and make you more productive; whatever task you want to do, just book an appropriate time to do it, and JUST DO IT!

It’s as simple, let’s say you need to take a decision on a specific task in a specific project, and that decision requires brainstorming with others; Just schedule the meeting, make it short and very precise, and when you all meet, announce that the purpose of this meeting is to do this SPECIFIC task, and in the meantime, talk about NOTHING but this task, no phones, no emails, no chatting… JUST this task; and if there are other things to take a decision on or need the rest of the attendees, DON’T take advantage of the meeting, and first repeat the same procedure (evaluate the time it requires, book it, and then just do it) and in this case, if you already booked 30 minutes for this meeting and you were done in 15, and the other task requires only 10 minutes, then discuss it during that time; but if it requires another 30 minutes, the appropriate thing to do is either EXTEND the current meeting time frame (with the approval of the attendees) or re-schedule another meeting to discuss ONLY that!

Practice this tip, and you will start seeing change in your productivity sooner than you think!

Have a great week,
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Hike The Mountain of Your Dreams

Eleanor Roosevelt once said  ‘Do one thing every day that scares you.’ And many of us, have internal fears of their own potential, of dreaming big, and of how hard it can be to pursue what they really want. We get SCARED of what we want to achieve, and then we try to blame it on “How hard it takes”.

Well as a Start, if your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough 🙂

This week’s tip, is about training yourself to face the challenges of achieving your dreams.

  • Use it or Lose it: your brain and most of your body have resources that would become weakened unless you used them… So it’s easy to lose hope or motivation to DREAM about what you want to do or where you want to be.
  • You need to Walk before you Run: of course that scary task when you were 10 years old, is just another day-to-day task when you’re 25. Beginnings can always be tricky, but once you passed that, it gets easier to move forward.
  • Start Small as long as you START: they say that the hardest part of going to the gym, is actually taking the step and GO, the rest will just progress naturally.

So as long as you Let your self Dream Big, Picture your goal is to get to the top of the mountain of that dream, and if order to do so, you need to train your self to HIKE; Start to Hike on a small scale first, then start moving up, and up and KEEP TRAINING your mind, body and soul to be ready to accept the conditions that you will be meeting on your way to the Top… And Only then, your scares will disappear with time, and your dream will be closer than you think… The Top of that Mountain is not that far away after all!

Have a nice Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Close Your Eyes To See

Have you ever wondered if you’re “really” happy with your current life? is this the right Job for you? are you living your dreams? Have you wondered if it’s time for you to change?

Well if you didn’t, then there should be something not going very well with you… Because “wondering” and asking that question every once and a while, is healthy, even if things are already going well; It’s one of the Reality Checks that you need to do to make sure everything is going all right and that would make you focus on having the life you always wanted.

In some cases, You may feel Lost… asking questions like “What should I do with my life?” or “What’s Next?” or “Where do we go from here?” … This week’s Tip is about How to help you find your Future Self.

The First thing I normally ask a person whom I’m mentoring or coaching following his or her response to “BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT!” would be “Let’s Start with what you Don’t Want”; You see sometimes it’s Blurry to see the things that we DO want, but it’s clearer to see the things that we DON’T… So Let’s Start there!

  • Put a Wish-NOT-List:  the Jobs that you DON’T Like, the Life that you Don’t Want, the person you CANNOT be with… and so on.
  • Unplug your self from the current reality: there is a HUGE difference between “Can’t Have it” and “Don’t want it”; I Do Love to Own a Ferrari, but reality is that I can’t afford one, cannot be translated to I Don’t want to Own a Ferrari because it’s Too Expensive for me to buy one.  Same thing goes for Things you like to do but see too many obstacles in your way so they influence your decision of LIKING them.
  • Put a Deadline to your Dreams: There are so many quotes and sayings to describe “Shoot for the moon and you’ll land between the stars” or “shoot for the stars to hit the moon” but in brief, if you aim high, you’ll get further than if you aim low, and you might find your self closer and closer to realizing your dream than ever before.

So in Brief, CLOSE YOUR EYES >> UNPLUG YOUR MIND FROM THE CURRENT REALITY >> UNLEASH YOUR DESIRE TO THE LIFE YOU ENVY… And you will start Seeing.

Have a Nice Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project