Just because you were super productive on Tuesday doesn’t mean you get to take Wednesday off. OR, just because you scored a new client/deal/project in the morning, doesn’t mean the rest of the day is a write-off.
This also works the other way around: if you had a crummy morning that doesn’t entitle you to slack off; just because you got a crappy mark on your assignment or got reamed out by your boss—this doesn’t mean you get the rest of the day to sulk about it.
The only way to keep on track with your progress is to conduct weekly performance reviews. Some people even argue that you should do daily performance reviews.
Ask yourself every night: Did you live up to your potential EVERY DAY this week? On a scale from 1-10, how successful were you this week, compared to how successful you could have been?
There are always areas for improvement.
One of the downsides of graduate school is the graduate-school mentality, which does you no favors in the real world. The real world has deadlines and bosses with projects that if they’re not finished, usually mean someone is getting fired. This type of lifestyle is prevalent with most students (colleges, undergraduates)
The student lifestyle entails: getting up when you feel like it, checking your emails, FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube channel. Then maybe reading a few thought-provoking passages, writing 1-2 pages of brilliant prose, having a latte, then taking the rest of the day off to thoughtfully reflect on how brilliant you are. (Yes, yes I know that there are many students who work jobs, multiple jobs, volunteer, and take extra courses to get ahead…..but remember there are always areas for improvement).
Do yourself a favor and start the habit of weekly performance reviews.
Scoring yourself is scary, because we’d all like to think we’re awesome, and awesome all day long. But we’re not.
You must know what your strengths and weaknesses are, right now. Write them down. Ask someone else what your strengths/flaws are. Make sure they tell you the truth.
Personal accountability is paramount. Do you take ownership of your successes and failures?
OR, do you constantly blame others for your lack of success? Have you blamed your instructors, tutors, parents, childhood experiences, colleagues, boss, family, friends, or spouse and partner for your problems? Have you blamed your children or a “lack of time” for your problems?
Self-analysis is the key to keep you on track to achieve your potential and generate tremendous amounts of success.
Answer these questions: why have you not achieved phenomenal success? Why have you not worked at your highest potential on a consistent basis? Then start correcting these problems immediately. Take action today. Not tomorrow, not on the weekend, not on Monday (the #1 day people start diets).
Take action today.