I am a believer in the power of project management.
As a professional project manager for nearly twenty years, I have witnessed project success drive business results. I have also proven that project management can change lives and help achieve personal transformation. Now I am sharing some practical tips and techniques that you can use to help achieve your own personal goals, live your best life and become a PM Believer.
Go Fast Or Go Far – Part 2?
In part one, I talked about building a team of experts to advise you on your journey. For part two, I am going to be talking about something a little more delicate and a bit nerve racking. Going public with your goal.
Our Lowest Priority: Our Own Needs
When we start pursuing a goal, we are usually the only one who knows that we have started the journey. We are also only accountable to ourselves and are the only ones who will be disappointed if we fail.
Unfortunately, we all tend not to view commitments to ourselves as seriously as the commitments we make to others. Sadly we often prioritize our own goals, dreams and needs lower than.
Learning to work, not against, our tendency to prioritize ourselves last will help us achieve our goals.
It is time to find an accountability partner or partners.
An accountability partner is a trusted friend, partner or mentor with whom you are comfortable sharing your goal. By sharing your goal and your progress with somebody else, the goal will feel more “important” or “official.” The result will be that you will inherently increase the priority of your goal.
Start by selecting the right person to use as your accountability partner. Look for somebody who you trust to be supportive and nonjudgmental. Ideally, look for somebody who you will look forward to sharing with instead of dreading the conversation.
Share your goal with your accountability partner very early in your journey, right after you have committed to achieving it. Then provide ongoing updates to your partner along the way.
There is one more way that we can communicate our goal to help hold ourselves accountable. This one more way is even more public, a way to go bigger.
Why not share your goal and progress updates with your social network?
Almost every one of us is active on social media. We share things that are happening in our lives. Our fun dinner. The cute thing that our kid or pet did. The joke that made us laugh. The inspirational thing that we saw.
By going super public with your goal on social media, you will have an even greater motivation to be successful.
Two words of caution if you choose to share on social media.
- Make sure you are ready to make that leap; don’t share a goal before you are really committed to success.
- Don’t over-share. People will tune you out if you brag every day about your goal and successes; this completely defeats your goal.
Let’s start making social media a place where we celebrate each other’s success!
Are you ready to be a PM Believer?
If you want to go the distance don’t go it alone, go together. Going together means planning ahead for how we are going to communicate in our projects. This starts with building a team of experts to help build your knowledge and equip you for success.
How have you applied project management for your personal success? Tell me about it at OperationMelt.com and make sure to join my email list to have updates delivered to your inbox weekly.
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Want to know more about how I changed my life with project management? Pick up your copy of my book Operation Melt: How I Used Life-Changing Project Management to Lose Over 100 Pounds In Under a Year.
About Operation Melt
Operation Melt started as a blog to share my personal transformation and weight loss story. After achieving success with that goal, Operation Melt has evolved into a platform to help inspire, motivate and equip people to achieve their own personal and professional goals so they can live their best lives. My vision is to build a world where no goal ever dies of loneliness.