How to Create One Success Every Day

Written by Linda Rolf on 3/20/2020

"The creation of a thousand forests is one acorn."

--- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you're like most of us, you've had this uncomfortable conversation with yourself -- "I know I need to do something. I just don't know where to start."

When events beyond our control make it impossible to ignore this reality, starting can be even more paralyzing. The good news is you can not only confidently start but also arrive smiling at a successful finish.

Are you ready to get started? I'm going to share with you our One-Success-a-Day Formula.

Success Step 1: Organizing the clutter

One of the reasons we feel overwhelmed is the sheer volume of random ideas and priorities competing for our attention. The first step is to organize our mental storage pod.

As Yogi Bera said, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else."

In a previous post, we shared our Idea Triage Method. It was painfully clear to us that our "great ideas" were getting in the way of practical, productive execution. Not only did the idea triage worksheet help us quickly organize and prioritize, but we unexpectedly overcame the fear of getting started.

Every idea is not a great idea. Some simply need to be abandoned. By working through each triage question, we discovered what was important and gave ourselves permission to dismiss the rest. Freeing up bandwidth to tackle the important is a success.

Now that your mental storage is organized, you're ready to focus on the next step.

Success Step 2: What is the most important idea or priority that you need to complete right now?

There are a lot of factors that determine what deserves your organization's time, attention, and resources. The answer to this question needs to be grounded in practical outcomes and not influenced by passion project drivers.

Think of the outcome of this initiative as your forest. What does that forest look like to you and your organization? Your answers in the Idea Triage workbook have clearly described this for you.

On to the next success. You're ready to make it happen.

Success Step 3: What is your daily action plan?

Forests need acorns to flourish

Now that you have the successful outcome clearly in your mind, think of every small, actionable step --- your acorns --- that will lead to achieving your goal. This will take a few iterations and benefits from team input. Everyone who will contribute to the outcome should be encouraged to share their perspectives on the path forward.

We're committed to checklists. They are visible, focused, actionable roadmaps that clearly outline how your successful outcome will be achieved. Shared checklists are especially effective with the One-Success-a-Day Formula. Firmly planting a checkmark beside each action as it is completed says success.

So gather your team together and create the checklist of every small, actionable step you need to accomplish. These are your acorns.

Success Step 4: Your plan can't wait to get started.

Plans need people to make progress and create checkmarks. To keep the momentum going, here are a few easy tips to kickstart your daily successes.

Congratulations! You're ready to create your forest of success, one acorn every day.

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