Great to have you back again! Start every day with an attitude of gratitude, and let those emotions carry over into your workday. Remember Jack’s hypothesized strategies from the last post? Give it a quick read if you need to refresh your memory. Next, we’ll narrow Jack’s scope and apply ourselves to his strategies. Let’s finish hypothesizing strategies to determine precisely HOW you will get WHAT you want while wrapped in passion and fueled by the emotion of your WHY.
Are you keeping yourself accountable?
Hopefully you’ve written or recorded several different strategies someone might use to get what you want. The initial objective of step three is to write impulsively. Let your mind run rampant with ideas as you come up with ten or twenty possible strategies. You might even have some that you like more than others already, but why is that? Do you think you’d enjoy one or two more than the rest? Can you see yourself accomplishing one easier than the others? That’s great; you’ve got a head start! If you still favor six or seven strategies, you still have too many. We need to hypothesize as many options we can think of at first, but now we need to focus.
Having too many strategies is like being a swamp. You will truly become bogged down with too many options! It is very easy to become confused about your vision and direction which will lead to frustration. You will lose the passion you once felt when discovering your WHY. You need to narrow your number of strategies down to three. Narrow your scope like a landscape-carving river, cutting deep and decisively. Choose strategies that enable you to perform with purpose. Let’s practice.
Here is a look at Jack’s process for choosing strategies
The real person Jack is based on isn’t rich, and he doesn’t particularly know much about saving when shopping.
The real person Jack is based on is no scientist. He can’t picture himself working in a lab, but he is familiar with formal research papers and articles. Jack enjoys reading this research, but he’s never written a formal article for the journals he subscribes to. Someone else could benefit from this strategy, but it probably isn’t one of Jack’s final choices.
Jack never had any children of his own, but he worked as a high-school teacher in his younger days. He also volunteers regularly to teach Bible study at his church. Jack has always envisioned himself as a father figure, and he often offers advice to his younger siblings. This strategy is probably one of Jack’s choices.
Jack likes to speak his mind, and he enjoys debating topics with others. Although he isn’t sure how he would protest, that’s okay because step three doesn’t involve an action plan. Jack did some Thinking on Purpose about this strategy, and although he knows he would enjoy it, he isn’t sure he’d be any good at it. He will still probably consider this strategy.
Again, Jack’s previous experience teaching would make this strategy a likely avenue to get what he wants. It would come easily to Jack, and he knows he would enjoy it. Jack will definitely choose this strategy.
Here is an exercise you can do to choose specific strategies
How many strategies are you still considering? Grab a blank sheet of paper for each strategy. At the top of the first page, write one of your strategies. Write the second strategy on the second page, and so on and so forth. Then review one page at a time. Read the strategy aloud. Picture yourself setting out to accomplish that strategy. Is it enjoyable? Are you finding it easy? On the remainder of the page, write down what you like about the strategy. Also write down anything you’d be good at that’s involved in that strategy. Spend 15 minutes on each sheet. Take a break when you’re finished, and when you come back to it, look at all the sheets together to see what ones have the most information written down. These are probably the best strategies for you.
Now it’s up to you to identify your own top three strategies to get what you want. Try to complete this before our next correspondence because we are going to keep moving toward what you want! The purpose of this practical exercise is for you to identify the strategies you will enjoy the most and have the most likely path to success.
Have fun formulating your strategies, and re-do your hypothesis until you KNOW you have something enjoyable to accomplish!