How To Go Through A Year Without Achieving Anything – Stop Being Mediocre And Start Achieving Now

14 Comments March 26, 2010 / Posted in Personal Development

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It does not feel good to have a year passes by without achieving anything. A single year contains 365 days and when properly utilize, we can achieve tons of things. Time is our most important asset. It is possible to lose all your money and get it back but there is not a single way to get back your time after it passes you by.

The One Big Factor That Leads To Lack of Results

If a year passes you by and you felt like you had achieved nothing, it is time to reflect upon your action. I used to have a few of those years before I start my own personal development journey. It does not feel good when you had wasted a year without achieving something. A year is a lot of time and who knows how many years we have in our life.

If a year passes you by and you achieved nothing, most likely you are making one serious mistake. You may be majoring in minor matters too frequently.

Majoring In Minor Matters

It is not the people who work hard that win, it is the people who work hard in the smart way that win. Someone who works hard on minor matters will not achieve the level of success of someone who works hard on things that matter.

The common mistake that people made is that they indulge in things that do not matter at all. Activities like playing games, watching TV or hanging out with friends too frequently for mindless chatters. These are low value activities or minor matters that will not make any big improvement to your life.

Another type of people is hard workers who fail to work hard on important things. They work hard on minor matters all year round and in a year time, they question themselves why are they not getting the results they want even though they are working so hard. The deadly mistake that they made is that they are working hard on things that do not matter at all. If you are a salesman, it does not matter if you check your email inbox 50 times a day, file your documents daily or reach the office earliest every day. What matters is that you accomplish tasks (prospecting, cold calling etc) that can help to make new sales!

I respect and admire hard work, but it pays to play smart instead of simply working hard. A sales man who works hard in doing every other thing except for making sales, he will not be valuable to the company and his commission check is definitely not going to be huge.

How To Start Achieving

Your life will change when you start to have this habit of majoring in things that matter. It becomes much easier to reach your goals when you start doing important tasks and I learned this in a hard way. After years of not getting results, I start to reflect upon my own action and find that I have been focusing on too many minor matters.

Many people fall into the trap of working hard on minor matters. However, the moment they start focusing all their energy on things that matter, getting their desired results seems much easier and faster.

If you do not want to feel like you have achieved nothing at the end of the year, it is time for you to start doing something about it. Here is the action plan.

  1. Have your goal in place
  2. Go through what you are doing daily and analyze whether they are important or minor matters
  3. If it is important, continue doing it. If no, replace minor tasks with important tasks that can help bring you closer to your goal.

1. Have Your Goal In Place

Without an objective, you will not know where to go. You will not start traveling before you know your destination and you do not try to achieve your goals before you know what your goals are. To know what the important tasks to you are, you will have to know where you want to end up in the first place. A blogger would have a different set of important tasks compared to a salesman. The first step to start achieving is to set what you want to achieve first.

2. Go Through What You Are Doing Daily

Keep a notebook that you can write down your daily to do tasks. Go through the list of things that you do daily and reflect upon it. Are the tasks major or minor matters? Do they help to bring you closer to your goals?

Write down the tasks that you had completed daily in a notebook and review them at the end of every week. By reviewing them weekly, you can make changes if you find yourself indulging in too many minor matters.

3. Replacing Minor Tasks With Important Tasks

Some people may have trouble differentiating the important tasks and minor tasks. If it is so, I recommend that you read this article about the 80/20 principle first. Go through the 80/20 principle and weed out the tasks that do not give you major results. Replace each of them with tasks that will give you 80% of the results using 20% of the effort.

Parting Words

“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
~Jim Rohn

One of the most important things to do in your life is to keep working on yourself. Reading books, listening to audiotapes and attending seminars on personal growth can help you to build your character, mindset and attitude. With a strong character, correct mindset and positive attitude, you can achieve anything that you want. Working on yourself is definitely the top of the list of major matters in your life.

Don’t let this year end without achieving anything significant again. Start planning what you want to achieve this year and go out there to grab the success that you always desire!

Vincent
Focusing On Major Matters


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14 Responses to “How To Go Through A Year Without Achieving Anything – Stop Being Mediocre And Start Achieving Now”

  1. I like this article for a few reasons…

    First, i think reflection is a very undervalued activity. How can we figure out what to do next if we haven’t reflected upon what we’ve done? So we can do (blank) differently.

    Second, is the 80/20 rule thats being suggested. People have a tendency to dwell upon minor details, thinking they’re important. They’re not focus on the major activities. The little ones will take care of themselves.

    And finally, working on yourself. There’s nothing of more importance.

    Cheers,
    Rishi Pathani
    .-= Rishi @ Self Improvement Explained´s last blog ..A Solution To Rocky Relationships By Understanding Intentions =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Rishi,

      I agree with what you had said. Reflection is an undervalued activity. There are books about setting goals, productivity etc but there isn’t much said about reflecting upon our own actions. Reflecting upon ourselves is like a guidance system that helps us reach our destination faster. It would be a waste not to use it.

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  2. Javier Chua says:

    Think I have to start going through my list of tasks to see whether I am majoring on minor stuff already. Great post and love Jim Rohn’s words of wisdom as we should all “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”

    Cheers
    Javier
    .-= Javier Chua´s last blog ..Best Practices Outsourcing to Make Yourself Feel Happy =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Javier,

      Working harder on ourselves is definitely something we should strive to do everyday. It is not something we should neglect if we want to succeed in life.

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  3. helen says:

    whenever I began to keep note daily,I found few things have been done by one day.
    whenever I knew the difference between destination and direction,I realized the reason I achieved less than I expected to.
    For most people ,it is easier to be a great thinker,while it is easier to take action than to think.
    .-= helen´s last blog ..No.1clicked Indie Folk Song in China,! By ??? =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Helen,

      Thinking and taking action comes hand in hand. Our feeling leads to thought, thought lead to action and action leads to feeling. We need to think and take action in order to achieve something. Sometimes people fail to do one of it and hence they can’t get significant results.

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  4. For me, it’s loosing focus. I tend to do a lot of things at once, at least … I used to. Now days I force myself to stay focused on the important. I eventually evaluated that I was too busy on things that don’t mater, or weren’t worth the time I was giving them.

    Great Post Vincent!:)
    .-= Clinton Skakun´s last blog ..Everyday routine framework(quick post) =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Clinton,

      I made the same mistakes too. Doing too many things at once just spread my time and effort too thin. As a result, I just can’t seem to achieve anything significant. However, once I get that focus is the key, everything start to change for me.

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  5. Walter says:

    What you have shared here is an important message for everyone to know. Indeed, we should be mindful of our everyday task and distinguish the minor from the major task. I my case, I keep this awareness always and I always find time to develop myself through reading good books. :-)
    .-= Walter´s last blog ..The only thing you need to know to achieve your goals =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Walter,

      Books contain great stove of knowledge and wisdom. I love them too and it is a great habit to read daily and pick up something new. Great habit you have, Walter. :)

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  6. Credit Girl says:

    For me, it is probably losing focus as well. For instance, my goal last year was to lose 40 pounds but you know the family occasions and celebrations came by that brought about the bad eating habits so I didn’t exactly hit it. However, this year I started to incorporate more small steps for reaching my goal such as just getting 30 mins of exercise everyday and cutting down my food portions. So far, I’ve had better results than I did with just solely “thinking ” about my goal.
    .-= Credit Girl´s last blog ..The Movement from Big Banks to Credit Unions =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Focusing on your daily tasks helps to break down your big goal into bite size nuggets. It is a great move and keep going! I believe you can do it. :)

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  7. used tires says:

    Very good points you have brought up. Distractions are hard to avoid in today’s world especially but every effort must be made to focus on the the major matters in our life and career. One thing that can help is trying to orient your business or work more toward niches that you enjoy doing. That way it’ll be harder to take your mind off it than if you were doing something you didn’t like.

    Till then,

    Jean

  8. Being too “comfortable” in my comfort zone makes me settle for a mediocre life. I agree that no matter how hard you work if its on inconsequential things, you won’t succeed. And I’ll stay in that rut, not unless I start acting on what I have been contemplating on for a long time.