DO THIS TODAY. I did it and found it COMPLETELY EXHILARATING & POWERFUL.
Find a quiet place, no distractions (see below). Turn off your phone and email, close your door — this time is for you. Use your laptop to write down the answers to these two questions:
1. EXPLAIN YOUR CURRENT SITUATION TO YOUR ‘FIVE-YEARS-AGO’ SELF.
Example: Tom — you’re going to be fired from your job, you’re going to feel like ‘fired’, but they’re really letting you go. But don’t worry – you’re going to take six months off reeling from that experience, but you will get your head on straight. One day, you will meet a man named Steve who will open your eyes to the new areas of your profession (that you never knew existed) and will give you a job.
Initially, you will be scared (it’s a big step for you), but in the end, it’s a defining step. Your kids will be growing and you’ll have more time to see them change from day-to-day. You will think you are a failure to your wife, but one night, you will break down crying to her and she’ll tell you your are the strongest man she knows. And that will fuel you for the next five years. Go get ’em!
2. EXPLAIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO YOUR ‘CURRENT’ SELF.
Example: Tom — You’re frustrated right now – too many things hitting you from all angles. You need to take one day, a single day, and write down all of the small and large tasks you need to do to be successful. And start getting them done. In a messy pile, they are all sitting there taunting you – but broken up, in easy to complete tasks – they are simple to solve.
Here’s an eye-opener – You are going to change the way your industry makes money. You know in your heart it needs to change – be more nimble and agile to absorb the changes in the marketplace – but no one is doing anything about it. This is your time to show everyone what you’ve got. You are going to change the world buddy. By the way, you make it a point of coming home on-time at least three days a week to spend time with your kids – play ball or help them with their homework.
Also, you make it a point to take your wife out EVERY Friday for a date-night, with just the two of you. Finally, bring some flowers home for her just for being her – she is the most important person who can help you be your best right now.
Your answers don’t have to be long — think free-form writing – don’t worry about mistakes or grammar – no one is going to see this except for you.
I think you’ll find it will clear your obstacles, get you motivated, and let you see exactly where you’ve been, where you are, and where you really need to go next.
IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THIS, I WANT YOU TO LET ME KNOW – I can help.
Distractions take your focus away from the important tasks in your life. I’ve found clients who focus their attention on the matter at hand accelerate faster with their goals. Everyone can take a small break once in awhile from work to focus on their career. EVERYONE.
In fact, psychotherapists say distractive behavior is a form of self-sabotage — where people are temporarily distracted with mundane, less-important tasks rather than focusing on their important, long-term success.