2. Prelude phase (before you start for real)

a) Identify neglected business first

Neglected business is often the hallmark of the chronic procrastinator. Work is often left unfinished or completely neglected for (many) years. Unfinished business takes us into failure mode. We can’t start what we really want to do because of these active ghosts which continually hold us back. Doing what we want is not a comfortable option because these critical things would remain undone. And they tend to remain undone for many years… as does what we really want to do.

Neglected business is almost always ends up as one of major life blockers.

b) Identify blockers

We need to identify the real blockers in our lives and our life-projects. What is stopping us doing, or achieving, something we really want? Identifying blockers usually requires deep introspection. They may me so ingrained in our nature we just take them for granted and don’t give them much consideration. But we must be at least aware of them and if they are holding us back, then we must at least recognise this.

c) Mission Statement

A company will alway have a reason for investing in a project. This might be good old fashioned profit. Or it might be something intangible. For example – “Build Brand Identity”.

We may not be companies, but we should think in the same way. What is our goal? And why is it our goal. Therefore always sketch out a mission statement, project charter, project outline. Or whatever you wish to call it. It can be very high level. Just a few paragraphs or a few nodes on a mind-map.

However it is done, you should be in the position to say “I am embarking on project XYZ, because…”

d) Assess current situation

Work out what your current situation is. Where do you sit financially? Where are you in the “life lifecycle”? Just starting out in your career? Or just concentrating on the last leg to retirement?

Understand your finances. If you don’t have a budget, then put one together. Calculate your net income, work out your monthly cash inflows and outflows.

e) Get advice from the right people

Be prepared to approach other people and ask for help. Do you need a career coach? A fitness coach? A lifestyle coach? 

f) Medical advice

Understand your current health and fitness level. Plenty of clinics offer fitness assessments. 

If your goals involve ramping up fitness exercises then understanding your current health situation is of paramount importance. 

g) Psychiatric advice

Although many people shy away from this, getting psychiatric advice is always good practice. It is a good way to get a view on ourselves.

h) Assemble the tools

If we wish to progress we need a suitable toolset. Many types of tools can help us:

  • pyschological
  • software
  • books

Books on your chosen missions. Physical Back to base; evolve the shrine according to your means. It can be done cheaply or you can spend hundreds of thousands.

h) Use introspection

All of the above require the use of introspection. We need to take a deep look at ourselves.

i) At the end of this you can still be sitting in a big mess

With little actually done. But that’s ok. Keep going. You should have a bit more confidence that things might just work out after all…


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