Last year I posted four words on my bathroom mirror: “Finish,” “Write,” “Shape” and “Yes.”
• I finished my “21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling.”
• I wrote 1,000 words a week and documented hundreds of ideas.
• My shape is still plus 20 pounds, so that word will remain this year.
• I maintained my YES! attitude, but seeing the word every morning and evening in my bathroom mirror helped.
Not bad achievement results — but still, being 20 pounds overweight shows a flaw in my self-discipline. Not good.
Based on last year’s success, this year I decided to create two four-word categories: one for achievement and one for improvement. Not “goals” in the sense you may be thinking about. Rather, intentions that I consciously and subconsciously work on every day to build success all year long.
By posting the words on my bathroom mirror, I consciously see them each day, and subconsciously think about them and act on them regularly. Because they’re right in front of me every morning and every evening, they are inescapable mental confrontations. Oh, and the process works!
After I explain each word I have selected for this year, I’ll provide a lesson you can incorporate as you select your word(s). The lesson is the motive behind the word so you can use the same principle as you generate your words.
On the achievement side of life, my four words are: “Advisor,” “Digital,” “Power” and “Time.”
Advisor: I launched the Gitomer Certified Advisor program in the fall of 2013. Instant success. I’ve certified more than 100 advisors. They’re independent businesspeople who are now marketing their sales and personal development services using my intellectual property, both online and in the classroom. In 2014, I will intensify the program and the process until there are 500 certified advisors globally.
Lesson: Once you have a successful idea, program, game plan, or process — strengthen it. Pick an achievement target and figure out what you have to do weekly to make it a reality.
What’s one word that describes your biggest achievement target?
Digital: Convert all paper, CD and DVD to digital. Create financial and distribution opportunities only available to digital information dissemination. The world is not quite ready for all digital, but I will be.
Lesson: Don’t stay attached to old technology or products even though they have brought success and profit in the past. Companies like Yellow Pages, BlackBerry and AOL have buried themselves by not advancing soon enough. Companies like Amazon, Zappos and Apple have marched to the head of the class by innovating before the market did, and they set the standard for others to follow. When someone says, “It’s just like an iPad,” what they’re really saying is, “iPad set the standard.” I want someone to say, “I’m just like Gitomer.”
What’s one word that describes the standard you are trying to set?
Power: This year I intend to capitalize on the convergent power of reputation, brand, intellectual property and online distribution. Content is more than king. It is desired and bought by those in need. And with online, on-demand video, concentration on marketing and distribution are on the top of my list.
Lesson: Your experience has given you both success and expertise. What expertise and success can you combine that will give you a market-dominant opportunity?
What’s one word that describes what you’re trying to capitalize on?
Time: My most precious resource — and yours! This year I intend to take control of it and make it my own. Not manage it, but rather allocate it to things I want to do, rather than things I have to do. I want to write, speak, travel, learn, read and have meaningful family time. It’s the subtle difference between “spending” time and “investing” time. I have written about time allocation before; now it’s a matter of taking ownership of it.
Lesson: Wasted time is at the top of lost resources for most people. Don’t let that be you. In 1889, Orison Swett Marden wrote, “Do not realize the immense value of utilizing spare minutes.” What’s a word that offers you greater investment in your most precious, non-recoverable resource?
Hopefully the words I have chosen and the lessons I have provided will inspire you to write and define your words for the year. Interestingly, you most likely know in your mind what they are, but have yet to bring them to the visual surface as Post-it Notes on your bathroom mirror.
On the improvement side of life, my four words are: “Instagram,” “Blog,” “Shape” and “Best.”
Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of 12 best-selling books. His “21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling” is now available as a book and an online course at gitomerVT.com. For information about training and seminars, visit gitomer.com or email Jeffrey personally at email@example.com.