Vinson: How I Stay Motivated

In my last blog I ended with my key steps in achieving goals that keep me focused and motivated: 1) Have a Vision, 2) Develop an Action Plan, 3) Do it with a friend, 4) Reflect on progress.   Vision Vision is the first Step. You have to know what you want to do and where you want to go. As Stephen Covey writes, “begin with the end in mind”. Without a clear vision I find myself floundering. I train, but it is half-hearted at best. Once I have a vision and have set a goal, my attitude completely changes. In this case I am referring to my vision to climb the 7 summits. My current goal within this is to summit Vinson in Antarctica. It is not just in fitness and adventure where vision is important. Every company needs a vision and every leader needs a personal leadership vision. This vision guides all interactions and decisions and keeps us on a focused course. Action Plan Once the vision and goal are in place you need to develop an action plan to bring it all to life. This action plan must be simple and easy to follow or it will become drudgery and quickly abandoned. You must have a way to track your progress and to measure your success. Do it with a friend Solo pursuits are very difficult. The physical challenge may be the same, but the mental challenge is far more difficult when alone. Some people thrive on this challenge, but most of us perform better with others at our side. A friend can help in motivation...