Be a S.M.A.R.T. ass.
So way way back in 2011ish, I had the distinct opportunity to work with an established web-based design and applications company as their Account Manager, with little time, before moving along to be the Project Manager. It was a sudden jump into management, having for just the prior two years being spent traveling through Mexico in 2009 and holding part-time jobs upon returning home to the US in early 2010/11. However, I had recently begun more serious practice of meditation and yoga, completing the first Yoga Teacher Training program in Spring 2011.
As a Project Manager, at least as far as I was exposed to and initially taught, you must be able to create these fancy charts, keep statistics, have an eye for detail/perfection etc. etc. all the anal-retentive and bossy characteristics you can imagine.....
I was also taught, though too, that there are general pathways that projects move along towards completion. A successful completion comes from S.M.A.R.T. goals/project planning.
What is S.M.A.R.T. planning, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals?
Good question. I wasn't too familiar with S.M.A.R.T. goals before I started either. Let's take a look:
#1 it's an acronym. S.M.A.R.T. =
SPECIFIC // being as specific as possible about the end goal, result. Clear visualization.
MEASURABLE // what can be used to track progress? track it.
ATTAINABLE // given what you have (resources, skills), can it happen? if not, get what's needed 1st.
REALISTIC // is the goal something you really want? can you handle what it brings?
TIMELY // how soon? can you set markers along the way (mini goals)? will you get bored? run out of resources?
A Humble Warrior is a S.M.A.R.T. ass.
What does all this mean, this S.M.A.R.T. planning, creating S.M.A.R.T. goals?
Regardless of who or where you are, 1oo% can this technique be useful in living. The simplest to more profound things can utilize SMART planning. From "Daily Chores" - "Bucket List". Being a SMART ass will help you cultivate success in life.
While the roots started within corporate management / project planning structure, the SMART technique can help us learn how projects become successful by identifying the key needs / requisites.
Starting small - little by little, step by step, did the Tortoise beat the Hare.
Ok, I know the acronym, how do I make it work?
- another fantastic question.
Well, so first things first: 1) start small
It will be easier if we start off with, let's say, "Things to Do this Week", or if that's a bit much you could say "In the Next few Days" or even more short, "How to Survive Today".
Thinking about the week: What KEY things need to get done to support your life? Work, Projects around the house, like fixing the leaky pipe?
Once you IDENTIFY the GOAL, we need to IDENTIFY DEPENDENT TASKS. This is where we start cascading down from the king, the goal, through the ranks until we reach the peasantry of individuals that drive the success of the king/ the goal... For example, a bridge cannot be built without concrete, concrete cannot be made without stone, stone cannot be refined without a quarry, a quarry cannot be mined until....etc etc.
In 2 weeks you want to spend the weekend somewhere nice, maybe by the beach with friends? Ok, so how do we plan?
Set Budget - Find Locations - Invite Guests - Appropriate Lodging - Book Reservations - Plan Activities.
Enjoy the beach near Cape Cay with Tim, Jan, and Keisha, for 2 nights that fits a budget between $500-$700/per person. Tim/ Jan can share a room. Keisha prefers separate.
By Tuesday, lodging booked, by Thursday, activities planned.
Bank account looks good, kids will be at grandparents already.
I love my friends and we'll all enjoy getting away.
Two weeks is enough time for my friends to confirm.
one more acronym K.I.S.S. the SMART ass...
Keep. It. Simple. Stupid. - the more simple and easy with your goals, the easier it will be to build upon your mini-successes by incorporating the SMART model into other areas of your life, those bigger goals. Heck, even at work.
The KISSing, SMART ass Humble Warrior.
Start creating success by keeping it simple. Maybe reducing your life's needs to the bare necessities to start off, adding only that which is of benefit and not harmful to yourself and others.
Keep your goals simple. Be SMART about them. Write down your ideas, plan it out. Visualize. Assess these ideas/goals with your experience, by watching others, using your keen judgement to do what is SIMPLE and SMART.
Be the successful person you know you are.
I have always thought that we can, if looking hard enough, find parallels between seemingly irrelevant categories. A bit like Ken Wilber.
The other day I was thinking about the body, systems of the body, and how they might relate to our external world/ affairs. In particular...today about STORED ENERGY or FAT.
They aren't fat, just big boned.
Well, I am not making any negative connotation towards any body type... however, as a yogi/ fitness enthusiast, I choose to think about the human body's states of being, overall health so on and so forth.
So when I think about fat, I think about savings accounts, money, stored energy.
In it goes [food] and out it flows.
The body uses fats as stored energy, that also acts as insulation against the external weather. Thinking about the natural world and our human interaction, our need for consumption, it appears that there are many, many naturally diverse foods that we have relative easy access to. If you are fortunate to live in Europe, developed Asia, South America, or North America, you more than likely can go into a store to find an array of fruits, vegetables and meats.
We know through research that the body thrives on diversity and that wholesome foods will always outperform highly processed foods and supplements.
Looking at the human system, too much fat, fat from cheap, bad sources, creates a toxic environment that supports the development of risk factors associated with diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension etc. On the opposite side of the spectrum, too little fat (stored body fat) and we run the risk of starving ourselves, pushing the boundary where the body will begin to eat away at the fats that insulate our vital organs. THE BRAIN USES 20% of our daily consumption of calories.
Money is our fat. Insulate yourself.
So now thinking about the external world. We have to support ourselves within an economy that utilizes money as a means of value exchange. We have to somehow acquire fancy colored paper in order to acquire goods and services. There is nothing wrong with this. We could very well easily exchange labor to someone for the rice grown in their fields, could perform medical services for the owner of a contracting company to build a house for the Dr's family. We could operate in a barter system.
Since we don't we have to insulate ourselves with that fancy money. Kinda like how a chipmunk or squirrel will store seeds and nuts for the winter.
So, money as energy, it's my theory that similar principles apply to money, as energy does to the body:
- We needs healthy inputs of energy (money)
- Produced from wholesome sources
- Stored and utilized appropriately (not spending too much, not being greedy).
My healthy body represents the health of my entire being.
What are the parallels? Well, think about it.
I don't have money, I am limiting myself, I am starving myself. I am unable to do that which I desire.
The Meat of the Matter:
I am overweight, slothful, lazy. I've consumed more than my fair share without using that energy for constructive purposes. I am at risk to health issues related to sedentary living, consumed by my own greed.
I save a healthy proportion of my income [energy produced from appropriate actions].
I nurture myself by performing good works, using my energy to be creatively helpful and productive. I use some of my stored energy to support those around me, remembering the times I have been supported.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT.