Can You See What the “End” Looks Like?
We’ve all heard the productivity mantra “start with the end in mind”. We are taught to visualize what we want and set goals and work our plan to get there.
But what happens when you can’t see the end in sight?
Some of us have a challenge with visualizing what we want. Yes I included myself in that. The “S” in my personality type ESFJ, means that I receive my information from the tangible things that I can see and experience. While I’m down the middle on the scale, those on the opposite side of the spectrum who are Ns, have an easier time imagining and seeing what’s not in front of them.
When picturing what’s not in front of you is a challenge, then goal setting can be hard to master.
Try the Opposite Technique
I have long been a person whose strength is in refining something that is already in existence. I am very good as a brainstorming partner and helping others take an idea to another level. (Yes, that is a strange revelation for someone with a business named “Visions Productivity Solutions”.)
So I started using what I call the “Opposite Technique”
- Think about each area of your life/work/dilemma. Write down what you don’t like or what I like to say you want less of. Just brain dump what you are unhappy with.
- Once you have that list, next to each item, write the opposite thing that you want more of.
- Once you have your Less of and More of lists, you can start breaking down how you go from Less to More and what it will take to get there.
The grid may look something like this:
From Here to There
|Being tired||Energy, Sleep and restful moments||
|Procrastination||Goals checked off my list||
|Dealing with stacks of paper||Space on my desk||
|Working with the wrong client||Working with more clients that energize me||Being more selective of my clientsBetter defining my target audience|
|Not enough activity on my social network||Engagement and response from others||Using a posting toolPosting moreAsking questions
Commenting on things people post
Applying the Technique
The Opposite Technique works for me because I can look in front of me of what I don’t want. It’s tangible. I can see exactly what has me bothered. It’s my starting place.
Some may say it’s a bad thing—focusing on the negative, but I say do what works for you. If you can’t express what you want, you need to get clarity on what you don’t want and then go from there!
Personally, I find making the list of what I want more of to be a little cleansing and motivating!
Go ahead, give it a shot and let me know how it works for you!
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