As motivational speakers, we encourage and empower people to set goals and reach them. I have LOTS of great ideas – and that is a blessing and a curse. I am an awesome idea collector. Following through is another story. Therefore FOCUS is a big issue for me. If I don't have a strong idea of my vision, I will never get anything done – or rather I would get the beginnings of everything done. And so every year I take a new look at my vision, my mission, my goals, and how well I'm tracking the path to where I want to be. And every time a new idea or project presents itself, I put it to the TEMA test.
1. Do I have the TIME for this project? Time is precious to me, and I can't afford to waste it on things that don't fit the priorities in my life and in my business. If I take on something new, something else has to give. Can I afford for that something else to go?
2. Do I have the ENERGY for this project? I was put here to do something great. And so were you. But if we are burned out, we can't get there. Period. Our energy is precious. Use it accordingly.
3. Do I have the MONEY for this project? "But it's a good investment!" I always say. Well, lots of things are good investments – but that doesn't mean it's a good investment for you. I have to ask myself, "Will this put money in my pocket? Or will it end up taking it out?" Budgets are budgets for a reason. Good businesses don't spend more than they bring in.
4. Do this ALIGN with my vision? We create a vision for a reason. Not just because it sounds good, or looks good on paper – but because that is our intention – to get there – to create that. The purpose of the vision is to keep you focused. So when every new idea comes my way, I hold it up to the light of my vision. While it looked really really great on its own and felt like it was something I should do – when I held it up to the vision and the path I was on – well, it looked more like a distraction – and wasn't even really something that was going to help me get further down the road – but that might actually hurt me. So I ditch it, or put it in a file to look at somewhere down the road.
This simple little acronym helps me stay focused on my goals. Maybe it will help you too.