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Charlie Sheen sounds possessed. The near constant stream of ridiculousness coming out of his mouth and the unfortunate media saturation that is helping to fuel the fire would be comical if it were not so sad.
But if the evidence of his disease (including the truck load of stories about hookers, trashed hotel rooms and now a porn star as his “live in goddess”) did not exist, we might only be seeing a guy who is intensely determined and completely dedicated to achieveing his own version of success.
I’m not making excuses for Charlie Sheen, nor am I defending his absurd behavior. I do think the guy way off the rails and needs help.
But for the purposes of today’s post, I’m going to go out on a limb and take the opportunity Charlie is handing us to ponder our own dedication and intensity to do great things for ourselves, our families and our clients.
– How dedicated am I to my own success, and that of my clients? Am I proudly attaching my name to the work I do at the end of every day or am I just phoning it in?
– Do I have a plan in place to get from where I am now to where I want to be in a month? Six months? A year? (I rarely plan beyond a year, because I don’t think you can accurately predict what external factors will force you to change course again and again.)
– Is that plan achievable and measurable? Does it have a direction, and steps small enough that you can check something off every day, or at least once a week?
– Who are my allies in my journey, and how can I enlist their help? What can I offer them to inspire their work, loyalty and wisdom?
– What obstacles stand in my way and how can I eliminate them? (See: who are my allies, above)
– If derailed, how would I reconfigure my strategy to reach my goals?
The Joe Jackson song, “You Can’t Get What You Want, Til You Know What You Want” is apropos here as well.
Plans for achieving goals are essential for great client relationships. And we need to take stock of the results on a regular basis to demonstrate true progress. The same holds true for ourselves and our personal plans. Because “You can’t hit a target if you don’t have a target to hit.”