12 tricks on how to successfully implement every project
I’ll tell you right away: I don’t care about the new year. I don’t need a new year to start a new project that I am committed to.
So that we do not get ourselves wrong: I am looking forward to the new year. I think it’s great and look forward to it with great expectations. I also think it’s great when you use the beginning of the new year to tackle something new that makes you better. Great thing. There is nothing to complain about.
On the contrary. Such customs have meaning and often reveal additional energy in us. We would be stupid if we didn’t use them. What would also be stupid, however, would be if we limited ourselves to New Years only to start new projects. A dear friend of mine recently said:
“New Year is just a day like any other. The real miracle of this day is that it reminds us of the power that lies dormant in us to tackle new things. But we don’t have this power just for the New Year. We always have them. We just believe more in New Year. ”
How right he is. With this in mind, here are 12 tricks on how you are able to tackle a new project every day and continue with strength and motivation. As is well known, getting things over with is just as important as starting things.
Tip 1: Put your perfectionism in the cutlery drawer
Perfectionism has lost nothing in our work. Dot and off. He is the ghost that undermines all our efforts, no matter how good they are, and often does not let us begin. It is an obstacle to our success and the plague that lets our creativity run dry. Well, I think you know what I’m getting at. But how do you deal with it? Just switch off perfectionism? I think if it were that easy, most would have done it long ago. Hence my solution: Go a little deeper. What does my perfectionism express? Why am I so attached to him? Why do I want to get exactly this one detail as I imagine? Many people have given me the same answer to this question: “Because at least I want to control something.”
We all know that we can actually control astonishingly little in our lives. At the same time, it is a deeply human need to penetrate something down to the smallest detail with your own idea, with your own consciousness. It’s just innate to us. So if we can control so little, we at least want the perfect layout for our website and we sit there for hours and move the intervals between two buttons until we lean back exhausted but pleased at 4 a.m. and find out: That’s exactly what we wanted . It is just stupid that we are tired the next day, do not answer umpteen customer inquiries and as a result some orders worth a few thousand euros go through our fingers. But that’s how it is with perfectionism. Hence my solution:
Put your perfectionism in the cutlery drawer. As a child, my grandma’s cutlery drawer always fascinated me. The cutlery was always perfectly sorted there. And once a spoon got lost on the forks, I took it out and put it with his friends. Then I was satisfied. Really satisfied. What I mean by that:
Find a small area, yes it should be small, that’s important and live out your perfection there. And if it’s just the cutlery drawer. It can of course also be your perfectly sorted CD collection or your mini garden on the balcony. Whatever it is, treat yourself to something where you can live your perfection to the max. There you control everything up to the movement of the atoms. Make this area the temple of your perfectionism. He has his place there and he has to stay there. Give it a try. You will find that if you give it a sheltered place where you can let go of your perfectionism more easily.
Tip 2: Get rid of the ambiguity
About what? About everything. No, fun. It is enough if you are clear about what you want. “I have known that for a long time!”, You will now say: “A lot of money, success, a dream body that is bursting with health and five other things.” still worlds. Not a long way or a lot of work, no, I don’t mean that at all, but many things that you need to be clear about. What I mean?
Everyone wants a lot of money. But many actually have a difficult relationship with money. Some have grown up believing that money is dirty. Others have learned that money spoils the character. I have heard over and over again (luckily not from my parents) that it is difficult to earn money. For me, this actually meant that I often felt that at work that I enjoyed, it wasn’t worth anything. Do you know that?
Now imagine that you decide to make more money and at the same time have this negative attitude towards money. How is that ever going to go well? How do you want to make a lot of money when you loathe money consciously or unconsciously or when you associate it with things like effort, reluctance or inferiority? This is not possible. With this attitude towards money, when you try to make more money, you will unconsciously sabotage yourself constantly and then wonder why it just doesn’t work. It is so simple: you are in an inner conflict.
The solution: If you set a goal, make sure you are in line with that goal. Make sure that all parts of your personality stand behind this goal and support it unconditionally. Listen deeply to yourself, because many reservations are hidden deep inside us and hinder us in the implementation of our goals. I gave the example here with money, because many can identify with it, but this fact that we have to be careful to stand behind a goal with every fiber of our personality applies 100% to every goal.
Tip 3: paint a picture
If you want to achieve a goal, you need to know why you want to achieve it. This is how you ensure that you remain lively and motivated on the way to your goal. The goal itself is usually not that important. It is the benefit that the goal holds for you that makes it so desirable. Let’s take the goal of wanting to make a lot of money again. This goal in itself does not motivate you. Is it the great new Audi that you can then afford? You are getting closer to the matter, but no, it is not yet. Are your friends’ appreciative looks when you show up with this great sled? Bingo, now you have it. It is the emotions that motivate us. When we get recognition, we feel good. So we want to buy a little bit of recognition from the money. Of course, this is an assumption on my part. Maybe you are not looking for recognition at all and do not want to buy an Audi at all. Perhaps it will be a chic minivan for you, so that you can take a relaxed vacation with your family? In this case, too, it is not about money as an end in itself. Rather, you want to make your family happy, do them something good. And maybe you don’t fucking want to buy a car. That should also be there. Rather, you want to make your family happy, do them something good. And maybe you don’t fucking want to buy a car. That should also be there. Rather, you want to make your family happy, do them something good. And maybe you don’t fucking want to buy a car. That should also be there.
Whatever you want to use the money for in the end: Imagining exactly what you are doing and how you feel when you have reached your goal, in this case having the desired amount of money, is a source of motivation like no other.
So that we understand each other correctly: I am talking about you sitting down now and imagining that you have already earned the money. You already have it. How do you feel now? What are you doing now? What are you planning, what are you thinking of?
Imagine this situation as vividly as possible and begin to draw a mental picture of your life as it looks now that you have achieved your goal. You will find that it makes a huge difference whether you imagine what it will be like once you have achieved your goal or if you imagine what it is like now that you have achieved your goal.
In the first version you tell your subconscious mind: I have not yet reached my goal and your subconscious mind will send you corresponding emotions, which in the best case are unspectacular and in the worst case are even negative. In the second version, on the other hand, you tell your subconscious mind: I have achieved my goal. I did it. How do i feel now Your subconscious will respond accordingly and provide you with an amazingly accurate simulation of this situation.
It will show you what it feels like to have reached the goal, it will show you what you are thinking about now that you have more money, for example, and you will notice how great it feels that you are no longer feeling right now worry about looking for a new apartment, but really looking forward to buying a new apartment. You find that you are suddenly much more free in your head and suddenly think in completely different dimensions, now that you have more money and that motivates you immensely. But you also notice that you are worried that your perfectly painted new Audi (I know I can’t help it) could get a scratch. Yes, such fears and worries arise when you paint a really vivid picture of yourself and the goal you have already achieved. Use both!
Use the positive emotions to stay motivated on the way to the goal. The negative emotions, in turn, show you what unconsciously still prevents you from reaching your goal. If you want to make a lot of money, but at the same time (unconsciously) know that you will be even more worried about the new car or the new house, you will be inhibited from achieving your goal quickly and effectively. Simply because you have associated it with a negative emotion and your subconscious is programmed to avoid everything that leads to such emotions.
Tip 4: Have fun, seriously now
How does the saying go Oh yes, “Do what you love and you will never have to work again.” A wonderful truism, right? So obvious and yet so useless. After all, we can’t just leave all the tasks that we don’t enjoy. Certain things just have to be done. Or? Not correct. Doing a job that we don’t enjoy is the worst thing we can do to ourselves.
We deserve to do something that fills us and gives us joy. No one deserves to work in a negative way. But, and this is a very important but: it is not always the fault that we do not enjoy it. It is often just our attitude towards her. So my advice: if you notice that you are no longer enjoying working on a project that you have undertaken, stop working and pause. The lack of pleasure in work is a clear sign that you have internal reservations about the work or even the goal that you want to achieve. If you continue to work now, you will wear yourself out more and more as you fight against your own inner resistance. When that happens, consume a lot of energy and still do not get out of place. What you should do in this case:
Let the work rest as soon as possible and listen to yourself, because now only one thing is important: bring back your fun at work, this is your job. I mean dead serious. Do not continue working on your project until you have an authentic pleasure in it again. But I don’t mean that you are turning your thumbs and waiting for a miracle. No, now it’s time for you to deal with yourself.
Ask yourself the question: Why do I dislike working on this project? Is it just convenience? Then it is time for me to make my mental picture of myself, as I have already achieved the goal, even more alive (see tip 3). Am I blocked because I’m afraid to fail? Tip 1 may help here, the correct handling of perfectionism. Do I have moral concerns that hold me back? If your goal is to seduce the sharp but married neighbor, I can understand that. In this case, try Tip 2.
Ultimately, whatever the reason for your inner resistance, find out. Rather, spend a little time now to come to terms with yourself and then work on your project all the more energetically and effectively. What good does it do if you take this step lightly now and drag the rest of the project like a millstone on your feet?
In short: Align all areas of your personality with your goal. If you cannot be 100% committed to your goal, it is not for you. If you have an almost panicked fear of blood, you shouldn’t become a surgeon. Clear. If you are just a lazy medical student who doesn’t want to read at eight in the morning, write the following behind your ears:
Working on a project can sometimes be uncomfortable and tiring, but if you know who you are doing it for and why you are doing it, you can still enjoy it. How else could it be explained that people voluntarily go into a room and lift iron bars with weights on them countless times?
Tip 5: Try it with coziness
Have you ever run a marathon? Neither do I. But a half marathon. Actually two. So actually seen an entire marathon. So you can trust me to the highest degree when I say: I ran around the world ahead of the guy who hissed off like a hundred-meter sprinter at the start.
You don’t win a marathon at top speed and so it is with large projects. They just take your time and you have to give it to them. If, like me, you belong to the kind of person for whom patience is a foreign word, it is easier said than done. You want to see results today. To imagine that you have to work on a project for two weeks, let alone two months, before you can produce results, seems like a nightmare. I understand you. Really, I understand you. If you now claim that you are so demotivated that you don’t even want to start, I say: Welcome to my world.
Imagine you want to write a book (by the way, I speak from experience). It should have around three hundred pages and you know: No chance that you will finish these 300 pages today. Not even a chance that you will finish it this week. So there is no result today and not after a week. You choose not to start at all. That saves you a lot of frustration, at least you think subconsciously. (Sorry, sometimes I can no longer hold back the poet in me.) The real frustration, however, is when you look back after half a year and find that you can be finished by now, but actually haven’t even started. Each of us has probably experienced this moment at least once.
I was in this situation and knew I had to find a solution. I noticed that the editor, although the friendliness in person, wanted to put a rocket in the most valuable things (at least I would have wanted to do it in her place) and I was not exactly pleased with my lethargy. I decided to outsmart my impatience with a simple trick: I would define my own measurable result. Who says that only 300 pages are a measurable result? Five lines! Five lines are my measurable result. I am now writing five lines and when I have written them, I go celebrating as if I had just finished a novel. I said so to myself and so I defined three goals for the day that I would celebrate:
- To turn on the computer.
- Start Word
- Write five lines (whether I use them later or not)
Do you know what happened next? I did it! I started to write my book. I actually started this project. And once I was on the computer, I wrote, as you can imagine, not just five lines, but in the end even five pages and yes, I even used them.
This is the trick with which I take away the fear of new projects and just start them. Of course I also use this trick to continue writing the next morning and the funny thing is:
Once I have cleared this starting hurdle, it will be so much easier the next day.
The work is no longer completely unknown to me. I worked yesterday and I survived. So my brain is familiar with the processes and is more or less not shy about the project. Oh yes, our brain is amazingly predictable. We should take advantage of this predictability.
Tip 6: set milestones
A small step every day is better, like a balancing act that you can’t get up from. With this in mind: Set milestones that you want to have reached at a point in time you have specified. This has several advantages:
- First, the huge project is broken down into feasible steps. You see yourself out.
- You are not falling into the trap of believing you have three months left because you have set a milestone that must be reached in a week. And anyway: in three months you have to be ready, not just start.
- You can better control your progress.
- You stay motivated because you achieve a small goal every day.
Tip 7: celebrate your creativity
Despite all the praises for a well-thought-out strategy and good planning, creativity is the greatest treasure you have. Cultivate your creativity like a tender plant that is dear to you, like your own child.
Walt Disney is said to have used three separate rooms to plan his projects. These corresponded to the three stages required to develop a tangible plan for a project from an idea. There was…
- the dreamers’ room
- the realist’s room
- and the room of the critics
Only the designated activity was allowed to be carried out in each room. In other words, in the dreamers’ room, you could dream without limits. No doubts or objections could be raised. These came later. Here you could dream what the hell it is. Can you imagine how much creative energy was released in this room?
Nobody claims, at least I don’t, that dreams should not be subjected to a reality check. On the contrary, you should. But everything in time. If you immediately doubt your ideas as soon as they start to sprout, you will stop your creative streak and suffocate it.
Therefore, always take the time to simply dream. Having ideas to imagine what they would be like. Walk from one idea to the next, let one be the inspiration for the next. Regularly reserve time in your life very consciously (and that may also be in your working hours), where you can let your imagination run wild. In this way you inspire your creativity, let it live and inspire you to more and more brilliant ideas!
Tip 8: Keep your pen and note ready when you relax
Do you know that? Are you just relaxing and suddenly you have a brainstorm? Sure, we all know each other.
In the moments when we are really relaxed, where we really let ourselves go, we are also the most relaxed in spirit and can thus immerse ourselves deeply in our inner genius. At such moments, our brains can access regions of our consciousness that are often closed to us in the stress of everyday life.
At moments like this, I make speeches, write long blog posts and have lively discussions. Everything in my mind’s eye. At some point, however, I have so many ideas that I’m afraid to forget them. In my effort to memorize this, I mentally tense up so that my flow, my creativity is lost and suddenly it is over with the lively speech that I was just giving in my mind.
I can remedy this problem by having a pen and note ready. In key words I write down the most important key data of the individual inspirations. So I stay relaxed because I know that my brainstorms are not lost and stay wonderful in the flow.
As the owner of a great smartphone, I now use the opportunity to record myself almost more often. Then I just make an audio note or record a whole monologue. Everything is allowed.
Ultimately, it’s about keeping your head clear. After all, you have some free time right now. You should relax now and not have to worry about remembering a good idea. If you consistently implement this tip, you will quickly notice that you can relax better and also gain a lot more energy from the moments of rest.
Tip 9: Om and Hare Krishna
Meditation. I don’t know if you laugh at it, have no opinion about it, or are hot advocates. The fact is:
Meditation has been used by various cultures for thousands of years to gain inner balance, calm and mental acuity.
I myself have been doing a special form of mantra meditation for over 20 years. You repeat the same sound again and again, the so-called mantra. In this way it is much easier to focus the mind than who you would try not to think about.
For example, while some people repeat the syllable Om (a sacred syllable from Vedic literature thousands of years old), I recite the Hare Krishna mantra in my mantra meditation and I highly recommend meditation with this mantra.
Every day in the morning I meditate in this way for half an hour and draw strength and calm from these minutes for the whole day. In these minutes I find myself, put myself into my own strength and immerse myself in the great diversity of my being. A great thing.
I can only encourage those who are already doing it, to those who are not, I say:
Give it a try. The successful person is characterized by trying new things.
For those who are still wondering what the Hare Krishna mantra is as a whole. Here he is:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Tip 10: do what’s important
You have a deadline in two days. By then your project must be ready. You are already far, but you still have to make a final presentation. Pushing yourself away from work is out of the question for you, but you don’t want to tackle this last presentation properly.
So you decide to tidy up your desk first before you sit down and start writing the presentation. As you tidy up, you notice that the carpet should also be vacuumed. Of course, get the vacuum cleaner right away.
Two hours later you have a sparkling clean office. Unfortunately, the presentation didn’t write itself during that time. I don’t want to scold you too much. After all, you are not crouched in front of the TV and have mashed chips. You cleaned up. But you and I know that’s not enough.
There are two types of activity for each project:
- The necessary activities that are essential for the implementation of the project. When you have completed these tasks, your project is ready for use. It can already exert 80% of its effect. These activities count.
- The optional activities that are not vital for a project, but that give it the finishing touch, beautify it or optimize it. These activities are only authorized if the essential activities have already been implemented. Otherwise they are gimmicks with no measurable impact.
If you want to write a book, create a table of contents and fill the individual chapters with content. You can think about the cover picture later.
If you want to acquire customers, write to potential customers. If you have customers, you can consider whether to write the addresses on the invoices in italics or normal.
You realize what I’m getting at. You have to learn to assess for yourself which activities are necessary to achieve a goal and which are just gimmicks. The following tips can help you tackle the activities that count.
- Tip 1 regarding perfectionism and how to avoid getting bogged down in details
- Tip 4, how to take pleasure in the necessary activities
- and Tip 5 on how to master the first inhibition and start the activities that count.
Tip 11: write
This is a very private tip from me, which may not be for everyone, but it brings me a lot.
Even in times when I didn’t write much in terms of work technology, I kept picking up a pen and pad to put a few thoughts on paper, write a short story or a poem.
The wonderful thing about writing is that it frees our minds. In fact, you have the feeling that a thought that you put on paper can disappear in your head and make room for new ones. I mentioned this in another tip today.
Another positive effect of writing is that it trains and trains to think systematically and clearly. It helps us to organize confused thoughts into systematic lines of thought that are also understandable for a potential reader. It helps us bring clarity to our own thoughts.
Finally, it also strengthens our creativity and keeps us mentally young.
Do I still have to convince you?
Tip 12: Reward yourself!
How much is underestimated how extremely effective rewards are! When you have completed a project, celebrate!
Invite your friends, spend around and let yourself be celebrated. Successes should be celebrated. You have earned it!
Great achievements deserve great rewards, but small successes also need to be rewarded. If you’ve worked hard for a week, reward yourself with an absolutely non-working weekend! Pack your kids and go to the mountains. If that’s more punishment than the reward (which I don’t hope), just drive alone. It’s OK.
For example, I love to take a walk after a hard day’s work. When I get home, I sit down in my reading chair with a good drink in my hand and browse through Damascus in a picture book.
Treat yourself to a reward for every working day you showed commitment. Even if the work was not successful. Don’t reward success, reward yourself for your efforts. So you stay motivated and success comes all by itself. Then when the time comes and you have actually completed the big project, drum up your friends and family and say:
Now we celebrate.
Share your success with the people you care about. That makes them all the more beautiful.
I have now completed the project to write this article. You can congratulate me. When can I congratulate you on the successful implementation of your project?