In a blog post related to how checklists can make you reach your goals, adapted from his new book The Earned Life, the renowned leadership coach and bestselling author Marshall Goldsmith explores just how checklists can work for you.
Goldsmith writes: “Checking each box tells us whether we have alignment or not. Candidly ask yourself: Am I motivated to do this? Am I able? Do I understand how to harness my ability to get the job done? Do my past achievements make me confident that I can do this? Do I have support? Is there a marketplace that will appreciate the effort? Each of these factors must be aligned. Each one should enhance the other.” It’s important to have a plan, whatever one does.
Right now, the plan is to seize Russian assets as a result of its invasion of Ukraine. The most recent is the Italian police’s decision to seize Scheherezade last Friday in Marina di Carrara, Italy. Scheherezade is a 459-foot luxury superyacht. Its owner is supposed to be President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Police seizures of massive luxury yachts in European ports have become the most visible symbol of the West’s effort to crack down on Putin and his inner circle in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.But they are also particularly visible evidence of the Russian ruling class’s corruption. It’s almost as if the oligarchs had a checklist of what to do to amass tremendous wealth.
On a far less wide-ranging scale, personal checklists can do a lot to help move you toward your goals.
In The Earned Life Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crises, including regrets that stem from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroute destinies, and haunt our memories. These are particularly timely themes today.
With Goldsmith’s book as a guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life that is fulfilling in the long run.
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About MARSHALL GOLDSMITH
Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized for years as the world’s leading executive coach and the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo, and Triggers. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In his coaching practice, Goldsmith has advised more than 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee.
About THE EARNED LIFE
In THE EARNED LIFE (Currency Books), Marshall Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crisis: regret, the kind stemming from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroutes destinies, and haunts our memories—particularly timely themes as the pandemic and Great Resignation inspire people to seek meaning in their lives, get unstuck and make changes. With this book as their guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life too fulfilling to dwell on the “what ifs.”
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