On Monday, I posted a short blog about not wasting life. Yesterday, I posted a video about becoming the pragmatic leader of your life. Today, I want to share with you the best way that I’ve found to accomplish these goals; the best way to not waste life, and be the pragmatic leader of our lives. It’s a solution that comes down to writing our own script.

On television, on Broadway or in Hollywood, a production is only as good as the script written for the performance. A film can feature Academy Award winning actors and have the greatest director, but if the script is bad, the whole production will fail. See Gili for further example.

The problem for most of us, however, is that we don’t have a script at all.  There’s no plan to move our plot along, and when this happens, we follow someone else’s, putting us in the position of wasting our precious minutes and being followers, rather than leaders of our lives. We’re not in control of our lives anymore and if makes us feel stressed and rudderless. We need to write our own scripts.

Sylvester Stallone wanted to be an actor. No one would cast him. What did he do? He wrote his own script. It’s time for us to do the same.

Our script is comprised of three crucial parts: Our goals, our targets, and our agenda. Miss anyone of them, and you’re like Christopher Walken in a bad movie. The script is the key to success.

Goals

What is that we want? Out of the day? Out of the week? Out of our lives? This is where the script starts because as Stephen Covey has taught us, we must begin with the end in mind.

How much more energy would you have every day if you knew that the actions you were taking would put you closer to achieving your goals? Write them out every morning and focus on what you want. This is the critical plot of our script and we can’t miss it.

Targets

If our goals are the plot of our script, our targets are how we move the plot along. We don’t want this to drag in the middle, so we need to keep moving forward. The best way I’ve ever found to do this is to set three targets every day that will move me closer to my goals. Three hard things that I will accomplish every day no matter what.

Having targets gives us something to measure ourselves against, to find wins no matter how small and keep the positive momentum going. If we’re not striving for our target, whose are we reaching for?

Agenda

A successful day is planned in advance. A great day is scripted from beginning to end. The most productive people I know time block their day. They design their day before it ever starts.

If we’re going to write our own script and not waste the moments of our lives, we have to get the most out of those moments. For me, this starts with an entire work day blocked out the way I want it to go. It probably won’t end that way, but writing it first, puts me in control of the changes because I wrote the script.

We have all of the life we need if we don’t’ waste it.  To not waste our lives, we must become the pragmatic leaders of our own lives. To become the leaders of our lives, we have to write our own scripts. The strength of our production depends on the strength of our script. When we write our goals, our targets and our agenda, we’re scripting our own success.

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