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How to cope with coronavirus and stay positive

How to cope with coronavirus and stay positive


How to cope with Coronavirus and stay positive

The outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has shocked the whole world and huge efforts to battel the virus escalates around the globe with nearly 3 billion people under the COVID-19 Lockdowns.

The world is fighting the invisible enemy, UAE is conducting National Disinfection program with restriction of movement, closure of schools, malls, public gathering and lots of other precautionary measurements to control the Coronavirus which may become stressful for people. Centers for disease control and prevention Highlighted that Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress and staying positive will reflect on you and your loved ones.

10 tips to cope with coronavirus and maintain a positive emotion

Positive emotion increases happiness. Positive emotion is the ability to remain optimistic and view one’s situation from a constructive perspective. The following tips to stay positive:

1- Take a break from social media and news

Limit your access to news to once a day to keep informed to avoid being bombarded with bad news. That reduces the level of stress to your brain and gives the space for positive emotion.

2- Avoid rumors

Rumors increase your fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved ones. Relay on genuine news sources such as the World Health Organization and UAE COVID 19 updates 

Empowering your positive emotion will make you focus on the importance of stay healthy, keep social distance, get a good sleep and eat healthily.

3- Take time to appreciate

Positive emotion is all about appreciating life, home, family and loved ones. Write a daily list of things around you for which you are grateful and share your gratitude with others.

Use the notes feature in Modelawer app to maintain daily gratitude and journal.

4- Connect with others

Connect with especially those you feel happy around, who boost our energy level. Avoid chat and call them, conversation over a phone or video calling makes us feels closer and spread positive emotion.

5- Avoid negative people

In such difficult times, they will be a major energy drainer and sink deep into balm and victim mood which shall negatively affect you. Negativity kills positive emotion, no brainer correct

6- Coronavirus lockdown is an excellent opportunity

Learn something new, you have a quality of time, lots of time don’t waste it in worrying, overwhelming feelings, stress, and anxiety. Read a new book, learn a new skill, practice a hobby which you may forget when you are busy in life and work.

7- Find your life purpose

Empowering your positive emotion will make you realize that not everything in coronavirus is bad. It is the best time now to chill-out, practice meditation, self-reflection and decides what is your purpose? What will you do after that difficult time goes away? Define your goals and plans. Darkness never lasts.

To set, track and achieve your daily goals, download our Goals and notes tracker Modelawer app which helps you create goals, sub goals, set reminders, track performance and create notes on the go

8- Be the source of joy

Positive emotion spread happiness and joy, hence be the source of joy and satisfaction among your family members. Humor is the best defense strategy to empower positivity.

9- Avoid over-thinking of financials

Financials are the most stressful subject now if you still have your job to be grateful. If not use the government support and remember you cannot change destiny, but you are strong enough to cope and build resilience. Empowering positive emotion does not mean it is a magic word that will solve all your problems, it is a way of thinking that makes you ready to evaluate the situation, define options, obstacles and take accurate decisions

10- Leave Home

Due to Coronavirus precautionary measures, the public movement has been restricted. When it is allowed and safe get out of the house and maintain social distance Your body needs to move. fresh air and body movement enhance your mental health and empower your positive emotion. Avoid crowded places, take a walk in your neighborhood, buy a coffee from a drive-through, even if it is not possible just step out to your balcony.


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      Use this coaching tool to understand where you spent your time?

      Use this coaching tool to understand where you spent your time?

      Do you feel that you run out of time? Do you feel you are procrastinating? If so, you are not alone. However, sinking in that feeling leads to anxiety and stress. Don’t you feel so? If you are reading this now, I am guessing that you have different ways to manage your time, you have created different To Do Lists which, I would say the majority failed to be achieved. creating a priority matrix is a must to avoid stress and reach your goals.

      Before I go further, I do tell my clients during coaching sessions that willingness and commitment to change is the magic key for any solution, hence I want you to have the willingness and commitment!

      Having a heavy weighted and endless To Do List, create the burden feeling that lead to anxiety and end up feeling stressed and tend to leave it behind or in-another word, procrastinating, the easy fix is to set your priority matrix to chop your to-dos!

      At Modelawer coaching programs we offer different tools for our clients, one of them is the chopping is a tool to help them and will help you in problem solving and deal with obstacles to ensure creating and effective To Do List after defining what is important for your and set the priority matrix table.

      What is priority matrix?

      A priority matrix is a strong time management tool, priority matrix helps you concentrate on what is important without forgetting what is critical. Priority matrix has four sections developed by Stephen covey. He divided the priority matrix into two dimensions: urgency and important, impact and critical.

      The formula is simple: set your set your goals, define your priority matrix, chop what is not important, not critical, be committed and your get what you want!

      What is To-do chopping?

      To Do List simply it is a mechanism to achieve your goal. Grocery, wedding, birthday party, meeting, a project in the pipeline, lose weight, setting up your own business and lot more, at end of the day it is a goal, any goal should be a SMART goal otherwise the possibility of not reaching it is high. To do list is one of the mechanisms that help you to stay on track, however, when the To Do List seem to never end, it becomes a must to get clarity into where and how you should be spending your time which only happens when you create your priority matrix. The issue is not the goal or its To Do List, the issue is what around that!

      The starting point will be the chopping tool, where you chop down your To Do List, and will tell you how?

      How does it work?

      Step 1: Write down the goal ultimate result or result you want to achieve.

      I have covered in the previous post how to set to a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely), that will help you and achieving your goal, however in this tool, you write down the ultimate result you looking for and discover your priority matrix.

      Example: Get the project done by the end of the month!

      5 things you need to follow to achieve your goals

      Step 2: Write down what’s on your plate right now in the To Do List.

      Take your time in this step where is the important in the process of defining your priority matrix, write down everything you have and currently busy with, write do everything that may or may not affect your goal. This step is very essential

      Example: I must fly to Saudi Arabia next week, I have a meeting in Abu Dhabi tomorrow, invited for launch in Dubai, two other projects in the pipeline, family commitment and so on and so forth.

      Step 3: write down the distractions.

      priority matrix ultimate goal is to let go what is not important and not critical, distractions is the most time consuming and real-time wasters. List down all distractions that affect your To Do List directly and indirectly.

      Example: Engaged in lots of meetings during the day.

      Step 4: priority matrix table

      Draw a box and divide it into 4 categories as follow:

      1. Critical and Important
      2. Important and Not Critical
      3. Critical and Not Important
      4. Not Important and Not critical

      Step 5: Classify and write-down each point listed in Step 2 and 3 into one of the four categories

      Congratulation! you’ve created your priority matrix

      priority matrix

      Now lets understand your priority matrix

      1. Critical and Important Must to do and need your attention in your To Do List where it shall affect directly on your target. This category is highly linked with time, usually involve a tight deadline, important meeting, urgent family matter, etc. Tip: You should consider this category while you plan your goals milestone and To-do list, time will be an important factor here.
      2. Important Not Critical This category is most likely in your To Do List will be things that fulfill you, give you a sense of achievement, and joy. It may include family and friends gathering, a book to read, gym time, research, preparing for a meeting, etc. Don’t ignore them where they are still important to you and not achieving them will lead to stress! Tip: there is a possibility to delegate those tasks and issues, don’t fear delegations it relives you to focus on what is important
      3. Critical, Not Important Things in the To Do List that are urgent and time factor are essential but not importantly done by you, such as urgent meeting but not important to be attended by you or critical reports by not a must to be done by you from scratch. Tip: Delegate, Delegate, and delegate! And create a dialogue with stakeholders make them understand that it is OK not to be done by you directly.They are low-value interruptions and usually something that can easily be done by someone else especially if we take the time to train them.
      4. Not Important and Not critical Congratulation! You identify what is not directly important or critical to you. Most likely these are the distractions and time wasters which hold you back from achieving your goals. Such as endless social media scroll down, Junk-Emails, meaningless phone-calls or meetings. Tip: It is time to let go!

      Finally, SMART goals, chopping To-Do list and priority matrix table are tools that helps you achieve what you want but it won’t guarantee that! You should hold your self-committed and accountable for your life goals. I would be happy to be your accountability partner, books a free session for life coaching in Dubai, career coaching in Dubai and executive coaching in Dubai and let’s start a great journey today!

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      A Good Leader Knows the Team’s Colors

      A Good Leader Knows the Team’s Colors

      A Good Leader Knows the Team’s Colors


      Leadership can be a very challenging task. As leaders, we don’t always get to choose who is on our team. In fact, very often a leader inherits a team, of which most of the members have been there far longer than the leader, and may even know more about the work than the leader. Whatever the situation, one of the responsibilities of a leader is to motivate the team to all work together towards the common goal. This can be a daunting challenge. So often the team is comprised of very diverse members, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and work styles. The team dynamics are also often complicated by internal disagreements and personal conflicts. The leader, not only has worked with this group of people but also needs to achieve the results expected by their superiors.

      Leaders can greatly benefit from being able to identify the types of personality characteristics of team members. By understanding the basic personality types, the leader can use the individual strengths of members for the good of the team, as well as assign tasks that individual team members naturally excel in. A leader can also learn to communicate in a way that is motivating, by taking into account the needs, values and working preferences of different team members.

      A good leadership quality is to give the greatest results by working and utilizing the strengths and working style characteristics of the personalities on the team. By correctly positioning the individual members strengths and compensating for weaknesses, the leader can bring the team into a productive balance and harmony.


      Four main personality types:

      A brief overview of the different values and working styles of the four main personality types demonstrates the importance of this knowledge being part of the successful leadership toolbox. The four types of personality will be described using the colors Gold, Blue, Green, and Orange.

      Good leader

      The Gold:
      The strong Gold employee takes work and responsibility very seriously. Gold personalities want to contribute, be part of the team, and to be successful and productive. They respond well to recognition, rewards, and incentives. However, Gold team members need well-definedresponsibilities and structure, firm expectations and timelines as well as being reassured from the authority that they are on the right track.

      The Blue:
      The strong Blue personality needs an open, social atmosphere to be able to work well. Relationships are very important for them, and they need the freedom to be able to nurture relationships with coworkers, customers, and employers. Conflict and intense competition are painful for a strong Blue, but they will thrive in a positive, creative, service orientated atmosphere.

      The Green:
      A strong Green personality is more noted for expertise rather than people skills. They are excellent working with facts, data, research, and analytical projects. Greens shine in their ability for designing, understanding complex systems and strategy. Facts are of utmost importance for the Green, but they have a weakness for routine follow through and are somewhat insensitive in social interactions.

      The Orange:
      Orange team members are noticeable by their energy, skill, and creativity. A key factor for an Orange is the freedom to be able to use their skills and abilities. If there is too much structure, or their boss is very authoritarian, the orange personality feels blocked and does not function well. Orange personalities like people and work well in a spirit of teamwork, competition, and camaraderie. They are action-orientated, though and become impatient with prolonged talking and detailed administrative tasks.

      Final Thoughts:
      During my leadership coaching sessions, I focus with my client on the importance of understanding his team personalities and how to deal with the team differences in order to reach a high level of transformational leadership that he/she aim to reach. A leader, by knowing the colors of his team, can use this knowledge to blend the team members into a unified, well coordinated picture poised for success. By facilitating each team member to function in their areas of natural strength and motivating them by communicating in a way that inspires harmony and teamwork, the leader is well on the way to achieving extraordinary results.


      Don’t hesitate to drop me an email with your thoughts on the subject, coach@modelawer.com and if interested to have a free session with me, book my calendar today. I do offer different programs that tailored based on the exceptions and targeted results for my clients.



          What is delegation and why it is important for you and your team?

          What is delegation and why it is important for you and your team?

           You have reached your office in the morning, had your coffee and started with daily activity and to-do list, suddenly and email pop-up, reminder, notification on your phone maybe it is a tweet. Another Email pop-up, WhatsApp message, phone rings and again and again. Things keep showing up that push your proprieties down. That makes you feel what to do? Everything is important and you should get the job done! 

          Your inner self-talk starts the dialog; why don’t you respond right now on that Email it seems important? Why don’t you answer that call? Come-on reply to the WhatsApp it won’t take a moment! You should attend that meeting no one will solve the issue except you! And that report needs to be done today as well!

          You are getting stressed, energy level going down and anxiety going up. Self-talk starts again to ping in your mind; time is not enough, I won’t be able to finish all this, OK why don’t I ask one of my team to finish the report? No, he won’t be able to do it, mmmm ok why don’t I ask my team leader to attend that meeting? No, only me who can solve this issue. mmmm ok let’s not respond on this Email now? No, if I respond that will make the sender satisfied and that will have a good impact on me!

          It’s 10 pm and you still at the office, totally exhausted and? you know the answer; Nothing happened, you leave the office feeling? You know the answer; totally burn-out with zero energy and satisfaction.

          All that goes in your mind now is Time management, but imagine Time as a cup, what happened when you keep pouring water in that cup till it is full but you keep pouring? 

          It is not the 8 hours which you need to manage, it is what you do in those 8 hours!

          So, what should I do? Delegate, delegate, and delegate!




          To delegate is to assign any authority to another person (normally from a manager to a subordinate) to carry out specific activities. However, the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work.

           In my coaching sessions that cover career coaching or executive coaching, the client usually says; I do delegate, of-course I delegate! My question will be; what do you delegate? 

          There is a difference between Assign responsibilities and Delegation 

          Assigning responsibility to the team is a work-as-usual concept it is a task that he/she will be doing as part of their job description, on the other hand, Delegation is assigning your power to act and decide to someone else under your responsibility.



          Many of us know the benefits and aims of delegation. But in reality, managers and executives become discontented when they hear this word, as it seems to them that in the delegation, they will lose their authority and their power. They naturally will go into the self-defense mode with the excuse of; it will take more time to explain and train the person, I am the only one who can do this, I don’t trust my team capability to do this! And so on. The inner perfectionist keeps pushing you to “But I can’t delegate this!” trap but all these fears are a myth. Hence top reasons for failure are;

          • They think delegation is just passing off work to someone else, so they don’t do it and ends up wasting their time as well as the company’s time 
          • They think they can do it better, which is a sign that you need to build more trust in your team
          • They’re nervous about letting go, they feel they are in power when they tend to do everything themselves.
          • Lose the image of “I-know-it All”, however, you should understand that your team success is your success. The credit will still come back to you but as a leader not as a doer
          • They’re worried delegating will take longer than just doing the work, which is true the first time you start to delegate a task but over time it will decrease and free yourself for what is more important.

          Delegation does not mean delegate it and forget it or micromanaging, either. Delegation is a high-level leadership skill that can be learned and enhanced by the time.


          Leadership expert James McGregor Burns introduced the concept of transformational leadership in his 1978 book, “Leadership  

          He defined transformational leadership as a process where “leaders and their followers raise one another to higher levels of morality and motivation.”

          Would you think this can have happened without delegation?



          As a leader or manager, you need to learn and accept delegation for the following reasons.

          • You can’t and shouldn’t do everything yourself.
          • Your primary job is to make sure that others are doing what they have been assigned to accomplish.
          • Delegation allow yourself time to plan, effectively manage and monitor permeance 
          • You are not dumping on people by delegating, you are assigning responsibility for outcomes along with the authority to do what is needed to produce the desired results.
          • Delegation is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of a strong leader.
          • Delegation empowers your team, builds trust, develop new skills and gain knowledge.

          Delegation reflects a high level of respect for your team and tends to have a high level of commitment in return from your team to the organization and yourself!



          Efficiency is a key factor of success in any process, despite delegation is an extremely important skill for a leader but not everything shall be delegated. 

          The following represents the ideal tasks to be delegated:

          • Tiny and Tedious: Little things and mindless tasks that do not add to you any value but consume your time. Such as scheduling meetings, booking flight or copy-paste repetitive information. You definitely agree with me that those could be and must be delegated, don’t you?
          • Easy-Peasy: Tasks that could easily be explained to someone else to complete, if it does not require expertise that only you can provide, then delegate it.
          • Not your core: tasks that require skills you don’t have and shall take you lots of time to accomplish it. It’s better to delegate those tasks and save your time.


          New managers or leaders usually emotionally attached to their old role; they perform tasks that no longer part of their job. If you recently to a higher role, just hand over any task or project in the pipeline to your successor.

          How to Delegate Tasks Effectively?



          Don’t delegate overnight, communicate with the team, make them understand why you delegate, transfer your vision and make them feel you are empowering them.
          Choose the right candidate for the job
          You know each of your team members’ skills and capabilities. Chose the right person for the right task, this matching is essential to succeed in your delegation process. For Example, don’t delegate a tedious task to a super highly active person.
          Transfer knowledge
          You are the guru of what you do, don’t expect your team will be just “plug-and-play” the assigned task. Provider the information, know-how, milestones, deadline, etc.

          Provide training
          Make sure the person tasked with the job got the skills and tools to succeed and that happen through proper training. Explain, take them through the process, do it yourself then let them do it.
          Delegate authority not only responsibility:
          Empower the person with the authority that accompanied the responsibly. That empowers him/her while performing the task. If he needs to go back to your with ever step for a decision, it will end up that he is doing your work and both of you will lose your time.

          Monitor results and provide Feed-forward
          Nothing worse than blame mode that the manager uses when things go wrong, your delegation does not mean you are hands-off. You are the leader. Instead, monitor performance and give feed-forward.
          Feedforward is a concept originated by Marshall Goldsmith_ leadership coach_ which focuses on the future, not the past, one how to change and enhance.
          Be grateful to your team, provide appreciation, motivate them and thank them.



          Do not expect instant perfection. Do not expect every delegation to work out flawlessly. But do not give up.  Effective delegation will increase trust and commitment with your Team, 

          Delegation sounds easy—and others who can do it well make it look easy—but passing the baton effectively requires a lot of trust, communication, and coordination. Still, if you learn how to delegate—and you do it well—everyone on your team wins.




              5 things you need to follow to achieve your goals

              5 things you need to follow to achieve your goals

              5 steps you need to follow to achieve your goals


              Goal setting refers to listing the things that you would like to achieve; however, most people end up writing a wish list! Which remains as a wish list and goal never been achieved.

              Setting a goal with a general statement ends with zero results.

              You feel you putting weight, you set a goal to lose some weight. You want to get fit, you set a goal to subscribe to a gym. It has been 3 years in the same job position, you set a goal to get promoted.

              What happens after you set those goals? You try different diet programs and nothing happens, you join the gym and hardly go, and, you work hard for long hours at the office but never get promoted.

              Do you wonder why you don’t achieve what you want to achieve? Simply coz your goals are general and vague.



              When you set any goal, ask your self how important it is? How badly you want this to happen?
              And be clear and straight with yourself no one monitors you except yourself.

              If this goal is truly important for you then you have to understand that everything in life you want to reach, there will be a price (time, effort, energy, etc.). are you willing to pay the price? If yes, then go ahead, continue reading and achieve your goals.

              Set your goal using the SMART Goal setting method. SMART goal stands for:

              Specific: A clear and well-defined goal

              Measurable: A goal with specific milestones that you can measure the progress towards
              accomplishing the goal.

              Achievable: You must be able to achieve. In goals setting Sky is not the limit!

              Realistic: A goal that is important and adds to your life purpose.

              Timely: A goal must have a start and end date.


              BE SPECIFIC

              For example, do you remember the new year resolutions? How many of them came true? At the beginning of each year, you set resolutions from diverse areas, such as work, health, leisure, relationships, etc. if you must do something every day toward each resolution you set to achieve your goal. Will you have a higher chance to succeed if you divided your efforts between 15 different resolutions or only 3-5 resolutions? It seems like Easy-Peasy answer, right?

              Focus on what important to you and what you really need to remove all other “good to have” ideas which to be classified as a wish list for the time being.

              Avoid general statements, such as “I want to lose weight”. Be specific, “I want to lose 10Kg”. another example, change “I want to focus on my relationship” to “I want to take my spouse to dinner”.

              Stake your actionable goals to a routine so that you won’t forget it or procrastinate. For example, I will call my mother every day right after I brush my teeth.

              Use Warren Buffett’s 5-25 strategy for goal setting

              Achieve your goals

              Warren Buffett, an investor and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has built a fortune of wealth—a net worth close to $89.2 billion. Warren Buffett uses highly effective strategies that help him to get more done in less time than most people achieve in a lifetime.

              MEASURE YOUR GOALS

              You can’t control what you don’t measure. You simply let it for hopes and wishes!

              Set a measurement mechanism for your short-term goals and long-term goals, those measurements act as your milestones toward achieving your goals and give you feedback on your progress toward the goal. It helps you to stay motivated and also allows you to adjust your plans if needed. Use a visual cue, such as a daily planner.

              For example, your goal to go to the gym three days a week, every time you go checkmark that day. That will remind you about how much progress has been made, and that feedback motivates you to keep going. Be creative and use any means that you like and enjoy, what important is, to keep measuring your goal progress.



              Set your goals that match with your environut, life purpose, and available resources. Your dreams and vision are where the sky is the limit, it is where you have no boundaries for your thoughts and things want to achieve, however, goals should be practical and achievable, otherwise, you will end up overwhelmed and disappointed.

              This is one of the critical areas while I do a life coaching or executive coaching with my clients, we all may have tons of goals that keep us motivated and positive, however, I ensure that my client goal is achievable and he/she got the required resources for that.

              For example, if your work requires that you travel around different cities in GCC and Mena and your goal is to go to the gym three times a week. Will you be able to do this in Dubai? Will your traveling scheduled facilitate or stop you from achieving your goal?


              BE REALISTIC

              One of the reasons that make you fail in achieving your goals is by trying to achieve too much too quickly.

              Long term goals that lead to life transformation can’t happen overnight, hence divide your goal into sub-goals that can be achieved and keeps you motivated.

              Short terms goals should be realistic and relevant to your resources in means of time, skills, environment, support you need, and stakeholders involved

              Set an upper limit for your goal tracking measurement. for example, I want to go to the gym for 3 days, but not more than 4 days. This upper limit helps you to stay within the sweet spot and avoid being burnout.


              SET TIME BOUNDS

              Knowing when exactly your uber driver will arrive, is the success factor for uber and what makes can’t live without google maps is not only its accuracy but also knowing when exactly we will reach our destination. And this is how your goals should be!

              Define a start and end time for your goal.

              Define when shall you regularly review the goal performance.

              And finally, your goal will be “I will lose 10Kg in 30 days, by going to the gym 3 max 4 times a day and last meal at 8 pm”.


              Download the SMART goal questionaire (PDF)



                  Warren Buffett’s 5/25 Strategy: How to prioritize your goals

                  Warren Buffett’s 5/25 Strategy: How to prioritize your goals


                  Focus on a limited number of goals

                  Warren Buffett, an
                  investor and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has built a fortune of wealth—a net
                  worth close to $89.2 billion. Warren Buffett uses highly effective strategies that
                  help him to get more done in less time than most people achieve in a lifetime.

                  In a conversation between
                  Warren Buffett and his Pilot, Buffett recommended a strategy to help prioritization that always stuck with me. It’s simple, clean, and helps get to the heart of what you should be working on.

                  Warren Buffett’s 5/25 Strategy

                  The story started when
                  Warren Buffett has a conversation with his private jet pilot, Mike Flint Who had piloted for Buffett for 10 years. Flint was a successful man in his field.  Buffett said to him, “The fact that you’re still working for me, tells me I’m not doing my job. You should be
                  out, going after more of your goals and dreams.”

                  Buffett then walked Flint
                  through a simple 4 step process to gain clarity on priorities and achieve goals.

                  Step 1: define your top 25 goals.

                  The first thing Warren
                  Buffett asked Flint to do was to list the most important career goals he wanted to achieve in his lifetime. These would total to 25 goals.

                  Flint spent some time and
                  came up with the 25 career
                  goals that he felt were most important to him.


                  Take your time in this stage, it is the time to write down every goal you have in mind. What you most passionate about? What would you feel amazing to achieve? What keeps you up in the night?
                  What do you want to do right now?

                  Step 2: Draw a circle around your top 5 goals.

                  Once Flint compiled his
                  list of 25 career goals,
                  Buffett asked him to draw a circle around his top 5 most important goals. Then, Buffett
                  asked, “Are you sure these are the absolute highest priority for you.” Flint
                  replied, “Yes.”


                  This is will be a
                  difficult stage because each goal sounds important for you, but hang on, don’t give up, go through the list and reflect. Elimination concept will help you,
                  start to eliminate goals that are good to have, do not actually fulfill your passion and desires, what is not really important for you now, and then start to focus on what is the most exciting and got the highest priority for you.

                  Step 3: Focus on Your Top 5 Goals.

                  After the brief discussion,
                  Flint said to Buffett, “Warren, these are the most important things in my life right now. I’m going to get to work on them right away. I’ll start tomorrow.
                  Actually, no I’ll start tonight.”


                  Those top 5 are now your to-do list, give your attention and focus on those 5 goals and only those! Do not move on to any other thing before you achieve those 5 goals.

                  Step 4: Avoid the 20 goals (avoid list)

                  Buffett replied, “but what about these other 20 things on your list that you didn’t circle? What is
                  your plan for completing those?” Flint replied swiftly, “Well the top five are my primary focus but the other twenty come in at a close second. They are still important, so I’ll work on those intermittently as I see fit as I’m getting through my top 5. They are not as urgent, but I still plan to give them
                  dedicated effort.”

                  After a moment of silence, Buffett looked straight into Flint’s eyes and said, “No. You’ve got it wrong Steve. Everything you didn’t circle just became you ‘avoid at all cost list’. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve
                  cussed with your top 5”


                  Strictly consider the bottom 20 as your avoid list, even if you feel overwhelmed, struggling with progress, procrastinating, etc. don’t fall back on items 6-25. Even if they sound achievable.

                  If you reflect effectively on the 25 goals and select your top 5, then follow your decision and don’t allow your self-doubt to control you. When you think about those goals, ask yourself why? Is there something on your top 5 list you should be doing? Is there are obstacles shown up in the road to achievement? How would you deal with this? What the one step you can take now toward those top 5 goals?

                  Apply 5/25 Strategy on every aspect

                  The strategy does not
                  only apply to a career, but it also applies to every aspect of life. Whether it
                  is life goals, career goals, leadership goals,
                  etc. you can apply the 5/25 strategy for better focus and prioritization of
                  your everyday goals.
                  For Example:


                  List down your relationship goals i.e.
                  spend more time with family, friends, the team at work, networking, etc., then
                  decide your top 5 goals
                  and focus on these only.


                  List down your business goals i.e. to
                  launch your new startup idea, build your marketing strategy, fundraising, hire
                  more staff, etc. and focus only on the top 5 goals.


                  Apply the same on all
                  life aspects and goals.

                  Say no to the Inessential

                  Time and energy are limited resources, wasting them in too many wish lists will lead you nowhere. I
                  emphasize “Saying no to the inessential goals) in my life coaching, executive coaching, and most importantly career and teenagers coaching sessions with my clients.

                  Stop spreading yourself thin by chasing too many goals at the same time. That makes you easily distracted and lose focus. Start to apply Warren Buffett’s 5/25 strategy is an effective tool that will help you prioritize your most important goals and achieve results in life.

                  I share the same strategy
                  with my client in life
                  coaching, executive
                  coaching, career
                  coaching and teenager
                  coaching during the sessions in Dubai and online in different other
                  cities. Use this simple strategy in everything such as short term goals, personal goals, yearly goals, health goals, education goals, etc.

                  Final thoughts:

                  Try this strategy today,
                  see how it will help you to effectively prioritize your goals and stay focused. Focus on what is really
                  important for you now and forget the rest.

                  Feel free to email me Coach@modelawer.com
                  if you need any support from my side or have any questions.

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