Give me a few minutes and I’ll explain why you need to have the “My Crappy Life” Vision and as a bonus how your Not-To-Do list can help you in achieving your goals.


The other day I delivered my “Intro to Strat Planning” workshop, I’ve explained the importance of the Big Goal and the Vision. And how they motivate you.

And while they DO give you the energy to keep going, and getting things done, it is not always about this kind of motivation.

You see, your motivation is always fluctuating. It is completely normal. What is not normal is to allow your productivity to fluctuate! At least I think it is not a good idea. Here where the Discipline is coming to help!

Let’s talk a little about the discipline. If you google it, the first definition that you’ll find is:

“Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience”

Interesting, right?

Brings us right to the “Carrot and Stick” argument in team management.

I’ve gone through a lot of leadership and management training, personally, I don’t see a general agreement on when, how, and why we use the Stick and when, how, and why we use the Carrot. But one thing I know for sure:

In certain circumstances, both have their place, and both are working.

So while the majority of the coaches and consultants out there are speaking about the Carrot side, the positive motivation. I want to invite you to the dark side!

Charlie Munger once said that people would be far better served to replace their “What My Ideal Life Would Look Like” picture with the “What My Crappy Life Would Look Like”. I think there is some rationale in this statement.

My idea is to combine the two visions in Strategic Planning. You are going to work on the “My Crappy Life Strat Plan” EXACTLY the same way as you did with your positive Start Plan.

Grab a piece of paper and draw a vision of your “Crappy Life”! How would it look like? What you’d feel?

But hey, don’t get dramatic, because you may end up with something like this:

“I wake up in a flat TV box under the bridge. Drink my morning river water and go to collect garbage for my breakfast”

No… Be realistic… You know what kind of life you want to avoid, right?

Now, when you have it in front of you, start planning the actions you need to take! What do you need to do to get this “Crappy Life” Vision closer?

Do you start to see where I’m going with this?

Here is your Not-To-Do List!

Put it beside your To-Do List and here you go! You’ve got yourself a “Discipline booster”! And now, every time you do something, you know which of the visions is getting closer!

So when you are taking some time off the hard work on getting closer to your “Ideal Life” Vision, put your “Crappy Life” together. Then work on your No-To-Do List. I promise you a few “aha moments” if you approach it seriously.

I hope this little article made you stop and think. Please comment and add questions. Argue! We’ll get it refined!

As always, I’m looking for your questions and comments. Please see my other articles for more ideas and insights.

And if you need a little help with this or any other business-related issue, me and my team are always here to help!

Because at Congruent Clarity – Your Success is My Story

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