You Better Work Bitch

You Better Work BitchBring it on
Ring the alarm
Don’t stop now
Just be the champion
Work it hard like it’s your profession
Watch out now
‘Cause here it comes

You better work bitch.

Now, I’m not going to make any assumptions on what Britney is singing about in her latest hit. I’ll admit, it’s catchy, but I’m sure she’s not singing about being productive in the, uh, workplace… Context aside, the hook can be applied to your life as a leader.

Translated from pop-lingo into english, Britney is basically saying: No one is going to hand you the things you want, if you want something, you have to work for it. Great advice and that’s coming from a women who really did work for everything. Whether you love her, or hate her, you at the very least have to respect the pop empire she’s built over the past 10 years.

You Better Work: The Practical Application

How do you work for the things you want? There are four things you need to start doing today in order to achieve your goals.
Assess Your Goals
This is an easy one but something most people don’t do. You can’t achieve a goal if you don’t know what it is. Formalize what it is you want by writing it down. Keep your goal list somewhere permanent, somewhere you can constantly be reminded of what you’re working toward.

Formulate a Plan
Say you want to purchase a new car. How do you get there? It certainly isn’t by walking onto a car dealership with a blank check (unless you’re fortunate enough to have that kinda walking around cash). In order to get that new car or whatever it is you have to have a plan. Write out the steps to how you’re going to get there. If its a car you probably need to do some research into car models. Once you decide on a car, you need to shop around for a loan and think about financing. Are there other bills you need to clear off your plate before you invest in something new? Think about your goal from all angles and formulate your plan accordingly.

Limit Your Goals
We all want the world to be our oyster, but we have to sleep, right? You can have it all but you can’t have it all, today. It’s ok to have a long list of goals but you need to prioritize. For the entire year of 2013 I have 11 goals I want to accomplish. I’m sure if I thought about it, I could add 10 more, but these would only distract from those goals I have prioritized as the most important. Some of my goals are contingent on others. For instance I can’t apply to grad school if I don’t take the GRE. Try to link goals together to make them success more likely.

Learn to Say No
This goes along with prioritizing. Saying no has just as much of an impact on your success as saying yes does, in fact it may have more. For every additional project or task you take on, it can potentially distract from your personal goals. You know your own limits, so take this into consideration when working toward your goals.

Pick up what I’m putting down? Now get to work bitch. Cue music

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