What Are You
Mad About this March?
By Michelle LaBrosse,
PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen
Medina, PMP®, Co-Author
“No great mind has
ever existed without a touch of madness.”
There is a lot of
talk about madness in March. For one, March Madness refers to the
infamous college basketball tournament that takes over every media
outlet. Upon further research, it turns out March Madness can also
refer to the main breeding season of the European hare – and if you
are familiar with the word “twitterpated”, I suspect it is the main
breeding season for many other creatures as well.
With so much talk
about madness – what do we really mean when we say “mad?" One of the
more positive definitions of the word madness is of having ecstasy
and enthusiasm. This positive connotation is the one that I prefer
when I think about madness. And with this definition in mind,
madness is an excellent condition to have at times. Madness causes a
complete devotion to a subject to the point of absurdity. Madness
can consume you so that you can’t focus on anything else but what
you are mad about.
approaches, consider what makes you just mad about your life. For
some, it is watching tall college basketball players running around
in pursuit of the win. For others, it is accomplishing a challenging
goal. This Spring, consider: how can madness help you live a fuller
Get Mad About A
you have a goal in your life that excites and energizes you? The
best goals to get mad about are the ones that are challenging and
yet still achievable for you. This part about being achievable is
important, because if you don’t feel like you can accomplish the
goal, you may just feel overwhelmed rather than excited.
In life, even if
you can find a goal that is challenging and attainable, it may not
always be exciting. To foster excitement and motivation for your
goal, envision how you will feel when that goal is complete. Go
ahead – close your eyes. Imagine that the big, hairy, audacious goal
that you just set out for yourself has just been completed. How do
you feel? How do others feel about you? What can you do now that
your goal is complete?
The more you can
envision yourself in the end point of achieving what it is that you
set out to do, the easier it is to stay inspired and to see your
goal through to completion.
also “mad” because it signifies the start of Spring and new
beginnings. And with anything new and exciting, there can be anxiety
and a sense of urgency in March that destroys all productivity in
favor of sheer exuberance and anticipation for what lies around the
unproductive madness destroy your focus. To tread this fine line
between motivation and procrastination, learn to focus your
excitement about your goal into specific activities and hold
To get focused,
great SMART goals - that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable,
Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Create a calendar on what exactly
you will do every day to accomplish your BIG goal.
to download and use Cheetah’s Monthly Success Accelerator worksheet
to help keep you accountable in reaching your goal.
There is freedom in boundaries. How can you create boundaries
throughout your day to help you better accomplish your goals? Maybe
your boundaries are in fact blocking out some of the madness that
the world can throw at you. From social engagements to personal
obligations, the outside world can ask a lot of us - and if you
don’t set up boundaries for yourself, no one else will.
This Spring, be
one with the madness. Get mad about a goal, turn that madness into a
laser focus, and don’t let external madness keep you from reaching
About the Author:
Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a
penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder
Cheetah Success Series,
and a prolific
whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.
Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees,
contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 50,000
people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative
Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.
Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®),
Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the
Year at the 2008 PMI®
Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought
leader, Michelle is recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most
Influential Women in Project Management in the world.
Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and
websites around the world. Her monthly column, the
Know How Network,
is carried by over 400 publications.
She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President
Management (OPM) program and holds engineering degrees from Syracuse
University and the University of Dayton.