WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? We all need to develop success strategies to help us to get closer to acquisition of our goals. Where are you with respect to goal acquisition?
I made a list of some helpful hints.
Find a Mentor
Find your mentors among the people you know who are 10 steps ahead of you in your field, role, or industry, doing what you want to, in the way you want to. Connect with new people who you can help, and who will find it a mutually rewarding and beneficial experience to support you. If you don’t know of any inspiring people that fit this bill, you need to go out and find them. The right mentor can help you with attaining amazing results.
Write down your goals in detail
Lewis Carroll wrote, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there,” but how important are goals really. If they are vital, how can we make them most effective?
Jack Canfield has said that valid goals should have target dates, detailed plans and pictures to reinforce.
Brian Tracy said, those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not. Who doesn’t want to accomplish 85% more?
- Believe you can achieve your goals
The late Napoleon Hill said:
“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.”
Many people mistakenly believe that you just need to “Think and Grow Rich” as per the title of his book. What they forget about, or are not aware of, is that Hill said: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
It’s not only about thinking, it’s about believing. And, this is where so many people get it wrong. If you don’t believe you can achieve something your negative thoughts will make sure you don’t achieve it. In fact, if you’re like the average person, chances are you won’t even try something new if you think you won’t be successful. Implement your unique success strategies. Believe in yourself!
- Stop Blaming others
That means stop blaming your Mom or Dad, or your boss, or your wife or anything else.
“An important decision I made was to resist playing the Blame Game. The day I realized that I am in charge of how I will approach problems in my life, that things will turn out better or worse because of me and nobody else, that was the day I knew I would be a happier and healthier person. And that was the day I knew I could truly build a life that matters.”
― Steve Goodier, minister, syndicated columnist and author
- Practice the Rule of Five
“The Rule of Five”: A commitment to taking five daily actions that would quickly move your goal towards completion.
For Jack Canfield, the author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, that meant having five radio interviews every day; sending out five review copies to editors who would review their book; calling five network (MLMs) agencies and asking them to buy their book as a motivational tool for salespeople; and giving a seminar to at least five people and selling the book in the back of the room.
The Rule of Five is effective in creating your success strategies because it forces you to think outside the box and consider actions you may not have previously considered.
For example, if you are dieting, what five daily actions could you take that would help you lose weight? The obvious would be exercise and eat healthy foods, but what other actions could you take that would contribute to your goal in the long-term? These could include learning a new healthy recipe, taking the stairs instead of the escalator, emailing a health professional for advice, read an article on weight loss, and add a picture of your ideal clothing size to a vision board to motivate you.
If you’re an entrepreneur and have a monetary goal, you could email five new prospects daily or take five unrelated actions, such as creating a finance tracker on Excel and updating it daily; making five cold calls; writing copy; working on your website or reading 10% of a Kindle book on marketing.
- Embrace change.
“The best kind of change comes when you envision, initiate and control it. That type of change creates opportunities, transforms companies and ignites growth,” according to Rose Fass, CEO of the consulting firm, Fassforward. Otherwise, you’re faced with the damaging prospect of “change that happens in spite of you, rather than because of you.”
- It’s never too late.
It’s never too late to get back up and show what you are and where you can be.
Don’t be defined by your past, your past is the tutor of your present and is always preparing you for new experiences. Forget about disappointment or any past mistakes that is keeping you from moving forward. It’s never too late for a new beginning.
- What others think about you is none of your business.
Many of us are guilty. Every day from the moment we wake up, we live our lives caring what other people think of us.
We accept the status quo for what it is because everyone around us does. We tiptoe our way through life by doing things in order to please others, not because it’s what we believe in. Eventually our actions, appearances, and lives become molded by how we think other people perceive us. How are these clothes are going to make me look? What will people think if I spoke out? Are those people talking behind my back?
It’s exhausting. It’s stressful. It has to stop. Living a life based on what other people think is a most difficult way to live. You can become the hopeless spectator who waits for other people to take action first. It makes you become a follower. Worst of all, it makes you become someone who doesn’t take a personal stand for anything.
Worrying too much about what other people think can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, because the way we think starts to become the way we behave.
“Don’t worry; be happy” is such a better way to live.