If you have ever set a goal, then you know that there are certain steps involved in achieving your goals. There are certain things that you will need to do and some things you might need to stop doing. Any goal that is worth having will require that you spend some time and effort in pursuit of it.
Goals should be broken down into short, medium and long term goals. This will depend on the amount of time it will take to achieve it. Example, somebody who wants to lose 100 pounds to be their ideal size, that will obviously take some work and time. There may sometimes be a shortcut, like going for liposuction, but that person will probably put the weight back on over time if nothing changes in their life. So it is best to put in the effort, which includes the need to change habits, taking massive action and have persistence.
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Achieving your goals takes sacrifice
Anybody who has achieved a goal will tell you that, achieving your goals will take some sacrifice. This is true for most goals. Somebody who wants to make an additional income, will need to sacrifice some free time to build a part time business. To lose weight you have to sacrifice some of those snacks.
The problem is that many people don’t like to make the changes they need to. They need to reprogram their brain to do things differently. They have trouble with the short term sacrifice to achieve the long term success. One key reason for this is often the way in which they motivate themselves.
“Before you begin scrambling up the ladder of success, make sure that it is leaning against the right building.” ― Stephen Covey
10 Tips for achieving your goals
1) The first thing to decide is if you are merely interested or if you are totally committed.
Interest is not enough to stay on track. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. You need commitment to your goal. Ask yourself, what it is that you really want and how you can make sure you stay committed. Make sure that it is your goal and not somebody else’s.
2) Be totally clear in your mind what your goal is. Create a sensory specific goal.
Meaning, what you will you see, hear, feel, taste, smell and say to yourself when you achieved your goal. This will help to create a strong desire and commitment to create it in the physical world. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey says that, all things are created twice. First the mental creation and then the physical creation of all things.
3) Make a list of the short-term sacrifices you have to make.
This should include everything that you have to give up or stop doing. Also add the things that you will have to do.
4) Check if you need to give the things up temporarily or permanently.
This will depend on the type of goal and if it is important in maintaining the goal.
5) Decide if you are willing to give up those things up.
Example, to lose weight you might have to give up eating chips in front of the TV at 10 pm. Are you prepared to have a healthier diet?
6) Now re-frame.
Instead of looking at what you have to give up, rather look at what you will gain by doing each of those things. Meaning, instead of having a picture in your mind of giving up chips, rather imagine yourself in your ideal dress or suit size.
7) Decide on what you might have to do in pursuit of your goals.
Example, going for a walk or the gym if it is to lose weight. Or making an additional 10 cold calls per day if it is to grow your business.
8) Commit to doing the things you set out to do and don’t compromise.
It is easier to do something at 100% than to maintain 90%. This is how new habits are formed. Example, if you chose to mediate in the morning, do it every morning and not just 3 mornings a week. It is all too easy to lie in and say, “I will do it tomorrow.” I would suggest reading the book, “The compound effect,” by Darren Hardy.
9) Be accountable for your actions.
If you find it difficult to stay accountable to yourself, then be accountable to your family. Being held accountable, helps to push through the tough times.
10) Review your progress and any changes in circumstances regularly.
Things change, people change, goals change. What we set as a goal now, may change on our journey to achieving it. Sometimes people realize what they set as a goal was not really the thing they wanted. Example, people often ant more money, however more money is very really the actual goal. What they often really want it what more money will give them, for example more choices or freedom.
Bonus tip for achieving your goals
Celebrate yourself for little milestones.
Example, if you have been investing time to making extra cold calls to grow your business, then take you family to dinner when you get more sales.
So now you have some tips to help you to achieve your goals. Now all you have to do is to become clear on what you want and set them.
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