1. Commit to just one business and one personal goal. Sure, it’s okay to have other ‘sub-goals’ but these goals should support the main goals. E.g., your business goal could be to increase my sales by 40%. A sub-goal might be to plan and review each day with care at 21h00. Ask yourself, “Do my sub-goals support my main goals?”
2. Make your goals are specific and measurable. Give them a date or a ‘by-when.’ One of the biggest recipes for failure is keeping goals open-ended, in an effort to avoid failure. Trouble is, you fail by default if you don’t make the commitment and make it specific and measurable. The real victory is in having a go. Lose weight, becomes, lose 9kg’s by 30 June 2018.
3. Keep a constant eye on your goals, habits, actions and progress. What you put your attention on grows. You will fail, you will over-commit and you will try to do too much, or some variety of such. Be compassionate with yourself and do your best. Review your goals each day, week, month, and quarter. You’ll be setting yourself up to win. I suggest you have all your goals, milestones and rituals on one document or use one system, like Trello, Evernote, an Excel Spreadsheet, Word Document or using your calendar to enter commitment dates.
4. Build one main, or Root Habit, as I call it, and ask yourself, “if I did this every day or on a consistent basis, would it have a positive effect on my goals?” You’ll know the answer. It could be taking exercise each day, planning and reviewing each day, journaling each day, or whatever your thing is. Build other habits when the root ones are established.
5. Exercise self-discipline and delay gratification. Without this, things are just not going to happen, as we know they could. Most people I speak to raise their eyes to the heavens and shrug their shoulders knowingly when I ask them if self-discipline would make a difference. Of course, it would! The main way to exercise it is to practice delaying what you’d like to do, in favour of what needs to be done. Watch this brilliant five minute TED talk to see what I mean.
6. Shut up about your goals! Research has shown that the more you talk about your goals to others, the less likely you are to achieve them. This is because our sub-conscious mind is tricked into believing that they have already been achieved! If you want to be successful the most important thing you can do find someone to hold you accountable, whether it be a ‘buddy system’, a coach or an accountability group.
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