There’s been too much written content on how to succeed, so I’ll list down a set of things to remind your brain that it’s impossible to fail if you always keep these 7 things in mind. Let’s go.
- Create goals that motivate you to achieve something possible – When you set achievable yet inspirational goals for yourself, you’re signaling to yourself that you’re going to take action about it, not just dreaming about it. Having a goal without a plan is simply a dream.As a general, bigger goals are more inspirational than small ones. That is why most people are far more capable of success than they think they are.
- Always write down your goals and display them where you’ll see them – Whether it is on your bed side, your office desk or on your phone’s wallpaper, make sure you can see your long term goals and read them to yourself always to remind yourself of what needs to be done daily to reach those goals. Talk is cheap and goals aren’t real unless they’re written down on a piece of paper with a pen that you yourself wrote down. Doing that sends a subliminal message to your mind that these are important to you and not just some email you’re sending every day. Write it down repeatedly as many times as you can.
- Make a strong decision to will yourself – You need to be more decisive and show a true willingness to reach your goals. Saying “I WILL” or “I MUST” instead of just saying “I’LL TRY TO” is so much stronger. Decide that you much achieve your goals. It’s only through being 100% committed to taking actions that you’ll achieve an ambitious goal. You will get there eventually because you must.
- Break down your long term goals with short term goals – Reaching a big goal takes time, and with that, breaking it down to parts or chapters in your life will make the goal of reaching them a lot easier than how it looks like. Break down your big goals into smaller but measurable milestones. Example: going from 1 sale a day to 3, to 5, to 10, to 15, to 20 to 25 and then to 30 sales average a day sounds easier than going from 1 sale to 25 sales, right? WRONG: Have some contacts in my industry. RIGHT: I need to have real conversations with at least 10 different experts in my industry before the end of the year.
- Check whether you are moving way from your goals or towards your goals – Monitor your progress. Assess yourself by revisiting your goals. Set a calendar reminder to do it every other week or perhaps every month. Check your status and keep records of your progress or regression if any.
- Welcome setbacks because they help improve your plans – Setbacks are signals of making progress, not a signal of you losing. Treat setbacks as signals that you might need to tweak or improve your approach to achieve your goals.
- The only true failure is failing to take real action – Failing to take action is the most important part of this list. The other 6 are merely groundwork. Regardless of all your goals and milestones, you don’t have any control over anything except your own behavior.
On a final note, I need you to understand this. You could die before you achieve your goal, BUT you’ll still be successful because if failure is failing to take any real action, you were successful the moment you took action to achieve your goal!
Question of the day: Which of these 7 steps have you started doing?