We all know people who are driven to succeed at whatever they do, and they do succeed. This post is for the rest of us. The ‘others’ (the driven ones) establish their goals, create a plan and then consistently execute their plan. We, the majority of the population aren’t quite as disciplined and can use some help. At Pressed4Time we strongly believe that the single biggest step one can take along the path to goal achievement is to tell someone (share) your goals. Someone who cares enough to ask about your progress will explore ways around the inevitable roadblocks with you and who will help hold you accountable.
A successful business should be operated with external eyes, ears and points of view. Also, if we accept the old comic strip character Pogo’s words as truth: “we have met the enemy and he is us”, then we clearly need a bit of assistance to battle the enemy. Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that we don’t act in our own best interest at all times. We set goals, let them slip away, or worse, we don’t set goals and operate on autopilot. Maybe we do things part way or to the point of being “good enough” rather than how we know they can be done. The point is that most of us know we can perform better than we currently are. If you want to increase your current level of business activity there is help available!
The inevitable setbacks can be difficult when you don’t have someone to help you up, dust you off and encourage you to try again. Sometimes the pain of a setback is so intense that you swear you’ll never go through it again. But the ability to come back from rejection goes hand-in-hand with breaking down your goals into small, doable tasks.
Help is available. However, just any willing ear is not necessarily your best choice. Above all you need honesty, sincere interest and some useful wisdom from the person you choose. Someone is out there for you and usually all you have to do is ask.
Achieving your goals should feel exhilarating. It should make you eager to get up in the morning. If it doesn’t, you need to break your goals down into even tinier parts. You’re still trying to do things by yards instead of inches. But every achievement, no matter how small, gives you confidence to tackle the next goal. And when you look back on how far you’ve come, you’ll realize that achieving your goals is not only possible – it can be inevitable!
AN ACTION PLAN
Break your goals into small chunks – Most goals are abandoned because they are too big and vague. Break your goal down to small tasks; choose a concrete and measurable action.
Write your goals down – If you write a goal down, it is more likely to come to pass. Putting goals on paper makes you more committed to the outcome and, you’ll find, it’s therapeutic to cross items off when they are completed.
TAPE YOUR WRITTEN GOALS ON YOUR COMPUTER MONITOR.
Commit time daily - You don’t have to commit hours at a time to accomplish a goal, you just have to focus. The greatest advances are the sum total of a series of small efforts. Do something that moves you closer to accomplishing your goal every day.
Talk to yourself - Repetition is the mother of success. Remind yourself of your goals every day.
Paint yourself into a corner – Make yourself accountable by telling others your plans. They become interested in your progress and check in with you. This inspires you to keep going and overcome your obstacles. It is hard not to achieve when others are watching and encouraging us.
Review your goals and your progress weekly – Question each goal as things can and will change. If your priorities have changed, drop the goal from your list. Ask yourself “why” when you’re not making progress; find out what’s in your way.