Everyone wants to see their hard work turn into successful outcomes, so, why do some people achieve success and some do not?
The reason often comes down to one factor, lack of consistency.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, or play an instrument or another life achievement, each of your goals requires a sustained effort. Let me share some ideas to help you sustain and focus your energies to achieve success.
Make Sure It’s Your Goal
Nothing will derail your success faster, then trying to achieve someone else’s goals for you. So, if you want to stay motivated, make sure you are the one setting the goal. When you’re excited about the goal, working to achieve it doesn’t seem like work.
Write Down Your Goals
Zig Ziglar always used to promote in his motivational and sales seminars, “You’ve got to have goals.” Sadly, about 84% of people surveyed said they didn’t have any goals.
Remember what Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”
Writing your goals down turns out to be a critical step. Of the 3% of the people who have written goals, they earn on average about ten times as much as those who don’t.
When you write down your goals, you write them into your consciousness.
Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan
To stay focused and achieve your goals, you need to have an action plan. What are each of the steps you will take to move you from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow, next month, next year etc.
Expect that as you proceed, things that you didn’t expect, like a global pandemic, will cause you to make changes in your plan. That’s why you should write your goals in concrete, and your plans in sand.
Keep Track of Your Progress
Write down where you started and then keep a record of your actions and progress. Measuring how your changing, provides you with a valuable feedback system, keeping you focused.
Have a Support System
Read positive books. Keep a success journal. Invite people you admire to become your mentor and make you responsible to someone other than just yourself.
You want people who will encourage you to reach your goals and challenge you to set them higher than you might otherwise.
Work Toward Your Goals Daily
I’m in my 6th year of writing this blog. I’ve now written over three hundred articles. My goal was to write an article a week, not hundreds.
Make sure you break down your goals into bite sized pieces. Don’t set too many for yourself, you can achieve almost any goal you set, but not everyone, and not all at once. So, focus on just a few until they’ve been accomplished and then make some new goals.
Celebrate Every Success
Every time you do something that takes you closer to reaching your goal, celebrate. Celebration is a positive motivational tool to help you stay focused, energized and optimistic.
Tell yourself you deserve to succeed.