According to groundbreaking research, announcing your New Year's resolution at the beginning of each year almost guarantees your failure in achieving them. I’ve probably shared this with you before. You see, loud proclamations in front of a crowd of loved ones or friends that you are setting off to accomplish some goal, makes you feel good for the moment. However, soon, you become complacent, and your goals start falling apart, which brings us to a fascinating topic; the difference between setting goals and finally achieving them.
1. Importance of Goals
Now we are far from saying that goals aren't an important part of the journey. They are the foundational basis of your voyage. Accomplishing each one should mean something because it's a direct consequence of concentration, effort and struggle, sometimes a great deal of struggle! Therefore, the pursuit of a vision is essential. It distinguishes erratic and inconsistent people from the committed ones who have a direction, however wrong that direction may be at times. Having the ability to assert yourself, push yourself to the limits and picking yourself up after every fall is what gets you there, after all.
2. Admit it’s a process
What we are making a case for today is the fact that success is not a moment, it’s an entire process which requires goal setting. Yes, it is a process, and it also demands a lot more than mere goal setting. It demands a roadmap and its implementation, with your vision unraveling into practicality. It will have setbacks, upsets, and disappointments, along with a series of minor wins along the way. But you must have conviction as this process will require you to stay the course.
3. Work, Work, Work
One of the biggest reasons you keep in mind the feasibility or achievability of goals is simply this; you will eventually be able to acknowledge the achievement of those goals after pinning them to your drawing board. This will require your unhindered attention, it is serious work, and work always requires an honest effort, commitment, and energy on your behalf. Nothing worthwhile was ever achieved without significant effort. Be prepared to work harder than you ever have for your biggest goals, and then be willing to work even harder…
4. Don’t you dare get lazy
Growing lax after putting in the increased effort is simply not an option for you, be consistent with your activities and engagement. Stick to the Rule of 5 that I discuss in my book “Success with Goals”. Even on your worst days, just try and do at least one thing that continues to push your goal forward. Since you are invested in a project now, you are likely to see it through and succeed despite a continuous pressure challenging you to give up. In the end, this is what makes this entire process worthwhile. Remember, it is not the reward for achieving something amazing that is valuable. It is who you become in the process. The things you learn, skills you develop, and wisdom you gain, these are the real rewards!
5. Leave room for spontaneity
You absolutely should have a mapped-out plan, however don’t let productivity be hindered by a fixation on there being only one way to get to your goal. Introducing flexibility in your modus operandi is valuable, because random events often tend to overturn our most diligent plans. That’s when a Plan B, or C, comes in handy.
OK, so off you go now. You now know five cardinal rules of achieving success, pack your bags and get started. And whatever you do, do not forget to learn every step of the way!
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Good luck out there and have an amazing week!