Yesterday, we released a blog post on goal setting. Well, today we’re going to discuss some powerful principles. These principles will unveil how to achieve goals. If you haven’t set your goals yet, go back to the goal setting blog post first.
Coming Up With Ideas On How To Achieve Goals
Okay, so I hope you’ve put a circle around your primary goal. Now it’s time to brainstorm for ideas on how to achieve the target. Let’s say your goal is to make more than $8000 a month within the next year. Begin by writing down 20 ways that you could accomplish this aim. The list could be something like this:
- Read a book on how to do it.
- Go through a course and learn it.
- Study other people who have done it.
- Start a business.
- Ask someone personally who have achieved it.
- Email 20 people a day.
- Take small and well thought actions every day.
…. Continue until you have come up with 20 “How to”.
It’s important that you write all of them because it will force your mind to come up with a solution. Admittedly, it does get a bit hard after ten “How to.” Don’t be a perfectionist; you can always change it or go through this exercise again.
After you’ve completed twenty, put a circle around the best “how to” that you’ve created.
Take Massive Action And Listen To The Strong Wolf Within You
Now it’s time to take action. Stop saying; I’ll do it someday and realize that someday is today. I think we all have two voices within us. You must stop listening to the weak wolf and instead follow the strong wolf that is telling you that you can do it. Limiting beliefs are what holds most people back. We will dive deeper into the 80/20 rule in a moment but it’s been said that 80 % of success in anything has to do with your psychology and only 20% is the mechanics. Get control over you mind. That does not mean that will not experience doubt, fear, insecurities, etc. No, what it means is that you don’t let it hold you back from taking action. It’s a great saying that goes, feel the fear and do it anyways. Another quote regarding fear is from Mark Twain and it goes something like this: Courage is not the absent of fear, it’s acting in spite of it.
Fear of Failure
This is perhaps one of the most destructive fears that we humans have. We’re so afraid of failing that we don’t even try. And if we do try, we don’t work with our whole hearts. It’s like we look forward to saying “see I told you it wouldn’t work”. Be aware that almost everyone is afraid of failure. The fear of failing is the fear of looking stupid and feeling like a fool. Well, guess what, nobody cares about your failures when you’ve succeeded. As a matter of fact, nobody really cares about your failures when you’re not successful. We’ve failed time and time again and sure enough, it wasn’t so bad when we did. For example, we started a web shop and invested thousands of dollars into this venture. It didn’t succeed, we failed. So what? Who cares, you learn from it and you move on to the next thing.
There’s one thing that will trump fear of failure, and that is fear of regret. That’s what scares me the most. Being on my deathbed and thinking about all the concerns that stopped me. All the people that I thought was going to think that I was a fool are no longer alive. I have to die knowing that I didn’t even scratch the surface of my potential. What would you do, if today was you last day? Would you care about things like fear of failure? No, you wouldn’t, so let’s get started!
Here are some examples of limiting beliefs:
- “I can’t do that I’m too young.”
- “This is not for me because I’m too old.”
- “Easy for him/her to do, they got lucky.”
- “You need to win the lottery to become wealthy.”
- “Money won’t make you happy.”
The list can go on forever. Just listen to the weak wolf inside you and you’ll probably discover plenty. Self-awareness is the key to stopping this habit. Become aware of your thoughts and see them as a separate thing. They are not you. You’re the one that is aware of the thoughts. When you discover a limiting thought, just see it as you would see a cloud in the sky passing by you. Don’t judge it or invest emotion in it. If it’s reoccurring, you could adopt a funny voice to it. For example, hear a south park voice saying “That is not for me because I’m too old.” You can’t take that serious, can you?
Tip number two that I can give you to overcoming the limiting beliefs is to find proof that contradicts the theory. For example, let’s say you get the thought “I’m too old to succeed with a business.” Well, begin to search for evidence that proves that this is false. You might find the story about Harald D. Sanders that started Kentucky Fried Chicken. Whatever your limiting belief is, I’m pretty confident that you’re going to find other people that had it worse than you, that have done what you want to do.
The Law Of Cause And Effect
Okay, we’ve now gone over some of the mental blocks that might be holding us back. Let’s go over some more practical things. One thing that you need to understand is that nature doesn’t care. What I mean by that is that nature doesn’t care about your intentions. If you’re sowing a certain seed, you’ll be getting a particular plant. Follow a particular recipe, and you’ll have an individual dish. You take certain actions to get precise results. You sow a certain thing to reap a sure reward, period. I think you get the point. But yet, why are people not following this advice when starting a business for example? I mean we sure didn’t do it when we began working on our web store. Our intentions were good, no doubt. But again, nature didn’t care; we sow the wrong seeds and therefore reaped unwanted results.
Follow A Proven Recipe For Success
Why reinvent the wheel? Look at what other people have done and do the same. Follow a proven method. Success leaves clues and as the saying goes, if you do what other successful people do, you’ll eventually get the same results. This is the piece that you want to take from the law of cause and effect.
The 80/20 rule is the biggest discovery that we’ve had since we started the businesses. The 80/20 rule state that 20% of the causes gives 80% of the results. How have we implemented the 80/20 rule? Well, in our second business we realized that the 20% was cold calling companies. In the third business, the 20% was niche and keyword selection. That does not mean that other things are not important, it’s just that they are not as important. For example, I didn’t learn how to do bookkeeping for six months. Why? Well, it was not an income generating activity. I learned it, eventually, and finished all the accounting in a matter of days. This brings us to another powerful principle.
Bulk Your Activities
Never multitask, that deludes your focus. Focus is the key ingredient to excellence. You need to do one thing at the time. For example, let’s say you’re publishing books. Well, then you can spend one day where you invest eight hours in doing keyword and niche research. Then you spend the next day taking care of other things like managing or something else.
I recommend that you leverage outsourcing. You can read the article about this topic here.
Create Positive Habits
Habits are what make us brush our teeth. It is not difficult; we don’t have to force ourselves to do it. That’s the way it is with almost everything. In the beginning, it is hard, but then it will become a habit. Your life will become a result of your habits. I stated in the previous blog post that you want to focus on what you can do today. Yes, write down the vision and revisit it. But in the end, you need to take action, and you need to be consistent.
Reward Yourself And Work In Spurts
Recently I’ve started using a timer when working. It works great, and it forces me to complete the task. I set a timer for either 50 minutes or an hour. After that you rest, call a friend or do something else. Then you go back and complete an hour spurt again.
Rewarding yourself is something that I need to work on, but it’s a great tip. You want to incentivize yourself to take the actions necessary.
Assume the Responsibility and Make your Decision Right
Sometimes I fall back into the trap of blaming someone else than myself, but the importance is that I catch myself doing it. I often think about the way that the politicians are running this country but hey, that’s not going to support me? No, it will only provide me with an excuse. We’re responsible for our life, and we have to act like it.
I could probably go on and on with ways to achieve your goals, but this is all I have to give right now. In the end, remember that you’ll not always make the right decision, but you can always make your decision right. You’ve learned a lot of things that have brought you up to this point. See the reasons, lessons and keep connecting the dots as you move forward. Thank you and have a great day.