How to be successful, achieving your goals, and overcoming obstacles all feature on Google’s most search for phrases or trending topics. We spend so much of our precious time searching for a blueprint in order to enable ourselves to achieve a greater level of success. Why are some people successful and others are not? What attributes or habits contribute to the success of others? Is taking action towards your goals enough or is there more to it than that?
Action + Persistence
The key to being successful is to take action with persistence. Action and the persistence to continue on in the face of adversity enables you to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be; simply put action and persistence are the two prerequisites to achieving your goals. I know this sounds extremely obvious, but how many of us take actionable steps towards achieving our goals. Are you taking action right now that is putting you in a position where you’ll discover what you really want out of life?
Even taking action is simply not enough, how many of us have given up on achieving a goal or even finishing a project at the first sign of resistance. This resistance is an inevitable and necessary aspect to achieving your goals. In order to successfully get what you really want out of life a change must occur, without change you will simply carry on achieving the same results and failing to get closer to your dreams. Resistance builds strength, character, and brings about a change in a similar way that resistance exercises build strength within your muscles at the gym. Resistance within the field of goal setting and achieving exists in the form of opposition, an unfruitful opportunity, moments of doubt, or even failure. An attitude of persistence will enable you to pick yourself up and to keep pursuing your dreams or goals in spite of the temporary pain of persistence.
Map out Your Course
The type of action that yields long-term results is well thought out or strategic action; this usually exists in the form of an action plan. A series of steps clearly illustrating exactly how you plan to bridge the gap from where you are to where you want to be. Think of an action plan as a map for a road trip, before you embark on a road trip it’s crucial to set aside the time to careful map your journey, otherwise, you will be aimlessly driving around with no clear destination in mind.
Your roadmap or action plan needs to answer the following basic questions: What do you need to do? This is the blueprint, game plan, or strategy you need to follow in order to achieve your desired outcome. How are you going to achieve it? This is how you are going to achieve your goal, the tactic, or procedure. If your dream were to be the author of a best-selling fiction novel your game plan could be to write 1,000 words every day and your tactic would be to spend 5 minutes planning what you are going to write for that day. The strategic action allows you to set actionable steps that are targeted or focus with your end goal in mind, as opposed to aimless take action and hoping to achieve your goals.
The final key ingredient to successfully mapping out your course is to allocate time to various points along your course, without setting an allocated time, you will simply have a goal and an unspecified amount of time resulting in a lack of motivation. Time becomes a motivation because it acts as a looming deadline. If you decided to plan a road trip between Cardiff and Paris, with an arrival date of two days time, you allow time for overnight and for various sight-seeing activities. If you choose to set a shorter time frame, for instance, 8 to 12 hours time, you are more likely to stay on course and focused on your end destination. In a similar way allocate time during the week where you can focus on taking actionable steps towards achieving your goals.
As always, insight without action is futile. Which one of these tips do you plan on putting into practice this week? Or do you have insights on your experience with creating a strategic plan of action? Please let me know by using the comments box below. Thank you for reading, sharing and commenting with such kindness and enthusiasm.
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