The truth remains that everyone wants to reach their goals and live their dream life, but most people are not achieving what they want.
It is sad to know that as many a whooping 92% of people fail to achieve their new year’s resolutions.
Only about 8% of the people who set their goals manage to achieve them. So how can you win against the odds, join the trivial few and reach your goals?
Below are 21 things you can do to reach your goals.
Achieving the success you want may be more challenging than you think. However, the rewards are well worth it. So work hard right now and follow through what you are going to learn in this article today.
Here are the 21 things you can do to reach your goals more easily…
1. Take Just One Step A Day
Success is about taking one small step at a time and not waiting for the big breaks. Most people fail because they think that reaching their goals is about taking big action and creating huge results.
It’s not, it’s about losing that one pound, writing that one article, making the one phone call, etc.
2. Ask Yourself, “What’s One Small Thing I Can Do Right Now?”
A lot of people are great at starting a goal, but they are not great at completing their goals. So be a finisher by focusing on taking one small little step at a time.
Instead of asking yourself what big goals you want to achieve, ask yourself…
“What is the one small thing I can do right now?”
This question will direct your mind into taking small steps and prevent you from procrastinating on your goals.
3. Recharge Your Energy
Do understand that success is a journey and not a destination. Therefore, rest when you need to and recharge so that you can go farther.
You charge your phone every day, so why are you not doing that to yourself? Thomas Edison took short naps in his lab because he understood that to have the energy to do more, he needed to rest and recharge.
4. Read A Motivational Article
Sometimes you may feel motivated and driven to take action and there are days you will feel tired and have low energy. This is the time where you need a boost to your motivation.
Read a motivational article like this one to get you driven again. Zig Ziglar said it perfectly;
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Do something that will inspire you and motivate you. It only takes you a few minutes to read a motivational article. So do it every day to stay motivated.
5. Visualize Your Success
Successful people visualize and imagine their success every moment. Whenever they are free, they will think about achieving their success and imagine their winnings.
You will become what you think about most of the time. So choose to think about success and reaching your goals at every possible moment.
The more you think about reaching your goals, the more intention you will create. And the more intention you create, the more action you will take and the faster you can achieve what you want.
6. Get A Mentor
Never underestimate the power of having a mentor. There is a mentor or a coach behind every successful person. Why do you think successful athletes get a coach to guide them?
When you have someone to guide you, you will be able to go through the process more easily and be able to perform better. Your mentor can see what you cannot see. Do you know that Anthony Robbins has previously coached Serena Williams and Bill Clinton?
Even successful people need someone to guide them, so what makes you think that you don’t need a mentor or a coach?
7. Talk to Someone Who Has Done it
You can get insight and positive energy from talking to someone who has done it. Success leaves clues and you do not have to reinvent the wheel. All you need to do is find people who have accomplished what you want and learn from them.
When you talk to people who have done it, their positive energy will infect you and give you hope.
This is why when you are down, don’t confine yourself, but instead, go out and talk to someone positive. Or better yet, talk to people who have done it.
8. Read Related Books for 15 Minutes
Reading is one of the most powerful habits that anyone can adopt. Great leaders are great readers.
When a reporter asked Elon Musk, the person behind Tesla and SpaceX how he got the idea of building a rocket, he answered;
“I read books.”
Commit to reading at least 15 minutes a day, go for more if you can.
If you can read a book in a month, you will have read 12 books a year. And if each book can give you just one small idea to improve your life, you will have a greater advantage than most people have by the end of a year.
9. Assemble Your Team
Success is a not a one man show and it requires the effort of a team to do it. The same goes for achieving your goals. Reaching your goals will make you happier and be more exciting when there are others to go through the thick and thin with you.
When you are down, your team will be there to pick you up. This is why every successful business is a result of a team’s effort. Steve Jobs assembled his team with Steve Wozniak and their friends in the garage.
What about you? Who are your team members and how can you grow your team?
10. Make A Public Commitment
Most people fail to reach their goals because they are just not committed enough toward their goals. They say that they wanted to achieve their targets but their actions show otherwise.
Well, you can increase your commitment by making a public commitment. Share your goals, your progress and what you are going to do with people who will support you.
When you do this, you will put yourself on the line and you will have a better commitment to keep your word.
11. Review Your Progress
The first thing you need to do to lose fat is to weigh yourself. It is the same for every other goal that you want to accomplish.
You need to track your progress from time to time to know if you are moving toward or away from what you want. Furthermore, when you know your progress, you will be more motivated to take action.
Not only that, you will be able to change your strategy and improve your action plan when you know how much you’re progressing. Hence, measure your progress every day.
12. Celebrate Your Wins
Keeps the positive energy going by celebrating all your wins. No matter how small the win, you must make it a habit to celebrate it.
Give yourself a pat, rest, read your favorite book, get a snack, etc., when you have done your task. When you have accomplished big goals, give yourself permission to have holidays and pamper yourself.
When you celebrate all your wins, you are telling yourself that something good is waiting for you and you just cannot wait for it. Hence, you will be more willing to take action to reach your goals.
13. Practice Goal Writing Every Day
Most people will set their goals and write them down once, and then they forget about them. Never let this happen to you.
You must consistently create the intention in your head. And the easiest way to do this is to practice writing down your goals every day. It’s alright even if you end up writing the same goals every day, just do it and create the intention.
Soon enough your goals will be programmed into your subconscious mind and you will do things that will move you toward your goals.
14. Create A Vision Board
I first got the idea of vision from John Assaraf, one of the co-authors for the famous Law of Attraction book, ‘The Secret‘. Whenever you look at your vision board, you remind yourself about your dreams and your goals.
A vision board works because you are creating a strong intention to your subconscious mind and telling yourself what you want to accomplish in your life.
It does not have to cost you money to create a vision board, so just do it and let your dreams drive you in life.
15. Build the Success Habit
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Yes this is right. You have to build the success habit if you want to be successful and accomplish your goals.
Get rid of all your destructive habits such as wasting time watching TV or surfing the internet mindlessly. Adopt constructive and positive habits that will lead you to your goals. Make it a habit to take action, to read and to improve every day.
16. Try Something New
Try something new at least once a week. If you are a blogger and have been trying to write articles for the past 6 months, try to create a video post the next round. Do something different and try something new that will spark your creativity and give you a different result.
Successful people are not afraid to go against the norm and to do something different. They dare to try out new things. They innovate and they change when the time is right.
You have to do the same. Try to approach your business in a new way, by doing something different at least once a week to seek improvement.
17. Commit to Improving Just 1%
You do not have to commit to making giant leaps to be successful. All you need is just to commit to improving 1% a week.
Ask yourself what one thing you can do to improve your result by just 1%, and do it every week. When you practice this, you will see a tremendous increase and exponential growth within a year.
The small successes will stack on each other to build an even bigger positive impact on your life.
18. Use Pep-Talk & Affirmations
Have you ever seen professional athletes talk to themselves or gather round and shout to boost up their motivation? This is called pep-talk.
You can use this to drive yourself up as well. Or you can also create affirmations to drive your energy up.
Whenever you are feeling down, use pep-talk to boost your confidence. And before you start your day, use affirmations to program your mind in the right direction.
19. Plan Your Actions Every Day
Do you know what you need to do today to reach your goals? What about tomorrow? You need to plan to be successful.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Planning is necessary even if it cannot guarantee your success. It is necessary because planning puts you in a proactive state rather than a reactive one.
When you know what to do, you can take action accordingly. When you have no idea what to do, you will fall into someone else’s plan.
20. Persist Until You Succeed
Always remember that a quitter will never win and a winner will never quit. Whenever you quit and give up, you will never achieve your goals. As long as you continue to try, improve and take action, you will eventually reach your goals.
Successful people are persistent and they never give up. They choose to turn their failures and setbacks into feedback and take them as lessons to improve.
On the other hand, unsuccessful people will give excuses and play the blame game when they’re faced with difficulties and challenges.
21. Stay Happy & Be Positive
If you want to reach your goals, always keep yourself happy and positive. You can accomplish more and do better work when you are happy and positive.
People who always blame and think negatively will never be successful. Therefore, when you wake up every morning, create a routine that will make you happy and positive. You can look in the mirror, smile and tell yourself that it is a good day.
Whatever you do, stay happy and be positive at all times.
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