Although there are many things you can do that will help you become successful, like focus, training and mindset, one of the most important keys, and the secret key is action. Without acting on your goals and beliefs, your chances of success are nonexistent.
Once you have determined your goals and created the right mindset, your next step is to create a plan of action. A plan of action tells you where you are going and outlines the steps to get you there.
If you want to make sure you succeed in life, and then succeed in your goals, here are the steps you need to take:
1. Start with your goals.
Do you have too many? Create one goal in each major area of your life. The areas you want to create goals in are health, wealth, and relationships.
The goals you create can be as big or as small as you want them to be. The point is to constantly seek improvement in these areas.
Remember, the most important relationship you have is with yourself. If you don’t develop the relationship with yourself and the self-esteem that comes with it, it’s almost impossible to grow in these areas. In other words, get in touch with yourself.
2. Have only one goal for each area of your life.
That’s three goals. This is where you want to focus and then take action.
When writing your goals, you want to be specific. An example would be to lose 30 pounds.
Set a date for when you will complete that goal. Be realistic in setting the date because change doesn’t happen overnight. Once you have a date and a specific goal, then you’ll need to make an action plan.
Just remember that your goal must be something you control. It can’t include other people. An example of this would be saying something like: “I would like to be married to _________ by date.”
3. Write an action plan for each goal.
What do you need to know here to accomplish each one of your goals?
Find out what you need to know and then learn it, but don’t take too much time. As Michael Masterson says, “Ready, Fire, Aim,” you will never know everything you need to know in order to take action. It’s best to know enough.
Once you have enough knowledge here to get started, then go for it.
Write out the steps to help you complete your goal. If you’re not sure what they are, then try backward planning. Start with the end goal in mind and then write out the steps until you are where you need to start. Most importantly, stay flexible.
4. Periodically assess where you are.
This means looking at your progress. Are you doing something that isn’t working? If not, then what do you need to change? Can this action be eliminated? Focus on what works and stop doing what doesn’t.
When you have completed each goal, then create new ones.
Goals are what makes life interesting and exciting. They give meaning and purpose to your life and help you to fulfill your potential.
If you have a goal that doesn’t seem that scary, then maybe you need to consider creating more challenging goals.
Remember, don’t create more than one goal in each area. Give each one a different deadline as in short, medium and long-term goals. This allows you to create progress towards each goal each day. You may arrive at each goal at a different time, but this is OK. The point is to continue to take action until your goal becomes a reality.