If you want to succeed in life, and you want to live a life that makes you happy, then you have to have a plan. You cannot drift through life and expect to succeed.
Creating a plan, especially a written plan, and then carrying it out, and you will reach your goals and live your dreams. This works whether you want to succeed in business or in life. Consider the following areas as a starting point: health, wealth, and relationships. The key is to find your own version of success lies in these three areas.
1. Evaluate your life and then decide what you want.
Start with where you are at. Do you have the career you want? Do you have the relationships you want? How about your health? This is where you start.
Ask yourself these questions then try to set a goal in each area. These don’t have to be big goals. Set small goals to start and achieve those goals. It gives you confidence when you achieve your goals, and then you can set larger goals to achieve.
The most important thing to remember here is not to censor yourself. You absolutely must believe that you can have the success you want.
2. Look at your obstacles and take steps to eliminate them.
What do you believe that is holding you back? What do you need to learn to help you reach your goals?
Write these things down. It may not be easy to figure out why you believe what you believe. What you have to decide is whether or not your belief system serves you. Ask yourself these questions and keep asking them until you get the answers you need to resolve these issues.
3. Create a plan of action to follow to achieve your goals.
Once you know what you want, and you know what obstacles you are facing, then create your action plan. These are the steps you need to take to reach your goals.
Your plan may be as detailed as possible. Just remember to be flexible. Add or delete steps as needed and stay focused.
4. Take action.
Taking action is key to reaching your goals. Consistency is important. Make it a point to take action on your goals every day. Visualize yourself succeeding in your goals.
5. Do what works; don’t do what doesn’t.
If you don’t use feedback to tell you how you are doing, you won’t know how close you are to reaching your goals. You also won’t know what steps you really need to take next to get to your goals.
Keep in mind that as you try to achieve your goals, you may receive criticism along the way. Don’t let that stand in your way. Sometimes criticism can be demeaning. Other times it’s well-meaning. It really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that it’s always coming from someone below you and someone who probably gave up.
Set your goals, create a plan of action, and then take action. Stay focused and use feedback to help you adjust course so you reach your goals.