Let’s be honest; we all have dreams. Some of us know how to change those dreams into proper goals, but very few actually manage to take the next step and turn them into a reality.
So last week, as I was working out—aka getting closer to my goal of being in shape—that’s when I had this crazy idea…
I’m not going to lie; consistency has never really been one of my biggest strengths in fitness. For achieving my business-oriented goals though, I feel like I’ve always been pretty good. In fact, I would almost always achieve them, regardless of the situation.
But what if I told you this: in every business and fitness goal—or any other goal, for that matter—you want to get through, you’ve got to have a structure. Now, here’s what I found out…
Make the little steps count
Guess what; for every achievable goal (or well-planned goal, if you prefer), the structure is literally the same. You’ve got a first step and an action plan for it. Then comes a second step, and a plan, a third step, a plan and so forth.
The thing is; as simple as they might seem, we often forget about these little steps. Most of us tend to see our goals as a single big step—a one-shot deal—and I think this is part of the reason why we often find ourselves giving up on them. If you’re going to achieve something big, something meaningful, you’re going to have to make the little steps count.
If your goal is to make a million dollars, you’ve got to break it down into smaller steps. For example, you could try to make $100,000 at first. If that’s still an issue, try making $10,000. My point is; you’re never going to make it happen until you can perceive your goal as achievable. So, over a 10-year span, a million dollars is less than $275 a day. In other words, all you have to focus on is making $275 a day for ten years. Now, I don’t know about you, but I think this makes a lot more sense than trying to picture yourself with a million dollars in the bank when you’re making $30k a year.
Advertise your goals
Then, like I said in my first post on how to land a great publishing deal for your book, your safest bet would be to get social. Get out there and advertise your goal. Why? For two reasons; the first one being that it’s going to be much harder for you to give up on your goal after a few weeks if you have hundreds of eyeballs turned on you. The second; because you might be able to find a helping hand in the crowd.
Someone might know someone who’s achieved similar results and would be willing to help you out… You just never know!
Fight discouragement and learn from your mistakes
I know damn well how cliché this one probably sounds to you. However, I’m pretty sure you could ask just about every successful person out there if it’s true and get the same answer; a big part of your success depends on how good you are at dealing with your mistakes.
And it’s also true when it comes to your goals. Learning from your mistakes will save you a lot of time on the long run. “N-now th-that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger,” said Kanye. Well, I couldn’t agree more. If you’re going to make a mistake, do yourself a favor and at least try to learn something out of it. Instead of beating yourself up over such a situation, I suggest you use it as an opportunity to learn something new. After all, isn’t it a part of how you build and maintain a winners attitude?
And finally, get things going
Get the motion started, and never let it stop until you’re done and over with your initial goal. I’ve always thought that getting started was actually the hardest part. When you get things in motion, consistency is what’s going to take you to the kind of results you want. Like a train that takes off; it’s going to feel very slow at the beginning, but once it’s going at full speed, it’s going to be really hard to stop. That’s what you want to keep in mind.
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