Published by Mathieu Fortin
Author & Entrepreneur
1 year ago
Over the past two years, my life has changed on so many levels. I’ve launched my personal website, I’ve published my first book, I’ve overcome a bunch of fears, I’ve done a few live interviews on TV and the radio, I’ve met a ton of incredible new people, I’ve made new friends, and you might have heard about it, but right now, I’m in the process of writing two new books—both expected to come out by the end of 2016.
And here’s a SCOOP; one of them will even feature six of the most sought-after people in the self-help and business industries! And believe me, I don’t usually hype things up, but this book is definitely going to be HUGE! (You might want to subscribe to my mailing list to receive the exclusive bonuses I’m going to be giving away for FREE with the book!)
So, I was talking with one of the six interviewees—Dave Ruel, who’s a serial entrepreneur and a former bodybuilder—when he told me something that really resonated with me. He told me that in order to get results, you’ve got to get the motion started. Of course, this might sound like he was stating the obvious here, but the truth is that most people tend to forget about this very simple fact…
Now, the reason why I decided to start my post with this enumeration is because I deeply believe that none of the personal achievements listed above would’ve been possible if I just waited for them to happen instead of actually committing myself to make them happen. You see the difference here? Dreams are great; I think you need them to keep you moving forward. But alone, they’re not enough.
When you want something in life, it’s not enough to just wish for it. You’ve got to get out there and be willing to do whatever it takes to turn your wish into a reality. You’ll say that it’s no surprise for anyone; that we’ve all heard this kind of B.S. “life hack” before, right?
Well, the thing is; it’s true. Life really works that way. You want something? Go get it.
Another thing I’ve found to be true over the past few years is that it really doesn’t matter how small you start. All you have to do is to actually start somewhere.
A real goal has to include a proper schedule. And believe it or not, one of the keys to achieving great success is to stay on schedule.
So, for example, one of my goals is to provide you with at least one new piece of great content every single week. Needless to say, with two new books on the way, a social media presence I need (and want) to maintain and grow, as well as a few contracts I have on the side, writing at least one quality blog post every week can get pretty challenging.
Yes, sometimes I feel like skipping a week. Yes, sometimes inspiration is just not there. And I could give up; I mean, you probably wouldn’t track me down threaten me if I did, right? Yet, when I feel like giving up, I think about the commitment I’ve made to myself. When I started this blog, I committed myself to help and inspire you, the reader, by uploading at least one article a week. So yes, maybe one week you’ll have a 1500-word-long post and the next you’ll have one that’s barely 350-word-long. But either way, the commitment is still going to be intact.
50% of something is better that 100% of nothing.
What I mean by that is that whenever you’re setting a new goal for yourself, you should always focus on the elements you can control—rather that the ones you can’t control. Let me illustrate this with an actual example.
Right now, I’m actively working on growing my Instagram audience. I think Instagram is a great platform for interaction and I want to be able to expand my reach through this service. So, at first I did a bit of research online to find out more about how to grow an engaging audience on Instagram, and I set a goal of reaching 200k followers in my first year on the platform. Ambitious, but still doable.
Now, a few days later, what I’ve come to realize is that at the end of the day, it’s always going to be up to the user to decide whether they interact with my posts or not, and whether they follow me or not. In other words, I don’t have complete control over the number of followers I get. With that in mind, I decided to extend my research a little bit, and found out that most of the profiles in my field with 200k+ followers had posted over 1000 times.
Now, I may not be able to control how many followers I get, but I sure as hell can control how many times a day I post! Consequently, I’ve decided to change my initial goal—which was to break the 200k followers mark in my first year on Instagram—to having posted 1200 times in my first year on the platform. I’ve found that with the right content and approach, you can expect your targeted audience to join and follow you.
Of course, I may or may not reach the 200k mark in my first year, but I’m sure of one thing; I do have complete control over the number of posts I make. Thus, my new goal becomes much more attainable. Chances are that the end result is going to be similar; I simply chose to focus on a different variable in the equation!