We start off strong, we are excited and motivated and then we hit roadblocks, discouragement kicks in, we feel a little bit defeated…going after our goals can be a challenging process, however, thou shall not give up. Perseverance is key in reaching your goals. So is preparation.
“Success, therefore, should not be a destination, but instead an approach to life. You’re successful so long as you’re following YOUR own curiosity and pushing your own boundaries.” ~ Tim Ferriss
Write the goals down first
It is hard to follow up on anything that is not clear and defined. That is what writing goals do, it defines them and places them in more perspective. It is easy to break them down into sub-goals that are more achievable if they sound big, even for you.
The willingness to do whatever it takes, even if this means waking up at 5 am in the morning will determine how and when you achieve your goals. For example, If your goal is to write an ebook/book/ script; have a definite number of words to write per day and set hours to do it. It might mean scheduling an extra 20 minutes to exercise if your goal is to lose weight. Or foregoing night outs and dedicating weekends to building your blog. Whatever it takes.
Set a hard Timeline
Goals that lag and lag for long periods of times are eventually not achieved because they got boring, bland, and what’s the point. The end is not clear anymore. Setting a hard timeline allows you to stay true to yourself and manage your time wisely.
Invest in your goals
Investing in your goals escalates your commitment. Put your money where your goals are. When we have a high level of commitment, turning back or relaxing is not an option. Success might just be around the corner.
It might mean paying for the gym membership, self-hosting your blog, or buying exercise types of equipment and gym clothes.
Put in the work and the hours
It is hard not to see 40,000 views per day and earning a six-figure income in blogging as a goal to be achieved the next day. But as Stephen Pressfield says, “grandiose fantasies are signs of an amateur”. The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a byproduct of work. Again, do whatever it takes.
Collaborate with other people in your field and craft. Look for people who can make your project 2 times, 5 times, or 10 times bigger. Make a tribe with these people to engage with and share your work.
Finally; repeat the above.
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