Last week, I shared with you three simple steps that, if you take them, will increase your success level dramatically. It isn’t the reading of the steps, it isn’t the knowing of the steps, it is the taking of the steps. Remember, it isn’t what you know, it is what you do with what you know that matters.
This week we’ll examine more closely the first step: goal-setting. This step isn’t a wish or a hope. Goals have defining criteria:
1. Use of the words “I will ….”
2. State how much by when.
3. Written down.
Each of the three parts engage your subconscious mind to begin working for you. If you want to be successful, you’ll do them. If achieving what you want isn’t that important to you—find something that is important to you to pursue.
When you write down the goal you want to achieve, use as much detail as you can imagine. Go on vacation? A vacation on the beach is very different than one in the mountains.
Improve a relationship? In what way? Write down the outcome specifically and by when.
You define the success you want to achieve in the next 90 days. It doesn’t have to be about money or how much you weigh. If either of those come from “I ought to”, do yourself a favor and choose something else. Choose something that excites you in the accomplishment of it. That’s the kind of goal you want so you’ll push past any inertia or rebellion that often creeps in.
Writing down the specifics of what you want to achieve, the goal, cannot be skipped. Otherwise it is a wish, a hope, a good idea. I am planning a more successful summer than that. How about you?