Six Steps to Succeeding at Goals

“If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison

Goals work when you follow proven techniques and stick with them. Establishing a good plan takes work at the front end, but the hard way is the easy way long term. Here are my secrets:

1. Focus
Change requires time, energy and attention. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Stay positive. What you focus on grows.

2. Get Clear
How will you get where you’re headed if you’re not sure where you’re going? Get clear first. Clarity leads to achievable goals.

3. Take Action but don’t be a Perfectionist
When you wait for things to be perfect nothing happens. Don’t stall. Get clear and act. We stall because of fear. Stop over-thinking and get going. You can always change your mind!

4. Measure Goals
Make your goals measurable and time sensitive. Identify:

a) by when,
b) how often, and
c) how much you’re committed to doing.

You want to stretch but be realistic.

For example: I will earn $ _______ by Jan/12 by (action required).

5. Structure
Stop rushing around. Set aside time daily to deliberately focus on your priorities and goals. Good daily habits = a solid foundation.

6. Big Picture
Know your WHY. What strong reasons inspire your goals? Is it to have time to enjoy your family? More freedom?

Goals without strong reasons are too mundane to stick.

Follow these steps and be patient. You are on your way! One step at a time.

Susan Washington. B.Ed., M.Ed., CPCC, has 25 years of experience in the field of training and development. She is a teacher, writer, speaker and Master Success Coach based in Vancouver, BC. Susan loves to train, teach and coach leaders (and organizations) to lead with clarity, strength and full expression.

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One comment on “Six Steps to Succeeding at Goals

  1. Tina Crouse on

    Terrific list. Great last line “Goals without strong reasons are too mundane to stick.” I agree. I wouldn’t even call something mundane a goal. When it’s mundane, you have to be resigned to get it done and that’s no way to achieve anything.

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