1. Incorporate small, consistent activities.
Years ago, I read a book called The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and it was one of those books that taught me such a valuable lesson about life, finances, health and productivity. The underlying principle of this book was that the secret to achieving any type of success, is consistently doing a small action until the desired result is achieved.
Daily habits are one of the best ways to create momentum towards achieving your goals. In this post, I provide some example habits that you can do based on your type of goal. If you’re the type that enjoys seeing your progress visually, you can download my Daily Habit Tracking Worksheet to help keep yourself in check.
2. Have goals that are realistic and have a real destination.
I often talk about the concept of having a “vision” but a vision is different than having goals. A vision provides the direction for the goals that you set – it’s your ultimate destination and is a visual representation of what you want your life to look like. The goals that you set are the accomplishments that you desire on your way to your vision.
Goals are unobtainable without a vision, and without goals a vision is just an unobtainable dream.
If you find yourself working toward a goal that is seems impossible to achieve within your desired time frame, then it probably is. Plus, you may lose momentum or motivation before you start seeing results. If you do have a lofty goal in mind use that as your destination but then set smaller, more realistic goals and work to accomplish those ones first.
3. Know what motivates you.
In this post, I offer you a free quiz to identify your core motivation style. Knowing what motivates you can kick you into gear for doing whatever it takes to accomplish your goal.
Some people are motivated by external factors and others by intrinsic (or internal) factors. Extrinsic motivation is when someone is seeking satisfaction in the form of a reward or seeking to avoid pain, punishment or discomfort. Examples of this type of motivation would be participating in sports to win an award, financial gains or receive recognition from someone else. It could also include studying for something because you want to get a good grade.
Intrinsic motivation is when someone is motivated to perform an activity that will provide personal satisfaction. With this type of motivation, the reward that the person is seeking is for personal happiness, joy, or a boost in self-confidence.
Regardless of whether you’re motivated by an external or internal factor, it’s important to know what your motivation style is and what is going to keep you from giving up on pursuing your goal.
If you care about the end result enough, and for the right reasons, you’ll be unstoppable in achieving it.
4. Have a plan for addressing road blocks.
Write down a list of potential road blocks that may come up and then develop a plan for how you’re going to address them when they do. I’d also recommend taking some time to reflect on reasons why you weren’t able to achieve goals in the past because those reasons are road blocks that may interfere yet again.
Here are some examples of road blocks you may encounter and what to do about them:
5. Invest in your success.
An investment toward your goal is the commitment that you’re making to achieving it. This investment can be in the form of money, time or effort – or some combination of those three. If you’re not willing to put in any of these investments to get the results you’re looking for, then you’re not committed to it. And without commitment, failure is inevitable.
Once you have your list of goals and an action plan to go along with them, circle the actions that require a significant investment on your part. (Spoiler alert: they all should be some form of investment!)
The last thing I’ll say about turning goals into action is that you can’t always expect to see results right away. The other thing that I learned from Jeff Olson’s book is that if you’re showing up and doing the work every single day, even if it’s a small action, you’re putting yourself on the path toward your goal. It may take some time to see or feel the results but you have to trust that your actions – big and small – will all be worth the investment in the long run.