Posts Tagged ‘goal achievement’

The Power of Persistence

I think that the first time I truly grasped the concept of persistence was back in 2009. I had the opportunity to attend a full day workshop run by Bob Proctor. I learned a lot that day, but the one thing that stuck in my mind, to this day is the importance of persistence.

During that workshop, Bob Proctor gave all of the attendees a copy of the chapter on persistence from Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich. He challenged us to find an accountability partner and read the chapter to each other for 30 days. He said it was something that he did once a year. My friend who attended the workshop with me agreed to accept the challenge and we took turns reading the chapter to each other every night for 30 days.

I think the purpose of the challenge was to emphasize the importance of persistence when in comes to making our goals a reality. The chapter shares real life examples of people who persisted in the pursuit of their goals despite the many challenges they encountered. In some examples it took years before they achieved their goals and there were many situations that would have cause most to give up. The common theme in all of these examples was that the people persisted and were able to make their dreams a reality.

I understand the idea of reading that chapter once a year. It serves as a reminder that regardless of the challenges we might be facing in our lives, they won’t last forever. It shows us what’s possible when we are committed to making our goals a reality no matter what kinds of difficulties we encounter along the way. Like Napoleon Hill says in the chapter, “verily, it pays to be persistent!”

I think that the key to persistence is patience and focus, which can be a challenge for most of us, myself included. We want what we want when we want it, and the goals that are important to us don’t tend to be realized when we want them to. We have to be patient with the process and ourselves in order to maintain the focus necessary to make our goals a reality.

When we want something bad enough and believe that we can make it happen (even if we don’t know how) then persistence is easy. I think that along with patience and persistence we have to have faith. We have to believe in ourselves and that what we want is possible. When we have that mindset, we open ourselves up to the opportunities that will help to get us closer to realizing our goals. That might mean being connected to the right people or being offered opportunities that you never even imagined.

I believe that persistence is a habit we have to develop to achieve success. The more we persist, the easier it becomes to do it the next time. When we persist and see that it pays off, we become more inclined to remain committed regardless of future challenges. When we realize the power of persistence, quitting no longer becomes an option. Are you mastering the art of persistence in the pursuit of your goals?

Getting & Staying Motivated

I don’t know about you, but when I first get the inspiration to pursue a goal, I’m on fire! It’s all I think about and that kind of laser focus can become a bit obsessive 😉 I’m talking about it with people, I’m doing things outside my comfort zone and I’m excited to make it a reality. Sometimes I can maintain that flame to the end, other times that fire peters out to no fire at all.

So what makes the difference? Why is it that there are times where I can maintain my motivation to do what needs to be done, and other times when I really can’t be bothered? For me, I think the difference lies in why I chose to go after the goal in the first place.

The idea to write a book was in my mind for years before I actually did it. In 2010 I joined a 60-Day Writer’s Challenge. I got 100+ pages in and decided that it wasn’t the book I wanted to write. I had an accountability partner, shared in the group and received positive feedback, but none of that was enough to keep me motivated to finish what I started.

Fast-forward to 2013. I was given the opportunity to write an article for a friend who was the editor of a local magazine. I said yes before I knew what I was going to write about because I was so excited about the opportunity to have something published in a magazine! I decided to write about my experience with depression after my father died and how I managed to deal with it in a positive way.

I never expected the response from complete strangers who thanked me for sharing my experience, saying that it gave them hope because they lost someone in their own family. The feedback from that 2-page article is what inspired me to get back to my book. It made me wonder how many people I could impact if I wrote a book given those that said they benefitted from the book.

Getting clear on why I wanted to write my book made the difference. It wasn’t about me sharing my story, but what I hoped to achieve in doing so. That clarity inspired me to commit to a self-publishing deal before writing a page of the book and completing the first draft in 6 weeks! I had that laser focus I mentioned earlier. I wrote practically every day in those six weeks. The goal was to write 4 pages a day. Some days it happened, and other days I stared at a blank page for most of the day. It didn’t matter though – I was committed to completing the book and didn’t get discouraged by momentary writer’s block.

We hear so much about knowing your why and there’s a reason for it. When your why is strong enough, there is nothing that will stop you from doing what needs to be done, even when you’re faced with disappointments and obstacles. You accept those negative experiences as part of the journey and not a sign that your goal isn’t meant to be.

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One down, 11 to go

We’re at the end of January and it’s a great time to reflect on the progress you made this month. Whether you made significant progress or not, it’s important to take a look at what’s working and what isn’t working. That way you can adjust what isn’t working and leverage the things that are working.

If you felt like you haven’t started on your goals, the good news is that you don’t have to wait for any specific time to start! I know that I can catch myself wanting to wait for a significant date like the start of the week or the start of the month. The truth is that if I want to get started on something, the perfect time to get started is now!

I think that I have used perfection as an excuse for my procrastination. Not wanting to do the work necessary because the conditions weren’t “perfect”. Can’t do video because I need a better camera. Can’t release my e-course because I haven’t found the perfect platform. If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that if you’re looking for an excuse not to do something, you’ll always find one. Whether or not they’re based in any kind of real truth is a completely different story.

If your issue is that you don’t where to start, then it’s time to work on a plan. You know what you want to achieve, so the first step is identifying what you need to do to get you there. Once you know what you need to do, then the next step is to develop a plan to make those things happen. What resources do you need? Do you need help? Where do you need to go or who do you need to talk to? Once you get clear on those things, you can then start to do the work to make your goals happen.

If you’re not sure on what your goals are for the year, I think a great question to ask yourself is “am I living the life I want?” If your answer is yes, awesome! Think about what you can do to make it better. If your answer is no, then think about what you would need to do to create the life you want. Is it a change in career, going back to school or reconnecting with a forgotten hobby? Whatever it is, once you’ve identified it, create a plan to make it happen.

Get clear on your goals, create a plan, and execute the plan while checking your progress on a regular basis. It sounds simple, and it is. The key is to do the work and be prepared for setbacks. The challenges you encounter aren’t signs that you need to give up; they’re a test of how committed you are to seeing your goal through to its completion.

What are you going to make happen this year?

You own your time!

I was watching a show on the weekend where Harry Belafonte was being interviewed. He was being asked for advice on how to be a social activist today. Of course, Mr. Belafonte has had a lot of experience as a social activist from his work during the civil rights movement to fighting apartheid in South Africa. The person who was speaking with him thanked his and he said something that has stuck with me – he said the pleasure was his and that time is the only thing can give anyone since it’s the only thing he truly owns.

I believe that’s a powerful statement. Do you feel like you own your time or do you feel like someone else has control over it. I know that my greatest points of frustration were times when I felt like my time wasn’t my own. I wasn’t consciously choosing where my time was spent. I was doing things that other people wanted me to do, or things I thought they wanted me to do without considering whether it was the best use of my time. By the time I figured out it wasn’t time well spent, I had already too far gone.

When I’m at my most fulfilled, I’m doing the things that are important to me. They’re either things that bring me joy, or things that are going to bring me closer to achieving my goals. The sweetest spot, is when the things that I’m doing that help me get closer to my goals are things that I enjoy J

I believe there are three things you need to do in order to really own your time:

  1. Get clear on the mission and vision for your life
  2. Know what your priorities are and why they are important to you
  3. Set boundaries based on your priorities

When you have these three points covered, you have clarity on the activities that are a good use of your time. You know what to say yes to and what to say no to. You reduce feelings of frustration and overwhelm which has a positive ripple effect on your relationships!

Regardless of how much control you feel you have over your time right now, the good news is that things can always change for the better. You want to take back control of your time? Get comfortable saying no. Create a plan for how you want your day to go and be mindful of interruptions and distractions. Ask for help.

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Time to get real

Okay, we’ve got less than two months left in 2018. It’s time to get real because there are goals that you set for yourself at the start of the year and it’s never too late to check on the progress you’ve made. I know that there were probably some rough patches and things you wish you had done better. The question is, what can you do differently in the next two months to get the results you want?

It’s time to be as honest with yourself as possible. What habits are working for you and which ones are working against you? Most of us don’t have to think too hard to figure out the answers. Knowing what we need to change is one thing. Doing something about it is a completely different matter.

We face this challenge whether our goals are personal or professional. We need to take time out to analyze what’s working and what isn’t working. If you’re spending a lot of time on your goals and not getting the results you want, then it is time to rethink the strategy. Either you need to hire out for the things that aren’t in your wheelhouse, or you need to take a course to gain the skills and knowledge to do those things in an effective and efficient way!

I know that tracking our progress is something that many of us avoid. We don’t want to face the reality that we’re not on track to make our goals a reality. If you’re fearful to take a look at your progress, you already have an idea that you’re not where you want to be. The opposite could be true as well though; you could be closer to realizing your goals than you think. You’ll never know for sure until you take the time to see where you really are.

Even if you realize that you’re not as close as you wanted to be to achieving your goals, the good news is that there’s still time! You have just under 2 months to make significant things happen. All you need is clarity on the vision, focus on the things you need to do to get you there and a willingness to take daily action to get you there.

What you have or haven’t accomplished in the last ten months doesn’t have to determine your success in 2018. You can do anything you put your mind to! What are you choosing to focus on accomplishing in the next 2 months? I look forward to celebrating your successes in December, as we head into a new year get ready to see what else is possible! ♥

One bite at a time

There’s the riddle that asks, how do you eat an elephant? The answer is one bite at a time. I think this is the same approach that we have to have when it comes to our goals. If you’ve ever worked on achieving a huge goal, you know that it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, having the expectation that it will be easy or quick can be maddening when you realize that it’s not going to happen!

If you’re read my posts or heard me talk about goals before, you know that I’m an advocate for breaking goals down into manageable chunks and focusing on those. Think about what will feel more manageable to you – saving $5,000 this year or saving $105 a month? Sure that $100 might be a stretch, but probably feels a lot more doable than focusing on the final goal on a consistent basis.

Think about how much easier things would be if you broke your 90 day goals into 15 day chunks. What would you need to do in the next 2 weeks to help you get closer to the achievement of your goal? If saving a certain amount of money is your focus, then maybe it’s bringing your lunch to work or skipping that morning coffee shop visit. If shedding pounds is your focus, then maybe it’s setting up an exercise schedule for the next two weeks and setting a meal plan that works for you.

A lot of times we think about our goals but we don’t have a plan in place to make it happen. We think that one day we’ll get started, or we’re waiting for that elusive “perfect moment” to get to work. The truth of the matter is that if we want to achieve our goals, we have to get started today. There will always be a reason to not take action. If you keep making excuses for why you can’t or shouldn’t get started, then you have to ask yourself how important your goals are to you.

You don’t have to make big moves towards your goals immediately. Maybe you only save $25 or $50 the first week. Maybe you do a 20 minute workout your first time at the gym. You don’t have to start big, you just have to start! Once you do, you’ll be so glad you did. You’ll realize that it isn’t as hard as you thought it would be and you’ll be inspired and motivated to push yourself to do more.

What small step will you take today to bring you closer to realizing your dreams? ♥

First quarter check-in

We’re coming to the close of the first quarter of the year. If you haven’t checked in on your progress so far, now’s the time to do it. Tracking your progress is important to the achievement of your goals. You need to know how far you’ve come to know how much further you have left to go.

It’s moment of truth time. Now is the time to review what’s working and what isn’t. If you don’t check-in on this, you’ll get caught doing stuff that isn’t getting you anywhere for the rest of the year! We have to be honest with ourselves about what’s getting us closer to our goals, and what’s holding us back. We may have had ideas we thought would be awesome that didn’t work out the way that we wanted them to. If that’s the case, we have to look at why it didn’t work and what we can do differently to get the results we want.

This is also a time to celebrate our accomplishments. They don’t have to be monumental; they simply have to be something that positive that happened since the start of the year. Maybe you booked a meeting with a lead that you’ve been trying to connect with for a while. Perhaps you registered for that course that you’d been procrastinating on for the last six months. Whatever you accomplished in the last three months, big or small, make the time to celebrate them!

If you’ve struggled to get motivated this year, don’t beat yourself up about it! You still have NINE months to make this an amazing year. There’s still a lot of time to accomplish great things. The key is to make sure that your goals are meaningful and important to you. Know why you are pursuing the goal. What kind of impact will achieving the goal have on your life and those around you? This knowledge is the foundation for keeping yourself motivated and inspired when you encounter obstacles along the way.

Remember that time is passing by regardless of what we choose to do with it. It’s up to us to make the best of the 24 hours that we are given each day. We can spend our time focusing on the past and beating ourselves up about the things that didn’t work. We can also spend our time worrying about the future and all the things that could go wrong and the reasons why we shouldn’t take action. There is, however, another choice. We can choose to make the best of the time we’re given, focus on our goals and take deliberate action towards making them a reality.

What will you do with the time you’ve been given today?

I’m hosting an online session where we’ll be reviewing the first quarter of 2018 and setting intentions for the next one. If you’d like to join me, submit your details below, confirm your email address and you will receive the session information and free download. ♥

Measuring your progress

“You have to know your numbers!”  I have heard this numerous times. A business coach I worked with several years ago, would repeat it so much that it may as well have been the mantra of the program I was working with her in. At the time, I didn’t get it, but now I do.

This year I’ve decided to track my progress in a way I haven’t before. At the start of the year, I worked on my marketing plan and set targets for where I want to be at the end of the year. Of course, I practiced what I preach and broke down the gap between where I am and where I want to be into manageable chunks. I divided the difference by 12 so I could track my progress on a monthly basis.

Well, we’ve just wrapped up January and after tracking how I did in January, I know I need to step things up in February! This isn’t to say that I didn’t make any progress at all, but it does mean that I didn’t reach my targets in most of the areas I’m tracking. This wasn’t a surprise to me. I was still in the midst of getting settle in the new house and hadn’t really done anything different from last year.

It was a wake-up call that showed me that maintaining the status quo isn’t going to get me where I want to be this year. My word for 2018 is Consistency. I plan to be consistent about measuring my progress on a regular basis this year. There have been times in the past where June has rolled around and I’m wondering what I’ve accomplished in the last six months!

Measuring your progress is vital to successfully achieving your goals. If you’re not measuring your progress, you won’t know if what you’re doing is getting the results you want or not. You could be getting results, but not at the speed or level that you want it to. You don’t want to wait until the end of the year to realize that you’ve been busy working away at things that haven’t gotten you closer to accomplishing your goals!

Whether it’s losing weight, saving money or growing your business, tracking your progress is a must! If you’re not moving forward the way you want to, think about what you can do differently. Ask for advice from people who have achieved the kinds of goals you’re working towards. Get help if you need it. There’s no point in feeling busy, overwhelmed and frustrated because things aren’t working out. Remember, you can always choose to try another path to get to your destination! ♥

The Final Stretch

About 15 years ago I complete my first 10 km run. I would love to say I ran the whole thing, but I didn’t. For me, the important thing was to complete it. I remember seeing the mark for the 9th kilometer and deciding that as tired as I was, I was going to run that final stretch. I wasn’t sure where the energy was going to come from, but I knew I wanted to get to that finish line as soon as possible!

Thinking about this recently made me realize the similarities in running that 10 km and pursuing our goals. We can be quick and full of energy at the start and if we aren’t fully prepared, we can start to lose energy when the finish line is nowhere in sight. We have a choice, we can give up and try again or we can adjust our pace so we can reach the finish line.

Here’s the thing, you may think that because you haven’t achieved your goal by now, it’s never going to happen. The truth is that the end of the year doesn’t mean that you have to have achieved your goals. You may have wanted to reach a certain point by this time in the year, and it hasn’t happened. That doesn’t mean it won’t. There are still things that you can do before the year is up. One of them is to reflect on your progress and adjust your plan moving forward.

Now is a perfect time of the year to reflect on what’s worked for you this year and be honest about the things that haven’t. You may have been doing this periodically throughout the year. Reflecting on the year as a whole is a great practice as well. If we don’t have clarity on these things, we won’t know what we should be doing more of and what we need to stop doing so we can make the best use of our time.

If your goals are important to you, don’t give up on them. Unless you had specific submission deadlines to meet, there’s still time to get it done. Persistence really does pay off. Achieving goals takes consistent effort and commitment. This isn’t a 100 metre dash. It would probably serve better to think about our goals as a marathon, never mind a 10 km run. Pace yourself, take care of yourself, and stay focused on the end goal. You’ll get there when you’re meant to. ♥

Who do you need to be to make your goals a reality?

This is a question I was asked during the retreat I attended in Majorca. To be more specific, the question was Who do you need to be in order to make your goals a reality? I think it’s a great question. So often we focus on the logical steps – if I do A and B, then I should get C as a result. What happens when things don’t work out?

Thinking about the type of person you need to be in order to make your dreams come true requires honesty. We have to acknowledge that we may not be exhibiting the qualities that we identify as key success factors. We have to be okay with the fact that we aren’t there yet and remember that if we’re ready, willing and able; we can become that person.

That’s the whole point of doing this exercise. It’s to identify where the gaps are so that we can start to work on filling them. Maybe you need to be more fearless, and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone in a way you never imagined. For lots of us, the key lies in admitting that we can’t do it all on our own and being willing to ask for help. Whatever it is you need to do to become the person you need to be, the good news is that anytime is a great time to get started.

The important thing to remember is that becoming the person you need to be takes commitment. You’re going to have to do things you haven’t done before, or do them more often. This isn’t going to happen overnight, even if it appears that way to friends, family and colleagues. There isn’t a magic pill, a secret book or a VIP course that’s going to get you where you want to be. Are there ways to get there quicker? Absolutely, but all roads start with you.

There’s a quote that says that it isn’t always about the goal, but the person you become to make it happen. When we struggle with our goals, it’s often because we’re not willing to challenge ourselves. We want our goals to be possible without doing any work on ourselves. The problem with that is we all know that we’ll get the same results if we keep doing things the same way. In order to do things differently, we need to be different as well. As cliché as it may sound, sometimes our goals require that we grow in order to make them a reality.

Who do you need to be to make your dreams a reality? What do you need to do to be that person? Share in the comments! ♥