Monday, November 26, 2018

The Number One Question People Ask Me


"A wise man's questions contain half the answer."
- Solomon Ibn Gabriol

As a coach that helps people to achieve their most challenging life goals, you can probably imagine that I get asked a ton of questions on a regular basis. Can you guess what the most common question is? It may be how do I become more self-disciplined? Or how can I minimize distractions to crush my goals faster? Well, if you agreed with either one of these you're close! I get these questions quite often, but it's not the number question. The leading question people ask me whether they are a client or not is "how do I achieve my goals?"

Everyone has goals in life no matter how big or small they are. Some people want to start their own business, complete an overdue passion project or become an author or an artist. No matter the size of the goal we all need a blueprint (which is what I like to call a roadmap or strategic plan). As an early Christmas present, today I'm sharing my goal crushing secrets with you! Yes, that's right! I'm giving you the inside scoop on how to create your own unique strategy to achieve your personal goals within a reasonable amount of time.

Now, let's be honest. We know (based on research) that only 8/100 people actually reach their goals. As much as I hope you are one of them, I know the majority simply will not change. Living your dreams demands more than the practical knowledge of HOW to get it done. You have to let go of what's not working, what's holding you back, and what's limiting your progress to embrace change, sacrifice and a new you.

1. Personal Development (Character)

If you want to experience a new reality, you have to be open to becoming a new, upgraded version of yourself. This isn't simply being the best you that you can be, it's a complete transformation of your perspective, attitude, beliefs, and character. You CAN go as far as you want in life, but you WILL only go as far as you take yourself. Woooouuuuu! That was good. I hope you didn't miss it! I'll say it again.

The possibilities are endless for you! You can create anything you want with your life. This is true, however, it is also true that YOU WILL only produce (you will only create) what your character can handle. If your goal is to become your own boss one day it is totally possible, thousands of people are doing it and will continue to go for it, but the only way YOU WILL GET THERE is if you develop yourself enough to be able to succeed at that level.

It takes more than maturity, knowledge, and skills. You need strong character. Character is like the muscle power behind every lasting success story that you see around the world. It is the foundation of who you are and the reason why you do what you do. It's stronger than motivation and yields better results than networking. This is the first area you should focus on and pro tip: the work in this area never ends.

2. S.M.A.R.T Goal Planning

Your goal has to be:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Relevant
Time-based

Without a clear target, you're aiming at the wind. You will get minimal results at best and you will grow tired and eventually give up. Do not, I repeat never attempt to achieve a goal without prior strategic planning and a clear measurable outcome. You can read more about this here.

After you establish clear objectives identify the key action steps that will lead you to your ultimate outcome. List them in order of importance then start backing your plan with action. Start working on the first major key step and once that's accomplished celebrate! Congratulate yourself, get some rest if you need it then work your way through the second major key step and so on.

3. Patience (Consistency)

Now listen, seeing results WILL TAKE TIME, you will not take bounds and leaps of progress every day, but consistency will lead you to the richest results. You will reap what you sow, results are produced with time. No one plants an apple seed and expects a full grown tree the next day, right? That's just not how life works. Well, it's the same when it comes to your goals.

You can't start working hard today and expect 10 lbs to be gone by tomorrow or you can't complete one chapter of your book today and expect it to be published by next week. It takes time so take the pressure off yourself. Don't compare your process to anyone else, don't minimize your effort, and don't give up.

"If you get tired learn to rest, not quit."
- Bansky

Here's a summary of what you need:

1. Personal development.
2. Use S.M.A.R.T goal planning.
3. Patience & consistency.

I know from experience this won't be easy and on some days you will want to give up! But here's another pro tip, turn your daily major action steps into a routine. This makes it easier to get up and do the things you don't want to do. It also helps you keep your long-term vision at the forefront of your mind and clarify your big-picture goals. You will minimize and overcome daily obstacles and distractions while maintaining your excitement for the future.

Remember, my team and I are one click away. Feel free to contact us for a complimentary goal crushing strategy session. We will help you design a realistic goal strategy that you can actually implement. Until next time, talk to you soon xo!

Theresa Forever

Founder, 6 Weeks 1 Goal
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