Well, sorry to disappoint but there are no secrets! However, there are certain rules that if followed carefully, will increase the odds of success. This blog explores them.
I believe that achievement, in this case achieving the goals we set for ourselves, is a natural human motivator. We feel good when we achieve those things we set out for and not so good when we fail. Worse still in my opinion, is not even beginning what we once were determined to do. However, when planned carefully, success is much more likely to follow.
The 7 stages of achievement:
Decide upon exactly what it is you want. Many people never achieve success or happiness because they don’t know exactly what it is they want, in other words, what will bring them success and happiness. These are life’s drifters; they drift from one thing to another never really achieving what matters to them. So, if it is a business you want then decide exactly what sort of business that is. If it is a new career that you want then be absolutely clear on the sort of career you want. Spending time deciding upon exactly what it is you want down to the smallest detail is an essential first step.
Do the necessary research. We all know that what might appear to be a great idea may not be one after some careful research. Far too many people make the mistake of rushing headlong into a project only to decide later on that it was the wrong thing to do or it was not actually what they wanted. Of course there is always a risk that things may not work out even after the most careful research but work in this area early on can prevent costly mistakes in the future.
Create a plan. Before any decision is made a comprehensive action plan should be created. The plan should identify exactly what has to happen and by when. It should include all the resources you’ll need, i.e. money, time, the people who’ll be able to help you, etc.
Make the decision. Once you have decided exactly what it is you want and you have researched the subject in depth and you have created a plan of execution then if it is still something you want to do then make the decision to do it. Many people pull back at this stage because doubt or fear creeps in.
Execute your plan. Many people have great ideas. Many are capable of carefully researching the viability of an idea, etc., and many people are capable of creating an action plan yet few people are good at executing their plans. How many times have you been absolutely determined to do something only never actually getting round to starting it? If you’ve got to this stage then begin!
Have a contingency plan. As there are rarely guarantees to success, it is sensible to have a contingency plan to hand should things not turn out as planned. Many people make the mistake of starting a project only to find that things don’t work out as planned and then become stuck because they have no plan B.
Remain positive and optimistic. Achieving a goal, especially a big goal, is likely to have its challenging moments. During these times, it is natural to wonder why the hell you took the decision to do it in the first place. However, if all things were easy to achieve then we’d all be doing them. During difficult times, it is essential to remain positive (I can do this) and enthusiastic (the reason you began it in the first place). I believe that more often than not, it is our attitude that defeats us and not our abilities.
With the New Year fast approaching, maybe now is the time to think about what it is you would like to achieve in 2012. Good luck.