We all have a high potential that could be reached with the right amount of discipline. Sadly, our brains aren’t designed for this.
Our brain is programmed to keep us alive, which means that sometimes it might make a decision that isn’t to our full advantage. For example, you might be an introvert that doesn’t like to talk on the phone. You have received, however, an offer for a phone interview that could completely change your life. Some of us have such high phone anxiety (called telephonophobia), that we might decide to give up on our chance without even trying. Our brain tricks us into finding excuses such as “I wasn’t going to get that job anyway” or “I wouldn’t have done well in that interview so why try?”. It is our job to recognize these tricks our mind plays on us and fight against its unreasonable fears.
The truth is, you are ready and you are capable. It’s all about trusting yourself and your gut and going all in when the time comes.
So how do you achieve a goal? And what does it take to get from dream, to plan, and to execution which ultimately gets you to results? Read on to find out about my step by step plan that is built to get you results.
You must know exactly what you want
I always say this: you don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’re going. Does that make sense? You can’t build a well-defined plan with the right steps if you don’t know exactly what you want.
For example, you might say that you want to move. That is a vague idea. On the other hand, if you say that you want to move to Dallas, on the vest side of the city, in an apartment with three rooms, you now have e clear goal. This is what I am talking about when I say that you must know where you are going to know where you are going. Achieving a goal is all about being as clear as possible about what you want.
You must know the steps you’ll have to take to get there
In order to know how to achieve a goal, you have to name the exact steps. You can only do that by doing your research on the topic. My advice would be to find the most trusted characters that have already succeeded and analyze their actions. Someone’s life could be a blueprint for how to achieve your own goals.
In today’s world and age, you have all the material you could ever need at the tip of your fingers, so it shouldn’t be that hard to gather the right information so you can form a plan. Great online sources for information are Google, Youtube, Pinterest, and Twitter. If your goal is part of a well-known niche you won’t have any issues with getting the info you need to form a plan.
How to create a step by step plan that actually works
The best way to do this is by defining your end goal and then think backwards. What are the steps you’ll have to take to get there? Name each one no matter how big or small.
Another great tip is to nominate monthly, weekly, and daily actions. For example, if you are trying to make more money in your business. You might have to write an extra article per week and create content for your social media every single day. Additionally, you should take an hour every month to analyze the growth of your business, what went wrong and what went right, and what are the steps you need to add in order to achieve your goal.
You must be disciplined enough to actually take action
The most important step in reaching any goal is taking the action to achieve it. You might know your goals and maybe you even made a step by step plan. But that won’t take you anywhere further if you don’t wake up every day and add another brick to your “wall”.
Procrastination is a huge problem in our society and is the reason why so many people don’t achieve success to their full potential. You might not want to get up in the morning and work out, but you still have to do it if you want to be healthier.
That’s where discipline works its magic. And the only way to build discipline is by forming a habit that will be recognized by your brain without you even needing to be conscious about it anymore.
You can do that by taking the same action for the next 28 days. Let’s say you want to grow your Twitter account for your business. For the next 28 days, you should show up every day and take action according to your marketing plan built for growth. Once those 28 days are up, your brain will have already formed synapses that will help you with your discipline. But you have to push through to get there.
You’ll also have to remember that having stronger synapses specifically created for your goal won’t always be enough for you to do the work. There will still be days where you don’t feel “like doing it”. It’s normal because you’re human. You shouldn’t feel bad about it.
What you should do though is recognize your triggers, find their biggest enemy, and form a system you can count on for those moments. For example, Mel Robbins has a great exercise you can learn more about HERE. For short, her 5-second rule supports the idea that we should act upon a thought as soon as we have it before emotions kick in. Once you have the thought of working out, you count down from 5 to 1 and then get up and work out. This way, you stop your brain from trying to convince you to quit the idea.
You must not give up
Last but not least, you must get up and try again no matter how many times you fall. Life would be a lot easier if we would just win in our first try, but in my opinion, it would also be boring.
Sometimes you have to try a thousand times before you can have a small success. That shouldn’t stop you though. With every failed attempt you gain experience that gets you closer to your goal.
The time will pass anyway so why not take the action needed? All the successful people you admire today went through years and years of hard work, failures, and lessons so they could get where they are today. And you must do the same. So don’t give up at your first step back and learn to refocus and try again, and again until you succeed.