You must have heard the phrase, “Information is Power!”?
Well, actually information on it’s own isn’t nearly enough to help you reach your goals in life. If you go back and read the post on ‘How to set goals‘, you’ll have a good idea of the steps necessary to not only set and plan your goals in a manner that gives you confidence you can achieve them, but a tried and tested formula that will help make sure you do.
The next issue with most people, is that now they’ve set their goals, they get the feeling that their dreams are impossible to reach. If this is you, you should go read this post.
So now you have your list of planned, achievable goals. Together with all of the steps required. The problem is, all you have is a list of goals. It’s entirely reliant on your ACTION, to make those goals a reality.
Without regular action, your goals, no matter how powerfully motivating they may be to you right now, mean nothing.
I have a mantra that was passed on to me by Tony Robbins, a man with an uncanny ability to see a person’s problems and a remarkable skill for changing fortunes. That mantra is ‘Never to leave sight of a goal without doing something towards it’s achievement.’
Simply put, once you have set a goal, you must immediately do something that moves you along the path to getting it.
The bigger the step you can take, obviously the better it is, but any motion toward the goal is a start. If one of your goals for example was to own a Ferrari 599 within 5 years. then your initial step towards that goal could be to set up a savings account at the bank, or set up a standing order to pay money into the account you already have, or even just call the dealership and ask them to send you a brochure!
Whatever it is, just do something. Nothing is more powerful in reaching any goal than action and as you increase the amount of actions you take, you start to build momentum. Give yourself enough momentum and nothing will stop you!
One last thing to say about taking action generally, try, as with the actual setting of the goal, to be as specific as possible to avoid sending yourself ‘off the rails’.
If your goal was to lose 28lb in 12 weeks, then a good first action step would be to ‘check out three helpful resources on the internet.‘. A not-so-good one would be, ‘check out a few helpful resources on the internet next week.’ The first example is specific. It’s measurable, so you know that you’ve achieved it. The second example is vague, so there’s no measurable outcome and by the time next weeks comes along, the initial drive you had, has all but disappeared.
This means your action steps should also be a goal, and as we’ve already repeated to death, goals should be specific, not vague. Be specific in your main goal, be specific in how you will know when you’ve achieved it, have specific ‘step goals’ if necessary and achieve them using specific action steps.
Again, if you haven’t read it already, why not go back and read the post on ‘Simple steps to help you achieve your goals‘ and if you’ve got any questions, drop them in the comments, or send me an email. 🙂