When it comes to achieving your goals consistency is the secret sauce. But it’s an acquired taste.
Here are 5 ways to consistently take action and get what you want.
If you are always setting goals but never achieving them you need to read this!
You’ve been led to believe that you should be motivated. And whoever is the most motivated wins.
The truth is, those that succeed consistently take action regardless of how they feel about doing it.
Motivation may get you started but it’s consistency that will see you finish!
1. Small steps
The theory is simple:
Follow this plan for x amount of weeks and get results.
The reality is hard:
You’re struggling to keep it going for more than a few days.
Start off with the minimum effective dose.
Do the least amount of work that will result in progression.
Once you’re consistent with that amount then you can add more.
What you want is on the other side of the things you don’t want to do.
We live in a the digital age where stimulation is only a click away; Nirvana for the monkey brain.
This need for things to be exciting is counter productive.
Get comfortable with doing the uncomfortable/ boring things.
Make peace with the fact that there will be things you dislike doing on a daily basis.
If you imagine that happening 1,000 times in a row all of a sudden it becomes immaterial.
Because it’s expected. You know it’s going to happen every single day. You’re mentally prepared.
3. Your success/failure is found in your routine (or absence of one).
Until you’re consistent you won’t be able to tell is its working or not.
Without a routine you’ll be stuck on a plateau, constantly taking one step forward then one step back.
The greatest routine will feature these habits:
- Consistent waking time
- Early morning sunlight
- Early cardio
- Nutritious meals
- Being in nature
- Weight lifting
- A bedtime routine
- Consistent bedtime
4. Become a Time Lord
Once I replaced:
TV with Online learning.
Radio with Audible.
Netflix with exercise.
The news with writing.
My productivity went to a whole new level.
From making these swaps I improved my wellbeing created more time and made use of dead time.
5. Make it emotive
Make sure you know why you are working towards your goal.
What bigger purpose is your goal a part of?
If it’s important enough then you’ll have an endless reserve of energy that you can tap into when needed.
Reframe your actions as ‘musts’ not ‘shoulds’ i.e. ‘I must do x so I can achieve my goal, which is serving my purpose.’
6. Bonus; Accountability
It’s all too easy to let yourself off the hook!
Be accountable to someone!
The American Society of Training and Development found that if you commit to someone.
And you have regular accountability appointments with that person.
You will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.
One thought on “5 steps to achieving your goals”
Nice tips. Taking small steps is highly underrated. I finished a few novels with just 250 words a day. We often don’t see how those tiny steps end up being big steps once we start. Once we get in motion, it’s much easier to stay in motion, and that’s what this tip does. Anyway, thanks for this post!