As a success and confidence coach I support clients with creating their next level of success.
This begins with creating the destination…what is the next level of success? What is the goal, result or outcome that is desired?
Some clients come with this already crystal clear, and for some part of the work is getting clear on what the goal is.
I imagine that many of you reading this have goals in place for where you want to get to already. If you do, awesome! If not, take a moment now to choose one area of your life and create a goal. For a goal to be successful it helps to have it be Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic and Time sensitive. Does your goal tick those boxes? I like to add an “I” to that S.M.A.R.T acronym and make it SMARTI with the “I” being Inspirational. Does the goal inspire you? Does it make you want to get out of bed in the morning to achieve it?
Great! now that we all have a goal, write it down and share it. Research shows that the percentage of actually achieving a goal significantly increases when you write it down and increases again when you share it with someone else…or lots of other people! Tell your friend, partner, post it on your social media – or all of those!
If we leave it here it’s predictable that we will lose track of our goal in the happenings of life: when we get busy, feel tired or have upsetting circumstances come up. It can feel hard and out of reach when we come up against obstacles or roadblocks.
Here are some success strategies to keep you on track to success:
1. Be present to your goal daily.
Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles Workbook, encourages goal setters to create a top 5 list everyday with 5 actions that will bring you closer to your goal. He suggests you put those top 5 actions onto a sticky note and have it next to your computer (or wherever you are) so that you will see it and make good on taking those actions throughout the day. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Chinese Proverb
Create space everyday as a ritual to visualize yourself having succeed in your goal. What does it look like, feel like, sound like, maybe even taste like when you have accomplished your goal? Our subconscious minds can’t tell the difference between reality and visualization. The more you can embody that feeling of success and accomplishment, the more real it feels to your subconscious, which works in the background to get you what you want. Super cool right?!
3. Get Accountable.
Who’s in your corner that will support you to stay on track when the self sabotaging starts? I think you know what I mean: when you procrastinate, get scared, confused or ‘forget’ what it is you’re up to. Maybe it’s a colleague, a partner, coach, mastermind group or other structure. Put something or someone in place that is sufficient for the level of possibility you are creating in your life. I recommend that the bigger the goal, the bigger and more rigorous the accountability is that you set up.
4. Set yourself up for success from the start.
The Billion Dollar Secret by Rafael Badziag is a book that outlines the commonalities that the many billionaires Rafael interviewed shared. One of those is that all of these billionaires wake up very early and start their day with themselves with a combination of intentional self care exercises such as: meditating, exercising, journaling and visualizing. Create a morning ritual that has you centered, focused, inspired and ready to take on your day!
This is most definitely not an exhaustive list, but a start. I’m confident that if you put in place these strategies with consistency that you will start to see results bringing you closer to your goal faster than you imagined. Please note the key word in that last sentence is consistency.
If you fall out of the success habits you have set up for yourself, don’t beat yourself up. Shake it off and get back on track.
A little self love goes a long way in the journey to success. ♥