> At the end of this lesson you will be able to take action to achieve your goals.
Action Conquers Fear
Stephen King noted that “The scariest moment is always just before you start” – and he should know about fear! Have you ever held yourself back from taking action because of some crazy self-sabotaging notion? The good news is that you can stop being your own worst enemy – and the process hinges on your goals:
- Recognise the pattern your nasty habit of self-sabotage follows. Awareness of your triggers gives you a chance to dodge the negative behaviour.
- Get to the root of the problem. Your mind is (misguidedly) trying to protect you from danger. Dig deep and ask yourself what you are afraid of? Why do you find that scary? Do your fears outweigh your desires?
- Give your brain something else to focus on – like your goals! When your consciousness is flooded with your goals, it is a lot harder to sabotage yourself. Remind yourself of your goals at least every day.
Remember that if you do have a dreadful day, you can always reset the next day.
- Stop feeling overwhelmed by focusing only on the actions that will move you towards achieving your goals. It is okay to say no, delegate, ask for help.
- Get an accountability partner with whom you can share your goals, challenges, and successes. Bear in mind that “You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” Gandhi
Take It Up a Notch With These Tips From The Top
Thinking of your strategic goals in terms of a sports team is a great analogy:
- Play to the full-time whistle. In other words, finish what you started. Brainstorm breakdowns, breakthroughs, disappointments, and accomplishments from last year. Use your problem-solving skills to analyse your methods, challenges, and results when pursuing past goals and determine the best techniques to move forward.
- Big vision, then laser-like focus. Ensure that you are putting energy and time into activities that help (not hinder) your success. Be ruthless in removing distractions. Small daily improvements always lead to exceptional results over time.
- Create a game plan. Develop effective systems and habits to make it easier for you to accomplish your goals on a regular basis.
- Pick the right players. Surround yourself with people who are also committed to success and personal growth. Vet each potential member of “Team _______” (insert you name). The people you hang out with must exhibit the same qualities and values as you – passionate, ambitious, fully engaged, positive and constructive, diligent. Accept nothing less.
- Be disciplined. You are your own ref in the game of life. An accountability partner is nice to have, but the buck stops with you. Ultimately, every success or failure you experience is entirely your responsibility. Maintain focus and discipline throughout the process of working on your goals.
- Play nice. Build in rewards to help reinforce the positive actions you are taking and take advantage of the momentum.
- Be agile. Just as a top athlete is nimble, so you need to frequently reassess and adapt your action plans according to the results you are getting.
- Stay in the game. Goals must be brought to life, and the only way to do that is to keep your commitment alive. Keep your goals on your radar at all times and follow through with the steps required to make them happen.
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