How to Ensure Your SUCCESS in 2019

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Well, 2019 is now here and as most people do you have probably set your self a few resolutions or goals for the coming year.

In the following post will look at setting goals, the use of planning and taking action in this blog. By using all 3 of these strategies to full effect in the coming year you will be setting yourself up for great success.

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Goals

If you are looking to start a new venture or really want to strive forward with the business, you are in you will most probably have set yourself some goals for achieving this. If not, why not?

Set your goals and write them down. Now writing them down is really important. You can have goals in mind and that is great but the trouble with that is that you can easily change or manipulate them without anyone knowing and probably while lying to yourself a little too. Once you write them down have them somewhere where you will see them each day. On your office desk, in your diary, on your mobile, as a screen saver on your computer even.

Writing them down means:

· They are there in black and white.

· You can read them whenever you want.

· You can have them to hand any time you are planning or changing plans to help attain your goals.

· They are there as a constant reminder of where you want to be and what you want to have.

I know many people have business plans and that is great, but I find goals are equally if not more important. Goals really give us something to work towards and we can have many given goals at one time.

Read my last post – How to Set Goals and Achieve Them – In 5 Steps

You can have your short term, medium-term and long-term goals all running together but all focusing on completely different areas. For me, I have daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and longer-term goals.

Why do I have so many? To help keep me focused.

My daily, weekly and even monthly goals are more refined. Daily and weekly almost more like a to-do list or goal. My monthly goals are far higher aiming. Normally business-related goals.

Anything above monthly goals tends to be my REALLY BIG goals. I have started going bigger with my longer-term goals as I feel it keeps me more focused and I find I don’t give up on them as easily.

Now I have started going bigger with my goals and the main reason for this – Grant Cardone! Now if you haven’t heard of him, I suggest you look him up. Grant is the creator of 10X. After reading his book I am now ready to set myself bigger goals. Although bigger goals mean bigger action! For me, bigger action is good. It means less time to procrastinate, to let fear set in or simply be lazy.

Some of my bigger goals can be the amount I want to earn in that year, how many books I will read in a year, where I will travel or big purchase items like cars etc.

One thing to point out is that once I set my goals they never change! I never downsize them to make them more attainable. That is the reason for setting my goals bigger because even if I do fall short, I will still have achieved more than if I were to have set a smaller goal.

Planning

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Once I set my goals I will plan and come up with strategies for reaching them. Now unlike my goals, my plans are something that I can keep changing and often do. If my original plan for reaching a goal is not working, then I will change it to something else that I may think will bring greater results.

To start your planning, it is best to have a fresh page for each goal. Write your goal at the top of the page and then start to write down strategies or things that you plan to take action on to help you reach your goal.

I tend to write my goal and then have a list of bullet points underneath. Then I will have actions for each bullet point at the end of my plans.

E.G.

GOAL

· Strategy 1

· Strategy 2

· Strategy 3

Strategy 1

This is where I will write how I carry this strategy out, what exact measures I will take.

Strategy 2

I repeat as above for each strategy I have bullet-pointed and I will keep going until I have completed ways in which I am going to take action to reach this goal.

Now as I said before I repeat this for every goal. This may seem time-consuming but believe me, committing it onto paper is very worthwhile. Now you can choose whether you handwrite it or type it, the choice is entirely yours, just make sure to have it written down somewhere, so you can read it whenever you choose.

I like to handwrite mine as I feel it commits it to memory better for me and I find writing by hand very therapeutic at times. However, this can be more time-consuming in the long run as I rewrite the whole page when I change or update strategies relating to a particular goal.

FIND A WAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND DO IT!

Now one other thing that I feel is vitally important at this point it to plan to set time aside to work on these. Your business goals should be given priority unless you have very pressing health goals that you need to reach to enable you to work on your business.

Try to set aside time daily just to work on reaching your goals. Now, this is not as hard as it sounds as if you are working on business goals you will have time set aside anyway. Now you are just going to be more focussed on what you are going to be doing as you will be following your strategies.

Taking Action

Now that you have set your goals and done your planning it is time to TAKE ACTION. This is going to be the most important part of making this year a success. Along with setting goals taking action to reach those goals is a must. You will never reach your goals or further yourself in any area without taking action!

You must always put in the work if you want success. The harder you work the quicker you will reach success.

Grant Cardone also covers taking big action in his 10x book which I have taken notes from along with Mel Robbins – 5 Second Rule

. I would highly recommend you read their books or even look them up on YouTube. Both address ways to help you take more action, bigger action than you have done previously and as I have already stated action = success.

Take Action
Set aside time EVERY day to take action on reaching your goals. Now every day mean seem a lot but if you want to succeed you got to commit. Now, this doesn’t need to be vast amounts of time, although that will get you reaching success quicker. Just be sure to do something that will move you forward. You may be having the busiest day ever with family or vacation or whatever just do 1 thing every day.

Even if it is only making 1 phone call, writing down 1 or 2 ideas, sending 1 email. Just make sure that every single day you do at least 1 thing.

e.g. if I have 2 goals, one to get more exercise and 1 to read more books I can get creative about working on these 2 goals at once. I will listen to an audiobook while exercising, driving OR doing household chores.

If you want it, you will find a way!

It can be as quick as 2-3 minutes of your time so there is no excuse. Hell, you can do it on your phone in the loo if you need to just make sure and get it done!

Now not all action will bring results, you may at times take action and it can be the wrong action, but you have tried it and if it doesn’t work you can change it. What is important is that you are always striving forward, keeping in motion, moving on and never becoming stuck or stagnant.

One failure does not mean you quit, it means that way didn’t work for you. Many great people say that their success inbuilt on failures. What is important is that you keep going, keep TAKING ACTION!

How to Set Goals and Achieve Them – In 5 Steps

Dreams and Goals

What is your dream? Will it only ever be a dream? Read on to find out how you can make your dreams a reality by goal setting.

Setting A Goal

All successful people set goals, whether they are business people or athletes, they are always working towards a goal.  Setting goals help to motivate us and keep us moving forward and progressing in our chosen field.

There is a saying “A dream is just a dream. A GOAL is a dream with a plan and a deadline”

If you want to be successful it is important to set goals and continually work towards them.

No goal is too big or too small. 

When choosing your goal, you will need to set aside some quiet time where you can sit and reflect. Think about what you want.  What you really want.  The result will be your goal.  Whether that is to make X amount of money or become a leader in your chosen field that will be your goal.

Write down your goal and give a realistic timescale for achieving this.

Don’t worry about the size of your goal as you will break this down into many smaller goals that you will achieve on your way to your big goal.

Break it Down

Now you have your GOAL you must break it down to smaller steps. If you try and reach a big goal in one big step or leap you are going to become frustrated or impatient and time after time this leads to most people giving up on their goal. Be smarter than other goal setters by setting SMART goals.

By breaking your main goal into smaller goals, it means that you will achieve small successes and celebrations along the way while all the time working to your main goal.

 The best way to break down these goals is to look at the goal and break it down into small manageable steps that will enable you to work towards reaching your goal.

For each smaller step it is best if you can break them down into SMART Goals.  This acronym stands for:

Specific – make each goal specific. Make your goal very clear.

Measurable – ensure you can measure your goal.

Achievable – is your goal achievable? This should be tied in with the 5th part – time bound.

Relevant – is this goal relevant to your main goal, will it help you to work towards it.

Time Bound – set a time scale for achieving your goal, again, be realistic with this.

You can find some examples of smart goals at https://fitsmallbusiness.com/smart-goals-examples/ you will also find a good template for your own on the page.

Committing to Your Goals

Now you need to make a commitment to reaching your overall goal. Give this a timescale and take this into consideration when setting your smaller goals. All your smaller goals timescales added together should be equal to the time you want to take to reach your overall goal.

 Now it would be best to break this down further into aneveryday time where possible.  This can even be 30 minutes to an hour each day and a few hours on the weekend.  The main objective here is to ensure you are constantly working towards  your goal

hard work and commitment = success
Hard work and commitment are always the key to success

Setting aside time each day creates good habits and these can be built on as time goes by.  Creating good habits in business can lead to great things. 

From being more productive to learning to manage your time more effectively.  Every positive habit you form will, in turn, help you build a stronger link towards reaching your goal.

Accountability

Now, most people find this difficult to do if they are working on a personal goal or are starting in business for themselves.  There are ways around this but one of the most important things is to seriously commit to yourself.  After all, to reach your goals, you are investing in yourself. To learn, to grow, to move forward towards your BIG goal.

Ask your partner to support and help hold you accountable.  If you are part of a community or have business friends speak to them about helping hold you accountable.  You could also do the same for them.  A weekly or monthly progress check-in with someone can be most beneficial and if it someone who is working on their own goals, both will benefit.

There are also many apps out there now available for apple and android phones, tablets, desktops. These are also good for keeping track of your goals and most allow you to run many goals at the same time.  Since building a business is a multi-dimensional task, being able to run several goals at one time, being held accountable for each and able to track your progress is a great benefit.

Joe’s Goals –this is a basic but an easy to use app that will allow you to set multiple goals and keep track of them.

Goals On Track –this is a really great place for keeping all your goals together.  There is a charge for using this, but it is minimal compared to what you will get.  You will be able to set multiple goals, add vision boards and track all your stuff in one place.

ToodleDo – this not only allows you to set tasks or goals but you are also able to make lists, take long notes and form good habits too.  ToodleDo is great if you want to link up with others, share stuff or hold each other accountable.  If you have a business partner this is a great app to help everyone stay on track.

Have a look around and find one that covers as much as you need it too or spend a few days trying out different apps to find which one is most suited to you.  It may feel as if you are wasting a lot of time initially but if you find one that really suits you will benefit greatly from it.

These will save you time remembering what you’ve done towards each goal and putting it on paper.

I used to have my goals on paper and I was forever printing out updates as I worked through the tasks and smaller goals that it just made more sense to use an app and have everything in one place.

Celebrate Small Successes

Celebrate each small success along the way.  Each goal you achieve and each positive move forward, whether it is one you have worked towards or one that has come by chance.  By having small celebrations, it will keep you motivated and determined to stay on track and keep pushing forward.

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It is entirely up to you how you celebrate.  You may want to let your hair down and head out with some mates or buy yourself something nice.  You may also want to tie in little treats and celebrations to individual goals.  Choose things that will make you feel good and are positive.

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