Updated: Sep 15
Accomplishing anything in life takes hard work and dedication to succeed. Although some believe that others may be lucky, have been given advantages, or are at the right place at the right time, the truth is that most people must work for what they want. In order to achieve any goal you've set out to accomplish, there are a series of steps you can take to make it happen. Learn about this process and follow the steps to success! Step 1. Know Your Outcome Perhaps the most important part of the puzzle is knowing what you want to achieve in the first place. You don't need all the specific steps before setting out on your journey to accomplishing a goal but know what your end result is. Mine is to be able to travel and have a lot of flexibility in my schedule for family and things I like to do. I’m not a 9-5er. Be open to the idea that there are many ways that goals can be achieved without being specific about what you want. However, you must have a clear vision of the end result and feel certainty in your heart that you can achieve it. To figure out your outcome, determine your end result, or what it is you want to accomplish. What does the end of the rainbow look like to you? Depending on your individual goals, ask yourself questions like:
How much time do I have to give to this new goal?
How much extra money do I want to make?
What is the specific business I want to start?
A non-specific, vague answer to one of these questions would be, "My goal is to start my own business." However, to be more specific, decide how much you want to work, whether you want nights and weekends off, part time or full time, work with others or alone, and include other factors that are important to you that go along with what you envision as your perfect work scenario. Do you want to travel? Do you want to work from home or in an office at the beach? Step 2. Find Your Inspiration - Know Your “Why” Knowing the reason for your goal is also vitally important. I find in our professional community that everyone has a story that brought them to where they are today. Consider your motivations. Do you want to feel better about yourself and increase your self-esteem or work-life balance? Are you doing this to obtain a better lifestyle and to feel rewarded at the end of each day? Are you doing this for your kids or to have a better life with your family? For your greatest success, your reason for going after your goal needs to be something inspiring, something that will motivate you when times get tough. My test for inspiration is to ask yourself “Would I do this even if I won the lottery?” In other words, money should not be the overarching goal here. If you love what you do, you will make the riches you need because you will naturally work hard towards achieving your dream life. If you struggle to get out of bed, you lack the desire to make it worth your while. Step 3. Pick an Effective Strategy A good strategy is also necessary to help you achieve your goals. There are many different strategies for any goal, depending on what you want to accomplish. For instance, there are more than several weight loss plans you can find if your goal is to lose weight. There's the no-carb diet, the low-calorie diet, the diet plan that requires special shakes and drinks, and those that require you cut out certain food groups. In essence, a strategy is essentially like a recipe. If you follow the recipe that someone has for success, then you also have more of a chance of success if you follow that same recipe. As in the words of Tony Robbins, “success leaves clues” follow the good ones. To find a strategy, a good place to start would be to check out your competition. Talk to others or research others who have chartered the same path or achieved similar goals as yours. Asking questions or interviewing a mentor or another like-minded individual with experience will give you the insight you need to choose a strategy that works. Never give up! Once you've chosen an effective strategy, have clearly figured out your “why,” and have specified what your outcome is, you'll have an enormous amount of success with achieving your goals. When you hit an obstacle or setback, simply adjust your approach as necessary and continue moving forward. Remember, if you don’t give up, success is virtually assured! At NLBP we acknowledge and celebrate everyone’s journey to finding a business that resonates with their authentic self. What’s your story?