If I were to have a personal motto, it would simply be: Get Stuff Done.
I’ve been saying that phrase to myself several times a day for at least a year and found that it gets me pumped, focused and motivated. It’s not something that I intentionally started doing. It just became a phrase (more like a command) that I started telling myself when my list of goals started growing. I often catch myself thinking things like, “I am going to get stuff done today.” or “Get stuff done, Brook!”
And do you know what?
I get stuff done.
That’s the basic expectation that I have for myself. Am I perfect at it? No way! But I am pretty darn good at reaching the things that I set out to achieve. I’ve always been a doer and when it comes to accomplishments, I have a successful track record.
But there’s more.
There’s so much more to achieving goals than commanding yourself to do it. That just doesn’t work for everyone. You need power to crush those goals, and I’ll tell you how to get it. So, keep on reading to learn more about what you need after setting goals.
The very first thing that you need once you create a goal is a purpose. Now chances are that when you decided upon a particular goal, you had a general idea of what you hoped to accomplish when successful. However, it is very important to spend some time determining specific reasons why you want to reach this particular goal. You should be crystal clear on what achieving this goal would mean to you.
After setting your purpose, it is essential that you audit your attitude and make adjustments as necessary. I firmly believe that your attitude can make or break your chances for being successful. I’ve seen folks with very honorable goals who never got out of the starting block because they had defeating, negative attitudes that sabotaged every step. You must stop being your own worst enemy. Be positive, ambitious and determined.
Seeing is believing, so you need to regularly visualize your goals. Your brain needs this fuel to power through the long, hard process of reaching the objective. Think about what your world will be like when you are successful. Imagine all of the details as if they have already happened. Then repeatedly affirm your vision with bold statements that summarize your victory. Seeing and stating your vision often will help make it happen.
This is a must-have. Reaching goals can be a long, hard process. You’ll feel as if you need every ounce of oomph available. It won’t work if you’re spread too thin or if you aren’t dedicated to making progress. You’ll need to focus resources (time, energy, effort, etc.) toward goal achievement. To do this, make your goal an absolute priority and commit yourself to seeing it through.
Knowledge is another necessary item that should be in your toolkit for success. Most likely, when you identified your goal, you had no idea how you’d accomplish it. Rather than feeling defeated by that minor technicality, you should do some research. Look for best practices that others have used. If your Google game is strong, you can find many tips, tricks and tools that can assist you in your journey to success.
Once you learn what should be done, it is a good idea to spell out your plan for doing it. Here you can determine what you will do and when you will do it. I’m not saying that you should type up a full-blown, formal action plan, but you should at least write down your goal and the steps you plan to take. This will serve as your anchor in case you start to veer off course. Your plan will also be your guide when things get difficult.
This is probably the hardest part of the whole process, right? It’s so much easier to research and plan, but when it comes to the doing… that’s the rough stuff. But action is the nitty gritty of goal achievement. The best way to be productive is to develop habits and routines that put actions on autopilot. Doing this will reduce the tendency to procrastinate on tasks that are necessary to reaching your goals.
Once you start doing things to reach your goal, you should write down your progress. Keeping track of your actions is so important because there may be times when you feel discouraged and want to give up. This is natural and almost everyone goes through it. However, if you have a way to reflect on all of your accomplishments during the journey, you’ll be less likely to quit. So, use a journal or log to record what you have done.
Reaching your goal is definitely a reward in itself, but that’s not enough. You are working hard and should celebrate your accomplishments throughout the process on a regular basis. Give yourself some sort of treat for doing difficult tasks and for reaching milestones. It can be in the form of self-praise, a prize or even a post on your social media feed. Just do something to recognize your efforts and encourage more action.
You will need help. Let me repeat that. You. Will. Need. Help. Very, very few people successfully achieve anything noteworthy without some form of support. This aspect of goal achievement is often overlooked but is crucial to the process. So, do yourself a favor and enlist others as soon as possible. You might find that an accountability partner, a mentor, a coach or just a source of encouragement can multiply your efforts.
The items on the list above, regular prayer and, of course, telling myself to get stuff done are the keys to my goal-achieving success. Do you have different items on your list? Please share your thoughts in the comments.