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3 Steps to Success: Shhh… it’s a secret!

January 8, 2009

Are there secrets to success?  I think maybe there are.  At least, it’s been a secret kept from me (if you know it and haven’t told me, wtf!?)  Anyway, today I was talking with my mentor and business partner about how to be proactive.  Most of what he said was stuff I knew about goal setting and planning, but the last part was new and I thought that it’d be helpful for me to reflect on it a bit and maybe you’d find something new in here too!

1.  Decide what your goal is and what steps you need to take to reach it.  This means creating a plan of action.  Whether you want to make a million dollars in the next year or run a 1/2 marathon it all starts one day at a time.  Figure out what the small steps are to get to your dream and make mid-range (1 year), short-range (3 months) and weekly/daily milestones that you can achieve.  Come up with a daily minimum of what you need to do and can do to see your dream become reality.

2.  Find a person or persons who are willing to hold you accountable to your steps, goals, and especially your daily minimum.  These people need to be willing to call at anytime and check in on your progress.

–so far, these are all things I’ve tried before and everytime I’ve fizzled out before I really got off the ground.  I want to eat healthier.  I want to exercise.  I want to be more successful in business, but while my ideas are good and I implement some support and accountability, it never seems to come in fullness.  Here’s the new step:

3.  Create appropriate reinforcement.  We as humans always take the path of least resistance.  If it’s easier, that’s the route we’re going.  It’s in our nature.  What you have to do is make the pain of failure worse than the cost of success. Here’s an example.  You set an alarm to wake up early to do some pushups.  Your accountability person/team calls you to check in.  If you have not done the pushups, there is a consequence.  Maybe you have to wash your accountability person’s car or maybe you have to mow their yard, or maybe you just owe them $50.  The point is to make it something that is going to cost you.  That way, the pain of failure is worse than the cost of success.  If you’re alarm goes off and you realize that if you don’t get up it’s gonna cost you $50.  Odds are good, you’re going to get up.

That’s it!  As your daily minimums become habit you can increase what you are doing and acheive your mid-range and long-term goals!  This is my new plan.  I’ve got goals and dreams and I’m determined in being proactive.  This time I have a strategy in place to ensure my success.  Failure is not an option.

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