If you have heard the phrase that what you can conceive, you can achieve, you may realize that few people truly understand the implication. The paradox of achievement is to adopt success into your life or work endeavors. Yet, how do you know when you have succeeded? Do you know success? Most people do not, and that shocked me.
How Will You Know If You Succeed?
My client Marian used to wait for success to happen. Sometimes it felt like she was waiting for disaster instead of success to pop up in front of her. Are like Marian:
You set no goals? Or, you set the wrong goals... like if you looked seriously at those goals, you would freak out. Perhaps you dread waking each day because you feel aimless, and yet, you need that paycheck!
If you do not have a game plan, your heart doesn't feel like you put out the effort. You don't feel like the results are satisfactory. However, you have the power to change those results.
The following three attitudes or mindsets impede success:
- Wasting time
- Lack of effective time management.
If you think of setting in motion a positive feedback loop for your achievements, you will be more confident each day. Then when life happens, or problems occur, you will feel more power to overcome obstacles.
If you say yes mentally when you face an issue, you empower action. You won't shy away from obstacles. On the contrary, you'll overcome obstacles, feel successful, and hopefully, continue to grow your success rate into positive numbers. Why?
You learn how to achieve. Start with how to be smart. Most successful people use SMART GOALS
What is your primary goal? This goal can be ambitious or not, depending on whether you can fulfill the steps and make that goal real,
The next action is to break the goal into steps that are realistic, and you have a road map to success! Today you have success. Tomorrow, you feel more successful and happier. The next week, your success loop continues to strengthen.
Strengthen Success Loop
Setting a goal can help you measure your progress. The minute you set a goal you become responsible for attaining it. You now have a place to start from and a completion date. This allows you to see how far you have come and how far you still have to go.
Setting goals helps give you a sense of direction in your life and in your business. Having a clear and specific goal gives you a purpose; you have something to work towards. Who doesn't want to have something to look forward to?
Setting goals defines a purpose for you. This applies to both personal goals. How many times at work have you tried to look busy? But when you have a goal to reach you are automatically busy, as you don't want to be the one to miss the goal.
Setting goals helps you plan out a method for reaching them. If your employer tells you that you have to finish a 20,000 word report by the end of the month, you don't want to miss your deadline. Instead you will focus on how to create a plan so that you make your deadline. If reaching your goal means involving other people to help you then you will figure out a plan to do so.
Setting goals gives you energy and determination. As soon as you set a goal your mind starts to think about them and this gives you increased energy and drive. If you know you have a goal to reach at work, you are more likely to wake up feeling energized and ready to tackle the goal each day. When you don’t have a goal, the thought of going to work each day is without purpose other than to supply you with a paycheck.
Setting goals gives you a sense of pride. Smart employers will know that when they give their employees goals they are filling them with a sense of urgency and pride. Companies that continually set goals for their employees report that morale is higher and that their productivity levels are high.