Finish with a BANG!
We only have 9 weeks of 2015 left so I have a challenge for you all to help you finish the year with a BANG!
Please read the blog below and then if you accept the challenge at the end, we can measure the results!
I’ve always been interested in people who are consistently successful at what they do; especially those who experience repeated success in many areas of their life throughout their lifetime I think of Alan Sugar, Richard Branson, Peter Jones & Hilary Devay. We all have our own examples of really successful business people like these. The question is; how do they do it?
Over the years I’ve looked at the lives of lots of successful business owners. I’ve watched their YouTube channels, looked at their articles online and read their books etc. I’ve learned that most of them were not born into success; they simply did, and continue to do, things that help them realise their full potential. Here are six things that they do differently and consistently that the rest of us can easily copy.
So here we go 6 challenges to help you finish the year with a BANG!
- Create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Successful people are objective. They have realistic targets in mind. They know what they are looking for and why they are fighting for it. Successful people create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- Specific– A general goal would be, “Get fit.” A specific goal would be, “Go to a personal trainer & train 3 days a week for the next 52 weeks.” A specific goal has a far greater chance of being accomplished because it has defined parameters and constraints.
- Measurable– There must be a logical system for measuring the progress of a goal. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask yourself questions like: How much time? How many? How will I know when the goal is accomplished? When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that encourages you on to the continued efforts required to reach your goal.
- Attainable – To be attainable, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. In other words, the goal must be realistic. The big question here is: How can the goal be accomplished?
- Relevant– Relevance stresses the importance of choosing goals that matter. For example, an internet entrepreneur’s goal to “Make 75 tuna sandwiches by 2:00PM.” may be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, and Timely, but lacks Relevance to an entrepreneurs overarching objective of building a profitable online business.
- Timely– A goal must be grounded within a time frame, giving the goal a target date. A commitment to a deadline helps you focus your efforts on the completion of the goal on or before the due date. This part of the S.M.A.R.T. goal criteria is intended to prevent goals from being overtaken by daily distractions.
When you identify S.M.A.R.T. goals that are truly important to you, you become motivated to figure out ways to attain them. You develop the necessary attitude, abilities, and skills. You can achieve almost any goal you set if you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that once seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.
Challenge 1 – Set 3 S.M.A.R.T. goals to achieve by the end of the year. Write them down and review them on a daily basis and ask yourself “Have I moved towards or away from my goal today?”
2-Focus on being productive, not being busy.
In his book, The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris says, “Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is often a form of mental laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.” This is Ferris’ way of saying “work smarter, not harder,” which happens to be one of the most prevalent modern day personal development clichés. But like most clichés, there’s a great deal of truth to it, and few people actually adhere to it.
Just take a quick look around. The busy outnumber the productive by a big margin.
Busy people are rushing all over the place, and running late most of the time. They’re heading to work, conferences, meetings, social engagements, etc. They barely have enough free time for family get-togethers and they rarely get enough sleep. Yet, business emails are shooting out of their smart phones like machine gun bullets, and their daily to do list is jammed to the brim with promises to do things that they just won’t get round to.
Their busy schedule gives them an elevated sense of importance. But it’s all an illusion. They’re like hamsters running on a wheel.
The solution: Slow down. Breathe. Review your commitments and goals. Put first things first. Do one thing at a time. Start now. Take a short break in two hours. Repeat.
And always remember, results are more important than the time it takes to achieve them. It’s not hocus pocus; it’s all about focus!
Challenge 2 – Pick 2 things each day that will make the biggest difference in your business or life and focus on them until you finish them.
3 – Avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect.
Many of us are perfectionists in our own right. I know I am at times. We set high bars for ourselves and put our best foot forward. We dedicate copious amounts of time and attention to our work to maintain our high personal standards. Our passion for excellence drives us to run the extra mile, never stopping, never relenting. This dedication towards perfection undoubtedly helps us achieve results… So long as we don’t get carried away. Perfectionism is subjective, so one man’s meat is another man’s poison!
What happens when we do get carried away with perfectionism?
We become disgruntled and discouraged when we fail to meet the (impossibly high) standards we set for ourselves, making us reluctant to take on new challenges or even finish jobs we’ve already started. Our insistence on dotting every ‘I’ and crossing every ‘T’ breeds inefficiency, causing major delays, stress overload and below par results.
True perfectionists have a hard time starting things and an even harder time finishing them, always. I have a client who has wanted to write her own book. But she hasn’t yet. Why? When you sift through her extensive list of excuses it comes down to one simple problem: She is a perfectionist. Which means that she doesn’t and never will, think she or the book is good enough.
Remember, the real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done. And the only way to get things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time. Only by wading through years of practice and imperfection can we begin to achieve momentary glimpses of the perfection. So make a decision. Take action, learn from the outcome, and repeat this method over and over again in all walks of life. It’s not about getting it perfect; it’s about getting it going.
Challenge 3 – Find something that you haven’t started because it’s not perfect and get it going.
4 – Work outside of your comfort zone.
The number one thing I persistently see holding smart people back is their own reluctance to accept an opportunity simply because they don’t think they’re ready. In other words, they feel uncomfortable and believe they require additional knowledge, skill, experience, etc. before they can seize the opportunity. Sadly, this is the kind of thinking that stifles personal growth and success.
The truth is nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Most great opportunities in life force us to grow emotionally and intellectually. They force us to stretch ourselves and our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first. And when we don’t feel comfortable, we don’t feel ready.
Significant moments of opportunity for personal growth and success will come and go throughout your lifetime. If you are looking to make positive changes and new breakthroughs in your life, you will need to embrace these moments of opportunity even though you will never feel 100% ready for them.
Challenge 4 – Identify 3 areas of your life where you are comfortable and step out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself into doing something different!
5 – Focus on making small, continuous improvements.
Henry Ford once said, “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small pieces.” The same concept configured as a question: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time. This philosophy holds true for achieving your biggest goals. Making small, positive changes – eating a little healthier, exercising a little every day, creating some small productive habits, for example – is an amazing way to get excited about life and slowly reach the level of success you aspire to.
And if you start small, you don’t need a lot of motivation to get going either. The simple act of getting started and doing something will give you the momentum you need, and soon you’ll find yourself in a positive spiral of changes – one building on the other.
Start with just one activity, and make a plan for how you will deal with troubles when they arise. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight, come up with a list of healthy snacks you can eat when you get the craving for snacks. It will be hard in the beginning, but it will get easier. And that’s the whole point. As your strength grows, you can take on bigger challenges.
Challenge 5 –Research the word Kaizen and adopt the principle of never ending and continuous improvement!
6 – Maintain a positive outlook and learn from your mistakes.
Successful people concentrate on the positives – they look for the silver lining in every situation. They know that it is their positivity that will take them to greatness. If you want to be successful, you need to have a positive outlook toward life. Life will test you again and again. If you give in to internal negativity, you will never be able to achieve the marks you have targeted.
Remember, every mistake you make is progress. Mistakes teach you important lessons. Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal. The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
So don’t hesitate – don’t doubt yourself! Don’t let your own negativity sabotage you. Learn what you can and press forward.
Remember, “A mistake is only a mistake if you make it twice; the first time it’s a beautiful lesson!”
Challenge 6 – For the rest of the year, for every negative thought you have replace it with 3 positive thoughts and then take the positive action to go with the thought.
If you accept the challenge please email me and I’ll add you to the “End with a bang!” Facebook page where you can share your goals and achievements. The winner will receive a FREE place on my next Millionaire mindset course! (My decision is final!)
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