You may have heard the phrase ” If you do what you’ve always done, You’ll get what you’ve always got! ”
Intuitively it sounds correct doesn’t it?
But it assumes a steady environment and if you look around, you’d be hard pressed to find anything that hasn’t changed and so the whole premiss of the statement is wrong.
The world is tougher, your competition is tougher, your customer not quite as willing to part with their money and the hurdles for success are getting higher…
So if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get less!
So you have to improve just to perform at the same level as your peers and competitors!
So if you’re going to have to improve anyway, why not do just that little bit more and excel!
Try these 9 tips to help you move forward and achieve more.
Take charge of your life
Accept that your are responsible for your life, no one else. Not your parents, spouse, manager or friends. YOU! The decisions you make and the actions you take define the outcomes you achieve, so take charge of those decisions and actions and start moving towards your goals today.
Have a Purpose for Your Life
What separates successful people from the rest is that they live their lives with a purpose. A purpose that helps then create goals, gives them a head mark to aim for and that gets them emotionally engaged with their vision for their future. Pick your purpose and get juiced up!
It is important to have a vision and set goals for the life you want to achieve, but these are nothing more than a vain hope unless you take action. Keep taking action daily towards your goals and you will achieve something, and eventually everything!
Be Willing to Pay for Your Dreams
It isn’t realistic to achieve everything. Select what you truly want and then sacrifice all of the other things. Successful people find out what it’s going to cost to make their dream come true. Having what you truly want requires you to pay that cost either in financial terms or in accepting that other things will not be achievable. The key is to focus on what you truly want and then Act.
The pace of modern life means that every day we have more to do than we can possible cope with. People, tasks and information are all competing for the limited time we have available. A successful person understands that they cannot keep jumping from task to task, but rather need to focus on one task at a time. They also realize that only the tasks that move them rapidly towards their goals should appear on their ‘to do’ list. Only by focusing on the most important things can you hope to become successful.
Excel in your chosen field
Whenever you think of a successful person, you automatically associate them with an area in which they are highly capable, an expert if you like. This is because they have identified where value can be achieved and then focused completely on that area. Spend significant effort on a particular topic and you will soon become an expert. One hour makes you aware of the topic, 10 hours makes you familiar, 100 hours makes you comfortable and 1000 hours makes you an expert. Start today!
Have a plan
It is a cliché but a person without a plan is like a boat without a rudder. Going in any direction and often the wrong one! Taking the time to write out an action plan not only helps you identify for how you’re going to achieve your goals, but also helps you identify any potential barriers you are likely to face.
When you’re truly committed to achieving your goal, giving up isn’t even an option. You must be willing to do whatever it takes to make your vision happen. The reason that there are no squirrel proof bird tables is not because humans cannot devise one, it is because squirrels spend every waking moment thinking about how to get at nuts. They aren’t brighter than humans, they are just so damn persistent that they always achieve their aim in the end. Learn that lesson!
Do It Today
Life is tentative, unpredictable and the ultimate experience. At least it is far better than the alternative. So act now to make it the most rewarding experience possible. Why put off until tomorrow what you could do today? Do it today and if you really enjoy it then you could be doing it again tomorrow. Act now and achieve your goals.
Change the World
P.S. Why not start with you?