The truth is, you can make your dreams come true because there is an easy four-step formula for success.
Most people fail to achieve their goals because they focus too much on the outcome, and not enough on the activities that reach this outcome. You can overcome this by transferring your goals into daily tasks.
1) Build the bridge
Do one essential activity, which defines the transitional steps that bridge your aspirations into actions. Ask yourself “How can I achieve this goal?” then write down all the answers that come to mind. Use a fresh note page in your planner for each goal.
For example: If your goal is to “Learn to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano,” you would write down the following steps:
Simple right? But we’re not done yet. What you have here are only intermediate steps. They carry clear directions, yet are not specific enough to put on your task list.
2) Break it down
For each intermediate step you must create goal-tasks. Do this by writing down the first action that comes to mind, and then the next, and the next, and so on.
Now that’s more like it. You can really act on these tasks! In creating goal-tasks, it’s important to be as thorough as possible – think of them as baby steps.
Remember this: A poorly-defined activity can cause a roadblock that hinders your progress and discourages you from getting started.
3) Get on schedule
Now that you have an action list for each goal, you can integrate these goal-tasks into your daily and weekly planner schedules. Here are some suggestions:
- Keep your goal sheets visible while planning your week
- Dedicate at least one goal-task each week
- Write goal-tasks into your monthly Master Task List
- On your calendar, write in due dates (or milestones) for each intermediate task
- Don’t overwhelm yourself, space your goal-tasks evenly over your time period
- Keep your commitment fresh by scheduling at least one goal-task each week
4) Follow your dreams!
The last essential tip is that you must believe enough in your goal-tasks to follow-through on them. Yes it takes discipline, and yes you will face procrastination and distraction. But, to find success you must focus on the reason behind each activity.
Think to yourself, “it’s not just another task, it’s a stepping-stone toward that pot of gold!” (Or whatever is your pot of gold.) And, once you can cross that item off your to-do list, the feeling of satisfaction is amazingly contagious.
Remember this: It takes just a little momentum to carry you through another successful day, and one step closer toward your goals. Now, go after your goals today!
Want to read more? See my post on setting SMART goals: http://daytimer.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/set-smarter-resolutions/
|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at [email protected]|