Today, I want to share my seven steps to setting goals and achieving success in life and in business. These are the steps I outline in my first book "The Little Book About Big Success." Enjoy!
1. Decide What You Want
Everyone wants more money, a bigger house and better life. I realize that. However, when you ask people SPECIFICALLY what they want to achieve in life and in business, at least 99 out of every 100 people can't answer the question. And that is the major difference between being a dreamer and being an achiever. To achieve MAJOR success in life and in business you need to have crystal clear goals that are detailed, quantifiable, and specific.
2. Write Down Your Goals
Once you decide what you want to achieve in life and in business, your next major step is to write down your goals on paper. I suggest you visit your local office supply store and buy a journal or notebook, and then convert it into your own goal's book. Break down your goals into different categories, such as personal, health, finance, spiritual, family and business. Write down specifically what you want to achieve in each of those areas and give each goal a deadline of when you want to achieve it. Without a deadline, it is not a goal. I also suggest that you set long-term goals (10+ years), mid-term goals (5+ years) and short-term goals (1 year or less).
3. Plan Your Work
The next step in the process is to plan your work. This is where you take each goal and create an action plan of steps you need to follow to ultimately reach each goal. I like to think of it as breaking your goals down into bite-sized chunks of things you need to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
4. Work Your Plan
This is where the rubber meets the road. Having written goals is just the starting point. Now, you need to roll up your sleeves and do the work. You have to go out and get it. Be disciplined and work your plan UNTIL you succeed. This is where a lot of people fall short. They say they want something really bad, but they aren't willing to put in the work and make the sacrifices it requires to reach their goals.
5. Surround Yourself with Successful, Positive People
The next step is to surround yourself with positive, successful people. If you have kids you understand the importance of association. As an adult, it is no different. One of the best things you can do is find people who have already achieved what you are trying to achieve and spend time with them. Hang around with people who support you and uplift you. Avoid the naysayers and haters like the plague.
6. Learn and Tweak Things As You Go
You might need to change your action plan as you go. As you learn new things and improve, you might find a better, simpler way to reach your goals. Always keep an open mind and realize that there are many ways to reach your end destination. If something isn't working, don't change your goal: change your strategy!
7. Persist Until You Succeed
Anything worth accomplishing requires hard work and perseverance. Don't expect instant success or instant gratification. Depending upon how big your goals are, it might take YEARS to reach them. Have realistic expectations and celebrate your small successes along the way. I truly believe that persistence is one of the greatest attributes you can have. You have to be mentally tough. Success is not for the weak!
In summary, these are the seven steps that I recommend you follow to set goals, so you can achieve success in life and in business. I would love to hear from you and learn what you do to move forward toward your goals. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
About the Author: Charles Holmes is the author of 15 books. He makes his full-time living through his websites, books and information products. He enjoys writing about personal development, goal setting, business, leadership, network marketing and military related topics.