Happy New Year!
It’s 2020, it’s not only a new year but a new decade as well. Chances are you are setting some big goals and resolutions for yourself and your business. How many other Januarys have you done this and then found by the end of the year that you haven’t achieved half of what you set out to that year? It’s really common, we have all been in this position.
The truth is, with a little help and guidance we can all set some great goals and achieve them. So, I’ve written a series of blogs post that I will be sharing over the next few months to keep you motivated to achieve those big goals. We will work through developing your mindset for success so that you are fully equiped to show up as the absolute best version of yourself.
So let’s start with overcoming fear today….
Have you ever had difficulty keeping a simple commitment to yourself? Sure. Nearly everyone I know has, sometime or another, found him or herself “trapped”- wanting to do something yet not acting on their intentions.
So why don’t we do some of the things we want to or know we should do, like improving our health and building a better body?
Let’s say you keep putting off that new fitness program. You can even imagine what it might mean to you: having a firm, strong, healthy body; feeling an abundance of energy; newfound confidence and sex appeal… Still, you don’t do it. So why do you keep putting it off? What’s preventing you from taking those first steps?
My observation is that our minds tend to see the obstacles first – those barriers that lie between where we are now and where we want to be or who we want to become. Just as fast as you conceive of achieving your new body, your mind begins to spout out every excuse it can come up with for why you can’t attain your goal. So even before we can initiate any action, we literally paralyse ourselves.
And once your head begins to fill with all the obstacles that could potentially keep you from achieving your newfound goal, suddenly your desire to even try is crushed.
But what if all the obstacles were removed?
Think about it for a moment: if whatever deterred you from attempting to build your very best body suddenly vanished, you’d have no fear to stop you, right?
What if I showed you how to take those obstacles and instantly transform them into strategies for achieving success… Would you consider starting, or sticking to, your new (or current) fitness plan then?
“… we can choose to transform those circumstances that oppose us into specific decisions and actions that can lead us to our goals.”
The truth is, we can choose to transform those circumstances that oppose us into specific decisions and actions that can lead us to our goals… True empowerment you can use to your advantage!
Let me explain…
The Breakthrough Technique
So how can we break through our fears, smash those barriers, and transform those obstacles into strategies for achieving our goals? It’s really quite simple – allow me to introduce you to the Breakthrough Technique. Here I’ve taken the eight most feared obstacles that potentially stand in the way of your success, followed by a very specific success strategy to blast through them and help you reach your development goals.
Are you ready? Great… let’s get started!
Obstacle #1: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME.
Believe or not, individuals who achieve extraordinary levels of success have days just as hectic as ours. They’ve got obligations: commitments to work, friends, and family. And let’s face it, we’re all confined to an equal amount of time – the same 24 hours. Yet some people find the time to continually make exercise a part of their daily routine.
So how do they do it? Simple – they create it. You can instantly create time if you begin to plan, plan, and plan some more. That means planning your days ahead, at least a day in advance, sometimes even a week in advance. One of the best time-creating techniques is to make a list of your daily “to-dos” and schedule when you’re going to get important things done. (This is a common challenge – we forget how important it is to schedule an appointment with ourselves to work towards our goals.)
Then divide your “to-dos” into things you must do and things you would like to do, so you’re less likely to confuse urgency with importance. You see, goal related tasks are important, whereas getting your haircut may seem urgent when you’re running late but it can certainly be rescheduled. And before you do anything, always ask yourself what you could be doing that would be more productive.
Success Strategy #1: PLAN AHEAD.
Creating the time you need to up level yourself is easy! Plan your days in advance by creating action lists of the most important things to accomplish each day.
Obstacle #2: I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
Don’t know what tasks to do to help you get the most out of your up levelling time?
So how do you find the answers? Break it down into simple tasks and if you’re unsure of particular processes, seek help/advice from someone who has already done what you are trying to do. It’s simple, model the success of others.
The greatest thing about success is that it leaves clues, and if we pay close attention, we can pick up those clues and model the actions and behaviours to produce similar results. Find people, whether in person or in a magazine, who have achieved the type of extraordinary success you wish to achieve, and find out what they did. It’s really as easy as that.
“If you follow a proven approach to something, you will achieve similar success.”
Success Strategy #2: STUDY A SUCCESSFUL FORMULA AND FOLLOW IT.
Seek someone who has achieved the “extraordinary” results you desire and learn from his or her “winning” actions. If you follow a proven approach to something, you will achieve similar success.
Obstacle #3: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY.
Do you wake up every morning feeling energized, powerful, and ready to take on the day? Or do you rise feeling as tired as the night before, resenting that a new day has presented itself so soon? Do you fear your current energy levels would never allow you the determination to work on your goals?
This is a great example of the perceived problem your lack of energy to get sh*t done being the ultimate solution. We might believe we are too exhausted to so things, but in reality, we lack energy simply because we don’t do things!
How else can you bolster energy levels?
Feeding our bodies with regualar and nutritious meals provides us with a stable, constant supply of nutrients required to be more energetic. Yes, nourishing your body with good food is going to play a role in achieving those goals. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a healthy diet and body
Success Strategy #3: GIVE YOUR ENERGY A BOOST.
Exercise and proper nutrition play a vital role in our energy levels and allow us to perform at peak levels daily.
Obstacle #4: I HATE SETTING GOALS.
Goals come from having a clear vision of what you want. Knowing you want to build your very best life is great start, but you need something more than that a statement so compelling it literally pulls you, like a magnet, in the direction of its achievement.
So, maybe you’re not certain how to set effective goals? If that’s you, then don’t worry, everyone starts off this way… To really set effective goals and ensure you’ll reach them, you’re going to have to learn what many call the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting technique. Not only will this technique enable you to set the most effective goals, it will help focus your efforts on exactly what you want to achieve.
S.M.A.R.T. stands for:
Specific – you must be specific about what you want to achieve, creating your goal in the present tense. That means using “I am in the process of…” to start your goal statement.
Measurable – how do you measure your success? You can’t. So scale your goal to a specific number (e.g., I earned $…. this month or I got 6 goal tasks done this week).
Action-oriented – you must be able to create an action list of things you must do to achieve success.
Realistic – make certain your goal is realistic yet stretches you, given your expectations and timeframe.
Time-conscience – a date forces us to give it priority and puts positive pressure on you to achieve it.
Success Strategy #4: TRANSFORM YOUR GOALS.
Using the S.M.A.R.T. technique will ensure you’ve set an effective and commanding goal and will not only clarify your path to success but will compel you to achieve it.
Obstacle #5: THERE’S TOO MUCH RISK.
Physical and material transformations that you see take place in your world are really a metaphor for the mental (inner) transformation that takes place inside you. You see, not only should your goal driven actions change the things around you, they also change the way you feel about yourself and the way you choose to look at things.
“…not only should your goal driven actions change the things around you, they also change the way you feel about yourself and the way you choose to look at things.”
Your goal driven actions should help you transform your old, self-defeating beliefs into new, empowering beliefs, and transform your patterns so you’re continually producing results that take you closer to your goals.
Remember, you can’t transform a lifetime of poor habits in matter of days. It takes time, months at best. Rest assured, following a solution that allows you to first transform your inside and then the outside world is a sure plan for long-term success.
Success Strategy #5: FOLLOW AN INSIDE-OUT APPROACH.
To successfully transform your life and achieve your goals, follow an approach that focuses first on increasing your self-esteem and building confidence, before you concentrate on outside achievements, and you’ll more likely be able to create extraordinary results that will last a lifetime.
Success Strategy #6: FIND AN INSPIRATION.
Discover your inspiration, someone who has achieved your dreams and gone from ordinary to extraordinary. Use that as your source of daily fuel.
Remember, achieving your goals does not follow an absolute straight line. Life doesn’t work that way. But now that you’ve found the principle of turning literally any obstacle into a stepping stone for your success, you can create a plan to get the results you so desire.
By committing to turning these once fearful obstacles into powerful success strategies, you will begin to create extraordinary results in your life or business and ultimately achieve your big goals this year.