- If someone invites you to dinner…NO.
- If someone asks you to go to a movie…NO
- If someone says they need to talk about ….NO.
It was either something important enough to DO or NOT.
- Your conscious mind is SMART.
- Your nonconscious mind is POWERFUL.
Write this down and remember it forever:
POWERFUL will always beat SMART at the end of the day.
Say “NO,” early in the day so you can get stuff done at the end of the day.
This is a really elementary action that you won’t have to do six months from now, but DO THIS FOR NOW….
List your Key Action Sequences.
List your key action sequences below, with an estimation of the time needed to complete them:
Action Sequences / Approximate date for completion:
- Action 1 / Completion Date:
- Action 2 / Completion Date:
- Action 3 / Completion Date:
- Add More As Needed
Now set a GENERAL TIMELINE for completion of your ultimate goal:
If you’ve ever come to a screeching halt with a goal because you encountered a big obstacle, you know the importance of having an alternate plan. As much as we’d like to hope that things will always go according to plan, we know better.
Having a “Plan B” for every step of your journey can save you a lot of time, not to mention frustration! Imagine the difference between feeling immobilized because your path is blocked, or calmly switching gears and moving to Plan B. It can make or break the fulfillment of your goals.
It’s easy to forget that there are numerous paths leading to any desired outcome. While we might be attracted to one path over another, ultimately the outcome is the most important thing, right?
In order to ensure stable momentum, take a few minutes to prepare an alternate plan for each part of your goal. Focus not only on alternate paths to the final goal, but alternate activities for each of your action sequences.
Here is a simple way to identify viable alternate activities: as you review each step, consider the question, “What would I do if this step or activity was not possible?”
- If you didn’t get accepted into a degree program, you could: enroll in non-credit courses to expand your knowledge of the topic, seek an entry-level position at a related organization, or explore volunteer opportunities at related organizations.
- If your weight loss stalls for more than 4 weeks, you could: increase the intensity of your workouts, eliminate certain foods from your diet, or increase your water consumption.
List your key action sequences below and identify some alternate plans:
Action sequence or activity / Alternate sequences or activities:
- Action 1 / Alternate Sequence
- Action 2 / Alternate Sequence
- Action 3 / Alternate Sequence
- Add More As Needed
The Right Mind-Set for Success
“Mind Set” is one of those hokey phrases most often used by people who don’t know anything about achievement psychology or real world results. That’s okay. We’ll borrow the phrase because it describes what it says it is.
THE MIND IS SET
Your Mind is in CONTROL of Your Results. That’s what a mind – set NEEDS to be for it to “mean” something.
That is Mind Set.
By now you should have a clear, detailed plan for acquiring your outcome. You should know what you want, have a solid idea of the sequences that make up your larger desire, have a list of specific sequences use will use, and a general expectation about both the completion of your activities and the culmination of your goal. You’ve even done your homework and formed alternate plans so you won’t get sidetracked if something goes wrong.
How could you fail with a plan like this? You couldn’t . . . unless you let your brain begin to work against you.
And that is what 95% of people allow to happen.
Remember: The brain is POWERFUL.
There are some key things to keep in mind if you want to stay focused and motivated.
Commit to your outcome.
You are crossing the street. Cars are coming. You don’t move, you get hit. So you MOVE.
Same with all sequences and actions you use in outcome acquisition.
It’s all at that level of certainty and motion.
You are “willing” to keep MOVING toward what you want no matter how difficult it may seem at times. You must be willing to ignore your inner critic (or actual criticism from people in your life) and push on in spite of any negative comments. You must make a strong promise to yourself that you will NOT give up, no matter what obstacles you encounter.
You must make the achievement of your goal the most important thing in your life. Without this level of commitment, you will find it very easy to slack off, get distracted, or give up altogether.
The most detailed and effective plan is worthless if you never MOVE. Make a promise to yourself that you will take action immediately and consistently, despite any feelings of fear or hesitation.
Remember that your results are dependent upon the VALUE, intensity and frequency of your MOTION. If you want big results, take big actions. If you don’t mind smaller results while you’re building up your confidence, then start with smaller actions. Go ahead and do the simpler 3 – 4 hour blocks per day but for goodness sake, MOVE.
…and screw the brochures, logos and letterhead….do something that MATTERS…
Don’t get wrapped up in frustration about things you can’t control.
Don’t worry about seeing results right away. You start writing a book, you don’t see a result for nine months or as much as two years when it is published.
Focus on taking actions that MATTER, following your plan and keeping your eyes on the prize.
Focus more on enhancing your own performance, stretching your limits and refining your approach. Detach from unrealistic expectations and instead keep your attention squarely on what you CAN control, which is your own actions.
Evaluate Your Progress
You might think that evaluation is pointless because you’ll either see results or you won’t. Not typically the case! Remember that achievement is a process and nothing is permanently carved in stone.
Writing a book? Remember you don’t see results for a LONG TIME.
So, evaluate your progress. Did you write your thousand words?
Then don’t go to bed yet.
Get stuff done, then go to bed.
Get into THAT habit and you will WIN.
Sometimes you’ll notice small results, but not as much as you’d like so you need to tweak your plans slightly to adjust the outcome. Or you’ll figure out that changing your approach on one simple thing will increase results big time!
Questions to Ask Yourself
You should put these up on the fridge…