Success is simple

Success is Simple

Success really is simple - no matter what it is you are doing. Although its not necessarily easy - but thats a different matter. If you want to be successful in whatever it is you are trying to achieve in your life, it can be boiled down to just three steps: Goal. Think. Do.

GOAL

First and foremost, you need to know what it is you are trying to achieve. You need to know your goal. It should be a specific goal, with numbers in. Vague goals cant be achieved because you dont really know what it is you are trying to do. Take for example a goal of “I want to get fit.” Great, how do you know when you’ve reached your goal, or even as you are working towards it how do you know how much progress you have made. “I will run 2 miles in 15 minutes by September 31st” is much better. Its specific. You know what you are aiming for and you will know when you have reached it. All good goals have numbers in them.


You should be able to write on a post-it note. A goal that you cant explain in a small space is too complex, its going to be difficult to achieve. For example “I will run 2 miles uphill in an average time of 15 minutes calculated over a one week period whilst maintaining a pulse of 85” Thats too complex, there are too many things to focus on for you to possibly be able to attain them all. To “run 2 miles in 15 minutes by September” is much better. Its simple, you can keep that in your head.


Lastly, and this is very important, you should only have one goal at a time. “If you chase two rabbits, you catch neither.”


THINK.

You have a goal with numbers now you can write on a post-it. Thats a great start. Next you need to starting thinking about it. The notion that you should be able to write your goal on a post-it isnt just a suggestion, its the next step. Write out your goal on a post-it note (or three). The read your goal to yourself at the beginning and the end of every day. The very wise Earl Nightingale said “we become what we think about.” If you read your goal to yourself twice a day you will think about and soon enough you will start to get ideas on how you can make your goal happen. It is very important you read your goal to yourself twice a day, morning and night.


At the same time you are reading your goal to yourself you need to tell yourself that you can do it, that you will do it. A positive attitude is really important in everything you do because it determines how hard you try and it determines how many times you try. Positive attitudes are like self-fulfilling prophecies. In the words of Henry Ford “Whether you think you can or whether you think you cannot - you are right.” He was right. Dont just tell yourself you can do it, imagine yourself doing it. Picture yourself doing it in your minds eye. Your brain cant distinguish between something you imagine and reality. Imagining yourself already doing it will give you confidence to pursue your goal, it will also help you come up with ways to acheive your goal.


Make a plan. “A goal without plan is just a wish.” You dont have to plan every step necessary to complete your goal but you do need to know your definite next step. If you have no idea where to start - find someone who has already done what you want to do and learn from them. Google them, read their story online. Ask your friends, find someone locally who has already done it and go talk to them. Why re-invent the wheel? As you go along your journey towards your goal unexpected things may crop up, thats OK. Change your plan, but never give up. It is inevitable that you will achieve your goal so keep trying.


DO.

Knowing your goal, believing you can do it and having some sort of plan are important - but they will be for nothing if you dont follow the last step. You need to take action for your goal to actually come to fruition.


You must do one thing towards goal every single day. Schedule 10 minutes to do this at the same time every day. You only need to do 10 minutes a day. Sometimes you will be tired and that is all you will do, other days you will be inspired and do lots more. Worst case you do 70 minutes towards your goal. 70 minutes is progress. Best case you will do much more. Do it at the same time every day, make it a habit. Never miss a day. If your goal is that important to you then 10 minutes is nothing to spare.


If you come up against roadblocks, ask others for help. Use Napolean Hills “mastermind principle.” If you can, ask someone who has done it before, if not, ask someone you trust. Two minds are better than one. You will come up with a way to do it.


Never, ever, give up. be like the Little Engine That Could - think you can - and you will!


There are lots of books that have been written on this topic, but when you boil it down, success really is achieved by just three things - Goal, Think, Do. Success really is that simple.