Last week we started talking about ways to accelerate your progress and become more consistent in achieving your goals. You learned about the first three steps:
- Get clear around what you want.
- Get leverage – find a way to inspire ourselves to follow through when it’s tough.
- Get a plan in place.
Now that you have those foundational pieces in place, what comes next? Let’s look at the last three steps you can take to accelerate your progress:
- Take action. Do something! Whether it’s a minor step or a major step, TAKE A STEP. Every single day you must do something to make progress towards that goal.
The most successful people establish daily rituals (part of step 3) that support their goals: something that you do every day that breaks your old patterns and establishes new ones. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, a new daily ritual might be to get up and exercise (even if it’s a short walk) rather than sleeping in or reading the paper. The great Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy”.
- Pay attention to the results. Remember that part of your plan was to identify milestones. In order to lose 20 pounds in 4 months, you have to lose 5 pounds a month or just over a pound every week. To track your progress towards that weekly milestone, you may weigh yourself every day, or every other day, to see whether you are on track or off track. You want to see whether you’re making progress or you need to change your approach.
If you don’t track your results, your goal can easily become “out of sight, out of mind”. That’s what I love about fitness trackers – they give you access to data from a health perspective that helps keep you on track. It’s a daily, visual reminder of how you are doing towards your milestone goals.
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But what about in business? Do you have metrics that are set up for yourself and for your team to help track your progress? These metrics can help you answer the question: Did I have a good day or did I have a day that wasn’t as productive as I wanted it to be? Am I getting better, am I being more productive? Am I on track with my plan? You must have data that can answer those questions if you want to make meaningful improvements towards a goal.
Make it simple, track one data point or several – but track the data so you can see the results. If you need a place to start, contact me and I’ll share the weekly report my team uses to measure against our goals.
- Change your approach. This is arguably the most important step. If you are not getting the results you want, then you have to change your approach. How? These two sources can help:
- Evaluate the quality of the questions you are asking. Try asking “What do I need to do right now to make major progress towards this goal?” Ask this from a place of positive expectancy. Create a ritual of asking this question at least weekly. The most successful ask it daily.
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- The second source is a coach or mentor – find someone you can model. It may be someone who can come alongside you and offer coaching and encouragement. Or it may be someone you personally know that has walked this same path and whose results are worthy of following. This is why success stories work so well (think about programs like Weight Watchers who rely heavily on before and after stories). It helps to have someone who has gone before you and achieved the results that you can learn from. You can take years of experience and compress them into months by learning from someone who has already been there and succeeded.
Put these six steps into practice and I promise you will make major progress towards achieving your goals.