In our contemporary time every one of us faces numerous multidimensional challenges and the question is how to reach our goals in the smoothest and most effective way. The core skill we need to develop to go through every challenge is the one of adaptability. If we learn to adapt and develop the right mindset and attitude towards change, we will be able to go through every difficulty with success and attain our goals in our personal & professional life.
Adaptability is a skill that for some is demonstrated more spontaneously, while for others more work is needed. Either way, a careful focus and disciplined work are essential for high performing. When things are stable and your look is on your goal you need good programming, a healthy-positive attitude and persistence to reach it. But how can you do that?
Here are 7 steps you need to implement that will allow you achieve almost any goal in life.
Before you start, you must make it explicit where you want to go. What is your goal? What is your purpose? And why? Your reason why will keep you motivated along all of your jouney. Knowing where and why you are going, you can define the tools you need and the action you must take in order to get there.
1. Set SMART goals
Your goals must be SMART, meaning to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based. This way the achievement of each goal is easier, and your effort is productive.
2. Write down your goals
Once you realize your goals you need to write them down. They must be clear, specific, and time-based, i.e. you must set a deadline for each one of them. The detailed list of your goals will be your map. In that map you should also include key-persons whose cooperation and support may take you a step further to the realization of your goals.
3. Identify the obstacles you will have to overcome
The 80% of the obstacles which are holding you back from the realization of your goals are inside yourself. They are the lack of a skill, a quality or knowledge. Only 20% of the reasons you are not achieving your goal are on the outside. Always start with yourself.
4. Identify the skills & the knowledge you will need
Especially, identify the skills that you will have to develop to be in the top 10% of your field. According to Brian Tracy, “your weakest key skill sets the height of your income and your success”. So, ask yourself “what one skill, if I developed and did it in an excellent way, would have the greatest positive impact on my life?”.
5. Make a plan – prioritization of goals
You cannot do everything at once. You need to set priorities, to indicate which of your goals are emergent and which are not in order to set the right sequence. For each day choose 1 or 2 goals to attain. Step by step you can reach the greatest accomplishments.
6. Develop the habit of self-discipline
Once you have decided what is your primary task, you need to stay focused on it. Work on it single-mindedly, without diversion or distraction, until it is done. That will double or triple your productivity.
7. Visualize your goals
Every single morning visualize your goals and your destination. See your goals as they were already achieved. How would you feel about it? Imagine yourself being there and the emotions you would have. Visualization will not only motivate you but it will develop the skills you need, because when vizualizing the subconscious mind considers your action within the vzialization as true; it cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality. That act cultivates your self-confidence and answers to many questions or confusions that you have regarding your action.
Summing up, you should keep in mind that the results will not come from one day to another. And you should be prepared for the cases the things do not go the way you planned or wanted to. When you are ready to confront those unexpected changes, you are ready to confront any challenge, to come back stronger and be a great leader.