They can be fear of failure, a fear of success and even a lack of belief. But in reality, we’re all capable of achieving so much more than we think, we just need to apply ourselves.
There really is no secret to success, it all comes down to wanting it enough to do the things that are necessary for success.
Here are nine simple things that you can do that will help you to achieve your goals.
- Set clear goals
Now, this first one might sound obvious, but you would be amazed at how many companies and entrepreneurs lack clear goals. When you ask them they will say yes I have goals, but when pressed one quickly sees that the goals are not that clear. Is the goal to do it in 3 years or 5 years because the approach for those two are completely different, and without a clear approach the chances of success are slim at best? By setting clear goals you put a stake in the ground, and make a commitment, and that will change your entire attitude.
- Create a plan
Once you have clear goals, and these should be time-based, then start to create a plan. This doesn’t have to be massively detailed, but it should at least explain how you are critical to success. The plan should also state how much progress over time you will make so that you can track performance and make adjustments if you find that you are falling behind schedule.
- Prioritise better
It all comes down to what we prioritize as more important. I have one entrepreneur who is a single parent, she has two young kids, is a CEO of a large demanding company, she travels extensively and is at the same time setting up her next business venture. When I asked her how she finds the time, she said “it’s just a question of prioritisation. I look at things, and if it doesn’t help me achieve my goals, then it gets deprioritised”. We have lots of demands on our time, but not all of them are important, and is it important to say no to the things that don’t help us.
- Start now
If you never start then you will never achieve anything, and putting thigs off until tomorrow, or next week, or until there is a full moon, or whatever your excuse is it’s not going to help you achieve your goals. So take an attitude of no holding back, do what you need to do it and do it today.
- Be persistent
There will be setbacks along our journey towards your goals it’s inevitable, but you need to keep going, you need to understand that this is ok, it’s normal. You need to be persistent, 6
- Leverage your network
Every entrepreneur should not only focus on building a network but also on leveraging it. You would be surprised at how many people that have a vast range of available resources but then ignore them as they struggle with their business. Make sure that you don’t fail for the need of something that was readily available, but you just decided not to ask.
- Contract out things you can’t do
Don’t waste a second on those things you truly can’t do or that are needed but are a waste of your time. Too many entrepreneurs say that they do their own admin because they are not ready to hire. Firstly that’s probably a false economy as it’s diverting you from growing your business or serving your clients and secondly, you are probably not very good or efficient at doing it.
- Make small progresses
Many motivational speakers and coaches will tell you that to achieve massive results then you must take massive action. While this is true, it doesn’t mean that you need to take that massive action all on one day, or in the first week or the first month. Massive action can be an accumulation of small actions over a period of time. If you try to do too much too early, then you might become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the effort.
- Do things you don’t like doing
More often than not the things we don’t like doing are the things that are going to bring us the biggest reward or allow us to make the most progress. You have to find a way to do the things you don’t like because this is where your success will be decided. For instance, you can always start small, just commit to doing a couple of calls, a couple of pitches, to get into the habit of it.
Success is a process, and if you use the above advice, it will help you be more successful.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro