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Build success with habits instead of resolutions
May 10, 2013
Online entrepreneur and The Secret teacher Joe Vitale says, "Success is the sum of small efforts performed day in and day out." This means that success rarely comes from making grand resolutions. Instead, they come from consistent actions called habits.
Here's a five-step plan to help you maximize the power of habits:
1. Be CLEAR about your top three goals.
Be as specific as you can about your goals, what they mean to you, and how you would feel when you've achieved them. Be SO clear, in fact, that you can describe exactly what you'll be doing at this time of day when you've already achieved your goals.
This first step is extremely important, because when you're completely sure about the direction you're going, it's easier for you to come up with alternative ways to get there. You'll also quite easily recognize when you're already there.
2. Outline a clear STRATEGY that will help you achieve each goal.
Once you're sure that these are the goals you really want for yourself and your business, the next step is to set up the strategies that will naturally lead you towards attaining your goals. This might involve revising your marketing techniques, rethinking your target market, modifying your unique selling proposition, or even revising your business model.
This step requires you to plan backwards: Once you know what your goals look like, you can instruct your mind to retrace the steps to get to your goals as soon as possible.
3. Identify the 'foundation habits' that will support your strategies.
Remember how success is built on small, daily actions? Now that you have your goals and your strategies, find out what five basic action habits you need to implement in order to make sure you stick to your plan.
For example, here are two of the most basic habits of successful people:
- the habit of reviewing your goals daily, before you do anything else in your office. This habit will help keep you on track about what's really important to you and your life, not just what seems urgent at the moment
- the habit of committing at least one hour each day focused exclusively on moving closer towards your goals (both personal and professional).
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