Success Secrets – How to Turn Your Plan into Reality

By Julian Burke in Success on September 7th, 2009 / No Comments

What makes a person successful? Is it measured by wealth; by how many expensive cars you have parked in the garage of your multi-million dollar home, or is it something more? Many people judge success by money, but others determine success by happiness. When you go to bed at night you should be satisfied with everything you’ve accomplished during the day, and when you wake up in the morning you should be excited about the challenges before you.

Live life to the fullest – that is a wonderful creed to live by. Living a full, successful life can be as simple as putting your ideas and plans into motion, but sometimes that can be easier said than done. Where do you start?

Set a Clear, Concrete Goal
The first action you must take on your path to success is to set a goal for yourself. A clear goal is your map and compass on your path to purpose and fulfillment; big or small, it will help keep you on track and guide you every step of the way.

Avoid making your goal something vague. A goal shouldn’t be something too broad like “I want to be a millionaire.” Your goal should be something specific; it should be decisive and personal. What do you hope to gain in life, and how will your goal play a part in that dream? You should not only be pleased with accomplishing this goal, but you should want to shout it from the rooftops!

That means that you shouldn’t just go with whatever sounds good on paper. While it may be wise to get advice from friends, family members, and professionals, it’s important that you set your focus on something you’d enjoy doing. Consider somebody that you admire; what do you admire about them, and how you hope to emulate what they’ve done? Find a source of inspiration that will really fire you up and get you excited!

After all, this is your life and your dreams. If you choose to do something that doesn’t appeal to you, then what is the point of setting this goal in the first place? Decide on something that you will find fulfilling and you will have a greater chance at reaching, and exceeding, more than you ever thought possible.

Take Action!
Once you have defined a goal for yourself, the next step you must take is creating a battle plan. How do you hope to succeed your chosen goal, and what steps will you have to take in order to reach it? Make a list of “mini-goals” you need to accomplish in order to make your dream a reality. These short-term goals will boost your morale and keep you on track, plus it will be satisfying to realize that with every mini-goal you accomplish you are one step closer to achieving the grand prize at the end.

Break down that list of mini-goals further by visualizing what you need to do in order to accomplish these short-term goals. Set a deadline for yourself in order to reach each goal, and don’t let yourself make excuses as to why you can’t complete them. Give yourself something to look forward to upon meeting your deadlines. Think of it as an instant treat to remind you that all the hard work your doing is worthwhile. This treat could be a nice dinner out to that fancy new restaurant, or that gadget you’ve been eying for the last few months. Reward yourself for your success.

Do not, however, be too hard on yourself if you don’t meet a deadline. Instead of beating yourself up over it, just try to meet your goals as close to the set date as possible. You can’t accomplish everything in one day, so don’t discourage yourself because you’ve only checked off one thing from your list. Even small steps take you a little bit closer to the finish line.

Take Risks
Sometimes it’s easy to become complacent. You become comfortable where you are because, while you are not gaining anything, you are also not losing anything. Get out of that mindset – you are missing out on important oppurtunities. Each minute you sit on the sidelines there are dozens of other players trying to reach similar goals as you, and you may miss out on something amazing because you’re afraid to get into the game.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that you should invest in every little thing that comes your way. Take time to educate yourself before you put money into anything. A little research can go a long way; it can mean the difference between making and losing money. Sometimes it may be beneficial to get a little professional insight; talk to an advisor about any questions you have and check statistics to see where your investment may be heading, because it may not be worth it in the long run. Most of all, trust your instincts. If your gut tells you it’s a good idea, don’t be so quick to discount it.

Keep Your Eyes on The Prize
Problems sometimes arise, even when you try everything in your power to stop them. Obstacles are only a minor inconvenience; they usually can’t be avoided and they aren’t always a quick fix. Don’t be disheartened by this. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do at the moment, remember everything that you have already accomplished.

Most importantly, don’t give up when things get really tough, because it will be worth all the trouble in the end. Don’t bring yourself down by thinking, “I can’t get past this,” or “This is hopeless.” Find ways to get around any problems that come your way. Think outside the box, and never be afraid to ask for help; everybody needs assistance every once in a while.

If you’ve tried everything you can think of and you still can’t overcome your obstacle, take a step back and look at your mini-goals. Try to accomplish some of the other goals on your list in the meantime, then come back to the problem when you’re better prepared to deal with those issues. Often times problems seem a lot bigger than they really are because you’re stressed, but once you get back a success oriented mindset it’s easier to spot things you didn’t see before.

Stay Motivated – Persevere
Sticking with long-term goals can be overwhelming, so you need to make an effort to keep yourself motivated every day. Keep reminders of your overall goal around you so it’s never out of your mind for long. Watch motivational videos, read success stories, and surround yourself with positive people who believe in you and your ideas. Nothing bogs a person down more than a friend or family member telling them that they aren’t going to accomplish their goal.

As mentioned before, don’t focus on your failures, focus on your success! Keep mementos of everything you’ve accomplished to remind yourself how far you’ve come. It’d be a waste to put all that time and effort into something just to give in to doubt. Go out there and do it! You can do anything you set your mind to, and all it takes is a little will power.

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