You cannot achieve a target you do not know. You will not be able to achieve massive success if you are not clear as to what you really want to achieve. Are you aware of the tools and resources you require to hit your target? How far are you from the target? Who do you need to help achieve the target? What are you currently doing that is impeding your achieving the target? Are you happy with what you have achieved so far in this target? These are great question that you should provide honest answers to in order to determine how far you are from the target. I have found that in life, unless you know where you are going, anywhere is acceptable. We have people living this way. Knowing your target and consistently hitting that target will inspire you to aim higher, raise the bar, and commit more energy and resources to the task.
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
Achieving your target motivates you and reminds you that you have the inner resources to do more, be more and have more. Getting yourself into the habit of thinking in terms of massive results is a great way to move closer to your goals. Measuring yourself against the target and evaluating your results will help you close the gaps in achieving what you really want. There are a number of things you should do in order to hit your targets. The following are a few of the things that you should do:
Determine the importance of the target
There comes a time when you have to be crystal clear on what achieving your goals will do for you and those you love. We are not motivated and inspired to do something just for the sake of it. When the Why is clear, the How follows from there. Have you convinced yourself why you want massive success? What are the benefits in you hitting your target? Have you shared your target with your mastermind or the people important to you for support and encouragement? How different will your life be when you no longer have to worry about money? Determining your target and having a talk with yourself and those who you trust is important.
Focus on the most valuable
Make the main thing the main thing. To hit your target you must focus and commit extra energy, time, and resources to what you want. You only have a finite amount of time in a day or week. Why not focus on the most valuable things in support of the target rather than spreading yourself so thin? What are your priorities for the day or week? Have you planned your day and week in advance? The content of your diary or plan is a reflection of what is important to you. Hitting your target requires that you focus on the most important things. You may take detours because of unexpected events, but always come back to the plan and continue with the most valuable.
Don’t quit when the going gets tough
Life is full of surprises and there are more quitters than those who stay the cause. Let this not be you. Take a rest if you must, but don’t rest for too long. There are times when, in the evaluation of your results, you get the feeling that you have missed the mark or target. Assess the variance and get back to work. Develop the mental toughness to proceed. I like what Dr. Robert Schullar said, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” The easiest thing to do in life is to throw in the towel and quit because things are not happening the way you have planned. Challenges are to prove you worthy of your goal and the life you want. Use your challenges to be more determined to hit the target, and when you do hit the target you will be happy you never gave in to discouragement and negative self-talk.
Develop the habit of discipline
Discipline is doing the things you have planned to do even when you do not feel like doing them. There were times I arrived home from work and felt very tired. Knowing the commitment and benefits of exercising, I exercised anyway, even when I felt tired. There were times when I have heard the conversation between my left leg and the right leg on who should step out of the bed first to go and exercise. I had to arbitrate to ensure that the morning exercise program takes place. Hitting your target consistently will require discipline and continuous improvement. Develop good work habits and manage your time well. You must develop the discipline of shutting off the noises around you. Every now and then you have to keep telling that negative inner voice to shut up.
Reach out for help
Hitting your target(s) may require help from an external source. If you have a mastermind group, you can ask them for help regarding your challenges in hitting your target. I have developed the habit of prayer where I ask God for help and, sure enough, I get perspectives on what to do. I also seek advice and counsel from the people I trust. Don’t shy away from asking for help. It will cut down the time for hitting your targets immensely. Always remember that asking begins the receiving process, so don’t be shy. Don’t listen to your feelings. Just ask, “Would you?” Asking is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. At least you know when to ask for help.
Let go of Excuses
We have all made excuses for not hitting our target, and many people have become very clever with excuses. When we make excuses we are failing to take full personal responsibility for our inaction and flawed plans and strategies. Be brutally honest with yourself and accept personal responsibility for not hitting your target. When you do, life will reward you greatly.
Focus on Results
“Results tell the truth,” someone said. What results are you getting? Your bank account and net worth reflects how well you are doing financially. Your health and how much energy you have tells you about the state of your wellness. The quality of your relationships will inform you of whether you have made great deposits in your relationship bank account. Remember, results don’t lie! To hit your targets you must continuously evaluate your results. This is good practice.
See you at the pinnacle of success!