Let me preface this blog by saying my last few blogs were too long. I will ensure this one is shorter.
You must act to achieve your goals.
I know this seems obvious. The number of people who think they can get what they want without doing anything would surprise you. Then, they gripe and complain when they don’t achieve what they wanted.
A great teacher once said “He that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with a doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.” I believe he outlined the only three things that can prevent you from achieving our goals. First, don’t do anything until you have to. Second, act doubting that you can achieve anything. Third, act slowly and poorly. Your inaction, doubtful action, and sloppy action will stop you.
The reverse is also true. If you act, and act with faith, and act with excellence; you shall achieve your goal. It’s that simple. You must believe that you can achieve your goals. You need to believe that effective actions create success. You should believe that you deserve good things to happen to you, or that you can do good things for others. If faith can move mountains, then faith can surely help you achieve your goals.
Others Can Help You Act Effectively
Other people probably already achieved your goal. They can share what they did to achieve the goal with you. In fact, many people already shared what they did in books, blogs, articles, and other publications. Others may not have written what they did, but would be happy to share their ideas with you. You can find them on social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. You can also find them in professional associations and service clubs.
You can discover what works by studying their actions. Usually, they describe the successful actions and the less successful ones. Studying what they did helps you prevent making the same mistakes they made. Following their advice can save you time and frustration.
Others can also brainstorm ideas of actions you can take, even if they haven’t accomplish the same goal.
Try this experiment.
- Get 2-3 friends together. Pick creative and outgoing friends.
- Tell each friend to come to the meeting with at least one goal they would like accomplish.
- Explain to them that each person will share their goal with the others.
- The others in the group share ideas (as quickly as possible) how achieve the goal.
- The person writes down all the ideas without criticizing or commenting.
- Repeat steps 4 & 5 for the next person until everyone has had a chance.
- Examine how the exercise changes your feelings about achieving the goal.
Select 2-3 actions to do in the next 30 days
Many people fail to achieve their goal because they try to do too much all at once. They can’t sustain the actions and soon give up. I recommend, instead, that you limit your actions to 2-3 a month. Do a little bit each month. Let the momentum build. Evaluate the consequences of your actions. Refine what you want to do. Persist with your plan.
Soon you will find that you move forward at an accelerating pace. Your pace accelerates even more if you synergize your actions with a GoalsWork team each month. We’ll discuss more about actions in later blogs. I suggest you try the experiment. Choose 2-3 actions you will do this month. Then, act, act in faith, and act in excellence.