Robert Mckain put it so eloquently when he said “Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day.” He was right on target in recognizing that the major hurdle in reaching most goals and completing most major projects is simply taking the first step.
A number of years ago, I was having a conversation with Scott McDaniel, a dear friend and business mentor. I had been struggling with a particular situation for several weeks and, in conversation with Scott, I told him the details and mentioned that I had been praying for God’s guidance and assistance in bringing this challenge to a successful closure. Scott sat back in his chair, looked me right in the eyes, and said “Gary, I’m glad that you have the wisdom to seek God’s guidance. God should always be our first line of defense. But let me ask you a question. Have you ever thought that perhaps God is sitting on His throne in the heavens, looking down on you, and just waiting to bless you as soon as you take action?” Those words hit me hard and made me realize that everything that we accomplish in life is tied to taking action.
I want to offer you a very simple, 4-step formula for taking your personal goal achievement to the next level.
- Set your goal. You need to decide what you want to accomplish before you can take any action toward achieving it.
- Take action toward the accomplishment of your goal. Determine the first thing you need to do to reach your goal and do it!
- Monitor your progress. Ask yourself a simple question: Are my actions taking me closer to or further away from my goal?
- Make changes in the actions you are taking to keep yourself on target. Nobody is on target 100% of the time. As you monitor your progress, sometimes your actions will not produce the results you want. THAT’S OK! If your actions are producing the wrong results, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure; it simply means that you need to try another approach. The key to success is to make sure you keep trying different approaches until you find one that works.
Try the 4-step formula and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with how it changes your life.