The Secrets to Goal Achievement
Have you noticed? There are a lot more people working out at the gym this week. Not the usual crowd either. I admit, at first I was a bit annoyed. They were invading “my” space, taking up time on “my” equipment, causing a crowd in “my” locker room. Then a better, more graceful “me” emerged, and I told myself,
“Hey, they are just wanting the same thing I am wanting — to obtain better fitness, better health, more energy, maybe even a better shape.”
Funny though. This is the same pattern I see every year. People start going to the gym in the new year, only to be back on the couch eating cookies and drinking a sugary, big-gulp by the middle of January.
- What causes this?
- Why can’t most people obtain their goals?
- Why don’t people follow through?
Many of us start the New Year with a new resolution, a new goal, but don’t stick to it. Studies have shown that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Failure has become so common that many people have quit trying.
It is easy to just dismiss them and say they just don’t have the willpower, or they just don’t want it bad enough. But willpower and commitment are only a couple of the less functional parts of goal achievement. They are baby steps in the journey toward keeping a resolution or in the art and science of goal achievement.
We will be taking major power moves, giant strides on our goal achievement journey, so if you are game, stick around and let’s get ‘er done together.
I believe you can succeed. In this and successive articles, I will provide you with a method that has worked for me. Over the past 45 years, I have been on a quest to find the holy grail. The magic potion, the anointed elixir, the secret formula. Unfortunately, it is just a bit more involved than any one mysterious secret can provide; it takes a few steps to get there. But it isn’t difficult or complicated if you move forward bit by bit. Remember the old saying? Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.
If you are willing to take it inch by inch, I can help you get there. If you are willing to take it one step at a time, I know you can do it. You can have new hope in obtaining your deepest desires.
You see, I have studied the best. Anthony Robbins, John Maxwell, Jim Rohn, John Assaraf, Mark Waldman, and Ben Hardy; all have parts of the puzzle, but I am here to give you the best of all of them, and along the way, we will become better at fulfilling our resolutions. I will provide you with a method to fulfill all your dreams if you are willing to take this journey with me.
It is both an art and a science, and it is one that you can learn. The truth is that most of us have never been taught how to obtain our most important dreams, aspirations, and desires, our goals in this life.
In this short essay, I will provide you with the basics of keeping your New Year’s Resolution, and then in following articles, you will obtain all the details based on ancient wisdom and the most recent neuroscience — both necessary to fulfill your wildest dreams.
First, let’s assume you have a resolution. This might come to you out of the frustration of not obtaining last year’s objective. Or, it might be something new that has inspired you to take action. Or, it could come from an annual, systematic review of your life.
I like dividing my life into significant categories to keep track of the essential areas of my existence. I don’t want too many items, but enough to cover all the major ones I know affect me dearly.
My primary areas can be divided up into internal and external. My interior areas are my mind, body, and spirit. These are all key areas that we are essentially in total control of. While imprisoned for 27 years, even Nelson Mandela controlled his Mind, Body, and Spirit. In fact, he learned to control these three areas so well that he changed South Africa and was an example to the world on how to fight (non-violently) to abolish the injustice of apartheid.
My external areas are my Relationships, my Mission/Finances, and my Richness of life. Relationships are pretty obvious, we are social animals, and one of our significant competitive advantages in nature is that we can act together to accomplish big goals—healthy relationships are vital.
Mission/Finances is an excellent area to spend some time with, as I recently read that 80% of working people don’t like their jobs. Turning your work into something you’re passionate about is crucial toward living a rich life. Implementing a system to make this happen is essential, and there is a way to do it, but again, few people know how and it is even rarer that anyone teaches it. Stick with me, and I can help guide you through it.
Living life with passion, having a passionate mission is vitally important to the final central area–the Richness of Life. I like to think of the Richness of Life as the cherry on top. It can be the celebration at the end of a journey, or it can just be the excursion that makes life worth living. In either case, it is vital to keep everything else in perspective. How do you celebrate your accomplishments—it is vitally important to have this in mind as you start to commit to your resolution or your goals.
With this overview out of the way, let’s take a quick look at the brass tacks—the critical steps to keeping your resolutions and obtaining your goals.
I have broken them down into seven master steps to unlock your goal-achieving success. In the coming articles, I will dive deeper into each of these seven master steps to provide you a path to achieving any goal you set your mind to. The seven steps are:
- Goal Setting — Mindset
- Purpose Driven – Inspiration
- Strategies — Education
- Overcoming Obstacles – Grit
- Turbo Boost – Flow & Environment
- Accountability –Forcing Functions
- Massive Action—Revisions and Celebrations
So stay tuned and we will get there together.
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As an example, you might start by setting aside a portion of your income to help others. In this way, you will be leading both a rich life and a wealthy life. Choose a church, a charity, or a cause that you can enthusiastically support. Then give your money and/or your time to support that cause. The primary beneficiary of such noble actions is always the one who gives.
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Dave spent a long and distinguished career as a pilot and leader in the United States Air Force. Along the way, he managed to obtain three graduate degrees. As an investor in the stock market for more than 37 years, Dave has seen his share of ups and downs. When Dave retired as a Colonel in 2006, he founded Razor Sharp Investments. Subsequently, he worked with an investment education company, teaching new investors how to handle their money, and then two brokerage firms doing the same thing. In 2012, Dave founded his own investment firm. Dave has always been fascinated by the question, Why do people do the things that they do? On his discovery journey, he encountered Tony Robbins. He worked with his event staff to eventually progresss through the Institute for Strategic Intervention as a coach, making him ideally suited to tackle the most formidable challenges in a relationship. Dave continues to be committed to a life of service, mainly serving those struggling in their relationships over money.
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