There are many ingredients that go into accomplishing any worthwhile endeavor.
Going out on a limb, I would venture to say that none are more important than …consistency.
Assuming you know the direction in which you want to head, your willingness to stick to whatever it is that’s required of you will be the determining factor in whether or not you reach your destination.
It is all too easy to blame your lot in life on past circumstances, a lack of resources, or the lack of opportunities or guidance you had growing up.
Do you think it would it be easier if you had been born into a wealthy family or had incredibly supportive parents who instilled in you a can do attitude from birth?
Perhaps — or perhaps not. I have seen example after example where people from disadvantaged childhoods became super achievers and people who seemingly had everything given to them chose to remain stuck in the “my life stinks” mode.
The truth is that your access to greater resources isn’t the overall determining factor as to whether or not you will meet with success in your given endeavors.
This is a scary fact. I’ll concede that it’s a lot easier to deny or opt not to believe this. Accepting it means that we must move beyond a victim mentality to owning that what we choose to do in our day to day life plays a significant role in what we achieve — or not.
Ready to take greater ownership of your power to create your level of success?
Here are 4 simple techniques you can put into play within your day to help you achieve more.
1. Keep your Path in Front of You
If you want to get where you’re going, you’ve got to have a fairly clear vision of what that means to you. You then need to keep that vision in plain sight.
Our days are filled with life demands that pull us off course. When you keep reminders in front of you, they bring you back to your path.
Write your vision down on those handy 3×5 index cards. Keep a card in your pocket or purse or planner so you see it as you go through your day. Keep another copy on your vehicle dashboard, near your computer, or on your bathroom mirror.
We live in an information age where it is very easy to get distracted and have your attention pulled from one thing to another. While some of these distractions may be legitimate, the fact remains that if you want to achieve what’s important to you, you’re need to use systems to overcome the distractions and stay on target to complete the things you’ve deemed most worthwhile.
It’s really as simple as this – more often than not, what you give your attention to gets done. Keep visible reminders of your desired path and achievements in front of you.
2. Tick Tock
Use a timer to help stay on track. There’s something about knowing you only have a given amount of time to work on a task to keep your mind focused and on track. Research also shows that taking short breaks and working on tasks in bursts of time can improve productivity.
I’ve found using a timer to be particularly helpful. Initially I used a regular egg timer. I now have an App on my phone that pops up and makes a beeping sound when my time’s up. You can find an online timer simply by searching for “free online timer”. When I use one of these, I open it in my web browser and then go about working on my task.
Using a timer also is a very handy way to make sure you don’t end up spending too much time in activities that while fun and possibly helpful to your business are big time sucks (like social media). If you’re not careful, these activities can eat up your most productive time of the day.
3. Exercise Your Body — and Mind
Schedule a little exercise every day. Go for a walk, jog, or hit the gym. You don’t have to train for a marathon (but you can!). The idea is to get out, move your body, and take in a little sun or fresh air. The change of pace can do wonders for your energy.
As you’re in the activity you choose, allow yourself to dream. This is not a time to fret over things which you feel aren’t going as you wish they would. Instead, to the best of your ability, visualize positive outcomes.
How would your life look if everything was exactly as you wished it to be? Create a vivid picture of this. This type of daily mental exercise will re-energize you on your path to achieving what you’ve set out to do.
4. Connect to Your Why
Spend a little time each day reconnecting with what you want to achieve, and why it is important to you. This easily can be incorporated as you review your goals for the day.
If you’re not careful, you can end up slipping into a pattern where you are chasing goals which may no longer hold the same excitement or importance they once did. This happens when you become disconnected to the reason behind why you began your pursuit in the first place.
The danger is your work eventually becomes more of a chore than a challenging adventure. Taking the time to reconnect with the things you deem most important will allow you to tap back into the energy you initially had when you first set out in your given pursuit.
What wins the day? Consistency.
Learning to take small actions, again and again, is a daily practice. As you grow in this practice, you will inevitably notice that resources, people, and experiences appear to help you move you forward on the path toward your success.
Do you have ideas for greater consistent forward moving action? Please share them below.