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5 Tips to Help You Be More Successful

5 tips to be more successful

Hunger for success is natural and is in everyone. There isn’t a more uplifting feeling than when you accomplish your goals through hard work and discover your true self. Everyone wants to be more successful, but what is success? 

Although, success can be welldefined, based on the experience with our clients, it means something different to everyone. There are those who feel content in possession of lots of money. Those who own and run a business – which is what brings them joy. Some people are dedicated to personal and professional development and there are also those whose 1st priority is family – and others to whom itcaritative work 

All work for success, all in their own ways, some following their passion and others in need of a little uplifting now and then 

But what ways are there to be more successful? Here is 5 tips for you to help you be on the path of joy and success. 

Find out what success means to you. 

I am sure you heard that people who follow their passion are happier and more successful. In some sense it is true, even though passion is only one component to success. So, as a start,  find out what makes you feel happy. As soon as you have a goal, you can create the plans yourself – if you really want it.  

Then find what you like to spend time on doing and what you are good at. 

When you do something with all your heart and soul, you are moving huge energies and can achieve extraordinary things. This energy will automatically help you concentrate on creating experiences that move you forward and ease the progress to a great extent. Without a shadow of a doubt, you will be able to mobilise your energies and turn your ideas into actions. 

We all know though, that passion paired with excellence is what makes a difference, and to make an impact you need to have and utilise the right skills. 

When you are tuned into success and positive about the future, you rarely consider that success always comes at a priceExpect surprises and be open to make sacrifices. 

Depending on what success means to you and what you want to achieve or what your goals are, – you must expect to make sacrifices. We often say best things in life are free, but everything comes at a price.  If you want to spend more time with the family, you must make the time for it. If you want to progress your career, you must invest in yourself. Do you want to start a business? You need funds, new skills and time. Perhaps,  you need to save money for months or even years to start your business. 

With all the learning, the extra efforts and the work invested in, you might find that you have even less free time. The good news is that everything is temporary. I am sure you heard the phrase This too shall passOnce you reap the fruits of your labour, you will see the sacrifice was worth it. 

Surround yourself with people smarter than you.  

There are only few people in the world from who you couldn’t learn something good and new. On the way to success, you will come across and work with a lot of people. They all help you towards your goal in one way or another. Don’t be afraid to share, ask for help or cooperate. 

Never give up! 

One of the keys to success is that we do not surrender when faced with obstacles. It is one thing, of course, to know the way how to overcome the obstacles ahead, and another to implement the solution 
Many people become uncertain and hesitant when one small inconvenience arises and lose the strength to start over.  
Don’t be like themAdopt a problemsolving attitude and concentrate on finding solutions, not excuses. If you do so, not only your work will be fruitful, but others will also recognise and appreciate the resultsNot to mention the lessons that will enrich your life and the increase in your self-confidence 

You also need to understand that you are in the driving seat and hold the key to your life.  

Even if you believe there are magical influence, other people, fatal powers or coincidences which prevent you from achieving your goals, you will always have a choice and a solution, you just need to find it 

Many people don’t accomplish their goals because they are not willing to take the necessary steps, not because they are not capable enough.  
The accomplishment of your life goals may somewhat depend on luck and talent, or on your relationships, or other factors. But it definitely depends on how you handle the above-mentioned factors. 

Let the challenges be the reason why you can progress and succeed, when others may hide behind those as they fail. This is how simple it is to stand out and achieve all you want. 

Everyone wants to be more successful, but to reach success is also important to set achievable goals and learn how to track them

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Why Other People Are Successful When You Are Not?

why other people are successful

 

Have you ever asked yourself the question, why other people are successful when others not? Or even perhaps more talented, more diligent, or luckier? 

During your toddler years comparing yourself to others aids the selfdevelopment, helps shape the self-image and position yourself in the world that surrounds you. It is a natural process 

However, later these beliefs, mostly formed and shaped by lessons coming from the immediate environment, can easily turn into paralysing frustration. Influenced by such, sometimes distorted thoughts, the self-image gets damaged and you end up with low self esteem as an adult, and will underestimate yourself. 

How many times a week do you think your friend, colleague, or sibling is much better dressedor cooks betteror are kinder to people than you? How many times a week does the thought that you are not good enough cross your mind? 

Perhaps you see pictures of your friends on social media and you sadly find you can’t afford to do what they can do, or you don’t earn as much as they earn. You cannot leave the children with a parent or cannot afford a nanny, or you don’t have a partner to travel with.  
At times like these, you might think you don’t deserve as much as others. You may go as far as looking back to your life and think you have accomplished nothing. You are not good enough. It is hard to get out of this emotional state, but it is not impossible. 

It is essential to understand that comparing yourself with others does not push you forward and you gain nothing from it.  
In fact, every time you focus on someone else, you end up not paying attention to yourself. Thus you are moving away from finding a solution for yourselfEveryone’s life path is different. You are not a mind reader and cannot see or hear someone else’s feelingsTherefore, you don’t know what the other person’s life really looks like. You only see what others show you. 

On the other hand; wherever you go, you will always meet people who are more skilled at something, more successful, earn more with their job, have been living in a more fulfilling relationship for years, or have a bigger house than you. 

So, what can you do when such negative thoughts are circling in your mind? 

Accept that feeling down sometimes is natural 

First, do not beat yourself up about feeling the way you feel. It’s a natural human behaviour to feel down sometimes, we have all felt this way before. What’s important is that you do not let this feeling overwhelm you in the long-run.  

If you are unsatisfied with something in your life, be it internal, such as a thought or on emotion, or external such as your environmentyou can change it.It is entirely up to you when you begin the journey of change.  

Work on yourself! 

To be better than your colleagues or competitors, there is no need for a secret ”weapon’ whatsoever. Read a book about your professional field or on a subject you are interested in. Take part in seminars, workshops and courses. Attend a mentoring programme. Look for opportunities with which you can further develop your knowledge  

Build and maintain helpful relationships! 

The internet offers vast opportunities for building new relationships with absolute ease if you are not comfortable to go to networking events or conferences. Yet many people do not take advantage of it because of fear of rejection. Successful professionals do not keep aloof of new connections because they never know what possibilities a new connection can bring about.   

Of course, it matters what kind of social media platforms we use to find these connections. LinkedIn is excellent for making professional connections, as well as various forums and Facebook groups. In addition, the above-mentioned workshops or mentoring programmes are also brilliant networking opportunities. 

 

Step out of your comfort zone 

Progress always starts when you are out of your comfort zone, so it is important that you step out of it from time to time. Albeit, it is not easy. You may find yourself in a new situation in which your usual ways are not guaranteed to bring success, or even to work. But if you overcome your fears, you gain new experiences and will benefit from the experiences in the long run. By improving your self-knowledge and opening up to new experiences, you can build or rebuild your self-confidence, self-love and self-esteem.  

And 
when you accept yourself, your faults, weaknesses and can recognise you are uniqueyou no longer feel the need to compare yourself to anyone else.  

Everyone is 
talented at something, and there are lovable qualities in everyone, that includes you! 

Here is a podcast about why people don’t reach their goals.

You might be interested in the following articles:
How to keep a supportive friendship
3 things that might hold you back
5 Tips to successfully change your habits

 

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Spending Time and Money on YOURSELF is a Way Forward

investing in yourself is the way forward

 

 

When you get your paycheck at the end of the month, what’s the first couple of things you do? You probably get started on the bills and rent and send some over to your parents while the rest goes into savings.  

While this is definitely the right way to go about it, strictly in terms of saving, investing in yourself can take you farther ahead. If you want to rise beyond the person you are right now and witness some actual changes, then you have to invest time and money in yourself!  

If this was such a glorious idea, then why don’t more people do it? And you’re not wrong to wonder about this. Most people believe that investing time and money in oneself  can’t possibly be a way to ‘success’.  

To prove this train of thought wrong, here are some ways to invest in YOU that can help you out in the long term and even give you a little push forward.   

 1. Developing Professional and Interpersonal Skills  

Your job proficiency and technical skills may be far superior than those around you. But how can that be if you’re better at your job? The difference is that having the technical skills can only get you so far. Real progress comes in when you display professional and interpersonal competence.  

Professional and interpersonal skills include those traits that people at the workplace must possess in addition to the technical know-hows of a job. If you’re confident about the way you do your job, then all you need to brush up on are professional and interpersonal skills.  

Communication falls under this category. No matter what position you’re at, communication will always be a vital skill that you’ll require. Any form of interaction between your subordinates, superiors, and yourself should always respect professional boundaries and be concise and clear. Remember that proper communication is a reflection of your professionalism as well!  

Take some time out to enhance your character. To make yourself stand out amongst a crowd of employees, brushing up on such abilities, like working just as well under pressure, exhibiting leadership qualities, or self-motivation, is definitely worth your time and will push you forward.  

 2. Generic Versus Specific 

We’ve discussed how you can invest time. However, here is how you’re supposed to put money to good use. The real return on investment is when you take a risk. And by this, we mean that you should focus on things that can further help you attain professional and interpersonal growth.  

Competition nowadays is only rising and all your coworkers are trying to make real progress just like you. But what can really set you apart is investing money in developing your skills.  

If there’s a class in town about how to lead people in a business, go for that class. If a website tests your conflict resolution at the cost of a few dollars a month, then don’t even think twice.   

Here is why you need to take that extra step and not rely on generic information and free YouTube videos: EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO THEM!  

If everyone can grab hold of something, then remember that it’s basic. You need to take it up a notch to be able to overtake your coworkers and move forward. And the way to do that is by allowing yourself to learn and implement more.  

So take a chance on yourself and make some real progress. Invest your own time and money in yourself and you’ll definitely start seeing a difference. It isn’t easy with everyone competing for the same thing, but the secret is to know which area you need to work on and allocate the time and effort to make it happen!

Do you want to learn how to accelerate your development and progress in life? Investing in yourself is extremely important and we can help you to find a way. Check out the microlearning section on our site.  

Also, here are 3 Methods successful women follow to keep their career on track 

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Change habits, not your goals

change your habits not your goals article how you can change any habits

Do you know what characterises successful people?

Their habits… Yes, they have learnt to create good/positive habits which require discipline, perseverance and patience. But as the examples show, it pays off in the end.

If your life is happy, well balanced and in harmony, and if your mind is at peace, you are healthy,  feel good in your skin and your relationships are working well,  stop reading this because you are probably doing things well in life

However, if you are not satisfied with what you are experiencing in life right now or not going in the desired direction, you need to admit,   to carry on this way means the results will be the same. Thus, you will most likely not achieve the goal you have set yourself as planned. 

What I am saying is that it is so critical that you change your habits, the way how you have been doing things. As opposed to changing the goal.

We are all different when it comes to changing habits. Some people, more than others, find it easier to change how they approach life and change of behaviours. And, in fact, some habits are more difficult to change than others. Countless research studies have shown that in order to get used to a new habit (to integrate it into our life, to love it and miss if it were gone) approximately 18-254 days are needed. This may hold you back first, but remember, you form some habits to change your life and some for a lifetime.  

There are three phases  of creating a new habit:

 

Honeymoon period:

The period of the formulation of new habits. Here we have got the momentum, the zest and enthusiasm. And our plans seem easy and achievable.

 

Dull weekdays period:

Motivation may be lower at this point and we start finding excuses. The need to maintain a new habit can become a burden. The old habits suddenly seem easier and we are tempted to go back to our old ways. This is the most critical period in the creation of a new habit. It’s a good 8dea to have someone around to show support with overcoming the obstacles. If there isn’t anyone there to support you,  I suggest you keep telling yourself: I am strong, persistent, and I can do it!

Ask yourself: Why do I exactly want this new habit? How will my life be better with my new habit? What do I lose if I go back to the old ways?  Why do I struggle to maintain the new habit?

Find answers to these questions, improve your self-awareness and increase your resilience on the way.  It all helps you to overcome the difficulties of changing your habits and increases your inner strength.

Imagine what your life will be like in 5 years time. Take a look at what you can expect if you return to your old habits. Also, consider how much better it will be to hold on and keep your new habit. 

Happens like clockwork:

If you get past the previous phase, you get closer to your goal. The fills you up to new momentum fills you up with positive experiences and increased confidence and satisfaction.  Notice the improvement and use it to fuel your motivation.

I’m not going to lie to you, you must be committed to creating good habits and especially sticking to them, and even if you sometimes give up, it is worth to pick up the pieces and go from there again because it pays off in the end.

Bonus Article: 5 tips to succesfully change your habits

Click to the link to learn Why setting a goal is important or here are some Tips how track your goals

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How Do You Know Your Goal is Achievable?

Greatness is within reach - How Do You Know Your Goal is Achievable?

 

Even though we cannot predict with 100% certainty that a goal is achievable when we set it, we can make sure that greatness is within reach.  

It may all start with dreaming but dreams are not enough specific to act on them. Besides, you need to know what to focus on and build a series of milestones aiding you in achieving your dream. So you don’t get lost on the path to success. 

 

Dream in 4K 

You dream of being brilliant, rich, to travel around the world or to enjoy living on an island without having to worry about money.  However, you can rarely make it happen without knowing it with extreme clarity. 

If you want to be rich, you need to know how rich you want to be.  
I know who wouldn’t want to be filthy rich? 😀

But how much money makes you filthy rich?  Is it ten million or one hundred million or a billion 

If it is ten million, how long does it take you to save that much or earn that much with your current job or business? If you see no chance to earn that ten million with your current work, what will you do instead?  Questions questions crying for answers. 

 

You want to be way smarter so you can progress with your career faster or make your business a success in no time.  
What steps you need to take to be considered for a new job that pays more?  How far is your business from being a success and how success looks like for your business?  Even more questions.  

To dream in 4K means that you describe what you want your life look to like in high detail. As if it was a 4K TV screen showing all the exciting colours, shades and shapes. 

 

Set a goal that is specific enough 

When you finished the dreaming and have your vision, you need to translate your vision and turn it into action. An action is something you dotherefore you need to be very specific about it.  

 

Let’s see an example: 

Your dream is to live a healthy life so you feel good and look good. Sounds great. Still you don’t know what it really means until you define those actions that take you there.  

Take me. I am a workaholic and unless I drag myself outside; sit in front of my computer day after day. Do I want to live a healthy life? For sure.Try to convince myself that buying a standing desk for my laptop and stand next to my desk is a step forward. Is it? Sure it is. Is it enough? Sure it isn’t. 

So my goal is to spend at least 15 minutes outside every day. Don’t laugh. We all started somewhere. Next goal is to work out at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time. 

Sounds great, although I only took care of my body.  

So, is there a better way to go around this? Sure, there is. 

 

Put things into context and focus 

Before you break down your dream into goals or even milestones, you need to understand the whole context, so you can define your focus areas. Focusing on everything at the same time will scatter your attention and quickly exhaust your resources. And some actions you take might impact multiple goals. So why not benefit from it? 

 

Let’s get back to my example about a healthier life as a workaholic. The key question is: ’What makes me healthy and what is not working now? 

What I know…  

  • spend too much time in my office; 
  • I am not really active;  
  • There are multiple stress factors in my life, and 
  • my head is always spinning because of my businessso rarely switch off. 

With this short analysis, I touched on the body, the mind and the soul. I put my dream of a healthier life into context and put myself on track to define the focus areas leading to the milestones. 

 

So, I envisage how success will look like for me. 

am going to be successful when I spend at least 25% more time with exercise and at least 10% more time outside.  I know I am on the right path, when I spend at least 15 minutes with mindfulness every day and spend at least 10% more time with my friends. 

As I am clear on the focus areas, I can start working out the milestones because I definitely won’t be able to work out 30 minutes three times a day in the beginning and I won’t drag myself outside every single day, even if it is just for fifteen minutesr. I need to build it up, so it becomes realistic and therefore manageable. Now I can set specific goals and will see how many goals I need at the end. 

 

The Theory of Relativity applied for goals 

It is a stretch; I know. Stay with me though. Have you heard about the new trend? Waking up early makes you more productive and staying up late makes you smarter? 

We often believe something will work for us because it worked for someone else already. And sometimes, it will. We might believe we are not doing the right thing because others appear to have a good habit we don’t have. Follow with caution. 

A few years ago, I attended a full day event with a speaker straightforward shaming one of the event participants because she said she usually woke up at 7:00 am on weekdays. According to the speaker for an aspiring business owner it was far too late to wake up at 7 am. 

I would advise caution. Big time.   
We all live our life differently and follow a different schedule. People have various priorities, obligations and tolerance for various things.  

You know best what is working for you. It is great to learn and adopt new techniques and you will become more successful if you can embed what you learnt into your life. 

You can learn how to track your goals so you will stay on the path because greatness is within reach.

You Have Your Goals by Now. Still Struggling to Achieve Them?

You Have Your Goals by Now

It is May already, and most of us have our goals set. Some spend a great amount of time throughout January and February thinking about what they want to achieve during the year. Just to realise around May, their resources are exhausted, and they are still far from succeeding. Win half the battle now, so you can concentrate on winning it all. 

It is also that time of the year when many sit back and relax because they know what success will look like for the year ahead, isn’t it? No wonder why studies show that more than 70% of life goals set at the beginning of the year are abandoned later in the year.  

Is setting goals and knowing what success looks like the same as planning? Because this is the question, isn’t it? We might believe that by setting goals, we planned out the year ahead. And I am not talking about unexpected events disrupting our precious dreams.  

 

High performers know proper planning is half the battle 

Setting a goal means you know the WHAT. Did knowing the WHAT ever take you to achieve it? Itself it didn’t work for sure. You can add a deadline to your goal, which makes your progress more measurable. But you still might be clueless about HOW you are going to achieve that goal. 

So, what is a plan?  

A plan is basically your path to success. It is a series of steps to take you to the destination. Knowing what steps you have to make is helpful. Not only because you can think about how you can progress, but because you can account for potential limitations and barriers. Planning takes you to the plane of the HOW and transfers your mind from the DESIRE to the realm of ACTION. 

How come so many people struggle with achieving their goals if planning is so straightforward? 

 

Tools you can use to plan 

What comes to mind when you think about planning? Some instantly see their vision boards, others visualise detailed spreadsheets.  People often tell me plans should include only a few steps and I also often hear that they must be specific.  

So, what is the best way to make a plan, and what tools can you use? 

Before we get into the top 10 planning tools lists and the time spent on comparing apps and solutions, let’s think about what you can expect from a good plan. More precisely, what do you want to get out of a good plan? 

To me, a good plan is clear & simple, action-focused and realistic. It includes all the guideposts I need to get to my destination. I don’t need to add all the tiny bits, but I want to know the links and dependencies between my action items.  

Where does it leave you? Which tool is the best? 

The choice is ultimately yours. Based on your thinking style and discipline around performance. 

A vision board is a useful tool for dreaming, and you can use a visual tool to make a plan. Such a visual tool is a mind map. A mind map is an easy to follow method to account for all you need to achieve a specific goal.  

You can also use the ©Change Manifesto Tiles (©CMT). It is a simple tool that aids you in concentrating on the new elements you need to bring into your life to achieve your goals. 

The ©CMT takes you through the journey of building up what you need to deliver on a specific goal. You focus on the components that are not in your life yet so you can achieve clarity around the challenge you might face.  
The tool includes guidance, a template and an example, too. You can download the ©Change Manifesto Tiles tool here free for your personal use. 

 

If you prefer a detailed plan, you can use a spreadsheet, and some prefer using task management apps. 

 

The critical elements of a good plan 

You might think that putting together a plan is complicated. While some initiatives require complexity, you can focus on a few essential components. Make sure 

  •  all critical components are included,
  • your plan is easy to make, understand and follow; and
  • your action items are specific enough for you to act on them

A good plan consists of all the components you need to be conscious about to achieve your goal. It is structured, and it should be easy for you to link which action links to which goal or goals. A good plan also enables you to find dependencies between your actions. The latter gives you the benefit of finding out where and how you can save time or money, which essentially helps with your resource management. 

A plan itself is a documented version of your vision. Without action, it remains just that.  If you looked at your goals, realised it is already May, and you have a long way to go, the ©Change Manifesto Tiles tool is a quick way to build up your capability and pump new energy into your efforts. 

3 Things to do to Make Sure You Achieve Your Goals This Year

Achieve Your Goals

As I looked at my calendar today, I was shocked to see iwas the second week of May. The first quarter of the year has gone already, so it‘s time to take a look at the ideas I’ve planned for this year. 
Have you been following the goals you set out for yourself this year? Have you taken a glance lately at where you are in the process?  
It is still not too late to have a think through and make changes, if necessary, so at the end of the year you may see more positive outcomes and you will achieve your goals.  

 

Break down your goals into small steps 

First and foremost, you can break down the goals into steps. This way, you can move steadily, step by step, towards accomplishing your goal. Every time you achieve a milestone, you have a chance to stop and review whether or not you go in the right direction.  
At such times you may also reach out for help, or re-arrange your priorities and implement changes in light of your goals. I highly recommend you to download an app to your phone to help you keep track of your goals wherever you areSet notifications, so you won’t even have an excuse to avoid working towards your goals. 

 

Make a note of your goals 

Another way to maintain your perseverance is by writing down your goals on a daily basis. I will be the first to admit that for many years I thought this was a pointless activity. I thought it was simply a waste of my time.  

Then results didn’t come as expected and  I wasn’t even sure what my original goals were months ago…. I was way over my head. And that is when I decided to change and take a note of my goals.  

Since then, I write down my goals every single day with the steps needed to implement them. Every word I put on the paper, I thoroughly think through and envision the results I want to see. I know and can see, based on the results, that devoted and consistent efforts are key. Self-discipline is also essential 

We need to be consistent in our endeveours every single day to achieve our goals. 

 

Maintain your dedication 

How are your eagerness and dedication?  
Hmm, yes, I know, people often look past these traits at this time of year. In the beginning of the year, we are full of enthusiasm. New year new goals.  

Then the dull weekdays creep in and as months go by your keenness to make efforts decreases significantly, unless you consciously pay attention to it.  
The decision is in your hands. You can still change the curve of your progress, or keep things as they were before. Are YOU the driver of your car or are you a passenger allowing someone else to drive your car? You have got to decide.  

It is vital that you take your life in your hands. If you do not take responsibility, someone else will do it for you.           

                                                                                                                                      

And what is the benefit?  

You take control of your goals. You become unstoppable and achieve your goals and everything you set your mind to. Your confidence and self-esteem keep growing day by day. You become more perseverant when facing difficulties. You focus better, become more result-oriented and move forward faster; like a riverYou effortlessly overcome obstacles in your way and create the life you have always wanted for yourself.

Bonus Tip: We have an article dedicated to How to track your goals. Have a look at it.

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What to Do When You Are Distracted from Your Goal

Distractions … sweet distractions. You cost us so much. Even if we don’t realise it instantly. An average person looks at the phone 52 times a day according to a study.  On the other hand, progress with work and with a career is not only a natural desire or a basic need, it is also important from a mental health perspective.

 

Let’s see how we end up sabotaging ourselves.

Assuming we spend about 15 seconds on the phone each time (as a distraction), which may not be the case, such a distraction costs us at least 13 minutes a day. Let’s count the time we need to put ourselves back in working mode and we can quickly see how pricey it is to allow distractions into our life. Longer interruptions require even longer time to recover.

During the time you saved avoiding short interruptions, you could have another break which you could spend taking a walk in the park close by or having a coffee with a friend. You could painlessly integrate the daily workout in your schedule or read from/listen to your favourite book. I know, some would use it to do more work. Which is perfectly OK, too.

 

So, the solution is easy-peasy. Don’t look at your phone, don’t allow anything or anyone to distract you.

Here are a few techniques to prevent distraction.

  • Plan your day in the morning and include the breaks. With the breaks integrated in your schedule, you give yourself the opportunity to relax and be distracted when you need not be productive.
  • Listen to your mind and body and plan your time in shorter segments. Work in thirty- or forty-minutes segments and take a short break after each segment. With time, you will work for an hour and then even for longer periods.
  • Let your boss, colleagues, friends and family know when you need time to work without interruption and make sure you are clear on how much quiet time you have.
  • Leave your phone in another room, unless you need the phone for your work.

Working without interruption would be ideal, although we rarely have the opportunity to experience such a bliss and most of us don’t work in a Tibetan temple.

What to do when you are already distracted?

  • Let the source of the interruption (if it is a person) know how much time you have for them.
  • Train your mind to keep a line of thought to help you get back to your work faster.
  • Make a quick note of where you were before the interruption and then deal with the distraction.
  • Work on a different task which requires a shorter time to tune into.
  • Find links between topics. If you find yourself distracted by another topic, consider continuing with the new topic.
  • If the background noise interrupts you time to time, find a white noise that works for you, or a quiet place.
  • Learn to meditate, it helps develop focus.

As you can see, there are simple techniques you can adopt to reduce interruptions in your life. Though, if you distract yourself, think about why you are doing it.

  • Is it a specific time of the day when you distract yourself?
  • Is there a specific topic or question you want to avoid?
  • Or, is it a form of procrastination?

You might be interested in the following article where we talk about how you can use relaxation and visualisation to help advance your career.

 

Tips How to Track Your Goals

Tips How to Track Your Goals

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Why isn’t the title say: Tips How to Track Your Progress? Because making progress doesn’t necessarily mean you are going in the right direction.

We all make progress in our lives and knowing what progress we make definitely helps. Although without knowing how such progress adds to the success, the progress is no more than a step forward. We don’t know how big the step is or if we, in fact, walk on the yellow brick road.

But by tracking your progress, you do more than most people do. The question is whether it is enough to achieve high performance and the level of success you are happy with. And there is another question. If tracking your progress itself is not sufficient, then what is?

 

Tracking a goal, assuming the tracking method is fit-for-purpose, will give you sufficient information on both your progress and the added value of your efforts to your success.

 

But what method can you use to track a goal?

You are not tracking the goal itself; you are tracking your progress toward the goal, you are tracking how close you are achieving the goal in time and quality. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

Naturally, you can choose methods to track your progress against a goal if you sufficiently specified the goal. Which means your goal needs to be specific enough for you to be able to measure your progress against it. What then means, your goal has to include specific details about it. E.g., a deadline, or a certain % of the progress you would like to achieve.

E.g. My goal could be: ‘I would like to read two books every month this year.’

  • The goal in this example specifies what I would like to achieve and in what time frame. What I would like to achieve is to learn from two books and I do that in a month.
  • It also tells me how I will achieve it. I achieve the learning by reading.
  • Moreover, it tells me that unless I read two books (100% of the book) a month, I am going to stay behind my goal.

You can define for yourself the progress you have to make each month, or a week, or even a day to achieve your goal. In the example before I did just that.
And sometimes achieving such progress is not going to be linear; or you have to do different things each time to get where you want to be.

 

All in all, if you have a long-term goal, breaking it down to smaller pieces will help you better understand how you meet it and will reduce the risk of not achieving it, too.
Additionally, it will also help you revise your strategy, if needed, along the way.

 

But some people say that setting goals is meaningless anyway, so why do I bother tracking them?

This is a question I received many times this year. I realised there were articles out there with titles suggesting goal setting had no added value, even though the articles mostly included the benefits of goal-setting in various ways. So, here is my answer.

  • Setting goals just for the sake of it is meaningless.
  • Setting a goal that does not resonate with your life strategy and plan, doesn’t matter how SMART your goal is, is also meaningless.
  • Without setting goals though, even if you have a clear view of your life strategy or your priorities for the next three to five years, you will struggle.

Because goals are basically milestones. At least they should be. They are the lights at both sides of the path you walk on in the park. And I am not suggesting life is a walk in the park. I am suggesting life is a journey.

Imagine you are travelling by ship. A beautiful large ship with all the facilities and programmes to make your journey exciting and joyful.

  • How would this ship make a long and successful journey without knowing where the harbours are and where it needs to stop for supplies?
  • What is the way to enjoy the journey without knowing you are safe, and the staff knows exactly what to do and when to make your journey pleasant?
  • How would the staff know what to do and when without planning?
  • And how would the staff be able to plan without goals?

But tracking your progress against a goal is not just about knowing what you want to achieve. The goal or in that case the milestone is an outcome; and what takes you to the result is action. During your journey, you want to know what you need to do to get the desired result.
Once you know what you want to do, your goal essentially

  • you need to know how success looks like, and
  • how you can measure the success, and
  • what is the shortest time period which is reasonable to measure for progress.

And that answers an important question. Should you track your progress daily, or weekly or monthly, maybe quarterly? It all depends on your goals and on your discipline.

 

And what tools can you use to measure your progress?

This is an interesting question, because there are many good tools out there.

Nowadays there is an app for everything.

  • If you want a few clicks and nothing more a day because you are extremely busy, you can do that.
  • If you trust detailed information, you can use a spreadsheet or a project or task management app.
  • You are not good with written words, just use a voice recorder or a transcriber app.

I suggest you don’t waste time on finding the perfect tracking tool first. Find one that is good enough and perfect your tracking method. Once you are satisfied with the way how you track your performance, you will find the perfect tracking tool, too.

You can listen to the podcast version of this article on this link.

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Why don’t people reach their goals?

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One of the strongest desire we, human beings have is achieving our dreams.  Well, sometimes we make all the efforts to achieve our parents’ or partners’ dreams, but if we want to be conscious about our life, we work on achieving our own dreams.

And what is a better way of achieving a dream than seeing it clearly in the mind and articulating it as a goal? Once we have our goals set, we are done, aren’t we?

Perhaps it is surprising but even though goal setting is a popular topic, various studies show that achieving goals is not a success story for all. Naturally, the number of people who achieve their goals is different in each study, but a recurring theme is that many of us abandon the goals within four weeks.

In the meantime, we hear stories of success almost every day and examples of high performers fill the pages of online and offline magazines. We all love to hear the success stories.

 

And we all would like to live the dream, the success story. But few of us do. What could be the reason?

 

As a starting point, we can talk about goal-setting. I know it is May already; we have almost reached the end of Q2. We shouldn’t talk about setting goals, right? Setting goals is part of the new year’s resolution.

Just stay with me. The way how you set your goals has a high impact on your success of achieving them.

Many like to set same or similar goals others set for themselves just to follow the “good” example. But will the same thing work well for everyone?
Others like to go for super ambitious goals just to lose the steam after hitting a barrier once or twice.
Not to mention those, who think about the first couple of steps but don’t take the time to see the challenges, the required change in context.

These are just a few examples. What we can learn from these is if we would like to see the results, we need to see where we are going and what path is going to take us there.

Think about it. It is May already. If you still didn’t achieve your goal or made visible progress, you’ll lose nothing by reviewing your goals.

 

Regardless of the progress they make, high performers take a look at their goals multiple times a year. This is part of their success formula.

 

What is the advice here?

  • Plan your six months or the year or two years with the end in mind. Think about the most important things that must happen for you to achieve your goal.
  • Think about your life and see what fits in there. You can go for ambitious goals and achieve them, if you can allocate the time and resources needed. If you cannot do that, you will struggle and eventually abandon the goal.

That links to a tricky part of goal achievement and success. Maintaining motivation so you stick with your goals.

We often use the expression losing motivation. Truth to be told, one cannot lose motivation. Although we can lose focus; or just to link back to the first aspect, goal setting, we can set unrealistic or uninteresting goals.

Let’s talk a bit more about motivation. What is motivation? What is the source of motivation? Is it within us or does it come from the environment?

Motivation is a combination of reasons why we act or behave in a certain way and a certain level of energy directed toward the desired goal.
We may feel motivated because of an internal desire or because of external influences. Such external influence may be a reward. A reward can be material, or a recognition of our results voiced to us or shared in front of others.

When we abandon a goal, we no longer believe that achieving that goal is worth the effort. Either because we believe something else will bring about better results, or we experience problems in putting in the required effort.

So, you see. One cannot lose motivation. The motivation is there, but it is most likely redirected.

What can we learn from this?

  • Listen to the signs of your body and mind to recognise when you are about to re-prioritise. You may revise your goals intentionally, but sometimes our instant desires are stronger than us. High performers understand delayed gratification and to maintain high performance and repeated results, you need to be patient.
  • Be conscious of how you allocate your time and energy.
  • You may have more goals on your list all the time but that doesn’t mean you have to multitask. Be clear on what you need to do within a specified time period and maintain your focus. Once you are done and progressed with one topic or task as desired move to another task.
  • If you are stuck with a specific task, park it. Get on another task, so you don’t waste time. This practice will help you not only with improving your efficiency but your creativity and problem-solving, too.

Of course, success and high-performance are more complex and both depend on more than just goal-setting and motivation; and both goal-setting and motivation can be improved in many ways.

You can listen to the podcast version of this article on this link.

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