This guest post was written by Liz O’Brien from Liz O’Brien Talks.
Trust me I’m no stranger to feeling stuck in life. When I look back at my days of working in retail, I remember feeling so stuck and not knowing how I could get to where I wanted to be. I knew I wanted more from life and that I was capable of so much more, but the bridge from where I was to where I wanted to go seemed too far.
We look at successful people and wonder how they got there and if we ever will, and today social media can amplify these feelings. You only have to spend a few minutes scrolling through your feed and it’s easy to become convinced others are wealthier, happier and healthier as they announce their good fortune.
Here are three steps you absolutely must follow if you want to be successful in achieving your goals.
STEP ONE – DEFINE SUCCESS FOR YOURSELF
First things first, in order to achieve success, you have to know and understand what success means to you! Is it starting the business you always secretly dreamed of? Or having the financial freedom to spend more time with your family? Whatever it means to you in order to achieve it, you first need to be clear about what it is for you.
A great way to do this is to start your day each day by writing down your definition of success, your values and your goals for that day. These might evolve over time and that’s a good thing, it probably means you are getting clearer. Starting each day thinking about these makes you feel great as you set about your day with purpose and the knowledge that you are taking small steps towards your goals.
STEP TWO – TAKE ACTION
Now that you know what you want to aim for, you need to take action. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you are doing, who does when they first start on a journey or are you learning something new? You have to push through the fear and doubts that come creeping in. There comes a time when you have to stop thinking, reading, watching, planning and just take a tiny action in the right direction, that’s all it takes. Tomorrow take another tiny action in the right direction and rinse and repeat! By taking this approach you absolutely can achieve your wildest dreams, before long you’ll look back and realize you have managed to move mountains.
Take some tiny action Be disciplined, devote at least 10 minutes a day to your change or goals. Don’t wait to feel motivated. We all know too well that motivation is fleeting. You have to be disciplined enough to say I will do this every day. Be aware that your brain will do everything it can to talk you out of it – disengage the brain, get yourself on autopilot and just do what needs to be done. 10 minutes, is all it takes.
STEP THREE – BE DISCIPLINED
Relying on motivation is the surest way to not succeed in achieving your goals. Being disciplined needs to become a way of life. Stop seeing it as a punishment, rather know that having self-discipline is what will see you achieve those goals. It means having the ability to control your impulses and feelings and not let them dictate your choices.
Acknowledge your shortcomings, if your idea of success is to have a fit and toned body, but you know that you will not be able to commit to an hour of exercise a day. Commit to 5 minutes each day. If you are trying to develop better sleep habits, instead of forcing yourself to go to bed an hour earlier just commit to going to sleep 5 minutes earlier each day. 5 minutes is definitely doable, it’s the time it takes to wash your face and brush your teeth in the morning. Do it first thing and then enjoy the rest of your day feeling good about yourself.
In following these three steps your confidence and self-discipline will grow and with just 5 minutes a day, over time you’ll see dramatic improvements in your life.
Liz O’Brien is an entrepreneur, life and business strategist and a speaker with more than 20 years of experience in business has built three successful businesses from the ground up. Liz’s mission is to help transform as many lives as possible, inspiring people to live a life of purpose, success, and happiness.
For more information and free resources visit www.lizobrientalks.com or say hi on Instagram @lizobrientalks
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