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How to Hit Your Goals

by Kevin D. Crone

December 9, 2014
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You set annual goals in all the key areas of your life. You constantly read online tips about new ways to achieve your goals. You make sure you’re doing things properly to succeed. Then why is it still a battle to hit those goals?

1) We are definitely the sum total of all our thoughts and habits. William Allen said many years ago, “Our thoughts make us.” Dale Carnegie Trainers coach millions of people around the world to focus on what they are becoming, rather than just concentrate on their circumstances. In other words, our habits are what shape us. We need to practice and build skills and attitudes that make us deserving of achieving our goals.

The most important key to a better future is you . It’s an inside job. If you want a better than average income or business, become a better than average authority and/or businessperson. Become someone who has a better than average way with people: a bright smile, a strong handshake, top-notch communications skills, enthusiasm, and confidence. Be someone who practices opportunity-thinking and attitude control, and a person who learns finances and business.

Jim Rohn reminded us, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”

Many of us suffer excess weight around the belly and hips because of an overabundance of unhealthy food and drinks in our diet. We also suffer from consuming an overabundance of unhealthy information from television, radio, print media, as well as our smartphones and iPads. All of this makes many people intellectually unhealthy. Be smart, and feed your brain only from the best sources of information. Ignore the trash, and watch the improvements to your attitude and your thinking.

The difference between you and others who will not be as successful, is that you’re constantly working on improving yourself and your business. You take programs that require you to practice until your habits improve. You read and listen to only the best. On a flight awhile ago, I noticed that the first-class passengers weren’t reading check-out trash – they had the Wall Street Journal and similar material open. That should be a clue to others.

Many people just stop growing. They get through university and think they’ve studied enough and deserve success, only to find out that life isn’t a study session. It’s real-time action, choices, decisions and behaviours. Education may get you a job and in the game, but your success philosophy, skills, and behaviour are what actually create your success. In many ways, this might not seem fair.

When do you ever get to just soak in life and enjoy it all?

The answer is, you can have it all, but getting there requires achieving some goals, and they just don’t magically accomplish themselves. Even personal life-goals like travel, health, financial, social, spiritual and recreational objectives need clear, simple actions that take you there.

2) Successful people do the things that others know they should be doing, but don’t get around to doing. For every action, there is a subsequent learning and next action. Those who succeed learn and keep advancing. You can plan and plan, but those who win, pull the trigger and act despite any preconceived worries and concerns. If there wasn’t some risk to be had and learning to be done, you would have achieved your goals already.

That is the game. Think, plan, act – despite possible risks.

In today’s world, I hear too many excuses, too much worrying, and placing of too much blame. It’s as if we shouldn’t even try or, at least stay determined, focused and persevere. How spoiled, cynical and even downright negative can some people get? It would be great if we all were in the perfect organization with the perfect offering to the markets, with the best engaged team, great management and leadership, and with tons of resources to spend, but, the truth is, that isn’t reality for most of us. It may never be that way.

You make the life you deserve in spite of the circumstances. You deserve the life you create from your actions, not your worries. As a new pup in business, I copied the actions of my mentors until my own learning piled up, became an essential part of who I was and what I did, and I became me, the person I wanted to be. Who are we taking mentoring from today? Are we done learning? I don’t think so.

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When you hear yourself say, “We should _______”, in some sort of vague complaint, correct yourself and say, “I should ______.” Always work on you and your actions. It’s your only doorway to possibilities and it’s what gives you the power to change whatever needs changing.

When you hear complaints and criticisms without a vision or a statement of what is wanted instead, remind yourself and say, “What do we want?” Grumbling and blaming are useless, unless they present a contrasting reality to what is wanted; the best thing to do is state out loud what you want.

Tell yourself, it is possible. (No one attempts to do things they think are impossible). It doesn’t necessarily guarantee success, but it does open up your mind to what is possible instead of remaining in an automatic restraint grounded in the past.

Then ask, “What is missing that if it were present, would make achieving my goals possible?” This question can be magical.

Formulate your answer this way: “Who do I need to be to make that missing ingredient present? What do I need to learn to achieve the desired result? What skills do I need in order to be the person who elegantly makes it all happen?”

Remember, always stay in a success state of mind. Don’t let junk information in.

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Have a great week!
Kevin D. Crone
Chairman
Dale Carnegie Business Group
kdcrone@dalecarnegie.ca
(905) 826-7300 / 1-800-361-2032

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