Still Not The Person You Always Wanted To Be?
3 Steps To Get You There!
We all aspire to be better people, but too many of us hesitate to roll up our sleeves and tackle the roadblocks that prevent us from achieving that goal. We stay in our comfort zones, fall back on old habits and then question why our life isn’t improving.
When I’m coaching CEOs and they tell me they’re stuck in a rut, I always have the same response: start changing what you are doing in your life, because the person you are today will not get you to where you want to be.
Here are three guidelines to do exactly that.
START BY GETTING FOCUSED. Start By Getting Focused
When planning any journey, the first thing you need to know is where you are. In business, you hold monthly and quarterly meetings to review operations and financial statements so you know how the company is doing. You should be doing the same thing for yourself.
Then you need to figure out where you want to go. What do you want your life to look like one, two or three years down the road? Map out specific goals to achieve this, and then follow them religiously. Stay on task, but don’t multitask. Limit your distractions, and control your time.
2. Measurable Goals Are A Must
The first and most important step toward achieving and exceeding your goals is to write them down. I cannot stress this enough. Writing down your goals and priorities serves as a reminder of what you need to accomplish.
As much as you can, keep them SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Carry your list around with you and act on it every day. Do it for 30 days, and you’ll be amazed at your progress.
3. Lay A Foundation For Execution Excellence
If you’ve ever played sports, you are probably familiar with the phrases “in the zone” or “in the flow.” It applies to any profession, from songwriting and acting to computer programming and engineering. When you’re in the flow, you feel good, have a ton of energy and get a lot of work accomplished. Find the things you need to do on a daily basis to stay in the flow – whether that’s exercise, meditating, reading or anything else – and write them down.
It’s also essential that you hold yourself accountable along this path. Find an accountability partner and share with them your tasks, priorities and deadlines to accomplish your goals. You are much more likely to succeed when you have someone watching your progress and ensuring you cross the finish line.
Andy Bailey is the founder, CEO and lead business coach at Petra, an organization dedicated to helping business owners across the world achieve levels of success they never thought possible. With personal experience founding an Inc. 500 multimillion-dollar company that he then sold and exited, Bailey founded Petra to pass on the principles and practices he learned along the way. As his clients can attest, he can cut through organizational BS faster than a hot knife through butter.