Do you have a long list of goals you want to achieve? We all know that the first step is the hardest, so how do you define this first step? How do you achieve your goals?
Note: This article is taken from the author, “Darius Foroux”, and he tells us about 7 steps to achieving your goals.
- How do you earn your first money?
- How do you gain your first follower?
- how to get on job?
- How do you get the first user?
It’s not about finding your dream job, getting rich, or having a million followers; it is about taking the first step; That is, your first job, reader, user, and sale. Here are 7 steps to achieving your goals:
1. Define your desire:
Before you start anything, ask yourself: “Why do I want this?” Why do you want a new job, why do you want to start a business, or lose weight? Here are some bad reasons for doing things:
- I want to be famous.
- Because it looks amazing.
- It’s nice that this work is part of my resume.
- I don’t know what else to do; So I have to do something.
- It’s what other people do.
If your reason for doing something is one of the reasons above, it’s time for you to rethink your motivation. This is because these things will never push you when you have a problem, you need something bigger than that to start something; That is, you need a goal, don’t be superficial, go deep into your motivations, find out why you want to start something, you need a real desire to start work, and then make it compelling enough that you wake up every day energized, and if you don’t have a good reason to start, don’t Waste your time, energy and money.
2. Starting from scratch:
If you find a good reason to do something, maybe you want to lose weight so you can play with your kids, or maybe you want to get rich so you can take care of your family.
Now, it’s time to let go of everything you know, make a brand new start, and forget everything you know about entrepreneurship, music, writing, sales, marketing, dieting, health, or anything to do with you.
If you want to start something, starting from scratch is crucial to your success. So let go of all the assumptions, start absorbing the knowledge, learn, and when you combine that with the first step; Desire, you will achieve your goal, and this is the basis, to begin with; Desire will give you enough motivation to overcome any obstacle, and knowledge will give you the tools to do so. As the philosopher, Plato said: “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.”
3. Curiosity to discover the unknown:
After we’ve talked about the foundation; To be practical, people ask me: “How did you know you wanted to write two articles a week and start an online course?”; The truth is, I had no idea. About a year ago I quit my stable, well-paying IT job. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to write a book. If I wanted to write this book for myself as a reminder to live a life of giving, I didn’t do it to get rich, and I had no idea what would happen after I finished the book.
I had a plan, but as most of us know, plans can fail, but I accepted that idea, and you should, if you start something new in your life, there is no way you can know with complete certainty how it will end; You must have the self-confidence to start.
Trust your ability to figure things out, there’s no way to know exactly what’s going to happen before you start; So be strong and accept the unknown. If you can’t control something, you better accept it.
4. Resist Social Pressure:
Let’s say you start to make some progress, but what do you do when people in your environment don’t understand you? As businessman Jim Rohn said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I believe he’s right, but the point is that when you’re starting, you can’t let go of the people around you when they don’t think as you do. However, that doesn’t change the fact that social pressure is annoying, but rather what comes next: Are you going to dinner on Friday because your co-workers or friends invited you? Or will you just go home and start working on your goals? One will take you a step back, and the other will bring you one step closer to your goal, the decision is yours.
5. Setting Deadlines:
When you don’t set any deadlines for your goals, and you just say, “I will do this one day,” then you will never do this, and that is not good enough; Research shows that the deadlines you give yourself are important and effective in improving task performance. So break down the thing you’re trying to achieve into smaller, more achievable goals. If you want to lose weight, set a deadline for achieving your goal, and apply that to anything you want. Whether money, followers, job interviews, etc.
6. Organize your calendar:
The key to meeting deadlines and achieving goals is the quality of your habits. A lot has been said about how effective habits are. I don’t want to repeat how powerful they are, but I will tell you one thing: You should build your habits by putting them on your calendar. Because the tasks that you accomplish are on your calendar, if you want to achieve certain things, we have to set a time to do it, so can you become successful without any skills? I do not think so; Scheduling your activities is a great way to track your progress.
If you don’t have something scheduled, you won’t see any progress. For me, every Sunday I sit for 20 minutes and plan my week, I think about how much time I want to spend writing, reading, exercising, learning, emailing, etc. You don’t have to plan things Very accurately, just write down the activities that you need to do to achieve your goals.
Don’t expect to succeed by cramming all the important tasks together in a short time; So allocate enough time for tasks, this is how you get things done. For example, if you want to learn a skill, you should practice it for one hour a day.
7. Prepare to Face Obstacles:
You’re doing all the right things, but there’s something you didn’t expect: obstacles. What do you do when things don’t go your way? There are internal obstacles represented in your thoughts, such as: feeling very tired of what you are doing, or believing that you are unable to do it, and there are external obstacles, such as facing problems, so you need a strong desire.
Difficulties are inevitable, and I have encountered so many obstacles, that I have lost my way; You think that things are going well, you think that you are on your way until something happens to you, and there is only one way to deal with it, as the American poet Robert Frost expressed it by saying: “The best way to get rid of obstacles is to face them.”, and this is what you will do; You have to take the first step, which will help you move forward, and you will not stop, and then you will gradually achieve your goals.