We've all heard the popular motivational quote, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This is especially true when it comes to accomplishing your goals. No matter how large or small your goals are, you likely wouldn’t expect to obtain them without any interjection of your own. Most millionaires don’t get rich by sitting back and waiting for money to come their way. Instead, they make decisions and take action to move them toward their goals. Just as you wouldn’t expect to lose weight if you didn’t change your eating and workout habits, it's true that you can’t reach your goals if you don’t take action to making them happen.
Overcome Indecision One of the biggest reasons people don’t take action is because they aren’t sure what decision to make in the first place. To some people, having several options available to them can be so overwhelming that they cease to make any decision. What they don’t understand is that their indecision is worse than making a decision that they perceive to be wrong or a bad decision. There is no such thing as a perfect decision. It’s important to remember that taking any action in any direction is a step in the right direction. While you may not reach your goal in a straight line, part of the journey is going on detours. This is where we learn the most about ourselves. Plus, we can’t be moving in the right direction if we’re not moving at all.
Become Invested in Your Decision Once you’ve made a decision to get closer to your goals, the next step is to become invested in your decision. You can do this in a number of ways. Let’s refer back to the example of trying to lose weight. You could commit yourself to this goal by investing in a program, buying a treadmill, subscribing to health magazines, joining a gym, start walking with a friend, eliminate fast food, etc. The possibilities are endless. Brainstorm at least 10 ways you can achieve each of your goals and make a commitment to following through on 3 or more of them. Once you start brainstorming ways you can feel more invested in your decision, you will be amazed at how much it can solidify your commitment to making it happen.
What Can You Do NOW?
Another reason people tend to not take action toward their goals is because they feel like the steps required are too complicated or difficult. However, it’s only in our minds that we make it complicated by allowing our limiting beliefs to control us. In reality, the steps can be simplified into smaller steps and you can always learn new skills that you may need. So, instead of feeling overwhelmed about the process, ask yourself, “What can I do now?” Each smaller step will lead you to your ultimate destination – achieving your goals!
Evaluate Your Progress A common mistake many people make is that they don’t assess the results of their actions. The best-laid plans are nothing without something to measure its success. Pick one day per week to review your goals and action plans. Reflect on what is and isn’t working and determine what strategies you could implement for improvement. You may often find that a small tweak is all that’s needed to receive a successful outcome. Reviewing your goals and milestones is also a great way to keep you committed.