Are you willing to do whatever it takes to be successful?
Let’s face it; most of us dream of being successful in our chosen fields but for a majority of us that’s pretty much it – just dreaming about being successful and not doing anything about it.
How do you expect to be successful if you’re not even prepared to take any actionable steps to achieving your goal?
Instead of sitting around daydreaming, why don’t you stand up, dust your pants and actually do something about it? The longer you sit there daydreaming about possibilities the harder it is to stand up and make something of yourself.
So where should you start?
Here’s a five-step process to creating an effective action plan that should push your drive for success to another level.
Discover your motivation
Before you decide to come up with some actionable steps to help you achieve your goals, first you need to ask yourself – what’s your motivation?
Do you want to be famous?
Do you want to be rich beyond your wildest dreams?
Do you want to be successful so you can provide for your family?
Think about what’s going to motivate you on this journey to success and then look at the big picture. Once you’ve pinned down your motivator then that’ll serve as a reminder whenever you feel lazy or experience failure.
Devise your plan
Once you’ve discovered your main motivator it’s time to actually sit down and devise a plan. To do this you need to ask yourself four questions:
What do I really want to do with my life?
What’s the actual reason behind my goal?
Am I willing to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal?
What steps can I take to achieve my goal?
Start your journey
Now that you’ve created an action plan, it’s time to put your plan into action.
You need to really manage your time effectively if you want to be successful in your chosen field. You need to figure out what sort of research you need to take on in order for you to be successful, fix your schedule to make sure that you have a balance between doing the research and taking mini steps towards achieving your goal and phase out interruptions or steer clear of things that can hinder your progress. If you really want to achieve your goals, you need to surround yourself with things and people that will help you achieve them.
Sticking to your action plan may just be the hardest step in working towards achieving your dreams, but once you’ve found a way to stick to the plan and remain motivated – I guarantee that you’ll feel that you are finally on your way to becoming successful.
Track your progress
Having an action plan without a way to measure how much you are advancing towards your main goal will most definitely leave a big hole in your journey to success.
You need to figure out a way to measure whether or not you’re progressing at all. Unless you can find a way to track your progress, you won’t really know if you’re on the right path.
Keep in mind that if you’re doing the best you possibly can already – don’t think that you should be doing a lot more. This type of mentality can burn you out. Just do the very best you can and make sure you’re tracking your progress, as long as you’re consistent and working as hard as you possibly can, that should be enough.
Don’t be discouraged by failure
If you’re not failing at all then that means you’re not working hard enough.
If at some point in your journey you’re experiencing failure, keep in mind that this is normal. Everyone experiences failure even the best of the best.
Former president Robert F. Kennedy once said: “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Successful TV host Ellen DeGeneres also said: “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” She was even quoted saying “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail and both are equally important.”
Don’t be that person who decides to quit when the battle has just started. If you stumble upon a roadblock just stick to your main motivator and focus on your action plan again. Remember that failure is merely a stepping stone to success.
Take time out to enjoy your journey
Once you’ve got your motivation and action plan in place and you’re finally on your journey to success, take time out to
enjoy the journey on a constant basis.
Make sure that you celebrate even the smallest successes. Go shopping for a nice outfit or get a full body massage and
relax – enjoying the journey is equally as important as doing the journey itself because these are the moments that one day
you’ll look back on and cherish.
Success is not for everyone because not everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Once you’ve determined what you want in life, you’re 100% motivated and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to be successful – then it’s only a matter of time that your dreams become a reality.
Some people just like to dream big and not do anything about, some people like to procrastinate way too much and eventually end up in a rut, while some are dedicated to really pushing ahead in life and making a difference in the world.
Which one are you?