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7 Habits You Must Build To Be Wealthy

7 Habits You Must Build To Be Wealthy

So, you want to be wealthy? That is definitely on the agenda for you. And yet, you are not quite there, are you? And you keep wondering when your time will come or maybe, you are beginning to think, you just won’t get there. Are you lacking something? Were you not born into the right family? Is there some trait you are just not aware of, yet? Why not you?

It gets like this at times, doesn’t it? The voice in your head gets a little louder and you begin to despair and wonder when your time is going to come. You are following the rules or so you think but maybe you are missing some of the habits. They seem too soft; they seem too unnecessary because you are looking for something solid to hang onto. A tip, a trick, a technique, a business hack that will turn everything around when you implement it but the truth is, my friend, that most of your success is going to come as a result of a few key habits that you implement and here is a starting point for you, if getting rich is to be a certainty in your life.

1. You Must Be Consistent

Too many wannabe wealthy people think that things have to work immediately, within three seconds, if they are ever going to work. So, they learn a new way to promote their business, they implement it for the said three seconds (a slight exaggeration!) and then they wait for the riches to pour in and then, nothing happens so they stop and change direction or quit.

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Getting rich happens when you stay on path for a long period of time. It happens when you realise that it is the day in, day out consistent following of a plan that gets you to your goal. Regardless of what the media may say, there are no overnight successes, there is only someone who consistently put one foot in front of the other daily, with eyes focused on the goal for as long as it took to get where they set out to go.You can be that person, too.

2. You must have boundaries

How much of your time is currently spent satisfying the needs and desires of the people in your world who do not have the same mission as you? How much time do you spend (and I must be blunt) people-pleasing? So much time is spent by the vast majority of people, keeping everyone happy. And it is usually at the expense of their own dreams, their own calling and mission. If you do want to be wealthy then you need to build the habit of controlling the access that other people have to you and this matters whether they are loved ones or customers or whoever.

Of course, there will be varying levels of access with a few key intimate family or friend relationships but overall, understand you are on a mission and therefore, you cannot spend all your time trying to be liked. Your goal is to serve as many people as possible, not please them. So, be a person with boundaries.

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3. You must get around like-minded people

How on earth are you going to create wealth and get rich if you and everyone around you is more likely to think that ‘lack’ is a normal way of life? Yes, you may have been brought up in an environment where most people lived a bland life. Yes, they may have assumed that they would get a job and stay in that job, just about getting by, until they died. However, if you have decided that you are going to get wealthy, then it is time to seek out a new crowd.

You become like the people you hang out with. So, again, in addition to having boundaries when it comes to certain people, dare to uplevel the relationships in your life. Choose to get around people who think it is normal to succeed. Let their thinking seep into your mind and heart and let it become your norm, too. You can be, do and have whatever you want and it helps to be surrounded by others who believe the same.

4. You must invest in your personal growth

Do you understand that you are your greatest asset? Whatever you invest in yourself, is not an expense, it literally is an asset and will continually produce results for you, time and time again. The books you read, the courses you attend, the coaching you get, all have the ability to accelerate your speed to becoming wealthy. Do not be one of those people who think that every teacher, coach, mentor out there is just trying to scam you. That is a poverty mindset. Every learning experience is just that, a learning experience. It is you, the student, who chooses what you take out of the experience. Implement Kaizen – the practice of continuous improvement.

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5. You must get comfortable with being uncomfortable

If it were possible to be wealthy while doing only the things that come easy and are comfortable to you, then you would already be rich. Form a habit of expanding yourself. Form a habit of stretching yourself by taking on more things that you normally wouldn’t do. Of course, be wise about this but do not be content to remain the same, unchallenged and unprovoked. It gets you nowhere fast. Instead, choose to do the things that you avoid. Choose to try a whole lot of new things in order to see what will actually work for you.Get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

6. You must get a journal

Yes, I am prejudiced about this. I think everyone should have a written journal – a place to record one’s thoughts, one’s desires, one’s crazy feelings and more. A safe place to peel off the layers and discover what is really going on beneath the hood. Yes, I do think you must have one. And more than that, you must get into the habit of writing in it daily, preferably during a form of quiet time first thing in the morning. I am being prescriptive, I know and yet, it will help you accelerate your personal growth. The daily routine of writing in the journal will keep you clear, keep you aware and keep you on track. The main key here is to raise your awareness. You cannot get rich and wealthy while living a passive, ‘whatever comes’, life. Get Deliberate.

7. You must believe you can do only what you love

A big obstacle for a lot of wannabe wealthy people is the thought that the only pathway to wealth is to be someone they don’t like, do things they don’t want to do and yes, they get to have it all but the cost seems too high. And, of course, it is. And yet, most of the people who do create vast amounts of wealth are not doing it while doing things they hate to do. There may be areas of their business that they dislike and mostly, they outsource those bits. Overall, those with true wealth enjoy their business and enjoy who they are. And for those who don’t, they tend to self-sabotage. We see this all the time in the media. To end this article, you must see that you always get what you expect to get, so if you expect wealth and getting rich to mean you must be someone you don’t like, you will not allow yourself to succeed.

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Why not choose to believe and take actions that align with who you want to be as a rich, wealthy person? Little by little, stop doing the things you do not enjoy and begin doing more of what you love.

Choose to create a life and a business you want, because you can.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

There’s no denying that goals are necessary. After all, they give life meaning and purpose. However, goals don’t simply achieve themselves—you need to write an action plan to help you reach your goals.

With an action plan, you’ll have a clear idea of how to get where you want to go, what it will take to get there, and how you’ll find the motivation to keep driving forward. Without creating a plan, things have a way of not working out as you waver and get distracted.

With that in mind, here’s how you can set goals and action plans that will help you achieve any personal goal you’ve set.

1. Determine Your “Why”

Here’s a quick experiment for you to try right now: Reflect on the goals you’ve set before. Now, think about the goals you reached and those you didn’t. Hopefully, you’ll notice a common theme here.

The goals you were successful in achieving had a purpose. Those goals you failed to accomplish did not. In other words, you knew why you put these goals in place, which motivated you to follow through.

Simon Sinek, author of Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Finding Purpose for You and Your Team, explains:

“Once you understand your WHY, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and to better understand what drives your behavior when you’re at your natural best. When you can do that, you’ll have a point of reference for everything you do going forward.”

That, in turn, enables better decision-making and clearer choices.

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I’ll share with you a recent example of this in my life. Earlier this year, I decided to make my health a bigger priority, specifically losing weight. I set this goal because it gave me more energy at work, improved my sleep, and helped me be a better father—I really didn’t care for all that wheezing every time I played with my kids.

Those factors all gave me a long-term purpose, not a superficial short-term goal like wanting to look good for an event.

Before you start creating an action plan, think about why you’re setting a new goal. Doing so will guide you forward on this journey and give you a North Star to point to when things get hard (and they inevitably will).

2. Write Down Your Goal

If you really want to know how to create an action plan for goals, it’s time to get your goals out of your head and onto a piece of paper. While you can also do this electronically through an app, research has found that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goal if it’s written down[1].

This is especially true for business owners. If they don’t schedule their time, it’ll be scheduled for them.[2]

When you physically write down a goal, you’re accessing the left side of the brain, which is the literal, logical side. As a result, this communicates to your brain that this is something you seriously want to do.

3. Set a SMART Goal

A SMART goal pulls on a popular system in business management[3]. That’s because it ensures the goal you’ve set is both realistic and achievable. It can also be used as a reference to guide you through your action plan.

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Use SMART goals to create a goal action plan.

     

    By establishing a SMART goal, you can begin to brainstorm the steps, tasks, and tools you’ll need to make your actions effective.

    • Specific: You need to have specific ideas about what you want to accomplish. To get started, answer the “W” questions: who, what, where, when, and why.
    • Measurable: To make sure you’re meeting the goal, establish tangible metrics to measure your progress. Identify how you’ll collect the data.
    • Attainable: Think about the tools or skills needed to reach your goal. If you don’t possess them, figure out how you can attain them.
    • Relevant: Why does the goal matter to you? Does it align with other goals? These types of questions can help you determine the goal’s true objective — and whether it’s worth pursuing.
    • Time-bound: Whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly target, deadlines can motivate us to take action sooner than later.

    Learn more about setting a SMRT goal here: How to Set SMART Goal to Make Lasting Changes in Life

    4. Take One Step at a Time

    Have you ever taken a road trip? You most likely had to use a map to navigate from Point A to Point B. The same idea can be applied to an action plan.

    Like a map, your action plan needs to include step-by-step instructions on how you’ll reach your goal. In other words, these are mini goals that help you get where you need to go.

    For example, if you wanted to lose weight, you’d consider smaller factors like calories consumed and burned, minutes exercised, number of steps walked, and quality of sleep. Each plays a role in weight loss.

    This may seem like a lot of work upfront, but it makes your action plan seem less overwhelming and more manageable. Most importantly, it helps you determine the specific actions you need to take at each stage.

    5. Order Your Tasks by Priority

    With your action steps figured out, you’ll next want to review your list and place your tasks in the order that makes the most sense. This way, you’re kicking things off with the most important step to make the biggest impact, which will ultimately save time.

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    For example, if you have a sedentary job and want to lose weight, the first step should be becoming even a little more active. From there, you can add more time to your workout plan.

    The next step could be changing your diet, like having a salad before dinner to avoid overeating, or replacing soda with sparkling water.

    Learn these tips to prioritize better: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    6. Schedule Your Tasks

    Setting a deadline for your goal is a must; it prevents you from delaying the start of your action plan. The key, however, is to be realistic. It’s highly unlikely, for example, that you’ll lose 20 pounds within two weeks. It’s even less likely that you’ll keep it off.

    What’s more, you should also assign tasks a start and end date for each action step you’ve created, as well as a timeline for when you’ll complete specific tasks. Adding them to your schedule ensures that you stay focused on these tasks when they need to happen, not letting anything else distract you.

    For example, if you schedule gym time, you won’t plan anything else during that time frame.

    Beware the temptation to double-book yourself—some activities truly can be combined, like a run while talking to a friend, but some can’t. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you can both write and catch up on Netflix simultaneously.

    While you can use a paper calendar or planner, an online calendar may be a better option. You can use it to set deadlines or reminders for when each step needs to be taken, and it can be shared with other people who need to be in the know (like your running buddy or your mentor).

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    7. Stay on Track With Healthy Habits

    Without healthy habits, it’s going to be even more challenging to reach your goal. You could hit the gym five days a week, but if you’re grabbing burgers for lunch every day, you’re undoing all your hard work.

    Let’s say your goal is more career-oriented, like becoming a better public speaker. If you practice your speeches at Toastmasters meetings but avoid situations where you’ll need to be unrehearsed—like networking gatherings or community meetings—you’re not helping yourself.

    You have to think about what will help transform you into the person you want to be, not just what’s easiest or most comfortable.

    8. Check off Items as You Go

    You may think you’ve spent a lot of time creating lists. Not only do they help make your goals a reality, but lists also keep your action plan organized, create urgency, and help track your progress. Because lists provide structure, they reduce anxiety.

    There’s something else special about lists of tasks completed. When you cross off a task in your action plan, your brain releases dopamine[4]. This reward makes you feel good, and you’ll want to repeat this feeling.

    If you crossed out on your calendar the days you went to the gym, you’d want to keep experiencing the satisfaction of each bold “X.” That means more motivation to go the gym consistently.

    9. Review and Reset as Necessary

    Achieving any personal goal is a process. Although it would be great if you could reach a goal overnight, it takes time. Along the way, you may experience setbacks. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, schedule frequent reviews—daily, weekly, or monthly—to see how you’re progressing.

    If you aren’t where you’d hoped to be, you may need to alter your action plan. Rework it so you’re able to reach the goal you’ve set.

    The Bottom Line

    When you want to learn how to set goals and action plans—whether you want to lose weight, learn a new skill, or make more money—you need to create a realistic plan to get you there. It will guide you in establishing realistic steps and time frames to achieve your goal. Best of all, it will keep you on track when you stumble, and we all do.

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