Use goals to live longer. No medicine in the world is as powerful in bringing about long life as is the desire to do something. -The Magic of Big Thinking
Do you ever feel like you reach for the stars and never seem to get where you want? Like you’re trying so hard but not getting the results you want?
You’re not alone.Advertising
But here’s the good news: you’re already ahead of 99% of people. You just need to tweak your approach and you’ll reach your ultimate goal. Here are eight ways to get you going on the right path:
1. Set the right types of goals.
Ever heard of a big, hairy, audacious goal (BHAG)? It’s a term coined by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, to describe a goal that’s strategic and emotion-driven. Collins advocates setting these types of goals because the traditional “SMART” goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-driven) lack the emotional connection necessary for accomplishing big life goals. A better approach, according to Mark Murphy, CEO of Leadership IQ, a leadership training and research company, is to form “HARD” goals:
- Heartfelt: having an emotional attachment to your goal.
- Animated: motivated by a vision, picture or movie in your mind.
- Required: goals need to feel so urgent and necessary that you have no other choice but to start acting on them immediately.
- Difficult: drag you out of your comfort zone, activating your senses and attention.
2. Map out your plan.
It’s not enough to have a goal. You need a plan to accomplish it too. This is where many people fail. They set goals but don’t follow-up and create a plan to get started. When this happens, big goals seem overwhelming and we’re more likely to give up.Advertising
Create a road map to reach your goal. Plan one or two actions you can take each week and focus on doing small things every day. For example, if your goal is to start a new business this year, this week you can choose a URL and do some research on building a WordPress website. The key is to break your goal down into smaller steps that are more achievable.
3. Visualize and reflect.
Social scientist Frank Niles, Ph.D., says:
When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to “perform” the movement. This creates a new neural pathway–clusters of cells in our brain that work together to create memories or learned behaviors–that primes our body to act in a way consistent to what we imagined.
Visualize yourself reaching your goals, including the process and work it will take to get there (this is important). Try to feel what it will be like once you reach those big accomplishments. This will form a lasting picture in your mind.
4. Write yourself a letter.
I love this tip from John Carlton, the legendary copywriter. He says, “My trick to setting goals is very simple: I sit down and write myself a letter, dated exactly one year ahead.”
Carlton says you should write yourself a detailed letter describing your life one year from now. It’s a powerful technique and is another way to use visualization to map out your desired outcome in your mind.Advertising
5. Take action every day.
Look, it doesn’t matter how much you learn if you don’t take action. Don’t get caught up in analysis paralysis. The best way to learn is by doing. Embrace failure–it’s the stepping stone to success.
6. Tell others.A psychology professor at Dominican University found that people who wrote down their goals, shared them with others, and maintained accountability for their goals were 33% more likely to achieve them. So go spread the word to your family and friends, and let them in on your goals and plans. You’ll likely get valuable feedback too.
7. Plan for setbacks.
Being a good goal-setter is kind of like boxing; you need to learn to roll with the punches because you know you’re going to get hit. The best way to minimize the impact of setbacks is to plan for them. Have a contingency plan for when things go wrong. Be prepared to react and learn from those setbacks. They’ll be valuable learning opportunities.
8. Evaluate your progress every week.
Ask yourself: what did I do this week to get closer to my goal? What worked? What didn’t?
And don’t forget to celebrate your success too. Allow yourself to bask in the success of a great week and then get right back at it and check the next things off your list. That’s how you’ll reach your ultimate goals.
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Last Updated on June 25, 2019
100 Motivational Quotes That Will Guide You To Massive Success
Below are the 100 most motivational quotes ever. Read them and get motivated for success, and share this post to help your friends get success too!
1. All our dream can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
2. Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. – Zig Ziglar
3. The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others. – Hasidic Proverb
4. What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.– Napoleon Hill
5. For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. – Arnold Schwarzenegger
6. What you seek is seeking you. – Rumi
7. It is never too late to be what you might have been. —George Eliot
8. Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. —Drew Houston
9. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee
10. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson
11. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
12.The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand
13. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi
14. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. – Jordan Belfort
15. When you can’t change the direction of the wind, just adjust your sails. – H. Jackson Brown Jr
16. Security Is Mostly A Superstition. Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing. – Helen Keller
17. Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. – Tony Robbins
18. We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. – Earl Nightingale
19. Double down on whats working. Cut the rest. – Tai Lopez
20. The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra
21. Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Dr. Robert Schuller
22. Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. Tony Hsieh
23. I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have. – Russell Simmons
24. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli
25. Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill
26. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn
27. People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. – Rob Siltanen
28. Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have a big library. – Jim Rohn
29. A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. – John D. Rockefeller
30. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
31. The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. – Mark Zuckerburg
32. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do that the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
33. Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”– Jack Canfield
34. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. – Malcolm X
35. Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy. or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan. – Larry Winget
36. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki
37. If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. – Tony Robbins
38. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. – John F. Kennedy
39. Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body. – Brian Tracy
40. The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place. – Guy Kawasaki
41.You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. —Michael Jordan
42. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller
43. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping-stones to success. – Dale Carnegie
44. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine
45. Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. —Warren Buffett
46. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real, it is possible, it’s yours. – Ayr Rand
47. If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. – Anonymous
48. Make each day your masterpiece. – John Wooden
49. You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life. – Steve Jobs
50. Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
51. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. – Jack Welch
52. People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Tony Robbins
53. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky
54. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret Thatcher
55. If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you! – T. Harv Eker
56. Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. – Stephen Covey
57. Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso
58 – Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey
59. I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine. – Neil Armstrong
60. A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill
61.You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. – John C. Maxwell
62. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey
63. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain
64. Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown
65. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. – Stephen King
66. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. – Joyce Brothers
67. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
68. If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve. – Jeff Bezos
69. Imagine Your Life Is Perfect In Every Respect; What Would It Look Like? – Brian Tracy
70. First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. – Mahatma Gandhi
71. Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt
72. Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. – John Maxwell
73. It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
74. If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs. – Dhirubhai Ambani
75. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley
76. Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. – Ayr Rand
77. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell
78. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein
79. The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. – Napoleon Hill
80. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt
81. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
82. If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
83. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
84. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau
85. Take one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success that is the way great spiritual giants are produced. – Swami Vivekananda
86. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford
87. It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela
88. Be so good they can’t ignore you. – Steve Martin
89. If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King Jr.
90. In the end, we only regret the chance we didn’t take – Lewis Carroll
91. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world… if you do so, you are insulting yourself – Bill Gates
92. Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long term results – Unknown
93. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison
94. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going – Jim Rohn
95. The best way to predict the future is to create it – Peter Drucker
96. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. – Vince Lombardi
97. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
98. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. – Will Rogers
99.You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character. – Unknown
100. Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. – Brian Tracy
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