Self-employed – A freelance, independent contractor.
If you want to be truly free, self-employed is the way to be. Taking the leap of faith in yourself isn’t easy, and there’s 0 chance you’ll have an easy life, no matter what you’ve seen, heard, or think. Here are some tips to get you started in the realm of independent thinking outside the box.Advertising
1. Dedicate time to yourself.
No matter what you do, who you do it for, or whatever your personal circumstances are, you need to take time for yourself every day (even if only for a few minutes). It’s during this time that you can take care of your needs as a person. There’s no position you can possibly be in life where you’re not the most important person. Even Superman has a fortress of solitude.
2. Create (and never veer from) a business plan.
It’s important to have a business plan—if you think you’re going to be the first and only person to succeed in human history without a solid plan, you’re an idiot. Create your business plan now and make it something tangible. It’s not the least bit difficult; the hard part is sticking to it. The best plans in the world are wasted without quantifiable effort.Advertising
3. Start now. Nobody’s ever ready.
You’ll never be ready to quit everything and be self-employed, but you’re better off starting now then waiting to be forced into it. Nobody was every ready when they started and nobody ever thought they could do it, and there is absolutely no guarantee that what you do will pay off, but that’s the price you pay for freedom. If you can’t face those fears, your choices are to either accept your life the way it is now (because the only way it’ll ever change is by getting harder with age) or give up on everything, because nobody wants to hear you whining about your sense of entitlement.
4. Understand that things take time.
Before Jim Carry was famous, he lived in a van with his parents and siblings. Everyone you’ve ever heard of has gone through similar times. No business is ever successful in the first year; they spend a lot of money and don’t generate much income. You need a passion for what you do and the courage to face certain failure. If you can’t handle that, you’ll never be successful (regardless of what you do for a living).Advertising
5. Organize your work space and files.
You need to be able to find the resources you have when you need them. There’s nothing worse than missing an opportunity because your email inbox or desktop or work space was cluttered and you didn’t see something obvious. Get organized immediately, and you’ll be prepared for anything.
6. Run your life like a business.
Treat your life like a small business, whether you work for some faceless corporation or yourself. You need to get your resources straight and learn how to use them. There are some amazing resource management games you can download. One of my personal favorites is the Tropico series (Part 4 is available for download here), where you can practice balancing your budget and resources with your needs and goals. Apply these video game skills to real life.Advertising
7. Failure happens to everyone.
Everybody fails, and you’re going to fail too. If you see someone like Mark Cuban and wish you were like him, you’re going to have to go through what he did to get there, and it wasn’t easy. Despite what you may believe, you’re not entitled to any level of success; it takes years of dedication, resourcefulness, and actively pursuing your goals, rather than focusing on some pipe dream.
Last Updated on February 15, 2019
How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success
Does it ever feel like the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. Only about 33% of people consistently work toward their goals. In some cases, their goals may seem too lofty to accomplish, or else they aren’t sure how to make a plan for them.
If you don’t come up with concrete steps to take toward your goals, they’ll remain dreams. There’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer, but being able to turn your dreams into goals you can realize will help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
Luckily, you can realize almost any dream when you harness the right goal-setting methods.
In this article, I’ll show you how to achieve goals and get closer you success.
1. Break your dreams down into specific and measurable steps
We couldn’t talk about goal-setting without mentioning SMART goals.
SMART goals are specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-related.
Specific and measurable steps are so important because if we don’t know what our target it, how can we ever hit it?
Take all those beautiful dreams you have for yourself and make them into things you can actually do. If you want to be an entrepreneur, for example, a step toward realizing your dream might be researching what you’ll need to start your business.
Find out more tips about utilizing SMART goals here:
2. Have at least one clearly defined goal for every interest and role in your life
It’s so easy to become complacent or stagnate. We often think that our careers are the only places where we need to set goals, but we aren’t only what we do.
To make the most of your life, take the approach that you’re always learning and growing in everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing well after all.
Set goals whether you’re sponsoring an activity for your child, taking up guitar lessons or trying to prove your worth at work.
You’ll notice that this approach forces you to constantly develop new skills. It can also be fulfilling to put more focus and value into all areas of your life— not just the ones related to our careers.
3. Align your goals with your life’s mission, purpose and passion
Take the opportunity to do some soul-searching. What is it that you want to do with this precious life of yours?
Anything that conflicts with your life’s purpose is bound to cause discontent. Staying in a bad relationship, doing a job that goes against your values, or maintaining the status quo just because it’s comfortable are not options for you.
Thinking about your goals in this way can help you eliminate things in your life that don’t serve you. This frees up mental space that you can use to do the things you care about the most.
Many of us struggle to find the time to work on our goals, but this strategy enables you to make more time.
4. Create goals that ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action
If you can’t be fired up about your goals from the start, they might not be good goals for you.
The road to success is often tough. You’re going to have times when you might feel tired or discouraged.
You need to feel inspired enough that you’ll be able to overcome obstacles as you encounter them.
If what you’re doing motivates you to be the greatest version of yourself, you’ll be much more resilient.
5. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail
This is your road map for what success will look like. The more you define what you want the finished product to be, the greater the chance that you’ll reach that vision.
When you write down your goals, you’re creating a document that you can revisit to make sure you’re on track.
When you’re in the middle of trying to achieve a big goal, it can be hard to see what’s working for you. The things you write in this step will help you stay on-message as you take your goals out of your mind and into the real world.
Don’t just write down your goals and stash them away in a folder somewhere. Take the extra step to put them somewhere where you’ll see them.
If you have too many goals to post on your desk, write a summary or choose one or two steps to work on for the day. Just seeing them will keep them in the front of your mind.
6. Commit to hitting each of your targets without exception
You wouldn’t have created the target if you didn’t think it was necessary. Hold yourself accountable for taking the steps to succeed.
You can always adapt your strategy or break your targets into smaller steps if you find that they aren’t attainable as you originally wrote them.
Hitting even the smallest target is cause for a celebration. It’s a step in the positive direction. Your success will make you crave more success.
We often make excuses when we get tired or overwhelmed. Take away the option to make excuses. You will only be satisfied with the best effort from yourself.
7. Share your goals with others to motivate each other
There’s something so powerful about people sharing their goals and dreams with one another. Doing so gives voice to some part of us that could remain hidden (and therefore never be accomplished).
When other people know about your goals, they can cheer you on and hold you accountable. When people share their vision with you, you can do the same for them.
This strategy is particularly beneficial when you’re trying to develop healthy habits. Post about your workout on social media, or do a healthy eating challenge with your best friend. You’ll be less likely to slack when temptation arises, and you’ll probably encourage someone else to reach for their goals too.
8. Set a series of daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and deadlines
Many goals never reach realization simply because the goal-setter doesn’t check their progress. People tend to forget what they set out to do, or their goal gets crowded out by other obligations.
Forcing yourself to revisit your goals at regular intervals breaks them into smaller steps and it reminds you to think about them.
Giving yourself regular deadlines for smaller tasks related to your goals also helps you reflect on your strategy. You’ll figure out what works for you, whether your timeline is realistic, and whether or not you need additional help to stay on track.
In addition, celebrating small wins helps you stay motivated. Here’s how:
9. Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how great it will feel to achieve your goals
Visualization is such a powerful tool. Some of the most successful athletes, celebrities and business people take time each day to think about how success looks and feels for them. Imagining that feeling of satisfaction can be a great motivator.
When you do meet your goals, take some time to be grateful. Thank yourself for showing up and doing the work. Be grateful when the stars align properly to help you advance to the next step.
It’s not just getting to the destination of your goals that matters. How you take the journey is important too.
10. Take an action step toward reaching your goals every day
Your goals can easily get buried in the hustle and the bustle. Even the smallest step in the right direction is still moving you forward.
Keep chipping away at the work every day and before long, you’ll start to see those dreams come to life.
Maybe you didn’t start your business today but you designed the logo that’s going to go on your website and business cards. Doing that task well is going to help you so much in the long run.
Concrete actions day by day draw your dreams out of obscurity and into the realm of possibility.
The Bottom Line
Dreams can inspire and overwhelm us. By turning our dreams into goals that we can work toward, we increase our chances of success. Things that once seemed impossible are suddenly within reach.
It’s time to start turning your dreams into goals and your goals into realities. Change begins today.
More Resources About Setting & Achieving Goals
- How SMART Goal Setting Makes Lasting Changes in Your Life
- How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life
- Smart Goals Template to Help Leaders Attain Success Easily
- 17 Smart Tips on Setting Goals to Accomplish More in Life
- The Surefire Method to Set Long Term Goals and Reach Success
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