Have you ever felt all fired up about a goal, committed to it, then realised a few months later that you’ve taken no action?
You’re not alone; goals must come with an action plan and follow-through, but many people struggle to take that step.
I’ve recently chatted to entrepreneur and business coach Dave Young on the
Earlier this year Dave fulfilled his dream of buying a home in the Bahamas, but in the past he was frequently spinning his wheels and making little progress towards his targets.
In this blog, I’m going to share three of Dave’s top ways to get results and bring your goals to fruition.
- Double-check you are willing to take action before committing to a goal
Dave: “Be genuine with yourself and ask if the proposed goal is meaningful enough to you for you to commit and take action. If you think you might look back on your life and regret not doing something, check in now whether you really believe in that goal and think it’s worth doing. If it is, do it!
I made a promise to my daughters that I would write a movie for fun as a passion project. I’ve written scripts before but they’re just sitting on the computer. I shared this story with someone a few months ago and he told me my film was an amazing idea, then shared that he had some great connections in the industry; when you really believe in a goal, you want to take action and are more likely to unravel a string of guides, champions and supporters to help you along the way.”
- Get the right support
Dave: “I’ve learnt that very rarely do you ever reach your goals on your own. You have to get other people involved if you want to be successful. Likewise, when you work on other people’s goals and have a degree of accountability, your goals end up coming true through your investment in those people.”
When you get the right support to create your goals, you’re also more likely to find the energy to make them happen. I advise everyone I work with to write down their goals as though they’ve already happened. Your subconscious mind (the true driving force behind your daily actions) can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s already happened, but if it senses cognitive dissonance (an inconsistency between what you say you’ve achieved and what you’ve actually achieved), it will work to make those goals a reality.
Although Dave’s early goals didn’t amount to their full potential, an insight tool supported him to transform his approach to accomplishing his goals.
- Learn how to get the best out of yourself
Dave: “I discovered the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) which puts structure around everything and which a guy like me really needs! I realised that the reason I wasn’t taking action is because I didn’t know what to do next; it wasn’t in my skill set. It helped me to unlock myself and learn how to actually set a proper goal, believe that I was actually going to achieve it and stop ‘just thinking’ about it.
There’ve been times in my life when family members would say to me ‘I don’t want to hear about anything else that you’re not going to do’, which hurt, and really reinforced the importance of finding a better process where I could achieve what I set out to.”
Dave also found out more about his behavioural strengths using the Kolbe A™ Index. If you’ve been striving to achieve your goals with little success, it’s worthwhile using an insights tool such as Kolbe A™ Index or finding out more about your Unique Ability® from Strategic Coach®. I’m brilliant at coming up with ideas but tend to flit from idea to idea, so I benefit from having a team behind me to make those ideas happen.
Once you know how your brain operates, you’ll make far greater progress.
What’s your goal-setting process? Do you find yourself revving up to take action then quickly losing power? Do you hop from one idea to the other without progressing any of them? Do you spend hours visioning but have no idea which step to take first?
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