5 powerful strategies to help you achieve any goal

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5 powerful strategies to help you achieve any goal

Now that we’re into April and the first quarter of 2015 is over, it’s time to revisit your intentions for the year and take stock of what you’ve accomplished so far.

Think back to January... What were the main goals or intentions you set for yourself or your business this year? How many have you crossed off the list or made significant progress toward achieving?

If you’re falling behind schedule or finding it hard to stay focused on your big goals, here are five of my most powerful Success Principles to help you recharge your motivation and sense of purpose – and move closer to achieving success with every action and decision you make.

Consider it a spring tune-up for your intentions!

 1. Practice persistence

What’s the one common attribute high achievers share above anything else? PERSISTENCE. When they have a goal, they simply refuse to give up until they reach it – no matter what roadblocks life throws in their way.

Consider the story of Admiral Robert Peary, who attempted to reach the North Pole seven times before he finally succeeded on try number eight. Or screenwriter Craig Borten, who wrote the screenplay for Dallas Buyers Club in 1992 and struggled for 20 years to get his script turned into a movie – which became a huge success and won numerous awards, including the Oscar for best original screenplay.

You can read about them and many other ordinary people who have persevered to achieve extraordinary success in The Success Principles, Chapter 22: Practice Persistence. I encourage you to review this chapter so you can learn from their examples and be inspired by their stories. It’s a great way to reignite your own motivation!

2. Face what isn’t working

If you are going to become more successful, you have to get out of denial and face isn’t working in your life. Are your goals simply too big to accomplish in the time you have available? Are you lacking some essential skills required to achieve them? Are you in denial about the amount of support you need?

Successful people face these circumstances squarely, heed the warning signs, and take appropriate action, no matter how uncomfortable or challenging it might be.

Do you need to talk to someone? Ask someone for help? Find a new resource? Read a book? Call an expert? Make a plan to fix it?

Choose one action you can take and then do it. Then keep taking another action and another action until you get the situation resolved.

3. Transcend your limiting beliefs

Sometimes the biggest reason we don’t move forward is because deep down we don’t think we’re actually capable of achieving or goals – or deserving of the success we long for.

If you have limiting beliefs or negative thoughts holding you back from reaching your goals, take some time to identify what these thoughts and beliefs are and then transform them into an empowering belief using these four steps:

  1. Write down the negative belief
  2. Describe how the belief limits you
  3. Decide how you would rather be, act, or feel
  4. Create a turnaround statement that affirms your right to be, act, or feel this new way.

For example...

Limiting belief: I have to do everything by myself. Asking for help is a sign of weakness.

Turnaround statement: It’s okay to ask for help. I am worthy or receiving all the support I need – and I know it will help me reach my goals faster.

4. Stay motivated with the masters

Motivation comes from within – but sometimes you need an external nudge to push you forward in the right direction. That’s why I’m a firm believer in reading, watching, or listening to something that motivates you every day – even if it’s only for 15 minutes.

Whether you’re commuting by car or train, riding your bike, going for a run, or simply find yourself with a few minutes in front of the computer, listening to audio or video recordings can give you the edge you need to excel in virtually any area of your life. You can keep yourself motivated, learn a language, learn management skills, learn sales and marketing strategies, learn better communication, learn about holistic health and more.

By devoting more time to developing success-oriented thoughts and attitudes, you are guaranteed to reach your goals faster.

To become even more effective at creating change in your life, I suggest you start using SMART goals. Here's a great article by Brian Tracy to get started using them for business success and wealth.

5. Take BOLD actions to get BIG results

When you start a new project, take on a new venture, or put yourself out there, there is usually some fear. Unfortunately, most people let fear stop them from taking the necessary steps to achieve their dreams.

Successful people, on the other hand, feel the fear along with the rest of us but don’t let it keep them from doing anything they want to do – or have to do. They understand that fear is something to be acknowledged, experienced, and taken along for the ride. And they challenge themselves to take bold action, trusting that they have what it takes to handle the outcome.

That’s why I dare you to think big – and act bigger. By taking a leap of faith in the face of fear, you can transform your life.

Two things you can do right now to catapult yourself toward success

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So those are my five top “spring cleaning” tips to help you recharge your intentions and keep moving closer to your ideal life with every action and decision you make.

Please share your thoughts or questions in the comments below – and if you know of anyone who would find these tips helpful, please feel free to share!

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  • Kinshuk

    Great article Jack! Particularly like #2.

  • Thanks for sharing! Bless you... I agree with your statement to dream bigger! Natalie 🙂

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  • Suzanne_Arena

    Thank you for the reminder. Being a single parent with a son with dyslexia, there have been valleys and peaks with goal setting and achieving. The one most feared (going to court) is eminent and #3 has been holding me back. I needed to see this in black and white as a reminder. Writing things down is so powerful. Thank you!

    • alejandra banzo

      Suzanne you have so much to figth for !!!Focus on you and son
      Wish you the best

  • Millicent Atsu

    These are so true. Especially number 3. God bless you

  • Iris

    How to be in focus?

  • Arfin Negrete

    Thank you for sharing this! God Bless.

  • Manikandan Electhink

    Its Helpful to me. I read the your book and watched the your program on youtube its no words to say simply awesome. Sir you make me energetic person. Now i follow your steps its easy to achieve my goals.

  • Hi Jack.

    Interesting post on achieving goals you've written here. I agree wholeheartedly that the 5 strategies you list will indeed help you achieve a goal, especially number 5. Nothing can be achieved without applying your hard-earned knowledge through swift, decisive action! Action upon goals however, is only effective if the goal has been correctly defined!

    Maybe you discuss this in another post? If so I apologise, as I would like to draw attention to the importance of having clearly defined goals for your readers, in hope that it elevates them to even greater levels of success.

    There are many methods of goal setting (SMART being one of the most publicised) so I won't go into the specifics too much. I would like to state the important role clearly defined goals play in the overall achievement of success. It's true as you say that motivation comes from within, however it becomes difficult to remind yourself of this motivation when it gets lost in a sea of 'to-do's' in the busy mind. That's where clearly defined goals come in.

    Just this morning, I needed to remind myself of the reason I do what I do, building a resource for my tribe of followers to learn and grow from me, so I decided to do a simple exercise of goal setting. The biggest thing to note is don't make it difficult. Set yourself up to win, and watch the rewards flow from the exercise. I like to pick an outcome that I want (say a vacation) and clearly define it so I have a good understanding of what may be involved in its attainment (destination, duration, timing, cost, scheduling around commitments etc.). I then go ahead and set a date. For the most part, forget what makes sense and what's 'logically achievable'. When do you want to achieve your goal? What's your ideal? Aim high, shoot for the stars, and put down whatever comes to mind as a semi-educated milestone.

    That's it! it's really that simple. Do this for the key areas of personal development you've identified for future growth through a life planning exercise (wheel of life etc.), and I prefer to reach out (for most goals) no longer than 6 months into the future. Obviously, I have higher level goals that I aspire to, however my general personal development goals are looking no more than 6 months ahead. This keeps them relatable, and in my minds eye at all times. They're not too far ahead that they seem irrelevant.

    It's not the most technical method around, however it's a great start to get your audience thinking along the lines of setting clearly defined goals so they can reach them and elevate their personal success to the next level.

    Thanks for your work. It is a pleasure to read, as always.


    Jason - http://www.kickstartacause.com