6 Simple Steps to Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dream

“Before you begin scrambling up the ladder of success, make sure that it is leaning against the right building.” — Stephen Covey

Here’s a great rule for success: Write down your goals.

Brian Tracy claims that only 3 percent of adults have clear, written goals. And these people accomplish five to ten times as much as people of equal or better education and ability, but who have never taken the time to write out exactly what they want.

I’m about to lay out a powerful formula for setting and achieving goals that you can use for the rest of your life.

There are six simple steps. Any of them can significantly increase your productivity.

1. Decide what you want

Sit down and figure out exactly what you’d like to achieve in every area of your life. One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that doesn’t even need to be completed at all.

2. Write it down

When you write or type out your goal, you crystallize it and make it tangible. A goal that is not in writing is simply a fantasy. It has no energy behind it, and it leads to confusion, vagueness and misdirection.

3. Make a list of all the tasks you are going to have to complete in order to reach your goal.

As you think of new activities, add them to your list. Keep adding to it until the project is complete. Doing this will give you a visual picture of the larger objective. You have a path, which will dramatically increase the likelihood that you will follow through and achieve the goal.

4. Organize the list into a plan.

Organize by priority. Decide what you should do first and what can wait until later. It will be much easier to achieve your goals if you break them down into manageable tasks.

With a written goal and organized plan of action, you will be much better off than people who are walking around with their goals simply in their minds.

5. Take action on your plan immediately.

Do anything. Remember than an average plan vigorously executed is much better than a perfect plan with nothing done. Execution is key.

6. Do something every day that moves you closer to completing your goal.

Build one activity into your daily schedule. You may decide to read 20 pages on a certain subject, or engage in 30 minutes of exercise every day. Try to never miss a day.

Keep pushing forward, and once you start moving, keep moving. This discipline alone can rapidly increase the speed of goal accomplishment and boost your personal productivity.

Originally published at www.optimallivingdynamics.com on January 25, 2015.