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The Strategy Behind Success Stories

Goals are dreams. Strategy is a plan.

Photo by Elena Koycheva on Unsplash

Are you where you want to be in life?

If you’re not, there are 2 important things you need to realize:

  1. You’re not alone
  2. It’s okay

Feeling like you’re behind in life or without purpose is a pretty normal thing in 2020. In a loud world of social media and a heightened reality of comparison—even the people you look up to are struggling to figure it out. You’re just focused on their highlight reel, and wondering when it’s going to be your turn.

And today is that day.

Here’s Where People Get Confused About Success

They decide that they have a dream that they want to achieve and then they start to research how to reach that goal. Quickly they realize how far away they are from achieving this goal and the burden of investment starts to weigh in.

The dream gets put to the side and a few years later you wonder—where would I be if I had gone for it?

This the question I found myself asking on repeat in 2016. I was 25 years old and living in Nashville, Tennessee. I spent my days watching travel bloggers and Instagram influencers travel the world and making a really good living off of it.

I wondered what it would be like to travel to Central America, Europe, Asia…day dreaming about a life spent on airplanes and in foreign countries.

One year later I decided that if I didn’t go for this dream, I would spend my entire life wondering why I hadn’t at least tried. I bought myself a one way ticket to Costa Rica and told myself that if I changed my mind, I could always fly back to the USA and pick up where I left off.

Unsurprisingly, this was one of the best decisions of my life. Second to the decision to pursue my dream of being a full-time writer.

It was this dream that taught me what the difference between those who are still dreaming and those who have found success is.

The people who are still dreaming have goals. They can say, “I want to be a full-time writer.” This is a good start but that’s all it is. A start.

If you don’t know how you’re going to make a full-time living off of writing, this is nothing more than a hopeful manifestation.

The people who have achieved their goals turned their goal into a strategy that mapped out how they were going to go from Point A to Point B.

And I’m going to show you how to make that strategy.

The Strategy Behind Success

The first step in becoming successful, is choosing what success means to you. There are a lot of different categories of success, from career, to relationship, to health, to travel goals.

The key is finding what success you want to focus on right now. What means the most to you?

In this article, we’ll break down a career related success goal of becoming a full-time writer.

Goal: Become a full-time writer

Now, we’ll ask ourselves, when do I want to achieve this goal?

Goal Date: One year from today

Now that we have our goal and the date we want to have achieved it, we can say, how is this goal defined to me?

In my case, being a full-time writer requires that I make a minimum of $4,000 a month. I live in Los Angeles and this is a base salary I need to live the lifestyle I like.

This is the most important step of becoming a success story. You must know what you are trying to achieve, what that achievement is defined as to you, and when you want to achieve it by.

If you’re having trouble figuring out what your goal is ask yourself,

In one year from today—where do I want to be?

In this case, in one year from today we want to a be a full-time writer making a minimum of $4,000 a month.

Now, we can say: if I price my articles at $100/1,000 words (as a novice writer), I need to write 40 articles per month to meet my goal.

That would be 10 articles per week, which means that I need (rounded up to be safe):

1 client that needs 10 articles per week

2 clients that need 5 articles per week each

3 clients that need 4 articles per week each

4 clients that need 3 articles per week each

5 clients that need 2 articles per week each

Knowing this, we can say that in on month, we want to find our first client. Based off of how many articles they’ll want from us a week, we can then figure out how many more clients we need to add to make $4,000/month consistently.

See what we did there?

We turned a goal into a strategy that has a clear path towards achieving it.

And that’s how you become a success story.

Ask Yourself These 6 Questions:

  1. What do I want to achieve?
  2. How is that achievement defined to me (in specifics)?
  3. When do I want to achieve this by?
  4. What do I need to do monthly to achieve this?
  5. What do I need to do weekly to achieve this?
  6. What do I need to do daily to achieve this?

You don’t wish that your dreams will come true. You don’t vision board and then hope that looking at your goal home each day will make you be able to buy it. You don’t wonder why somebody else has what you wish you could have.

You figure out what you want and you work your way backwards to figure out how to achieve it.

At the end of this planning, you want to be able to know what you can do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to make sure that you’re the person you wanted to be a year from today.

Because you’re totally capable of it.

You just need to sketch the plan that will get you there.

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