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How to become the successful person you dream to be by Debbie Robinson

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How to become the successful person you dream to be by Debbie Robinson

Successful people know what they want, they know which way they are heading, they now what they need to do and are flexible about overcoming obstacles and barriers to move towards their goal, their dream.

The first step is to actually set achievable goals.

Where do you want to be in one or three years from now?

You need to be very clear about this. Really associate with the feeling and the picture of your success. What will you be doing? What will you be saying to yourself? What will others be saying to you? How will you feel? Where do you feel this in your body? Does it have a weight? Does it have a colour? Is it warm or cold? Get in touch with how good it feels!

People who have strong focused goals know exactly how achieving their goals feels and sounds. Some even have vivid, multicolored pictures. The important thing is to see and feel the experience through your own eyes not as an observer.

Do you REALLY, REALLY want this?

You must want to achieve your goal. Not because you ought to or because you should do but because you want to! Ask yourself: “What will achieving my goal give me?” “And what does this give me?” “And what does this give me?” Makes you think huh?

Write your goals down!

I know this seems silly, even superfluous but it has been proven that writing your goals down helps focus your mind on achieving them. It sort of makes them more real, more attainable. If you don’t they remain muddled up with all the other random thoughts you experience every day of your life. Write them down and review the regularly to measure your progress and to give yourself a boost!

Make sure that they are realistic!

Ok, Ok, I know if you put your mind to it you can achieve great things but let’ get real! If the goal is too ‘out there’, too huge you probably won’t maintain your motivation and give up. If it is a BIG goal, break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks! If it is really HUGE, check that you are being realistic!

How will you get there?

So you know what you want to achieve, how are you going to achieve it? Does it seem insurmountable? Too big to tackle? Break it down into bite sized chucks. Plan out what you need to do. You may need new or additional skills, support and assistance from others. Brain storm what it is you might need to do and create a plan. Date each action so that they do not drag on and you maintain your motivation by moving towards your goal.

What will you do if you come across obstacles or barriers?

You invariably will, life happens! How many overnight success stories do you know of? Many of the people we see today as successful have had many falls along their journey to success. It is their attitude to problems and obstacles that make them a success. It is said that the person that has most flexibility will have most success. If you have a clear vision and are flexible in your approach, you can achieve your goals.

How will you know that you have achieved you goal?

Ok, this may seem a bit of a daft question, let me explain. It links back to having a clear vision of your goal. If you have this you should know how you will measure your success. It may not be exactly as you planned. What will your personal KPI’s be? It’s important to think about this. Some people achieve their goal but don’t register it and just keep on driving themselves. It is important to get a balance and remember WHY you wanted your goal in the first place!

Take Action!

Planning, hoping and dreaming won’t make it happen. Action will! Make a personal commitment to act on your goals…and live up to that commitment every day.

by Debbie Robinson

2 Responses to "How to become the successful person you dream to be by Debbie Robinson"

1 | Susan Grandfield

August 26th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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Simple, concise and powerful tips Debbie! I’m still amazed at the number of people I come accross who don’t set themselves goals. Then they wonder why other people seem to do, be and have more than them! It’s a great discipline to get into and the more you do it, the easier it becomes and the more you will achieve!
Thanks Debbie.

2 | Aled Davies

August 30th, 2011 at 11:43 am

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Debbie – it’s one thing setting goals and it’s quite another achieving them.

Having said that, I meet so many people; friends, colleagues and clients that think they have goals but really they are no more than vague ideas. I find myself getting frustrated when I speak to them and I advocate the importance of goal setting but I am a firm believer in achieving them. The concept of the well formed outcome has certainly helped me set and fulfil personal and professional aspirations. I wrote a post on this recently but personal leadership is something I’m passionate about.

Great stuff.

Thanks

Aled

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