3 Powerful Habits to Achieve Goals

focusIn a 2010 interview SparkPeople CEO Chris Downer identifies 3 habits that are most important to help achieve goals.

  1. Continually Improve Myself

“This originated from the desire to overcome anxiety. I think the best way to improve yourself is through doing something – getting real life experience at something. Of course, reading great authors and other material can give you a good head start.”

Downer is spot on here. It is absolutely essential to continually learn and improve oneself to achieve more in life. In fact, it is essential to continue learning just to stay afloat in this ever changing world. Learning new skills, gaining new knowledge on a subject, and challenging your own set ideas will enable you to do more and become more effective at what you do.

Today it is easier than ever to learn more on almost any subject. You can Google anything and learn more. There is an immense amount of information on the internet. Much of that information is free for the taking. I Google a new word, idea, or skill several times each day. In addition to expanding your knowledge it is fun!

  1. Really Focus on Execution

“Setting big goals is easy, reaching them is much harder. One of my favorite motivational techniques is to build a vision collage. I did this when I was at P&G when I set a goal to become an entrepreneur. I cut out pictures that represented my goals and hung that picture in my office. Then, anytime I was feeling down, I could look at those aspirational pictures and keep my real goals in mind. I’m also a fan of telling people about your goals.”

Planning and setting the right goals is essential to giving you direction and achieving more. But it is just as essential to act on those plans. You must execute. You may like to use a vision board as Downer suggests or you may use other tools to keep on track.

One essential practice to getting things done is to schedule them in your planner or on line calendar. If it is on your schedule it is far more likely to get done.

  1. Realize How Your Daily Action Impact Others

“This is what eventually led to SparkPeople and my goal to help other people. I came up with this quote when working at P&G. A co-worker started using my program. She then transferred to another location and I didn’t see her for about 6 months, but stayed in touch via email.

“When I saw her again, she had lost 50 pounds. She told me she had been waiting to see me in person to tell me I had changed her life. She had started a walking group at her location where the others said, “Pat, if you can do it, we can do it!””

We all underestimate how we affect others. We say things to them and then they go away and we do not see the impact of what we have said. But it is there. It may not always “take”. But often it does have influence. This is one reason we should take care in what we tell others and make sure it is always positive and constructive.

Read the entire post here. [http://www.goalsontrack.com/blog/2010/12/29/3-important-habits-shared-by-a-multi-millionaire-ceo/]

Learn how you can achieve more and realize your goals in my book, The Success Essentials.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.