3 Approaches to Success

From my hundreds of hours of coaching I’ve found that there are three approaches that when used together can help people reach their goals. The way that we often find out about these approaches is that we try the opposite of them, fail to reach our goals and then reflect on what could have worked in our lessons learned.

By reviewing many of our learning journeys we come across familiar advice that seems to be obvious but at the time of our action step to reach our goal, we dismissed it.

To clear the pathway for your success, consider these three approaches; press the easy button, focus and believe anything is possible.

1. Press the easy button

• Use your strengths that come naturally to you, which will enable you to complete tasks in an easy and relaxed manner.
• Make a list of your top 10 priorities in your life and use them to make important decisions.
• Embrace change and see it as a chance to learn and grow.
• Let go of trying to control others or trying to change them.
• Learn to say “no” to friends or family that are taking advantage by asking too much of you.

2. Focus

• Eliminate distractions so you can complete one task at a time instead of multi-tasking.
• Use your energy to focus on what you do want rather than what you don’t want.
• Pay attention when you are having conversations and actively listen to others.
• Have agendas for meetings so you can make decisions and don’t get sidetracked.
• If you are feeling overwhelmed, prioritize your tasks and pick the most urgent and important one to tackle.
• Revel in your success rather than focus on your failures.
• Live in the present moment and learn to enjoy and appreciate the journey.
• Consider how you will feel when you reach your goal.
• Have an abundant and collaborative mindset as well as a positive attitude.

3. Believe anything is possible

• Refuse to limit yourself by making assumptions that are not true.
• Eliminate your limiting beliefs that you have placed on yourself.
• Explore what is possible when you are living your potential.
• Think big. Set stretch goals that both excite and scare you.
• What you believe you are capable of is what you will achieve.
• Moving forward may be risky but the cost of staying stuck is far greater.
• Act as if the desired outcome to a situation has arrived and celebrate your part in making that happen.

Next time you set another SMART goal (specific, measureable/meaningful, attainable, realistic and time stamped) review this list and see if you’d like to amend your action steps to include some of these approaches.

If you are looking for an accountability partner to hold you accountable for your action steps, feel free to connect at rosemary@rosemarysmyth.com.


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