From business success to weight loss, we live in a society enamored by quick and easy fixes to make all of our dreams come true. How much time and money have you invested in trying to find a shortcut to achieve your goals only to come up short? The formula for success is simple, but not easy:
The Right Focus + Consistency + Time = Success
What piece of the formula are you missing?
The Right Focus
Have you developed a strategy to reach your goals, or are you flying by the seat of your pants? Are you measuring your results to see what efforts are giving you the most favorable outcomes? Working hard isn’t good enough. You must work hard on the right things at the right time. Don’t be afraid of trial and error as you figure out what the right things are.
If the frequency of your efforts are haphazard, expect haphazard results. Create a scoreboard or other visual indicator to remind you of your most important tactical priorities – and track how often you complete them. If you’re like me, being able to “check the box” is a great motivator.
One of the most challenging elements of achieving your goals is determining how long it will take to get there. Factors outside of your control such as a family tragedy, economic shifts or loss of resources (time, money, support, etc.) can impact even the most well thought-out plans. When (not if) this happens, give yourself permission to update your timelines without guilt. Life happens.
Is It Worth It?
So here’s the most important question to ask yourself right now: If it takes years and lots of hard work to achieve your goals, would they still be worth pursuing? If so, stop looking for shortcuts and give your goals the time and energy they deserve.