Deciding on a goal and sticking to it seems obvious enough, but I’ll still mention it because, without unrelenting tenacity, anything else related to achieving a success becomes useless – including the next two key words below. In addition to simply staying the course, we also have to be careful not to change our goal (pivot) too much along the way. Don’t get me wrong, being flexible and adapting to change is crucial – but change your route too often, and you will never arrive at any destination.
There is usually more than one way to reach a goal. As many of us have learned in business, optimizing each set of activities to promote efficiency and shorten the critical path (“Project Crashing,” as it is known in the business world) is worth its weight in gold. But this same concept can be transferred to other areas of life including the pursuance of individual successes, regardless of if they fall inside or outside of business. Do begin this process, map out a list of the key milestones you think you will need to achieve your goal. Then carefully plan the sequencing of the activities so that there the process is completed in the shortest amount of time possible. For example, upon examination, it may become apparent that two of the milestone activities on your road map can be accomplished side-by-side at the same time. Since you’ll be completing more than one milestone at this stage, the entire length of achieving your goal will shrink by the time required for the shortest of the two activities.
Having the self-control to stay focused will be of critical importance in achieving success. Equally important to doing the things that need to be done is keeping yourself from wasting time on the things that do not contribute towards the goals. For example, if an athlete decides to train for a competition, eating a diet of 100% healthy foods will help her reach her goal the quickest. But if she decides to only eat 60% healthy foods, she will still reach her goal but it will not be as quickly – and the results will most likely be not as favorable. That’s why we have to stay focused and ask ourselves – which activities, hobbies, habits, or past times work towards the betterment of myself and others, and which do not? Be honest with yourself and you might just speed up your rate and quality of success.