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7 Powerful Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success

Whatever goals you’re working towards in life, whatever dreams you have, you’ll want to give yourself the best possible chance of success.
You might be trying to lose weight, start your own business, write a book, redecorate the house … these tips apply to almost any sizeable project.

#1: Get Help and Support

Having a bit of help from family, friends or colleagues – or simply some friendly support – can make a world of difference. Sometimes, this means direct assistance: your best friend might come over at the weekend to help you redecorate.

Often, though, the help and support from the people around you comes a little more indirectly. It might be your parents taking care of the kids for a few hours so you can work on your book, or your spouse taking care of the chores while you write your business plan.

#2: Have Money Available

Not all projects need to cost money … but having some spare cash available is still a good idea. If you can save up a small emergency fund, unexpected crises are much less likely to derail all your good plans. And if you find you need to invest in some software for your new business, or your redecorating costs end up higher than expected, you don’t have to worry about spending the money.

If you set aside just $10 each week, you’ll have $520 at the end of the year. It’s not a fortune – but it could easily be enough to make the difference between failure and success.

#3: Take Care of Your Body

Don’t push yourself too hard. In order to be at your best mentally, you need to be in good physical shape too. That means eating healthy foods that give you sustained energy as well as exercising on a regular basis.

It’s often tempting to cut back on sleep when you’re working on a lot of different goals. Try to avoid this: you’ll be putting your health at risk, and you may not really gain any extra productive time – you’ll end up working slowly (or procrastinating more) because you’re tired.

#4: Be Positive

As you’re working towards your goal, you might find yourself thinking things like “I’ll never be thin, so I might as well give up and eat this huge slice of cake” or “I’ll never find a publisher for my book, so what’s the point in writing it?”

Replace these negative voices with more positive messages. You might even want to write down some encouraging thoughts, like “I know I can lose weight successfully. Every pound I lose makes me healthier” or “I really enjoy writing.”

 

#5: Write Down Your Goals

Whatever you’re planning to do, write it down – ideally, somewhere you’ll see regularly (perhaps on a small card in your wallet, or on your computer’s desktop). It’s easy to let days go by without working on any of your goals … but a written reminder will help keep you on track.

Writing your goals down is also a great way to truly commit to them. It’s easy to keep saying “I want to lose weight” or “I want to write a book” or “I’m going to start my own business someday” – but it’s harder to actually take the first step towards that goal. You may even want to write a deadline alongside your goal to help you stay focused (e.g. “Finish the first draft of my book before my next birthday” or “Lose 20lbs before our summer vacation.”)

#6: Break Big Projects into Little Steps

Your goals are almost certainly too big to tackle in a single day or even a single week: you’re going to be working at them over several months or even years. So that you don’t get stuck or discouraged, break down each goal or project into small steps.

For instance, if your goal is to run your own business full-time, your first step might be to write a business plan. Step two could be setting up a website, and step three might be getting your very first client. You don’t have to get all the way to step twenty – quitting your day job – in one big leap.

#7: Don’t Try to Do Too Much

It’s often tempting to tackle a whole range of great goals at once: losing weight and writing a book and redecorating the house and making time to catch up with old friends … and while you might keep up your enthusiasm and energy for a week or two, you’re quickly going to run yourself into the ground.

Rather than trying to achieve ten goals, only to give up on them all, aim for just one or two big goals at a time. This helps you stay focused and it also gives you sufficient down-time – essential if you’re going to be successful in reaching your goals over the long-term.

 

Do you have any great success tips to add? Or is there something from this list that you want to try in your own life? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

  • miranda

    hi ali wishing you a good day, thank you for this points, i always write and visuilize things i want in life, i have got most of it, i have won 48 contests in mumbai by sms, i have been to dubai,malayasia,singapore and parts of india free by contests, stayed in a 7 star hotel and missed been a millionare thrice, thank you once again-from miranda-mob-9930555324 

  • http://hanofharmony.com/ The Vizier

     Hi Ali,

    These are 7 great ways to set ourselves up for success.  Here are some of the thoughts that crossed my mind as I read them.

    #1:  Get Help and Support

    We simply cannot do everything by ourselves.  Having help and support, even if it is indirect is a great way to succeed.  It means we can delegate certain things we are not so good at to people who can do it better.  Trying to do everything yourself results in nothing or very little being done due to overwhelm.

    #6:  Break Big Projects into Little Steps

    Big projects can be overwhelming and they can turn us off.  We might procrastinate and in the end, nothing gets done.  Breaking big projects into little steps makes it easier for us to succeed.  We can do one small thing at a time and build momentum.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely article!

    Irving the Vizier

  • http://www.inspiredgiftgiving.com/ Marquita Herald

    I definitely buy into writing goals down as well as breaking big goals into smaller chunks. I do not share goals with friends and family for a whole host of reasons, none the least of which is research that indicates it’s a “no, no” if you want to succeed.

  • http://www.sweetandsage.com Sage

    The most important thing I do is break projects down into many small tasks. Baby steps all the way! I’ve accomplished amazing things in my life by doing just a little bit every day.

    Having money is important too, and something you might not realize until you don’t have enough for some essential task. Great post!

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  • http://twitter.com/nochnoch Noch Noch

    don’t try to do too much seems to be key for me. otherwise we lose focus!!

  • Just Wondering

    Good article, but why the bear pic?

  • Anonymous

    Great tips Ali. I especially like the idea of breaking things down into manageable bits. It helps people avoid feeling overwhelmed by taking on too many tasks at once.

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  • Anwht

    I absolutely agree with the author. There are so many books and dvds out there that teach you same things. Unfortunately people don’t read them or don’t act on them. I’ve been doing it myself. The only thing that helps is to get a life coach. That is something that helped me in business! Now i switched to http://www.importantcalendar.com/  products for achievement. It works good too. It’s affordable and i work on my  sucess plan anytime i want. The sure thing is you do have to work on your success. Nobody will bring it to you on a golden plate. And the best way is to pay someone who knows how to get you to do it.