Life Area: Personal
Topic: Goal Achievement
Do you want to make this year your best year ever? Keep reading and I will give you 4 key tips for how to do it.
One of your most valuable financial assets is your earning power. They call it your human capital. To earn more you have to constantly increase your value. The only way you can create more value for yourself this year is to learn and apply new skills that allow you to get better results.
Imagine climbing a mountain. Base camp is when you first start your career. Perhaps you’ve just graduated college and you’re now going out into the world seeking a first job that best fits your newly acquired education with your passion and desires. When you start at the bottom of mountain (Base Camp), most people have no earning ability, but after 10 or 20 years some are earning 20 to 50 times more than others! Even though they started out in the same place.
What’s Their Secret?
The difference is that the top performers, continually learn new skills as they go through their careers — be it corporate America, musician, or entrepreneur. Like climbing a mountain, every new skill brings you to Camp 2 then Camp 3, another step closer to the summit. As you scale the mountain, you increase the value of your contribution. This, in turn, increases your ability to earn more money. If one of your goals is to earn more money this year, then create more value. It’s as simple as that.
Focus on these 4 skills to continue your trek up the mountain and make this year your best year ever:
Tip 1: Write Better Goals
Some people don’t know where to start and wonder how to write goals. Ask yourself this question:
“Where do I want to be in 12 months?”
Write down one major goal for each of your 7 Life Areas (Physical, Financial, Professional, Spiritual, Relational, Personal, and Philanthropical) that you want to accomplish in the next 12 months using the SMART goals definition. Look at your goals that you have written down and think to yourself, “If I could wave a magic wand, which one goal would have the greatest impact on my life … would most move the needle?” As Gary Keller puts it in his bestselling book The One Thing,
“What’s the One Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
For most of us, it’s a financial goal. For some of us it might be a fitness goal, a relationship goal, or a business goal, but for most of us it is a financial goal. You can still use these tips on any goal.
Tip 2: Focus On One Skill At a Time
Write down that One Thing very clearly and set a date for its attainment. Then make a list of everything that you can do to achieve this goal using my friend and mentor Brian Tracy’s ABC Method. Then, the next question you want to ask yourself is:
“What one skill will help me the most to achieve this goal?”
Think about all of the skills that you have and if you determine you don’t have the skill(s) that it would take to achieve that goal then focus on learning one skill that can help you achieve that most important goal.
This formula is the reason why people go from the bottom to the top of the mountain. The most successful people are very clear on where they are and where they want to be.
You must have very clear goals. Then you must be very clear about the skills you must acquire that will get you to each result/outcome you desire. When you acquire new skills, it helps you climb the mountain, every step (skill) increases your value. When you increase your value, you open up new opportunities for yourself. Keep adding new skills and keep growing to achieve your goals.
Download my FREE 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge – A Guide to Help You Set Your Goals, Create a Plan of Action and Begin Achieving Them IN ONLY A WEEK! I describe it in detail in this Talk with Tom podcast episode on the subject [here].
What if you could radically and positively transform your life in EVERY ONE of the 7 Life Areas (Personal, Physical, Professional, Financial, Relational, Spiritual, and Philanthropical)?
That’s right, your relationships, your health, your career, your finances, your fun and leisure, and even your level of contribution to the world? My FREE 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge will help you determine where you are, where you want to be, and what you want, to create the life you want, IN ONLY A WEEK! Download it for FREE [here].
Tip 3: Manage Your Time
Typically for high achievers its “Too much to do in too little time.” To beat that catch 22, it helps to plan every day in advance… the simplest way to do this is, again, Brian Tracy’s ABC Method: to make a list of everything that you have to do in your coming day. If you are going to invest your time into anything, you want to do the thing that gives you the greatest return on energy, or your mental and physical energy.
Some people work all day and make a few dollars and some people work all day and make thousands of dollars. Which one do you want to be? Your answer should be obvious. Make a list of everything that you have to do in the coming day and identify your most important task. Which one item will have the greatest value in your work? The greatest value in achieving your One Thing for the day? Work on this task first. Work on it until it is 100% complete.
Tip 4: Develop a Good Habit This Year
Start each day by completing a task first thing in the morning. This is one of the great psychological tricks of success. Do that every day before you do anything else. Repeat this over and over again for 3 weeks and you will develop a habit.
Your Action Steps
Focus on your most important goal (your One Thing for the year) by developing the skills needed to achieve it. Manage your time by completing the most important tasks and develop a new habit of completing your most important task first.
And, Download my FREE 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge – A Guide to Help You Set Your Goals, Create a Plan of Action and Begin Achieving Them IN ONLY A WEEK!
If you do follow these 4 tips and use my FREE 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge – A Guide to Help You Set Your Goals, Create a Plan of Action and Begin Achieving Them IN ONLY A WEEK! I promise that you will have set your goals, achieved great success and developed essential habits to use for years to come.
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