I believe a lot of people set goals but never achieve them. I almost did exactly this with my goal of writing an e-book which I started mid way through 2015 and after a good focussed start, put it down and almost forgot about it, up until a few weeks ago when I picked it back up again and completed it.
My mistake was that I did not commit to completing this project. Setting a goal is never enough, that's why so many new year resolutions are not followed through.
In order for goals to be achieved, they need to be viewed as projects. Projects should have three different phases, each as important as the other.
The first phase is the ideas phase. This is where we take an idea and commit to doing something about it. Without the commitment, the idea remains just a dream. With ideas we can either, commit to act on them, write them down for later, share them, refine them through discussing with others, we could sell it or give it away, abandon it, forget it or delegate it. Make the choice and commit.
With regards to my e-book, I completed this phase by deciding I would act on my idea. I committed to take action.
The second phase is the action phase. This is when we plan, carry out our research, gather our materials, work on our budget, create our action plan or business plan and follow through by taking action. It is always a good idea to schedule your work so that you can keep track of your progress. If you get behind you can always try and make up for lost time, but if you can't then don't stress. The important thing is that you are aware of your progress. This is where I fell over with my e-book project. I hadn't decided on an end date or written up a schedule which I could commit to.
The third and final phase is the completion phase. This is a phase which many people neglect. It is so important to decide on what completion means for you. This will depend on the size and scope of your project. For instance this blog and website is a major project which I spend a lot of time on. As it is such a big undertaking I need to break it down into smaller projects so that I can celebrate the completion of each project, otherwise it just seems almost impossible to achieve completion. An example of this is when I set up the different pages on my website. Each was a different project. A project which I am currently working on is to offer online courses for people wishing to set up profitable passion projects but don't know where to start. Each course has become a project for me, but I will only work on one at a time.
The completion phase is what sets successful people apart from those who struggle to complete their projects, the reason for this is that completing a project actually fires a person up and gives them energy. It gives them personal power, a sense of satisfaction and pleasure. This is why successful people always seem to have something on the go. They don't run out of energy.
One last piece of advice. Try and stick to one project at a time. This is where I often lose focus and that was what happened to my e-book project. I got side-tracked. Its easy to do, so try and remember what I suggested at the start of this post. Decide on what you are going to do with your idea and commit to it.
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