Small Steps For Success

Starting Anything is Intimidating 

Often goals and dreams  are put off or rescheduled because the idea of starting something is so overwhelming.  Being open to unknowns and the possibility of failure isn't an option most of us clamor for but it's a necessity if we want to reach our goals.

Failure - as everyone knows - is valuable because we learn.  It simply does not feel terrific and we can lose momentum, often many times people will give up.   Setting lofty goals can often (not everyone) set us up for failure.  

In my mentoring, I have set up ways to facilitate the end result without crushing the desire to succeed by experiencing too many failures.  

Here are 5 Tips for Setting and Achieving A Goal

1) Define what the end result looks like.  For instance, "I want my own design business"  is a good start.  Leave off the "and".  ..." and I want a store, and I want to be a celebrity designer and I want my own line of furnishings and lifestyle accessories....a perfume!  A book!"  Those are all great.  The best plan is to just achieve one thing at a time and keep those other things in mind for when you are best positioned to handle the next goal.

2)Find out what your 5 best strengths are.  It sounds difficult but here is an example:  The mentees I have had all are excited and interested in someday owning their own businesses.  They each have strengths.  I work with them to really know them and then while they learn all of the areas of the business, they know where they will be best and leverage those strengths to realize their goal. I encourage them to surround themselves with others who "fill in the areas they aren't best at" so they can achieve success down the road.

3) Set up an action plan.  Incorporate your strengths and how you will use them to propel you to the next level. Make the plan simple and be patient.  Consistency, hard work, and humility are key.  The prize project or corner office is not going to"just appear", it has to be earned and in that it will be respected.  Build on each success.

4) Take small steps.  My online courses deconstruct all of the steps so that they can be easily applied, learned and successfully achieved.  With success comes confidence and with confidence comes the next level.

5) Follow the small tasks and "connect the dots"  Be patient with this process and work steadily.  Small tasks mean small mistakes and small failures....but we still learn and it doesn't cost nearly as much.  Small successes will strengthen your ability to continue moving forward.

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