5 Steps To Accomplishing Anything

You are what you do every day. That is how you get to the end result that you want. If you set goals, normally the achievement of those goals involve doing something repeatedly and consistently each day until you achieve the desired outcome. And sometimes even then it involves going past the goal to reach the next goal.

 

The hardest part for most people is sticking with the behaviors and continuing to take the small steps that are required each day in order to facilitate the accomplishment of what they want. This is normal and most people set goals, especially around the beginning of the year with resolutions that just never get done.

 

Some might get discouraged, distracted, or just completely give up their pursuits altogether. There are some good hacks that I have found that help me to get past these common problems so I can use each day getting a little bit closer to my desired outcomes.

 

  1. Clearly define the goal that you want to achieve backed up by a deadline. It is not enough to say you want to write a book this year. You need to go super-specific with it, and that involves setting a date that you will have it done by. This now accomplishes two things: it gives you a timeframe to work in to reverse engineer what you will need to do in the time leading up to the deadline. It also puts pressure on you to get it done in that amount of time.

 

An example of a clearly defined goal would be: I will release my book on weight loss on March 15th, 2017.

This gives you a great starting point to map out the next step.

 

  1. Clearly define the behavior or behaviors that will allow you to accomplish the goal by the deadline. If you are writing a book, then you need to set a daily writing goal behavior to get to that destination. If you are losing weight you need to set daily goal behaviors around exercise, diet, or both. If you are increasing your income you need daily goal behaviors around any combination of putting offers out to the marketplace, getting traffic to your offers, and/or capturing leads to sell to.

 

A good example of a daily behavior goal would be:

I will write 500 words every day.

Now you have a specific action that you must take each day to reach your original goal.

 

  1. Put a tracking system in place to hold yourself accountable and to take advantage of building momentum with the Seinfeld principle.

 

I have written about the Seinfeld principle before. In a nutshell, it’s a system recommended by Jerry Seinfeld whereby he takes a big calendar and writes a big X on each day that he completes the behavior he wants to perform for that day. All you have to do is keep the chain of X’s going and you will not want to break it while also building momentum towards mastery.

I don’t use a wall calendar, but I do perform the same principle by using an app on my iPhone called Commit. This app tracks my daily behaviors and tells me how many days in a row I have performed the behavior. It also gives me reminder alerts to ask me if I have performed each daily behavior that I set.

This is working out marvelously for me, especially when like everybody else I want to start my year off as strongly as possible.

Whether you use a calendar, get the Commit app, or just have a journal that you write in to track your daily behavior goals, find some way to track your progress and hold yourself accountable.

 

  1. Use even more in-depth tracking as necessary to log your results.

 

For dieting, I have to go a little harder on the tracking. I use a popular app called MyFitnessPal to track my weight, calorie intake, and daily caloric deficit. This way I know I am losing weight because I am always under my allotted daily calories. It would be much more difficult without something so helpful to track what I eat.

While I don’t currently use anything to track my exercise (my only current daily exercise behavior goal is just to do something for 30 minutes every day that makes me sweat), I have used journals in the past to log my workouts to include specific exercises, weights, sets, and reps.

This is very helpful for making serious progress in the gym over time. You may feel like you have not made a lot of gains, but upon looking at your logs find that you are 50 pounds stronger on the bench press than you were a year ago.

In terms of business, you probably already have some tracking tools available to you. You may look at your website metrics on Google webmaster tools, or how many people you have added to your list in your autoresponder service. You may also see conversion rates and sales figures in your software tools of choice there.

The point is track in-depth for results. This lets you know where you were at a given time and compare it to your results now. This tells you progress, but also lets you know if your efforts are working, which can in turn encourage you to keep going or to ramp up your behaviors even further.

 

  1. Show up every day.

 

This is the most important part. Start doing what you set out to do. If you need to set out time early in the morning to get a certain behavior done, then that is what needs to be done.

I have literally done all my core behaviors within an hour at 11 pm just to make sure I got it done before the day was over. The psychological power of showing up and checking off that you completed what you wanted to complete is tremendous.

Like Nike says, Just Do It. If you follow these steps, the initial goals you set will take care of themselves.

 

 

So how is it working for me?

 

I started using this system in December of 2016. I only started out with a couple of behaviors, but have slowly added more as I grew comfortable and better able to manage my time within this system.

 

  • I have lost almost 30 pounds and counting.

I started out around 265 pounds. You do the math.

Everybody knows they should drink more water, but most don’t. This way I make sure I keep a baseline of hydration.

In addition to MyFitnessPal, I use Commit to reinforce that I stayed under my calorie goal for the day.

I work out every day for at least 30 minutes, even if it’s just walking in place to work up a sweat.

 

  • My ecommerce business has increased sales while stressing me out minimally.

Not bad for a side hustle that I put the minimum amount of time into.

  • I have meditated daily for almost 2 months.

This may be my secret weapon. It’s hard to get stuff done with a noisy mind. 10 minutes of daily meditation has really helped me stay calm and collected and improved my focus greatly as I go through my daily goals.

  • And I am starting to add additional behaviors to my tracking efforts as I see the need to in order to further dial in and accomplish my goals.

I have added several new behaviors as I have progressed in this system. The most recent is to increase revenue by putting out some sort of offer to the market every day, whether it be a link to my products or an affiliate link to something I believe can help others.

 

So, how can you implement this?

 

Hey I know it sounds super simple to me because I am the better part of three months into it. But this is how I would recommend you use this system for best results.

 

Using the steps above, just start with one specific goal on a deadline. Make it realistic but attainable. Create just one daily behavior goal to accomplish this goal by the deadline.

 

Only once you are 2 to 3 weeks or even a month into completing the behavior goal successfully each day should you think about adding another behavior. This helps you ease into the system and avoid overwhelm by creating what amounts to just another to-do list that will never get done into your life.

 

Let me know if you plan to use this system and what your results are!