Five steps to get you closer to goal achievement

By Anne Bachrach

The Accountability Coach

Persistence is to success as excuses are to failure. Never, never give up -- there is always a way.

Jim Rohn said, "If you want something, you will find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." And he should know. A college drop-out who was in a rut, in debt and unable to see his way out by his mid-twenties, Jim set out to achieve more. And he did. His persistence paid off and by age 31, he was a millionaire.

If you want more, you will find a way, because there always is a way. With persistence and consistent action, you will make it happen. If you don't believe me, keep reading.

Did you know that Thomas Edison had more than 10,000 failed attempts to create the light bulb before he was successful? His persistence was as valuable as his invention. Ten thousand failed attempts, and look what he created! Even if you're not out to change the world, what could you create with an unresolved persistence?

Allyson Felix made it to the Olympics in just over one year. With an intense training schedule of five to six hours per day, her persistence paid off. By the end of her training season in 2003, she had broken many records, including one set by Olympic gold medalist, Marion Jones. At the 2004 Olympics, she won the silver medal by running a 22.18 in the 200-meter race. Amazingly, she did all of this while being a high school senior and a freshman college student.

Persistence always pays off -- and sometimes big time! It's a known fact that more business deals are inked when one of the parties is persistent. Now, being persistent is not the same as being pushy; rather, it is voicing your ideal fit and expertise to someone that may not be aware of the benefits they will receive through working with you. They will appreciate your persistence and the benefits, but you have to make them known.

At one point, JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series was on welfare and so broke that she wrote her story on pub napkins. She could have easily given up on writing, but she was persistent in her passion. She finished the first Harry Potter novel, found a literary agent and went to work marketing her book. Today, she is one of the wealthiest women in the world, with a net worth of about $1 billion.

There are thousands of examples of ordinary people achieving extraordinary goals; these are just a few examples of how persistence paid off. Achieving your goals requires you to take consistent action, be persistent and maintain a resolve to simply not give up. Below are five steps you can take today, to get you closer to achieving your goals.

No. 1: Take measurable actions every day. Persistence requires action. Take at least three actions every day that support goal achievement. If you need funding for your venture, then get on the phone and find an investor. If you want to lose weight, then eat well and exercise. If you want a new job, then take steps to make yourself a prime job candidate for the right company. Consistent action and persistence pays off.

No. 2: Keep showing up. If you believe in what you're doing, just keep showing up. You never know when your breakthrough opportunity will appear, so bring your best to every situation. When the right opportunity appears, you'll be ready!

No. 3: Remain objective about your obstacles. Don't get emotional about the obstacles in front of you. Remember, there is always a way, and your success is inevitable. You just have to figure out how to move over, around or under your challenges.

No. 4: Learn to say "next." Don't take rejections personally; they are nothing more than the natural process of weeding out the sub-prime opportunities. You're on the road to success and want to put your energies toward something that will be ideal for all parties involved -- including you. The right opportunity will be met with an enthusiastic "Yes!"

No. 5: Track your progress. It's easier to be persistent when you can see how far you've come. Track your progress and achievements so you can see how much closer you're getting with every step forward.

The road to success isn't always easy, but it isn't always hard. There may be times when you have to talk yourself through periods of self-doubt, and there will definitely be times when you defy the odds. Never, never give up, because there is always a way to achieve your goals and experience the life you truly desire.

Every action of every day between now and your goal achievement counts. Take action, bring your best, find solutions to your obstacles, and say "next" to your rejections. Feel good about how far you've come and be persistent until you achieve your goals. It's a great time to be a financial advisor!

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