Want to achieve extraordinary goals? Take these easy, proven steps every day.
1. Examine long-term goals.
If you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll probably never arrive. So, it’s crucial to spend a few minutes each day thinking about where you’d like to be one, five or even 20 years from now. Your goals will change, and that’s a good thing. But it’s easier to act strategically when you’ve thought about where you want your dreams to lead.
2. Examine daily plans.
Whether you’ve written it down or not, you have a to-do list. Do the tasks you’re accomplishing truly contribute to your long-term goals? Nobody is 100 percent productive, and that’s OK. But if you’re working your tail off each day to become better at something you don’t even want to be doing, that’s a sign it’s time for a change.
3. Ask for help.
Nobody does anything worthwhile alone, and asking for help, when done correctly, isn’t a sign of weakness–it’s a sign of respect. People enjoy being reminded that their knowledge and skills have value to others. Just ask politely, respectfully and on the other person’s schedule. If the help leads to a positive outcome for you, make sure you express your gratitude. (Speaking of which, there are 17 items on this list. Can I ask for your help in figuring out No. 18? Let us know your ideas in the comments, below.)
4. Engage in mentorship.
Mentorship has two sides, so on any given day, do two things: Engage with a mentor, and also offer mentorship to someone else. Not every interaction has to be profound; that would be exhausting. However, if you take a few minutes, for example, to reply to someone seeking to enter your field, and later ask a more expert friend to help you refine your daily workout (item No. 10, below), you can check this step off your daily list.
5. Give yourself a break.
Extraordinary people recognize that they are just that–people. We’re only human, and success (however it’s defined) is never an overnight thing. Should you hold yourself to high standards? Sure, but every day, give yourself a pass on a few things you did wrong, and for missing a few items on this list. You’re looking for a general, rising slope in all things in life–not an uninterrupted (and unrealistic) sprint to the top.
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