Breaking habits or making habits could be the secret to making 2019 your cracker year. There is a secret to creating and cementing good habits, and a sure-fire way to kick the bad ones out of your life forever, first you have to know what you want… Once you know what you want, what you REALLY want, getting your habits in order becomes easy… let me explain.
Habits both good and bad often run our lives, they become the little nuances that fill our days. What most people don’t know is, it is these little habits that can keep us from achieving what we want. Whether it be wealth, health, happiness or some other important goal that we want to achieve, habits hold you back from or accelerate you towards your goal.
When you have a burning desire to achieve a specific goal, nothing and no one can get in the way of you achieving it.
The biggest problem most of us face is knowing what we actually want. In today’s ever-increasing, fast-paced world, we are often so busy doing the doing, we don’t have the time to spend in working out what we want. It sounds ridiculous I know, but it is a fact that less than 3% of the population actually have clear written goals and read them regularly.
Our habits steer us each day into a routine that may actually be leading us further and further away from what we want from life. Before we look at setting up the right habits to achieve success it is important, even vital, to look at what we want. So, let’s start with that.
The 7 Steps to Achieving What You Want (the short version)
Step 1. Know What You Want. Take the time to analyse what the end game is. What do you want to achieve?
Step 2. Set a timeline. Making a clear and measurable timeline gives you the framework for your planning.
Step 3. Write a detailed description of the goal. A clear written description gives you clarity to focus on what you are aiming for.
Step 4. Create a list of the first 3 steps you need to take today or in the next week to start you moving towards the goal. You don’t need to know the complete ‘how’ yet.
Step 5. Write a list of the things you need to do or learn or the people you will need to engage to ensure you can achieve your goal.
Step 6. Break down the goal into smaller bite size markers that you can aim for and tick off on the journey. These points will be the ‘rungs on the ladder’ or the milestones to show you are gaining traction and you are headed in the right direction.
Step 7. Reward yourself along the way. Set yourself up for success by giving yourself recognition and rewards as you are achieving these milestones
Once you know what you want, the easiest way of achieving your goal is to make sure your habits and daily routine are working towards your success and not working against you.
For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, your habits and routine need to include clean eating, exercise and fresh early mornings. Breaking the late night TV watching or binge drinking habits would, no doubt, pull you way off track.
A simple plan would be:
1. Set up a running plan
2. Find a personal trainer
3. Make a set time to go to bed and get up
4. Work out your nutrition plan
5. Look up and set your mini marathon date … etc
I have used this example because it is easy to recognise and relate to. It makes a lot of common sense. However, some goals and opposing habits aren’t as easy to notice.
Let’s look at a financial goal for example. Say your goal is to pay off your home. A big goal, one that is really hard to achieve in a short amount of time, therefore, it is one of the easiest to get ‘off track’ from.
It still requires some steps, a plan, and check-in points along the way to make sure you are staying on track. Like:
1. Setting up a budget
2. Getting the right bank accounts
3. Making a money plan
4. Looking for leakage and wastage
5. Allowing for the good things in life so you can stay on track.
After helping people for the past 18 years I have worked out what works and what pulls people off track. Just like getting fit for a marathon, getting your money fit follows a similar path. Debt reduction can feel just like dieting, and diets just don’t work. We are constantly told that to lose weight you need to have a lifestyle change, and unfortunately, it is true.
To reduce debt, you need to have a lifestyle change too… You need a health and fitness program for your money. I created My BIG Money Goal for that exact purpose. It is packed with all of the steps and secrets to getting your money goals on track and makes them totally achievable.
My BIG Money Goal teaches you how to set up your habits to achieve success, not only for all of your Financial Goals, the program teaches you how the brain works and the science behind the way the brain works to achieve any goals you may set yourself.
If you aren’t achieving everything you want, it certainly is a great place to start. It will teach you not only how to create the habits to help you succeed financially, but it also gives you the knowledge and tools to improve every area of your life.
Just like a health and fitness program, you can do it yourself. Unfortunately, most people fail simply because it is hard to do it without support, encouragement, and motivation from a health coach. The same goes for debt reduction, a wealth coach makes all the difference. Paying off a mortgage is a long term plan, with support it can be achieved faster than you think.
Habits are a powerful tool – good habits will make all the difference to your success; bad habits will take you further and further from achieving your goals.
Is it time you had a look at your direction, are you achieving everything you want?
Give me a call to catch up and review your progress or reset, redirect and refocus on what you want… it may make all the difference.
See you soon,