We are quickly approaching the end of the year and most of us are probably looking forward to this year-end like we have never looked forward to a year-end before! But before we rush to put this year into the history books, this is the perfect time to take a look at all of the goals that we had for this year and how close we came to achieving them. There are tons of reasons why a lot of those goals were not achieved in this year. In fact, there were probably more reasons and excuses to point to in this past year of why those goals were missed. Yet there are tons of examples of people, individuals, and businesses that are achieving their goals. There is success happening where many others are failing. Why is that? What is their secret? How could they possibly have done well in this year, of all years? There are some consistent steps that those people and those businesses have taken this year. These steps are what is bringing them to success, and we’re going to let you in on their secret. There are five universal steps to success when you are trying to reach a significant goal. Doesn’t matter if it is a personal, professional, or business goal. These five universal steps will help you succeed.
#1: Write. It. Down. Studies have shown that people who write down their goals and the action steps they need to take are 80% more successful in achieving their goals. 80%! That is huge! At Retail Level Up we work with tons of clients and we can see the results when our clients write their goals down and put their action steps into writing. These clients are hands down more successful at achieving what they want to achieve, than those who don’t write things down.
#2: Set due dates. It is important to have your To Do list. Many of the most successful people use To Do lists. But, how often have you had a long list of To Do’s and there are certain ones that keep getting moved from one day to the next day, to next week, to next month and they just never seem to get done? The key step in making good use of To Do lists is to set a due date, or a done-by date for each of those action steps. After you have identified the things To Do, you need to determine how much time it will take to complete those things
#3: Track and measure your actions. Does that sound a bit like school? Yes, we’re talking about creating your own report card. Let’s say you have a goal to lose weight. Retail level up doesn’t help people lose weight, but it’s a great universal topic that everybody can relate to. You know when you step on a scale, there will be a number there and that is going to indicate to you whether or not you are getting close to reaching your goal. The number on the scale is the “lag indicator” that represents your progress towards the end result. Your “lead indicators ” are those little seemingly insignificant steps you need to take every day, every week, to help you achieve your result. Examples of “lead indicators” when losing weight would be increasing physical activity, replacing high calorie, high fat foods with low calorie, low fat foods. These are the “lead indicators”, or the daily/weekly actions you need to take in order to hit your end result. Many people try to keep a mental checklist, but at the end of the day or week, if you don’t know whether or not you have taken these actions, if you haven’t kept track and you can’t remember, you are never going to achieve your goal.
Another example: Let’s say you’re a manager of a store. You know when you post pictures of new product with great descriptions and put that on social media, you experience an increase of customers coming in. You know in order to do that, you need to do social media posts. You also know you get the best results when you do five posts per week. But when you get to the end of the week, and you have only done one, now it seems kind of silly to do four in one day. If you had been tracking and measuring your actions each day, you would have noticed those little steps and would have a better chance of actually doing them.
#4: Schedule yourself with yourself. If you have consistently been doing steps 1 through 3 but still are struggling to achieve consistency in your execution, then #4 is key. Until you start actually carving out time on your calendar to take action and to work on those things that you know you need to work on, you will always fall short of achieving your goals. Until you put the same level of priority on your own time as you do on the time of others, you will always fall just a little bit short of reaching your goals, you will always be a little bit less productive, and a little less efficient. Start by estimating how long it will take you to do each task and carve out the time on your calendar specifically to work on that task. In the beginning you are probably not going to be a great estimator of time, but you will get better the more you do it. The more you do it, the more efficient you will be. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in a day, or in a week, just by planning it out and scheduling yourself with yourself.
#5: Get an accountability partner/coach. The final universal step to success that a lot of people miss, but the smart ones are actually taking advantage of, is to get yourself an accountability partner; better yet: hire a coach. Studies have shown when you share your goal with someone else, the level of execution increases. Once you share your goal with someone else, your feeling of accountability increases, which can spur you to take action. When you make a statement to someone else that you will be taking these specific actions, and then you have to get back together with them and let them know what you have done, it is amazingly effective. Having an accountability partner can be a powerful motivator. But there is a note of caution: no matter how much your peer, friend or family member likes you, or loves you, and wants you to succeed, they probably are not skilled, experienced, or trained in how to help you reach your goals. That is why hiring a professional coach makes all the difference. At Retail Level Up we have the tips, experience, and resources to help you achieve your goals.
So, when you are ready to start planning for the new year, reach out to us to set up your free, initial consultation by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Retail Level Up is here to help you set and achieve your goals. Together we can help you make 2021 your best year!
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