08 Jun Smart Strategies to Eliminate Distractions & Execute Your Lifestyle Goals
Commitment is hard work. Once you start something and say you will do it, there’s a certain level of dedication required to see it through to completion.
One of the most essential skills you can cultivate is the ability to plan, execute, and complete your goals. Of these three, planning is the easiest part of the chain. Unfortunately far too many of us are perpetually bad at remaining committed to our goals. According to a research study conducted by the University of Scranton, 92% of people don’t achieve their goals.
Commitment to your goals may become hard; however this might be the untold short-cut to success. It is the most important part of your journey. So many of us spend countless hours coming up with ideas, plans, businesses and then lack the discipline to actually execute to manifest the idea.
How many times have you made plans and it did not go as planned? And how many times have you given up at the beginning or middle of a plan ? Being committed to a plan requires a lot of determination and intentionality. Many potential business plans and personal plans have failed to succeed. It is nearly impossible to succeed without self-drive and motivation. When we make plans and things rear off course, we don’t adapt and change our plans, instead, we give up on the grounds that the plans did not work. Plans don’t work automatically, they need support, they need fuel, they need to be jump-started several times; they simply will not work for someone who is not committed.
Many people have not been trained in the essential skills needed to achieve their goals. I wasn’t. When I first started out I had no idea how much dedication, focus, and commitment goes into achieving goals. We all want a successful business plan, doctorate from a prestigious university, good relationships, good job but we don’t want to be committed to making these dreams become reality. Learning this skill isn’t something that will happen overnight, it takes days, months, or even years to reach a point where these skills are automatic because you’ve invested enough time for gradual and continuous improvement.
Here are a few smart strategies to help you eliminate distractions and execute on your goals:
- Having an accountability partner.
The road to success is indeed a lonely journey however don’t have to walk it alone. The most successful companies are not successful because of the CEO but because of the collective responsibility of employees who makes sure the company fulfills its objectives. Having an accountability partner is a great way of increasing your commitment ratio. An accountability partner will ensure you are committed to your plans by constantly reminding you of your tasks. Your accountability partner acts as fuel to your commitment engine and sets you for success.
- Understand the outcomes.
Having knowledge of the rewards of your commitment motivates you to remain dedicated to your plan. The ultimate reward will keep you on toes and motivate you to work towards achieving your objective. Most people will work extra hard in school, wake up early to read for exams, look for extra learning materials because they crave ultimate benefits. Understanding what you want will force you to stick to your plans. However, cultivating commitment skills requires you to be determined even when the reward is not so important. It requires consistency in remaining dedicated to your goals even when the results don’t mean so much to you.
- Create an action plan
It’s not just about creating plans and waiting for things to build themselves. You need to have a massive action plan, including execute strategies and evaluation techniques. To build your commitment skills you’ll to outline a step-by-step plan that’ll take you from point A to point B. Whether you want to excel in your business, earn more money, lose weight, or stay committed to any other goal you need to have a committed action plan. An action plan will enable you to track your progress for the purposes of motivating yourself or making adjustments as needed when things rear off course. A regular visit to your action plan will enable you to develop commitment skills.
- Avoid procrastination and excuses.
Procrastination and excuses are some of the greatest setbacks of achieving a targeted goal. Good commitment skills require zero tolerance for procrastination and self-sabotaging behaviors. Too much procrastination leads to a waste of time and resources and blocks productive and creative, both essential skills to achieving your goals. Excuses are a language of failure. To succeed in the achievement of your goals you’ll need to avoid the blame game. When things turn out unexpectedly, you should work to make improvements rather than excuses. Once you make the commitment to execute on your goals stop at nothing in the pursuit of achieving your goals.
Are there any things you are currently putting off that you know you should be working on?
We all must demonstrate a certain level of dedication and commitment in order for our dreams to manifest. You must be willing to remain committed to your vision, even when doubt and fear start to seep in.
Remaining committed means you are willing to do what you said you would, long after the initial feeling has subsided. Working towards your dreams is a daily process. It is not something that you can start today and forget about tomorrow. Each day you should be working towards the future you dream about.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, though the process started on a day. There is much that can be done in a day. Every day you put off until tomorrow is a day wasted and a day you will never get back.
Your future does not create itself. It all starts with you.
By choosing to take the first step towards the future you envision, everything you want to occur in your life will be achieved. Create a plan, identify your goals, and diligently work towards the instructions you’ve outlined. You already have everything that you will ever need. Make a commitment today to work (or continue the work) on your future vision. Tomorrow is now. Start today.