Would you like to reach your goals faster? Here are 2 steps that are critical to achieving them much quicker! I’ll give you a hint: the key to success lies in your emotions.
Napoleon Hill wrote one of the most classic books ever written on success and achievement, “Think & Grow Rich.” One of the reasons this is such a classic book is that he used the principle of modeling. Modeling is the process of studying how an outcome is repeatedly achieved.
Hill found that the successful achievement of any goal was based on the following four steps.
1. Connect with your Purpose or Burning Desire
2. Believe and Trust in yourself and the value of your actions
3. Organize a plan of action and even more importantly take action
4. Never Give Up! Perseverance does pay off!
To make this process effective, it’s crucial to do all of the steps in order and be absolutely consistent.
When most people see someone achieve something they themselves want to achieve, many times the temptation is to ask, “How did you do that?” But steps number one and two are 100% emotional.
Until you figure out why you want to achieve that specific goal; what it means to you; what it will add to your life and what it will cost you to not achieve it, knowing how to do it will not significantly increase your chance of reaching it. Connecting emotionally with your drive is essential.
Once you are emotionally connected with the “WHY” of your goal, it’s time to put some focus on your faith and belief in yourself as well as your belief in your strategy. Trusting in your plan doesn’t mean not being open to evaluating its effectiveness periodically. Quite the opposite: you need to make adjustments as needed which is what step 3 is all about. But it does mean that you have to truly believe that your actions can and will lead to the results you want. Self-doubt is distracting at best and has the potential of being crippling.
It takes time to stop and reconnect to the emotions associated with your goals. It’s a step we often skip in our hurry to get to the end goal. But it’s precisely what will help you achieve your goals much quicker. That initial step will ward off self-sabotage. It will help you stay motivated when the initial burst of energy is long gone and you are left with the hard work of persevering.
The key is to reaching your goals faster is to address the emotional component of goal setting before you move to the logical and practical aspect of reaching them.