Achieving Success

Achieving Success

I always stress the importance of goal setting and having a target. Gary Ryan Blair is one of the nation’s top authors on the topic of goals. He’s wrote 14 books and training materials on goals that have been used in 80,000 organizations and with 4,000,000 employees worldwide. Blair and I have similar philosophies, which is, your life will not go according to plan if you don’t have a plan.

Achieving a goal is like opening a combination lock. You need the correct numbers in the correct right, left, right sequence. There are thousands of possible combinations; and if you are aware of the settings but not the sequence, your efforts will prove futile.

Not all goals are equal, but all goals contain the same foundational elements. When it comes to setting goals, we often don’t know what we don’t know. And, what you don’t know can — and most likely will — hurt you by limiting or compromising your success. Each rule calls for and requires know-how of multiple disciplines. No one is born with all the talents to achieve a goal — you learn as you go on the fly.

Success, of course, is individual. Your definition of “the good life” may be very different from mine. Yet the underlying steps toward that end are the same. That similarity helps you to understand what success really is.

Success is the ability, first, to recognize opportunity; second, to form plans and strategies that leverage opportunity; and, third, to develop the necessary skills needed to execute those strategies.

Success is beautiful because of how it looks to you, how it works, how it feels and how it represents the fulfillment of goals pursued.

You might be asking yourself where to begin, first, check out Gary Ryan Blair’s new book Goals to learn more about strategies to becoming successful. My book, which covers similar material and will be released this fall called Performance In Motion could also help you find a focus and target to guide you toward success.