These 4 steps for success can work on any type of goal, personal or business.
I was recently a part of a team challenge for a wellness challenge I committed to. We had a ‘STEP’ challenge. The team with the most ‘STEPS’ at the end of the month won a prize. I had never worn a pedometer and had NO CLUE how many STEPS I normally walked a day. Someone mentioned that fitness experts recommend 10,000 steps a day for a target. I heard that number…. and so it was. My goal was to average 10,000 steps a day!
Being the coach and motivator that I am, I also encouraged my team to STEP UP and do a side challenge with a team that had an ironman triathalon athlete in training! Hey, if you want to literally STEP UP (as I teach), sometimes you really gotta STEP UP!
I am excited to tell you – we WON the challenge! No one thought the team with the triathlete was beatable. I wasn’t about to let my team buy into that belief and limit ourselves. Besides, even if we didn’t beat them, we STEPPED UP to the challenge and probably walked a lot more steps than if we hadn’t challenged them. Oh, and I hit my 10,000 daily step average. BTW – I can honestly say that if I had not committed to these 4 steps for success, I probably would not have succeeded with my personal goal!
Here’s how we won the challenge…
We focused on these 4 steps to success. (On a side note – I found out that no other team created a plan. Hum, do you GET the benefit and value these steps can have!)
Create a plan. Once you have clear message about what you are going to do, it’s time to create a plan. Remember, your plan is not intended to be a sprint, it’s a marathon – so take small steps on a daily basis. On those days when you feel like nothing is going right or your confidence is wavering a bit, you might want to give your self permission give yourself a break – literally. Walk the dog, talk to a friend, turn on some upbeat or motivating music. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do something that you enjoy and will get you feeling great and mentally uplifted! And, if you’re procrastinating or letting fear get in the way, face it, change your thought, and get out there and do it. (I recommend some specific tools to my clients to help them when this comes up for them). Remember to focus on your plan and the original ‘why’ you created a plan. The focus on the plan can help you get back on track!
Stay confident. Take time to remind yourself of your goals every day. Taking time to look at your goals on a regular basis can renew your confidence, increase your motivation and keep you focused.
Accountability. Share your plan with an accountability partner or a coach. (In my ‘step’ example, I shared my goal with my whole team). Accountability is big piece of the puzzle towards your success. It helps keep you focused and motivated.
Celebrate your successes. Take time to celebrate successes on a daily basis. Some days it might be a little success, some days a big success. Just find something to celebrate each day! Focusing on your success can increase your confidence, increase your motivation and keep you focused.
Put these 4 steps in place and STEP UP to your success too!