By now you should have a clear, detailed plan for achieving your goal. You should know exactly
what you want, have a solid idea of the smaller components that make up your larger goal, have a
list of specific action steps to take, and a general expectation about both the completion of your
activities and the culmination of your goal. You’ve even done your homework and formed
alternate plans so you won’t get sidetracked if something goes wrong.
How could you fail with a plan like this? You couldn’t . . . unless your own thoughts begin to
work against you.
There are three key things to keep in mind if you want to stay focused and motivated.
Commit to your goal.
You must be willing to keep working toward what you want no matter how difficult it may seem
at times. You must be willing to ignore your inner critic (or actual criticism from people in your
life) and push on in spite of any negative comments. You must make a strong promise to
yourself that you will NOT give up, no matter what obstacles you encounter.
You must make the achievement of your goal the most important thing in your life. Without this
level of commitment, you will find it very easy to slack off, get distracted, or give up altogether.
The most detailed and effective plan is worthless if you never put it into action. Make a promise
to yourself that you will take action immediately and consistently, despite any feelings of fear or
Remember that your results are dependent upon the intensity and frequency of your actions. If
you want big results, take big actions. If you don’t mind smaller results while you’re building up
your confidence, then start with smaller actions. But ACT.
Don’t get mired in frustration about things you can’t control. Don’t worry about seeing results
right away. Don’t try to force things to happen in response to your efforts – just focus on taking
action, following your plan and keeping your eyes on the prize.
Focus more on enhancing your own performance, stretching your limits and refining your
approach. Detach from unrealistic expectations and instead keep your attention squarely on what
you CAN control, which is your own actions.