THE SECRET TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS

January 14, 2011

What would you like to see change in your life? Your bank account get bigger? Your waistline get smaller? Your schedule get more organized?

What has prevented you from already having that? What is the secret to actually losing those ten pounds, making that extra buck, or finishing that project? I’m about to tell you.

Note: This is not another sales pitch for the latest diet or 10-step program to success or a sure-fire way to make a million this year. It is simply the secret to achievement. If you apply it, you are guaranteed to lose that weight, make more money, and achieve your goals.  

Want to know the secret? Well just send me three easy payments of $99.95! (Just kidding.)

Change your life, achieve your goals, and get stronger, smarter, & healthier. All absolutely free. How?

Are you ready? Here it is: The secret is your daily routine.

I know, I know. Doesn’t sound very exciting. But trust me, it’s powerful. The secret to achievement is your daily routine.

Psychologists estimate that up to 90% of our behavior is habitual- 90%! The Greek philosopher Aristotle observed, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”

In his wonderful book “Put Your Dream to the Test” John Maxwell said: “Your daily habits will determine the outcome of your life. The secret to your success can be found in your daily agenda. Successful people don’t just drift to victory. Individuals who achieve big dreams don’t get there by accident.”

THE RAINDROP PRINCIPLE

Losing weight (and keeping it off) is the result of many days of eating right and exercising. A powerful prayer life is the result of many hours of time with God. It’s what I call, “The Raindrop Principle”. One raindrop has never washed away an entire city. But if you take a million raindrops and put them together, it creates a flood with great power. The greatest achievements, growth, success, and victories in our life are usually not the result of a single moment, but the accumulation of many moments (i.e. a consistent habit).

Or as Robert Ringer wrote in Million Dollar Habits:

Remember, life is nothing more than the sum total of many successful years; a successful year is nothing more than the sum total of many successful months; a successful month is nothing more than the sum total of many successful weeks; a successful week is nothing more than the sum total of many successful days. That’s why practicing successful habits day in and day out is the most certain way to win over the long term.

To quote Maxwell again, “If your habits don’t line up with your dream, then you need to either change your habits or change your dream. If you want to hold onto your dream, then be prepared for a battle to change your habits because a bad habit never goes away by itself.”

So ask yourself, “Is my daily routine helping me achieve my physical and spiritual goals?” If you can’t answer yes, why not? What changes do you need to make?

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • It takes time. Developing a manageable, consistent, and powerful daily routine that takes you toward your goals is a process. It will take some trial and error to figure out what works best for you.
  • It takes diligence. This is the tough part. You can lay out a beautiful daily schedule that includes all the habits to you need…but it’s useless, unless you actually do it.
  • It takes commitment. It takes 21 days to engrain a new habit. So stick with it! Even when you mess up or miss a day, pick right back up and start again.

What is the most important part of your daily routine? What habit do you want to start? I would love to hear your comments!

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