When people set goals, their first step is often to dive into making action plans. Their process is task focused.
Whilst being task orientated is an important part of achieving specific results, when it is the main or only focus it misses a vital component of what it takes to achieve your goals.
And that vital component is having the right behaviours and habits.
You can have the best action plans in the world, but without them being combined with the right behaviours and habits you won’t achieve the results that matter most to you.
But people don’t often assess what behaviours and habits they need to achieve their goals. In addition, they don’t look at what current behaviours and habits they have that will sabotage their progress and results.
As a result, they risk progress being slower and harder than it needs to be and, potentially, they risk not achieving the results they desire at all.
To avoid this pitfall and to set yourself up to succeed in achieving the results that matter most to you, it helps to have a process that integrates your action plans with the right behaviours and habits to deliver specific and tangible results.
The first step is to increase awareness and start turning that awareness into action that drives change and results. Here are some steps to help you get started with that:
Step 1 – get as specific as you can on what your goal is, or maybe it is some kind of change you want to create in your life or work.
The reason getting as specific as possible is important is because the more specific your goal is, the more specific you can be about the behaviours and habits you need to achieve those results. And the more specific your action plans will be too. The more specific your behaviours, habits, and actions are, the more specific your results will be. So be as specific as you can with this whole process.
Step 2 – as you think about that goal or change you want to achieve consider these three questions:
What specific behaviours and habits would set you up to succeed in achieving the specific outcomes you identified in step 1?
What specific behaviours and habits do you currently have that could sabotage your progress, hold you back or stop you from achieving those results?
Based on your answers to those two questions, what action will you take, and when will you take it, to ensure you are fostering the behaviours and habits that will support you in achieving specific results?
Step 3 – create an action plan that integrates both your behavioural strategy and logistical tasks required to achieve your goals.
Remember, you can have the best action plans in the world, but without the right behaviours and habits integrated into them, you reduce your chances of achieving the results that matter most to you significantly.
So, why you should bother taking the time and effort to make this process an ongoing part of your strategy to achieve your goals or create change is because having a process that integrates the right behaviours and habits with specific actions and tasks is a powerful way to set yourself up to succeed with achieving the goals consistently.
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