When people want to achieve a specific result in their life or work or want to create a change of some kind they often start by asking themselves this question:
“What do I need to do?”
They then proceed to come up with a long list of tasks to complete and actions to take. It is an important part of the process and is a good starting point. But it isn’t the most important question to ask yourself. Here’s why:
Achieving specific results or creating change successfully is driven to a large extent by your behaviour, habits, mindset, and emotions (how we think and feel has a big impact on how we act and, therefore, our outcomes).
You can have the best strategy and action plan in the world but it is you that has to implement that and make it happen. If you don’t have the mindset, habits, and behaviours that will support you in implementing those tasks and plans, then the game is over before it starts. Your chances of achieving the results that matter most to you are significantly reduced.
So, the most important question to ask yourself to achieve what matters most to you is this:
“Who do I need to be?”
Because who you are being as you work on your goals or changes you want to create is going to dictate whether you achieve the results you most want or not.
Take a moment to think about a result you would like to achieve or a change you would like to create in your life or work. As you ask yourself "what do I need to do to achieve that?", don't forget to also ask yourself "who do I need to BE to achieve that?"
Identify the behaviours, habits, mindset, and emotions that will support you in achieving the specific results you desire. Fostering and implementing those things with your strategy and action plans is a powerful way to set yourself up to succeed.
The bottom line.....
Who you are being (which is driven by your mindset, behaviour, habits, and emotions) is driving how you show up and, therefore, could be the difference between success and failure in the quest to achieve what matters most to you. Give it as much focus and attention as you do to the actions you need to take to achieve the specific results you desire.
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