Achievement

Getting What You Want Means Learning to Focus

You know that old song, "One is the Loneliest Number"? Well, I think Three Dog Night was dead wrong! If you truly want to succeed, the number one can actually be your best friend.

I'm not talking about being alone though. Instead, I'm talking about focusing on one thing at a time. Specifically, having only one major goal at a time and only doing one thing at a time to help you reach it. This advice may sound simple, but most people have trouble doing it - which is why most people have trouble succeeding.

Here's how you can focus the right way:

- Think about what really matters.

If you take the time to sit down and think about what's really important in your life, you'll find it easier to focus. For example, if your job is robbing you of too much family time, you may be much happier with another job. If you actively work to keep your family in the forefront of your mind, it'll be easier to focus on each specific task that'll move you toward your goal of getting another job.

- Stop overbooking yourself.

A jam-packed to-do list may be a sign of a hard worker, but it's also a sign of someone who lacks focus! If you have 25 different things to do today, your mind will be so overwhelmed that you'll never be able to focus on doing one thing at a time - and, thus, you won't do all of them as well as you should.

Instead, put 2-3 things on your to-do list each day and do the most important task first. Yes, you'll have to fit some "prioritization time" into your schedule, but the end result will be worth it.

- Put your email on the backburner.

A "quick" trip into your inbox is never quick. There's always something in there to distract you, whether it's an email from your boss or a link to a funny cat video. If you want to focus on one thing at a time, you have to eliminate distractions. Checking your email as infrequently as possible is a great way to start!

- Give your brain a breather.

In order to achieve maximum focus, you need your brain operating at its peak. So, before you dive into something new, give your brain a brief break - even if it's just a walk out to the mailbox or a quick cup of coffee. That way, your brain will be refreshed and rejuvenated enough to keep up the focus you so desperately need!

- Don't stop until you're finished

Focusing on one thing at a time means tackling it to the exclusion of everything else until you've conquered it. If your mind tries to wander, tell it "No!" After all, getting what you want requires discipline - even if it means disciplining your own thoughts!

One more tip, and probably the most important of all:

- Get clear about the end result you're after.

Want to know why most folks don't get what they want? They haven't a clue as to what they do want! Thus, their attention is scattered all over the place, and, as a result, their lives are filled with confusion, distractions, interruptions, and trivia.

A crystal clear vision of what you want instantly brings order to your life and makes it readily apparent where your attention should and shouldn't be.

If you need help creating a vision that's right you (not anyone else, you!), I highly recommend you read my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide, in that order. Between the two of them, you'll learn just about everything you'll ever need to know about creating visions and, more importantly, realizing them. Click or tap the links below to get your copies today.

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Dealing with Perfection - Is It a Blessing or a Curse?

You can't do any better than perfect, right? Doing something perfectly is the most you can ever hope for, so you should strive for perfection in everything you do, right?

Not so fast...

"Perfectionist" describes someone whose goals are incredibly high - and won't settle for anything less. If something is even slightly less than perfect, a perfectionist sees it as being completely unacceptable.

You probably have a very clear mental picture of people who are perfectionists. You probably see them as being driven, passionate, and highly intelligent. In this picture, being a perfectionist seems like such a blessing. After all, how could you ever get tired of achieving excellence?!

But in reality, perfectionism comes with some curses.

For example, if you're a perfectionist and someone else does a better job than you at something, you may feel depressed. You may feel so bad, in fact, you don't even bother the next time. After all, it's better to do nothing than to fall short of your self-imposed perfect goals, right?

Another common curse is likely to strike when you're starting a new project. You're so busy trying to plan out every tiny detail - and making sure everything comes together perfectly - you delay the work altogether. You're actually frozen by your desire to be perfect!

Another curse? You can't start work because it's too overwhelming. If you don't think you can perform perfectly with the time and information you've been given, you might choose to do nothing at all!

Unfortunately, other people may not view this inaction as being a result of your perfectionism. Instead, they may think you're lazy! Only you know about the perfection tug-of-war that's going on in your mind!

You don't have time for this tug-of-war at work. Yes, you want to do well and move forward, but you're also being paid to accomplish something every single day. You can't get stuck in limbo because of your own high standards.

So, how do you strike a balance?

Start by setting personal deadlines. If your big project is due on the 30th, plan to have the first portion done by the 15th. Once the 15th hits, move on - whether you think the first portion is perfect or not. Don't use your perfectionism as an excuse not to get everything done!

You can also ask someone to help you meet your deadlines. If a friend or co-worker checks in on you every few days, you'll automatically have someone to answer to besides yourself. That extra accountability can be a huge motivator to get working!

Also, learn to be more flexible. By bending your own personal requirements ever-so-slightly, you won't waste time trying to make everything perfect. And quite honestly, even when you compromise a little bit, most people will probably still think your work is pretty perfect!

Follow these tips and your perfectionism won't hold you back!

Now, please don't get me wrong here. Perfection isn't a bad thing. In fact, in his book The Personal Power Course, Wallace D. Wattles advised us to:

"Aim at PERFECTION..."

And...

"... do perfect work."

Why?

Because aiming at perfection and doing perfect work are absolutely vital to your success!

However, some folks go beyond that to the point where it paralyzes them.

My advice?

Don't you be one of them!

Aim at perfection and do perfect work but don't carry it to the point where you can't get anything done.

For more on the importance of perfection to success, I suggest reading Mr. Wattles' book How to Get What You Want. Click or tap the links below to get your copy today.

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Failure Only Exists in Your Mind

When's the last time you didn't do something because you were afraid to fail at it? You probably thought it was better to avoid reaching for that goal altogether than to try and fail. After all, no one likes to fail because it brings up all these horrible thoughts that we're ineffective and weak.

But what if I told you failure doesn't exist? I know, I know, failure - and the negative emotions that come with it - are strong. So, how can failure not exist?

Because it depends on you!

Crack open a dictionary and you'll find failure has several different meanings:

  •  "A failing to do or perform."
  •  "A state of inability to perform a normal function adequately."
  •  "A fracturing or giving way under stress."
  •  "A lack of success."

If you read those definitions carefully, you'll see they all have one thing in common - they're all based on perceptions. If you believe you've failed, then you have. If you think you can't do it, you won't. If you think success is just beyond your grasp, there it will be.

If you read those definitions carefully, you'll see they all have one thing in common - they're all based on perceptions. If you believe you've failed, then you have. If you think you can't do it, you won't. If you think success is just beyond your grasp, there it will be.

So, the key to eliminating failure is to eliminate all those negative thoughts!

The moment you stop working toward a goal, failure shows up. That means you simply can't afford to give up.

Okay, but that sounds a lot easier than it actually is! So, how do you keep on going so failure never creeps into your life?

1. Never give yourself an out.

If you're like most people, you do this without even thinking about it. You're probably willing to work hard toward a goal - until you get tired or until a hurdle pops up. Then, you quit and feel like a failure.

Instead, don't make failure an option. Commit to making your goal a reality, no matter what. As long as you keep yourself motivated, you'll keep working - and failure will never have a chance to get in the way.

2. Don't think in terms of time.

There are always going to be things that are beyond your control. So, if you try to achieve your goal by a certain day or time, you're going to feel like a failure when an unforeseen issue delays you. Having a firm deadline simply invites failure!

Instead, have a general idea of when you'd like to achieve your goal. Then, focus on taking things one day at a time. That way, you'll be much more likely to reach the finish line.

3. Don't confuse setbacks with failure.

A setback simply means one thing - it isn't time for your goal to be achieved yet. Suffering one doesn't mean you're a failure, you're weak, or your goal is unattainable. The only way a setback can cause failure is if you let it stop you from moving forward.

The opposite of failure is success and out of all the books I've read on the subject over the years Wallace D. Wattles' How to Get What You Want stands out in my mind as one of the best. If you feel like you're missing something, chances are good you'll find it there. Click or tap the links below to get your copy today.

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Momentum Is the Key to Achieving Your Goal

You've probably heard the old saying, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," but that makes getting started sound a whole lot easier than it really is! No matter how excited you are about a specific goal, getting started on taking action to achieve it can actually be the toughest part.

Why?

Because starting something new means stepping out of your comfort zone. As much as you'd love to quit smoking, make more money, or learn how to cook fancy French food, you have to change your daily routine to do it. All of that talking and dreaming has to turn into tangible actions, and it can be hard to actually take action.

Adding to the challenge is all of the work that goes into achieving your goal is usually WAY harder than you thought it was going to be! All of the setbacks, delays, fears, and anxieties you encounter along the way can make you feel like you're running uphill - and that's something that can exhaust anyone!

If you don't find a way to stay motivated through these challenges, you're never going to achieve your goal. It's as simple as that. After all, giving up is a whole lot easier than bearing down and moving forward.

So, how do you keep yourself from quitting? What can you do to keep your motivation strong?

You have to take advantage of a little something called "momentum".

Most people give up on their goal right in the beginning - right when the obstacles start to get in their way - because they haven't built up any momentum yet. What they fail to realize is all of their efforts will build up. Eventually, moving forward will be much easier simply because of the momentum of everything they've already done.

Think of it like trying to move a giant boulder. Sure, getting the boulder to move an inch requires a ton of pushing and straining, but once it gets going, you have an easier time rolling it along.

Fortunately, achieving your goal works the same way!

If you simply "keep pushing", you'll see that achieving your goal isn't as hard as it seems. Once you get through the initial struggles, it becomes easier to move forward. In fact, moving forward might actually be fun!

So, the next time you want to turn a goal into reality, think about momentum. As long as you keep working towards your goal - and keep building up your momentum - your goal WILL become reality. You simply have to be willing to work harder and take bigger risks. While that might sound scary, it's the best way to build up your momentum!

Think about it - if you hold back (even just a little bit), you're not taking advantage of all the energy you have. As a result, it'll take longer for your momentum to build up. If you take a risk, though, it's like giving the boulder a bigger push. It gets moving faster, and you get to take advantage of its momentum sooner.

Bottom line - the best way to stay motivated is to get into action and take it with gusto. By getting through the difficult beginning part faster, you'll be able to build up momentum faster - meaning you'll be cruising toward the achievement of your goal before you know it!

Here's something for you to ponder...

It comes from Lesson 4 of Wallace D. Wattles' book The Personal Power Course ("The Physical Side of Wealth-Culture"):

"When you continually move toward a thing, you know that you must get there sometime; and..."

This is the important part...

"... you will find that the farther you go the more rapid your progress becomes."

Momentum...

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If you haven't already, I highly recommend you read The Personal Power Course by Wallace D. Wattles. It contains some of the best information you'll ever read on the role of action in your getting what you want. Click or tap the links below to get your copy today.

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