7 ways to get what you want

A phrase you hear said all the time is that success is a matter of ” taking action .” No matter what your goal is, if you take action you will get what you want . If you don’t, you won’t get it. It is not entirely true. The truth is, it is about taking specific action. That’s the difference it’s going to make or break, and it’s going to help you achieve whatever goal you have.

Here’s the difference: people who just “take action” are people who try something, then something else, then something else. Shiny objects follow. Then they usually get mad that “nothing works.” From their perspective, they have tried all kinds of things, but nothing is working. People who take specific actions, on the other hand, don’t have that problem. They have a long-term mindset and are committed to your progress. That is why they get what they want more easily.

Here are seven things you can do to take specific action and get what you want easily:

1. Have a plan with an integrated measurement system

You can’t take specific action if you don’t know where you’re going. So have a measurable goal and a set timetable. Maybe it’s 90 days, 180 days, or two years. Then work backward from that plan. What needs to happen so that you can get where you want to go?

For example, let’s say you want to lose 5 kilos in two months, what has to happen? Maybe you have to hit the gym two days a week and say “no” to at least one late night dinner a week.

Whatever you want, having a specific goal – and be measurable along the way – will help you get there.

2. Have a list or action plan of tasks that don’t scare you.

Once the plan is created, take daily actions towards what you are wanting to create. Make your “to do list” manageable – ideally with three to five things a day.

If you could manage to do one or two bigger tasks (aside from your three to five) per day, imagine how productive you would feel at the end of the week!

This is counterintuitive. Most of us have mile-long to-do lists. But the reality is that most people are overwhelmed by those lists and end up doing much less. Or they could do the opposite and get caught up in all kinds of work, failing to prioritize real decision-making tasks.

Going down a “less is more” route will help you see the main impulses without becoming saturated.

3. Systematically undermine

You don’t need to see immediate gratification. If you maintain persistence, over time all the momentum builds and you are going to see great results.

Most of the overnight success stories are really years in the making, and they’re in it for the long haul.

4. Ask for help

If you are trying to get into new territory unfamiliar to you, it makes sense to cut the learning curve as much as possible.

Invest in courses and mentors that can help you reach your final destination in a quick (and cheap, considering months of trial and error) way.

5. Work on your strengths and delegate the rest

It is often much cheaper (in time and money) to hire people for the things that you are not good at. People who take specific action don’t waste time trying to learn things that will only make them slower and / or frustrated.

6. Have a positive attitude

In the advantages the obstacles go up. Those who focus on specific actions seek solutions quickly instead of going into victim mode.

This way, things don’t turn around, and you can keep your focus on getting to your destination as quickly as possible.

7. Make decisions based on your goals

There are always many opportunities. People who are great at taking consistent, focused action only say “yes” to things that are consistent with where they ultimately want to be. They are not distracted by shiny objects because their eyes are on the goals they have set for themselves – period.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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