We all make mistakes—that’s okay but it’s whether we learn from these mistakes that matter. It is the speed at which we learn from our mistakes that determines how long it takes to reach our goals.
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However, if you already have a solid method for setting goals, the following are some basic ways to shorten the time it takes to become successful at anything.
1. Rapid Feedback
In order to avoid making more mistakes than necessary, you need a system that provides you with a clear understanding of when you’re on the right track and when you’re not. When setting goals, you need frequent checkpoints that show you how things are doing. This way you can make adjustments to your behavior along the way. Examples of rapid feedback are having a good coach or accountability partner. This is someone how won’t hesitate to let you know when you are making mistakes and the steps you can take to fix them. Another powerful tool for fast feedback is taking a video recording of yourself practicing a skill with your smart phone or other device. This works especially well with goals like learning new physical movements, becoming a better teacher, or polishing your public speaking. When you see yourself on camera, it is easier to see what you need to change.
For most of my life, I’ve kept numerous journals and notes on just about everything I’ve learned. My journals take the form of everything from notebooks, loose scraps of paper, video footage (see above), voice recordings, and notes on my smart phone. Whatever your preference, find an easy way for you to get your ideas and insights down on paper because you never know if they will come in handy later on. In fact, in was my habit of journaling that helped me write the books I am now sell for a living. I cannot stress the importance of regularly reviewing your journals. They provide you with a clear map of where you came from, what you have learned, and where you still need to focus your self-discipline.
3. Set yourself up for success
Strive to create a living environment and daily routine that inspires you to do the things that will make you successful. If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t fill your cupboards with junk food. If you’re trying to save money, don’t spend money on things that won’t bring your closer to your goal. Finally, don’t hang out with people who aren’t supportive of your goals whenever possible. They will hinder you in the realization of your dream.
4. Take responsibility for your thoughts and actions
You are the only one who can decide how you want to live your life. When situations come up that seem to pull you off track, it’s up to you to stop making excuses and find a way to refocus and persevere on the path to your happiness. Use positive self-talk, breathing exercises, or meditation to control the way you think and how you act on a daily basis.
5. Build Your Support Network
You are not an island. There are other people in this world who share similar goals to yours. Some of them have already achieved them. If you can find other people who share your vision or already excel in something your want to learn, find ways to get their help. This is one of the most powerful ways to achieve what you want out of life.
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