By Dr. Frank B. Smoot, MA, DD
Have you gotten "derailed" on your way to success in the past, and didn't know why? That's a demoralizing and confusing experience, and it can totally sabotage your progress and stop you in your tracks if you don't know how to get the success process jump-started again.
Based on decades of experience with human behavior change, I have developed a powerful and proven 10-step system that will help you clearly identify where you've been getting derailed so you can get back on track and finally reach your destination!
All you need to do is build your own personal program around these 10 steps. Not only will you then have all your bases covered, but you'll also be able to clearly identify what's been keeping you from enjoying the success you so richly deserve.
Whether it's health, fitness, or happiness you want the most, the keys to all three will be found among these 10 steps. So if you're ready to stop spinning your wheels and get some traction toward your goals, then let's get started!
First I'll list the steps with a brief explanation of each. Then in the next section we'll get started creating your custom-tailored success plan!
Step 1 - Identify Your Specific Goals - It's no coincidence that first place most people fail is right here at the first step. If you don't know where you want to go, then your odds of getting there are pretty slim. So the success process begins by clearly identifying your destination.
Step 2 - Create Your Clear Vision - A major problem for most people is the failure to create some kind of the vision of how their success should look and feel. Many people claim that they "can't visualize," but this simply isn't true. Any of us can envision the appearance of our house, our car, or our loved ones. And that's all that visualization really is. The only difference is that, with visualization, you are picturing what you haven't yet seen with your physical eyes.
Step 3 - Develop Your Compelling Motivations - Motivations are the rocket fuel that will blast you to success. Many of my clients come to me with a fairly clear picture of where they want to be, but without clear reasons why they want to be there ("pull" motivations), or without clear reasons why it's unacceptable to stay where they are ("push" motivations). Both "push" and "pull" motivations are necessary for success.
Step 4 - Affirm Your Desired Results - This is a step that very few people understand the need for, and even fewer know how to do. We've all heard affirmations like "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better." That is the ultimate in lame, impotent, useless affirmations! Yet it's tragically typical of the ones most people use. You can do much better! And you'll need to if you expect to get any real results.
Step 5 - Define Your Action Plan - A clear destination is of little value without a plan for getting there. And the more specific and detailed your plan is, the better your chances of getting there. But what most people don't understand is that they need both a "Plan A" and a "Plan B." You'll soon see why.
Step 6 - Act Appropriately And Consistently - There's no point having a plan if you don't take action on your plan, and do so consistently. SO many people fail at this point. They start off with a bang, and end up with a whimper. (Sound all too familiar?)
Step 7 - Evaluate Your Results Objectively - OK, you followed your plan, and you met with less than stunning success. But that's not a problem! In fact, that's what a wise person will expect. Only the foolish expect to get everything right on the first try. The key is to figure out what went wrong so you can fix it. It's called "learning."
Step 8 - Identify Your Problems Clearly - This is no place for vague answers. You need to identify -- in very specific terms -- what part of your plan is working and what part is not. If you don't clearly identify what's wrong, how in the world will you know what to fix?
Step 9 - Modify Your Strategy Accordingly - Once you figure out what's broke, then you need to fix it. And you may not get this right on the first try, either. So you need to have a solid commitment to success, and the resilience to keep experimenting and learn through trial and error without giving up.
Step 10 - Repeat Steps 6-9 As Necessary - When you figure out what needs changing, simply change it. Redesign your action plan as necessary, and see how the new plan goes. And if you find something else that's not working, fix it and try again. The only true failure is quitting.