5 Ways to Start Getting Results Now

In my book, The Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset: Turning Simple Habits Into Extraordinary Success, I tell a story about how a knee injury caused me to me put off taking my black belt exam.  As a result of that injury, I almost quit training because, at least for that time, I wasn’t getting the results I had trained so hard for.

All of us have times when we don’t seem to be getting the outcomes that we’ve worked so hard for. During these times it’s easy to start second guessing ourselves.

We might start doubting ourselves and begin to question the results we’re getting in our work, our family, or even a hobby.

At these times we might ask ourselves questions like, “Is this the life I want to live? If it isn’t, I should start working on figuring out what I want.”

It’s easy to fall into this type of thinking when you’re not getting the results you want.

The Importance of Changing Your Perspective to Getting Results

It’s easy to lose sight of your goals when you keep trying to solve a problem using same approach. In fact, this is Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

The truth is time will pass and your life will not look any different if you don’t change your approach. But before you can start getting the results you want, you’ll need to change your perspective.

The following are five things that you can use to help you change your perspective and start getting results now instead of somewhere in the distant future.

Get results with these strategies:

1.    Write down your goals.

When clients tell me they are not getting the results they want, the first thing I ask them is to show me their goals. Nine times out of ten they will say, “I don’t have them written down, but I can tell you them.”

While you can have goals in your head, the best way to determine what’s important to you is to write them down. Writing them down makes you focus on what you’re trying to achieve and how you’re doing it.

The process of writing them down holds you accountable.

If you don’t write down your goals and the plan you need to achieve them, how can you tell if you’re moving forward toward your goals or simply spinning around aimlessly?

The honest answer is you can’t.

If you want to start getting results in your life now, write down exactly what you want. The more specific you are about what you want, the better.

Create a plan of how you intend to get there. Then start working towards it.

2.    Conduct an honest self-review.

You can’t start getting results until you take an honest look at where you are and how you got here. This self-examination will help you develop a greater sense of self-awareness.

Explore what you feel are your advantages, disadvantages, and limitations. If you find yourself having trouble conducting an honest self-evaluation, seek help from those closest to you.

Sir Francis Bacon is credited for saying that knowledge is power. This is doubly true for self-knowledge.

You can make better judgments that help you attain your goals faster if you have more clear-cut knowledge about yourself.

3.    Plan out the steps.

Let’s say you wanted to build a house. What would happen if you had an idea of what the house would look like once it was built, but didn’t have any plans for, let’s say the plumbing or electrical systems?

How livable do you think that house would be?

The same goes for going after your goals. Like building a house, it’s critical that you pay attention to the details.

Instead of concentrating solely on the end result, think about all the small steps that will get you there.

Also, allow yourself to celebrate the minor wins that come from taking these small steps. As you learn to appreciate you small successes, you’ll make the process of going after your goals seem more like an adventure than a chore.

This will help you to stay on track and achieve the results you desire.

4.    Get clear accountability.

Sometimes you’ll need more than self-motivation to achieve the outcomes you want. This is where having someone to hold you accountable can be helpful.

This should undoubtedly be someone who can help you stay focused on the outcomes you desire.

For example, a financially responsible friend can more easily hold you accountable when it comes to your financial goals.

You might also confide in and seek the help of a friend who has a healthy, stable, long-term relationship if you want to see specific positive results in your relationship.

5.    Focus on the positive.

Finally, develop the habit of focusing on the positive.

If we only paid attention to the news, we’d think that the world is going to self-destruct any second now. This is one of the ways our society has taught us to focus on the negative.

But the real world really isn’t like that. In most of the world, things are going quite well.

The thing about focusing on the negative is it makes us feel bad. Too much negative focus may stop us from working hard to achieve our goals.

Focusing on the positive, on the other hand, is about believing in yourself and getting the results you desire. When you have this type of focus you can continue to be motivated to keep trying no matter what obstacles you face.

Get results with these strategies:

While you can’t control everything that happens in your life, you can choose your perspective, what you want to focus on, and the actions you take. This will help you make the best play in any situation.

By focusing on your actions, you’ll find that the score will take care of itself.

This is the simplest way for getting the results you desire.

While this will take some effort and time, in the end, you’ll enjoy the journey and your results!

Want to learn how successful people set and achieve goals? Then pick up your copy of The Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset: Turning Simple Habits Into Extraordinary Success, today!

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