Outliers: The Story of Success is a non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell. Throughout the book, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.
That’s why it’s so important to be clear about what you want. You can’t spend your time chasing larger than life dreams of becoming a professional athlete or movie star. For some, yes it may work out, but the odds are stacked against you. You need to be realistic in what you’re looking to accomplish and then stick to it.
For instance, a couple of years ago I wanted to learn how to play the piano, so I decided to start taking lessons. After taking lessons for a while, it occurred to me that playing the piano is just a hobby of mine, and I can’t let it interfere with my primary goal of building a business. That’s when I realized that goals and hobbies are two different things. You need to prioritize your life and sometimes your hobbies need to take a backseat to your goals.
Then I started thinking to myself, “what other things can help people accomplish their goals?” So I came up with this list of things to 6 things to help you increase the probability of accomplishing your goals:
1. Look 3 feet in front of you, not 3 miles
The key to achieving large goals is to break them up into smaller goals. If it’s your goal to make $10,000 a month, why not shoot for $100 first? Then you can set your goals higher – $500, $1000, $2000, and so on.
If I view building my business in stages over time, it becomes much more manageable. I’m not saying you shouldn’t realize that you’re working toward something much bigger, but you should stay focused on the task at hand. Don’t worry about the finished result if you’re just getting started.
2. A jack of all trades and a master of none
If you want to accomplish your dream you may need to eliminate some of your other not so important ones. In my example above I decided to cut back on my piano playing until my goal of building a business is completed. If you’re like me then you want to be the best at everything you do. That’s why you need to focus all of your energy on one main goal.
3. You’ve only got one shot, make it count!
Life is short. You may only get one chance to attack your goals, so you need to be prepared to go all the way! You need to be sure you’re going after the goals that are most important to you. Don’t waste time on things that will get in the way of you and your goals. It’s best to have a set schedule to avoid this from happening.
4. Go public
Tell everyone about your goal. This is a huge key. Because the next time you see that person they’re going to ask about it, and you won’t want to come across as a failure. It’s probably just my pride, but “going public” has proven to be a great tool in moving me toward my goals.
5. Have passion and purpose
You’ve got to have passion for what you’re doing. If don’t feel some sort of obsession it’s probably not going to work out. What are you drawn to? What do you do in your free time? Normally, when you’re passionate about something you don’t need to make time for it, it finds time for you. If you don’t have passion and purpose, greater productivity won’t help you!
6. Stay motivated
It can be difficult to stay motivated. There might be times when you get frustrated and just feel like giving up. Take a break. Read a motivational book. Go for a hike! You can even search the internet for motivational quotes or videos on YouTube. I’ve done this quite often for an extra boost of motivation.
So, what has helped you reach your goals?
Guest Post Author Bio: This is a guest post from Steve Ryan. He has been in Real Estate and mortgage lending for the past 13 years. In that time he has helped thousands of people realize their dreams of home ownership. He currently runs his own blog Smart Wealth, where he discusses Real Estate, personal finance, debt management, and building wealth.