ACCELERATED GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
An Authentic Approach to Set and Achieve Goals Faster
Copyright 2015 by VERUSHA SINGH & VIREND SINGH
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The heart of the matter is: Most people don’t achieve their goals in life because they don’t understand the simple process of setting and achieving goals. Mostly, successful people have defined goals and detailed plans for achieving those goals. They can tell you where they are going and how they intend to get there.
Perhaps the one thing that sets the high achievers apart from the rest is mental mastery, where you proactively control your mental attitudes, and not vise versa. The most direct path to mental mastery is developing an understanding of the subconscious mind, which is the true SECRET to turning your dreams into reality. The greatest champions literally hack (or trick) the subconscious mind to deliver their desired outcome.
You can, too!
Let’s take a deeper look at the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is a “living-computer” that operates according to the specific instructions that it is given. In his best-selling book, Psycho-cybernetics, Dr Maxwell Maltz refers to it as a goal-seeking mechanism. He says:
“The new science of ‘Cybernetics’ has furnished us with convincing proof that the so-called ‘subconscious mind’ is not a ‘mind’ at all, but a mechanism – a goal-striving ‘servo-mechanism’ consisting of the brain and nervous system, which is used by, and directed by mind. Like any other servo-mechanism, it must have a clear goal, objective, or ‘problem’ to work upon. The goals that our own Creative Mechanism seeks to achieve are MENTAL IMAGES, or mental pictures, which we create by use of IMAGINATION.”
All things are created mentally first, then they are created physically. Life is images of the mind, expressed in physical form in your outer world. So, without images in your mind (or internal world), there is no equivalent expression in your outer world. In other words, if you cannot see your goal completed in all its glory in your mind, then there is no way you will experience it in your life.
There’s a proven way to create and accelerate success in your life. It’s through effective goal setting and the implementation of a plan to achieve them. This book will teach you the process of setting and achieving goals so that you can turn your dreams into reality.
In order to explain the various concepts described in setting and achieving goals, and give you a practical example to follow, we have shared the exact steps we took to plan, execute and create this ‘Goal book’.
Let’s get started.
A goal is the clear vision in your mind of a target you aim to hit by a specified date. It is your vision of a desired outcome. There is no hard and fast rule about the size of a goal – it may be large, medium or small, depending on the desired outcome, the amount of effort involved and the time required to achieve it.
Goal Setting is the process of defining and working towards achieving goals. It is a powerful skill which, once learnt, is the path to success.
If you study successful people you will find that they share a very common quality – the ability to create a vision and to steadfastly hold on to that vision until it becomes a reality. They identify and accomplish all the necessary steps to ensure a successful outcome within the required time frame. That is the essence of goal setting.
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.
~ Albert Einstein
You set goals to achieve the things you want in life. Goals enable you to face the future. They bring direction into your life and enable you to grow and get what you want — to realise your dreams and highest aspirations.
If you don’t have a target, how can you hit it? Defining what you truly want means that you can begin to guide your life like a ship toward the harbour light because you now have a goal that is exactly, precisely and specifically identified. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you identify where you need to concentrate your efforts.
Once you have mastered goal setting, it will become common practice and will prove invaluable as you work towards every accomplishment. You will pursue your goals with confidence and shape your destiny. No longer will there be uncertainty – you will be in absolute control.
Goal achievement is the step-by-step realisation of your specific goal – the actual process.
A clearly defined goal is fundamental for long term success. While it is possible to achieve some level of success without clearly defined goals, you will achieve much more and a lot faster, if you are disciplined about the process of goal achievement.
There are many reasons why people don’t achieve their goals. Following are some of the common ones.
• No compelling reason – they are ‘comfortable’ with their current situation.
• No written goals – the subconscious mind does not have a definite, clear target to pursue.
• No plans – no ‘road map’ to guide them toward their goal.
• No action – not doing the tasks necessary to accomplish the goal.
• No commitment – no resolve to finish the project.
• No belief – don’t believe that they can accomplish what they set out to accomplish.
• No patience – not willing to wait; seeking immediate gratification.
• No focus – no concentrated effort on the task at hand.
• No sense of team – no sense of leveraging and working together for the greater good of all concerned.
• No persistence – no endurance/tenacity to go the distance.
• Not open to feedback – inflexible; not prepared to change strategy when necessary.
• Low expectation – ‘poor person’ or ‘lack’ mindset.
• Wrong company or associates – associating with and being influenced by people who have no plans to get ahead.
• Ignorance of the abundance of the universe – unaware that there is plenty for everyone.
First you conceive your “big picture” of what you want to create or bring into existence – your major goal or vision/mission, so to speak. Achieving your major goal is a process involving many elements that flow from the macro to the micro. Therefore, it is important to create a blueprint depicting how the process will unfold from the big picture to a predictable end result. Here are the key elements of the blueprint:
1. Vision/Mission – a broad primary outcome or major goal
2. Core Values – your guiding principles
3. Objectives – sub-goals or measurable steps that ladder up to the major goal
4. Strategies – the approach you take to achieve a goal
5. Plans – a tactical tool you use in pursuing a goal
6. Results – the completed outcome or deliverable
Following is a diagrammatic representation of the Goal Achievement blueprint.
Accelerated Goal Achievement
Your blueprint (or project) is a series of pieces or parts that work together to produce a desired result. Clearly, it’s important to have a bird’s eye (aerial) view of the project to understand how all the different components come together to create the results you want. A bird’s eye view will help you see the bigger picture and still drill into the specifics (or details) at a worm’s eye level.
Many people have only a worm’s eye view of their project because they are focused solely on the small details. They don’t see the connection between the different components, which makes it difficult to position themselves in front of the curve and adopt a proactive strategy. Basically, they are operating off the seat of their pants (in an unstructured manner).
Let’s briefly look at each element of the blueprint.
Whenever anything worthwhile is accomplished, it is because someone had a vision. Vision is the art of seeing the invisible — to see something with your mind before you see it with your eyes. You can accomplish the impossible if you can see the invisible.
Used as part of your personal approach to goal setting, vision and mission statements are useful for helping you stay focused on your goal and, when the need arises, to quickly decide which actions would serve you best.
Vision is about the future, and Mission is about what we will do to achieve the Vision. More often than not, writing two distinct statements causes confusion. We recommend a simpler approach of combining the functions of both statements into one statement and calling it the Mission Statement.
Articulating what you are about provides an excellent starting point for understanding your motivations in life and you can do this by writing your own Mission Statement.
When writing your mission statement, don’t limit yourself to the things you’d like to accomplish next week, next year, or in ten years (although those are certainly important). Instead, think about what kind of person you want to be, specifically
• How do you want to make a difference?
• What value do you want to create for others?
• How do you want to be known and remembered?
• What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
The answers to these questions will reveal your priorities and help you craft your mission statement. It follows, therefore, that everything you do must be congruent with your larger vision of who you are and what you want out of life. For example, our mission is to foster peace and harmony in the world and care for our environment, and we believe that raising human consciousness is the most effective way to accomplish that. Here is our mission statement:
To raise human consciousness so that we [humans]
• live in peace and harmony with each other, and the other kingdoms (i.e. plant, animal, mineral, etc.) that make up our world, at every level of our existence;
• take care of our world for ourselves and future generations.
Our flagship product, The Inexplicable Laws of Success: Discover the Hidden Truths that Separate the ‘Best’ from the ‘Rest’ [Classic Edition], is the first step towards achieving this mission. The book is based on the premise that you don’t attract what you want in life, but you attract what you are. Essentially, you are a packet of energy resonating at certain frequencies, and because ‘like attracts like’, when you change the way you resonate (i.e. change your vibrational state through your conduct), you change your outcomes in life. Now, imagine a world where everyone understood this fundamental truth and then conducted themselves accordingly!
Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and write your Mission Statement. Use a computer application (e.g. Word Processor or Spreadsheet) if you prefer.
Steven Covey refers to developing a mission statement as “connecting with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction that comes from fulfilling it.” Basically, the mission is the end result you aspire to when the project concludes. In his best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey labelled habit number 2, “Begin with the End in Mind” – in other words, focus on all the things you want to accomplish to be the kind of person you envision.
The extent to which you begin with the end in mind often determines whether or not you are able to create a successful outcome. When we begin with the end in mind, we have a clear sense of direction to guide our daily actions, without which we will accomplish little toward our goals.
Mission statements can also be made for families, service groups and organizations of all kinds. A family mission statement is an expression of the family’s true foundation, its shared vision and core values. Here is our family mission statement, which was crafted more than two decades ago.
Family Mission Statement
Experience a life filled with happiness and good health
Love, help and believe in each other
Enjoy peace of mind and serenity
Practise humility and patience
Face life’s challenges
Keep ourselves free from addictive and destructive habits
Make our home a nurturing place of order, truth and relaxation
Wisely use our time, talents, and resources to enhance the lives of others
Achieve balance in the physical, social, spiritual and financial areas of life
The Singh Family
It has served us well. Feel free to adopt it as your own, with or without modification.
Your values define who you are as a person. These are the underlying principles or beliefs that guide your behaviour. To achieve enduring success, you must have strong values that you adhere to no matter the circumstances. Therefore it is fundamental to identify the values that are most important to you.
Values become useful when you are confronted with choices while working towards your goals. They help you decide the course of action you should take. They also help to motivate you and reflect the limits you will place on your own ambitions. Hence they must be clear, direct, durable, decisive, and positive.
It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
~ Roy Disney (1893-1971), Walt Disney’s Elder Brother
All improvement in your life begins with you clarifying your core values and then making a concerted effort to live consistent with them on a daily basis. Goals, and action plans to achieve them, must be aligned with your core values. If they are not aligned, you might accomplish a great deal, but you won’t ever be content e.g. if family relationships comes first and you give precedence to career success, you are likely to ruin family relationships.
A higher-order value always takes precedence over a lower-order value. Once you are clear about your order of values, decision-making becomes much easier – you will always select the action that is consistent with your higher value.
Below is a list of values words/phrases you can use to help you define your core values. Feel free to add your own! Then circle up to ten words/phrases that you consider are important to you – the things you value most in your life.
Now select your top five values, list them in order of priority, and then define what each one means to you.
Here are some examples of how your list might look when you have finished:
• I strive for excellence in all that I do.
• I act with integrity and for the highest good of all concerned.
• I conduct my activities and myself with patience and decorum.
• I form good habits and seek constantly to improve myself.
• I keep promises and honour commitments.
• I contribute fully to the activities of the team.
• I always render more and better service than what is expected of me.
The next step is to develop the specific objectives that are focused on achieving the Mission.
It is usually a short progression from the Mission to the Objectives.
Objectives refer to specific measurable results for the project and may be referred to as intermediate or sub-goals because they, too, have predetermined end points and are part of a primary goal. The objectives generally describe what will be accomplished by when.
For example, for us to achieve our Mission (per our Mission Statement), we developed a number of specific objectives or intermediate goals, not the least of which are the creation of the following resources:
• The Inexplicable Laws of Success: Discover the Hidden Truths that Separate the ‘Best’ from the ‘Rest’ [Classic Edition] by Dec, 2013
• The Inexplicable Laws of Success: Discover the Hidden Truths that Separate the ‘Best’ from the ‘Rest’ [Pocket Edition] by Dec, 2013
• Inspirational Words and Positive Quotes to Live By: An Insightful Collection of Motivational Quotes by April, 2014
• Inspirational Poems about Life and Success: Thought-provoking and Empowering Words to Uplift and Inspire You by Oct, 2014
• Inspirational Short Stories about Success and Happiness: Insightful Words of Wisdom to Uplift the Heart and Reawaken the Spirit by March, 2015
• Accelerated Goal Achievement: An Authentic Approach to Set and Achieve Goals Faster by March, 2015
• Success Mastery (Video program) by May, 2015
…plus the creation and marketing of many other personal development resources.
The creation of this publication, Accelerated Goal Achievement: An Authentic Approach to Set and Achieve Goals Faster, is therefore an intermediate goal, the specific objective of which is to:
• teach trendy methods that will accelerate goal achievement; and
• publish both, the digital and print versions on Amazon by 31 March 2015.
You can’t just set a goal and expect it to be delivered. To make it happen, you need a strategy that is consistent with your mission and values. Your strategy tells how you are going to get things done. It is your overall game plan – the approach that you’re going to adopt to win in the period ahead. Professional sports people have a strategy… and so should you!
It is prudent to start your strategic planning with a SWOT Analysis. SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It identifies your particular strengths and weaknesses, and any outside opportunities and threats you need to consider. Use it to determine your current situation and what changes you need to make going forward. Importantly, identify your unique capabilities and resources, and understand how to use these to your advantage.
Pay particular attention to operational matters, including project management, communication, technology, progress tracking, funding, etc. For example, you might choose to develop skills in a particular area (such as web development) as opposed to outsourcing it to a professional. Also, there could be numerous sub-strategies within a single strategy. Evaluate all your strategic options in detail and select the ones that provide you the best return on investment.
SWOT diagrams are sometimes referred to as SWOT matrices because they are usually presented as matrixes. You can get started easily using a SWOT analysis template readily available on the Internet. Here is a very simple SWOT Analysis template arranged as a 2 × 2 matrix.
Without going into the details of the authors’ specific strategy, recognise that both are passionate about personal transformation and sharing their knowledge with the world. A SWOT analysis will reveal that they are taking advantage of their unique strengths and leveraging their weaknesses by eliciting the help of each other and other people through outsourcing of various technical tasks. Their strategy is to facilitate personal transformation through a package of related products and services, each offering a different entry point to their overall mission of human transformation for a better world.
In a nutshell, your strategy is like a compass showing you, directionally, where to go.
The development of an action plan is the next step in the process. The plan will describe the way you will apply the strategies to achieve the objectives, which, in turn, support the overall mission (or primary goal). Put another way, the goal flows into the objective, and into the strategy, and then into the plan. The plan will help you focus your ideas and give you a ‘roadmap’ for running your project. Your plan is like a map; it helps you navigate your way to your desired end result.
An effective plan will have a set of clearly defined steps (or instructions) and a realistic timetable to help you to achieve each of your specific objectives. However, once created, the plan is not set in concrete; you must be prepared to revise your plan as circumstances dictate.
Planning is an iterative process; once you have been through one iteration, you can start again at the beginning. There are several different models for action planning. Here is a simple one:
The action plan itself consists of a number of action steps. Each action step refers to the specific efforts that are required to reach your goal and should describe:
• What actions will occur
• Who will carry out these actions
• By when they will take place, and for what duration
• What resources (i.e. money, people, technology) are needed to carry out these actions
• How to communicate to keep all stakeholders fully informed of progress
The formulation of the action plan is covered in detail in Chapter 6.
Be results-oriented. Results are everything. We only get rewarded for results.
To ensure the plan performs as devised, you must regularly review progress and refine the plan as required.
In the end, you will have results or reasons (for a lack thereof).
It is true that we don’t passively experience the world; we actively create the world we experience.
We become what we think about. At this point in our lives, each of us is the living embodiment of the sum total of our thoughts up to this point in our lives. Similarly, three years from now, we’ll be the sum total of our thoughts to that point in time. Importantly, we can control our thoughts. We can decide on what to focus our attention from this moment forward… and we’ll become that!
Essentially, whatever you focus your attention on will grow stronger in your life and whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate and disappear. So, if you want to realise a specific goal, focus all your attention on that goal and it will grow and manifest. Concentrated attention will let it sink into the subconscious mind where it will attract the right responses and conditions to develop and grow.
Our subconscious mind acts like servo-devices (or missiles) that use error-sensing feedback to auto-correct our assessments and actions relative to the instructions (or goals) we give it. This is perhaps where the real power of goal achievement lies. Therefore it make sense to capitalise on your understanding of your intrinsic nature as a goal-achieving missile!
The subconscious mind is triggered by a burning desire and a clear mental picture of the desired outcome. During every moment of our lives we program our subconscious mind through our imagination to work for or against us. Often we do this by allowing others to influence our thinking. We also talk to ourselves every moment of our lives (generating more than 60,000 thoughts per day). It is therefore important that we tell ourselves good things – positive things; goal-achieving things.
Almost everybody dreams of a better life and tends to state that as their “goal”. That is easy to do, but it is not easy to come up with compelling reasons for achieving the goal. And without compelling reasons, your goals will remain dreams.
Your goal must be worth pursuing. When defining your goal you need to solidify your reasons for wanting to achieve that goal. If you don’t, or if your reasons are not compelling enough, you will have little chance of achieving it.
Reasons should be reviewed regularly to help motivate you as you pursue your goals. If they don’t motivate you, perhaps they are not as compelling as you thought. Therefore, you should give serious thought about WHY you want what you want before proceeding further with your goal-setting exercise. Philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche said, “He who has a strong enough why can bear almost any how”.
Your desire for your goal must be so strong that you will be willing to do almost anything to achieve it. All success stories begin with a strong desire – a burning desire.
A burning desire is the first ingredient of success. To have desire is one thing, but to have a burning desire is another thing entirely. The extent to which you succeed in any endeavour is largely influenced by the intensity of your desire. Your desire for what you want to achieve must be so strong that it dominates your thinking, making it difficult to concentrate on anything else. If you can’t get that wound up about something, it’s not really aburning desire.
A burning desire is intense and urgent and it is the force that propels a person into action. A burning desire is creative power that has to manifest or express itself in the external world. It is an emotional force that attracts. The emotion attached to your desire moves you towards your desired outcome and magnetically draws your desired outcome towards you. A burning desire has a sense of desperation to it and, as an ingredient of success, it is comparable to air, the most basic element for life’s sustenance. The following story illustrates:
A Student’s Quest for Success
A student went to his spiritual teacher and said, ‘Guru, I want to experience success. How can I become successful quickly?’ The teacher smiled and said, ‘All right, I’ll teach you the secret of success. Meet me at the Ganges River at 5:00 am tomorrow.’
The next morning the student showed up at 5:00 am at the appointed place only to find his teacher already bathing in the river. The teacher beckoned the student to come into the water and join him. Keen to learn the secret of success, the student obeyed the teacher without question.
The teacher then put his hand on the student’s head and firmly held it under the water. Gasping for air, the student struggled to get out, but the teacher maintained his grip keeping him under the water for more than a minute. The teacher knew the precise moment he had to release his grip on the student. Coughing up water that he had swallowed, the student angrily demanded, ‘Why did you do that?
The teacher then said, ‘Before I answer your question, tell me: what were you thinking of under the water? What was it that you were looking for? Success? Status? Wealth?’
‘None of that, sir. I desperately wanted air. Nothing, but air.’
The teacher then said, ‘If you want success in your life as desperately as you wanted that breath of air, then you will have it — and as quickly as you want.’
Whatever it is you want, it must be personal; it must be something that you really, really want for yourself, not for anybody else. It is said that the hand will not reach for what the heart does not long for.
Ultimately, your want will come down to a feeling, a feeling that will ‘turn you on’ and motivate you to take effective action the moment you get up in the morning. If it does not do that for you, then as soon as you encounter a significant challenge, you will say it is too hard and give up on your dream. To be regarded as a burning desire, on a scale of 1 to 100, your goal or desired outcome must be ranked at 100. A ranking of 80 or 90 on the scale just won’t cut it. Even a goal that is ranked 99 on the scale is not good enough.
It must be 100!
Let’s use an analogy. If you heated water to 99° C, you could make a great cup of tea. But, if you heated that water just one more degree to 100° C, it will boil and generate steam, and you know what you can do with enough steam: move a steamship or a locomotive. That one degree makes a huge difference. For you to achieve your goal, you must literally be “steaming” with emotion.
You can tell how badly you want to achieve your goal by observing your actions each day. When you have a burning desire for something, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. If you don’t have a “Damn the torpedoes, Full speed ahead!” attitude, it’s an indication you haven’t hit 100 on the scale.
Achieving your goal has little to do with your ability or intellect. It has to do with heartfelt desire! Genuine desire is powerful! It focuses attention, establishes commitment and empowers you to deal with any challenge you might encounter as you move towards your goal.
To recap, the goal is the big idea which is often comprised of several intermediate goals or objectives, each having its own end result and may therefore be a project in its own right, such as the creation of this Goal book. Regardless of the size of the project, the following five keys of successful goal achievement still apply.
1. Define your goal in writing
2. Plan your work
3. Get started – take massive action
4. Track your progress
5. Reward your success
Let’s look closely at each of these key steps in the process.
Whatever you desire, it must first be clearly defined. You have to stake your claim to your desired outcome — draw a line in the sand. The most you’ll ever get from life is what you ask for. Thinking about what you want is an excellent first step. But then WRITE a goal statement. Specify EXACTLY what you want and the date by which you intend to have it or achieve it. Understand that ideas that stay in your head tend to fade away, and plans that never get written down are difficult to implement and, more than likely, won’t be taken seriously.
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
~ Chinese Proverb
Written goals put direction into your life and empower you to face the future in a determined way. They also help to crystallise your thinking and generate goal-achieving thoughts. Once you have defined the “problem” or what you want to achieve, it is easier to solve or manifest — ‘a problem defined is a problem half-solved’. In the medical profession they say that correct diagnosis is half the cure. Similarly, a goal, once put in writing, is a GIANT step towards its fulfillment.
When writing down your goals, apply the SMART criteria. The terms behind the letters can vary (for example, ‘R’ can mean ‘Realistic’ or ‘Resonant’, and ‘T’ can mean ‘Timely’), but typically accepted values are:
Write your goal in the present tense — as if you have already achieved it. If your goal is to lose a specific amount of weight by a certain date, using the SMART approach you would write it as follows:
It is 31st December 2015, I now weigh 62 kilos. I enjoy my healthy eating plan and feel exhilarated when I exercise. I love my body and treat it with respect. I feel proud of my healthy lifestyle. I am thrilled with all the compliments I receive.
Here is our written goal for this book:
It is 30th April 2015. We – Verusha and Virend – have now published our sixth self-help book, Accelerated Goal Achievement: An Authentic Approach to Set and Achieve Goals Faster, on Amazon. We are excited that it is one of the top free kindle books eliciting more than 1000 downloads each month. It is receiving great reviews and readers are wholeheartedly recommending it to their family, friends and associates.
Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and write your Goal Statement. Use a computer application (e.g. Word Processor or Spreadsheet) if you prefer.
Your SMART goal is your target destination. While studies show that you are far more likely to achieve your goal if you write it down, it is just as important to develop a detailed action plan to get you to your destination.
Anyone can fantasise about a better life and set a goal for such an accomplishment. However, thinking is one thing and putting our thoughts into action is a completely different matter. Merely setting a goal is often not enough. It must be followed by the development of a plan (with deadlines), and then taking consistent and effective action on a large scale towards its completion.
An action plan will help clarify your vision so you see the connection between the bigger picture and the next step. It is important to know what the bigger picture is like, while at the same time, focus on the moment and take the next step forward.
The action plan serves as a road map that will get you from point A (where you are) to point B (where you want to be). It may be a simple list of all the tasks to be completed to achieve your goal, or something more elaborate such as a formal project plan developed on a computer. Regardless of the method, most people simply ignore this crucial step towards accomplishing their goals in life. There is an inspirational adage that says, “People don’t plan to fail; people fail to plan.”
Taking time to plan can dramatically increase your productivity. Planning leverages time – it enables you to optimise the use of available time.
Making plans for specific areas of your life is no different to planning a holiday or building a house. Once you know the outcome you want, it is essential that you:
• List all the activities you need to do to achieve that outcome
• Schedule each activity with a specific start date and duration
• Get your team (or ‘assistants’) together and get started
The mark of a good goal is to be measureable and have a deadline attached to it. Therefore, it is critical to make a list of the major activities and tasks needed to achieve the goal. An activity is a major unit that has precise starting and ending dates, incorporates a set of tasks to be completed, consumes resources, and results in work products or deliverables.
Basically, goal setting is the process of breaking down a goal into smaller and more specific activities or tasks, which are a lot easier to tackle and complete. They are the action steps that ultimately lead to the accomplishment of the goal.
To start, keep your list at fairly high level to avoid getting bogged down in detail. Here is the broad list of activities conceived for the creation of this Goal book.
• Conduct research – check Amazon customer reviews of top-selling Goals books to establish what readers want
• Conduct keyword analysis (for identifying search terms)
• Conceive book title
• Design book cover
• Determine retail price
• Create promotion plan
• Outline the book [contents/chapters]
• List the 5 to 10 main points of each chapter
• List the sub-points for each main point
• Write content for each main point/sub-point – use previously created content (notes, articles, videos, etc.)
• Edit the completed publication
• Format book for Kindle and Print On Demand
• Write book description (for Amazon)
• Upload book to Amazon
• Enroll in KDP Select program
• Update/create website (inkNivory.com)
• Launch and promote
Notice how quickly your project transforms from being muddled (and intimidating) to a clear, doable list of activities. This list is not comprehensive, but it is a good starting point. (Also, we have kept our Activity List at a very high level for illustration purposes.)
If you are struggling with creating a high-level plan for your project, consider working backwards from your desired outcome through to your first step. This exercise is sometimes referred to as “backward planning” as it helps you establish when you need to get started. It also gives you targets (or timing points) along the way to let you know if you need to adjust your plan in order to meet specific deadlines.
Unlike rules, a plan isn’t rigid. It can and should be changed as needed. However, until you need to make changes in your plan, your plan provides guidelines, benchmarks (milestones) and a timeline to lead you toward success.
Now, it’s your turn to have a go.
Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and create a high-level Activity List for your project. Use a computer application if you prefer.
Now that you defined your goals and have a relevant list of activities that will help you reach them, those activities must be incorporated into a schedule. The key element of a schedule is that activities are time-bound (i.e. they have deadlines or completion dates) and visible so they won’t get overlooked by everything else competing for your attention. When incorporated into your normal routine, you automatically make progress toward the achievement of your goal. Following is a high-level schedule of the activities conceived for this Goal book:
(‘V and V’ refers to Virend and Verusha; LS refers to Lightning Source.)
If you don’t set a deadline, the task could go on indefinitely. With a deadline, you are forced or obliged to follow through. It is deadlines that turn dreams into goals. If you control your time, you control your destiny. When you set a deadline, the clock is ticking and you are compelled to make decisions and act quickly to complete scheduled tasks.
Also, deadlines make you more focused and therefore more productive. If you don’t finish in the scheduled timeframe, your project will be delayed. The more tasks you fail to complete on time, the more you will fall behind, and the more likely you are to abandon your project. It is therefore imperative that you set deadlines for the actions you are going to take.
Let’s turn your Activity List into a Schedule by assigning each task to a team member (or outsourcer/assistant) with a deadline for completion.
Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and create a high-level Schedule for your project. Use a computer application if you prefer.
Now that you have your high-level list of activities, divide them into chunks based on when they are likely to start. Then decide how long each activity will take and when it will start and finish – assign a specific time value.
Each week you will have specific tasks or activities that you want to accomplish and perhaps a milestone (or two) that you want to reach. To avoid feeling overwhelmed start by planning your tasks for one week at a time. Figure out what you want to achieve for the week ahead and write down all the steps you need to take. Then spread those tasks across the week so that you know what you need to accomplish each day. This will give you an actionable plan that will take you one step closer to the achievement of your goal.
Following is a Weekly Schedule of the first 5 activities conceived for this Goal book. The activities are broken down into tasks, each of which is assigned to a specific person for completion.
Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and create a Schedule for the week ahead for your project. Use a computer application if you prefer.
As planning gets easier, you can plan weeks and months in advance, allowing you to accelerate the achievement of your goal with purpose and intent.
When you wake up each day, you want to follow your schedule as much as possible. Everyday do something that moves you in the direction of your goal.
He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.
~ Victor Hugo
An effective strategy is to spend 5-10 minutes at the end of each workday to script out your next day. This is often referred to as a “To Do List”. It’s a simple, yet powerful, process. Here is an example using the first activity, ‘Conduct Competitive Research’, on the Weekly Activity Schedule for our Goal book. The work day starts at 5:30 am. Use it as a guide to script your day based on your specific activities.
Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and create a Daily To-Do List for your next work day. Use a computer application if you prefer.
How we live our days, of course, is how we live our lives.
~ Annie Dillard
Realise you only have so much time during the day, so be stingy with your time. Avoid unnecessary meetings, eliminate unimportant phone calls and stick to your schedule. However, realise that unforeseen events will arise requiring changes to the schedule. Simply tweak the schedule to get back on track. It would be helpful to sprinkle 20 to 30-minute chunks of (‘catch-up’) time at various times during the day to catch up if something causes you to fall behind.
Treat each task with the importance it deserves. Be present. Importantly, don’t be afraid to try a new or different approach to achieve a specific milestone. Also, don’t try to do things ‘perfect’ the first time. Learn as you go. Fail forward.
Remember a lack of time is a lack of priorities. When you know your priorities you are best positioned to move towards your next major milestone.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
~ Mark Twain
Of course, the best plans in the world won’t work until you do. There is no such thing as something for nothing. Plans represent intentions. Plans don’t make activities happen — YOU DO.
Once you have
1. defined your outcome
2. anticipated the activities required to produce that outcome
3. decided which activities need to be done by when
you must then actually execute the activities at the scheduled time. Basically, you have ‘planned your work’, now ‘work your plan’. Get busy. Take MASSIVE action. Be willing to do whatever it takes.
Importantly, don’t let what you can’t do at the present time, interfere with what you can.
Writer, Kathleen Norris said,
“Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.”
Best-selling author, Brian Tracy says, “Develop the discipline of doing something 365 days each year that is moving you forward. You will be absolutely astonished at how much you accomplish when you utilise this formula in your life every single day.”
Of course, there will be instances when you simply can’t work on your goal due to circumstances beyond your control. Regardless, it’s the goal-focused mindset that matters the most. Effectively, whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life, and by the same token, whatever you take you attention away from, will grow weaker in your life. Therefore, infuse your tasks with your undivided attention from start to finish. It will make you more productive and get you closer to your goal, faster.
Following such a goal-focused strategy requires discipline and willpower. As you take action, you’ll get better, and your confidence and self-esteem will lift accordingly, and you WILL move rapidly towards your desired outcome.
Incorporating your goal-achieving activities into your daily routine will create challenges; some big enough to scare you into giving up on your goals. This is the time to get a grip and stay the course, taking consistent action in the face of any challenges that arise.
It will also pay you to share your goals with a “buddy” or accountability partner. When there is someone else other than yourself holding you accountable, you are more likely to complete your activities for the week. Oftentimes, ‘what gets watched, gets done’. Knowing that you are accountable to someone else for your progress will compel you to work your plan. Also, your accountability partner will support you when you are feeling discouraged and urge you keep on keeping on.
As you work towards the achievement of your goals, monitor your efforts and the results they produce. Check what is working and what is not. You‘ll receive feedback and signals telling you when you’re off course and when course corrections are necessary. If your strategy isn’t working, adjust your plans in large or small ways as circumstances dictate. Feedback makes champions out of people — it lets you know what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
Feedback is the breakfast of champions.
~ Ken Blanchard
Life is a series of approximations and course adjustments. As we progress towards our goals we are going to inevitably experience some setbacks that take us off course. NASA discovered on the moon mission that the spacecraft was only on course 3% of the time, which meant it was making course corrections 97% of the time! Through continuous feedback and corrective action, it reached its target, and accomplished what was to be the first successful manned-moon landing. In like manner, our success depends on how fast and how willing we are to adjust and get back on course.
Without feedback and correction, goal achievement would be a prolonged and difficult process. We cannot escape the challenges that life dishes out to us as we move towards our goals. They are there to teach us important lessons and strengthen us in some way. To make progress, we must face life’s challenges and overcome them. Therefore, be open to feedback and learn from every experience otherwise the lesson will be repeated… until you ‘get it’.
In a small note book, start recording all your accomplished milestones. At the end of each month, you will be surprised by what you have accomplished.
With each important accomplishment, pause and celebrate your success. Achieving specific milestones will make you feel good and spur you on to greater efforts and even better results. This is especially true when you just get started. It may take a while to build the momentum necessary to achieve your desired outcome; hence it is important to reward yourself for the smaller accomplishments to remain focused on achieving the larger ones.
If you are constantly pushing ahead and never taking the time to celebrate your accomplishments, you will most likely suffer burn out. Celebrating your accomplishments is also a way for you to track your progress toward your goal because you are able to pause and appreciate your hard work before moving on.
Decide ahead of time what your reward will be as it can give you an extra incentive to perform. For each important milestone, pick out something that you would really like to have – a massage, a new pair of heels, or an item of clothing that you have always wanted. By designating yourself something to look forward to, you can motivate yourself to reach higher.
When you achieve bigger milestones, you will have even more to celebrate, so reward yourself with bigger incentives that you can afford e.g. a short vacation. Understand that rewards work best when they are realistic. For instance, don’t promise yourself a trip to Italy if you can’t afford it.
There is nothing more motivating than to stand back and take a look at what you’ve achieved through your diligence, and enjoy the designated rewards. If you can experience the rewards of your hard work, the chances are that you’ll be motivated to carry on and reach further. Success breeds confidence, which leads to further success. It’s the reason why someone trying to lose weight will plod on if they find that it is working!
Rewards help us feel great about what we’ve achieved and motivate us to press on. Therefore, rewarding yourself for your noteworthy accomplishments is priceless. Especially rewarding is experiencing your completed goal when it manifests into your reality!
There are many powerful techniques you can use to accelerate the manifestation of your goal. Here are some of the more important ones:
To manifest your dreams in real life, you need to first visualise them in your mind: ‘What you “see” will come to be!’ Visualisation is an indispensable practice in goal achievement. World-class athletes have proven that visualisation is a powerful substitute for real preparation. Using visualisation, you will live your accomplishments in your mind’s eye.
That which you constantly picture upon the mind you shall eventually manifest in actual life. Your subconscious mind is the obeying servant of the pictures you create in your imagination. In particular, the more you can involve your emotions and your five senses in your visualisation exercise, the greater are your chances of a successful outcome.
So how does visualisation really work?
Visualisation powers your imagination to focus your creative energies on your desired outcome. Whatever you focus your attention on will grow stronger in your life. Whatever you take your attention away from, will grow weaker and cease to exist over time. The process of manifestation is attention. To speed up the process of achieving your goals, it is important that you constantly visualise them and get emotional about them — see them as already accomplished.
Basically, we think in pictures (or images). If we say ‘hamburger’, you immediately imagine a hamburger. If we say ‘pink elephant’ or ‘yellow sports car’, you imagine a pink elephant or a yellow sports car. Therefore, a person who has a clear and specific picture of the outcome they want to achieve is simply operating in accordance with how our minds naturally work.
The image you hold in your mind, positive or negative, will seek expression in the physical world. Your subconscious will take the image of your desire and turn it into the vibration to attract the ideas, resources and circumstances necessary to bring it into fruition.
One of the best ways to reinforce visualization is through the creation of a vision board. The idea is simple: Make a collage of images that inspire and motivate you.
In the past, it was common to make a vision board with pictures clipped from magazines. Basically, you would create a picture board with images of all the things you desire: a new house, a new car, a better career, a healthier body, a new relationship, caring for the aged, running an animal shelter, etc. Today, with the internet, countless image sharing sites, and the use of screen capture software, you can create an amazing ‘digital vision board’ in literally a few minutes.
By creating a vision board, you’ll amplify the Law of Attraction. However, there is no point having an image of your dream house if you feel that is never going to happen to you. Choose your images carefully; they must invoke an emotional response. Looking at the picture must make you feel joy and excitement. .
Place your vision board where you’ll see it daily. Whenever you look at your vision board, see yourself in the picture. FEEL what it’s like to ALREADY HAVE and experience what the image reflects. The stronger the vibrational energy you emit, the faster you will attract the resources and situations needed for manifesting your desired outcome. Also, recognise that if you cannot SEE yourself out of an unfavourable situation, you’ll remain stuck indefinitely. Visualise what you DO want, not what you don’t want!
In addition to a vision board, there are other ways to accelerate the process of manifesting your desired outcome. Some examples are:
1. Stick a picture of what you want (such as a million dollar cheque) on your ceiling over your bed so you see it when you go to sleep and when you wake up.
2. Put up pictures at your workplace, on your fridge, or on your bathroom mirror.
3. Create a special screensaver for your computer or your phone.
Comedy movie star Jim Carrey dreamed of being rich and famous. According to Biography TV Show, Carrey wrote himself a post-dated cheque for ten million dollars payable on Thanksgiving 1995. The note in the memo read, ‘For Acting Services Rendered.’ At that time, Carrey barely had ten thousand dollars in his bank account, let alone ten million! But, he had huge aspirations as an actor, expecting to someday earn at least ten million dollars. Of course, the road to mega success was not easy. He had to deal with many seemingly insurmountable challenges, enough to turn the average actor away from showbiz forever, but not Carrey; he was no quitter. He went on to surpass the ten million pay cheque many times, earning twenty million for The Cable Guy in 1996, twenty million for Liar Liar in 1997, and twenty-five million for Bruce Almighty in 2003. He is reported to average more than twenty million per movie! (wiki.answers.com)
Jim Carrey’s experience is not unusual. Most high achievers have equally amazing experiences.
When visualizing your goals, see yourself already in possession of what you desire. Say and think ‘ I Am’, not ‘I will be’.
Affirmations are positive statements about your intentions that you repeat to yourself on a regular basis. To affirm something is to declare it to be true. Affirmations, when repeated over and over, can become feelings, behaviours, experiences and physical things. There is much truth in the statement: “We become what we think about most of the time.” With our thoughts we make our world. Everything is energy, including our thoughts.
What you think about expands. If you constantly think about that which you want to have in your life, you will send thought energy into the universe and, through the Law of Attraction, you will attract situations and people that will help you achieve your desired outcome. Like attracts like. The Law of Attraction, just like the Law of Gravitation, is a universal law. It prevails whether we are aware of it or not.
The purpose of affirmations is to reprogram your subconscious mind and change the way you think and feel about things, replacing dysfunctional beliefs with your new positive beliefs. Oftentimes, you would affirm things you don’t fully believe. This causes resistance, making the whole exercise a pretense. The key here is to acknowledge the resistance and affirm that what you want is true at the deeper levels of your being.
Affirmations usually (though not always) begin with the words “I am”. Here are a few example:
• I am happy and healthy.
• I am a high achiever.
• I am in a wonderful and satisfying job.
• I am living in my dream home.
• I am enjoying wonderful relations with all concerned.
• I radiate peace, happiness and love.
• I am surrounded by love.
The words “I am …” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you are claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.
~ A L Kitselman
Understand that your subconscious mind does not know the difference between the real and the imagined. It takes everything literally. It will take your instructions (positive or negative) and create a reality for you based on your imagination. This makes your imagination your most powerful ally in creating the life you desire.
In a document published in 2014, a team at Stanford University reviewed hundreds of scientific studies on affirmations and concluded: “Timely affirmations have been shown to improve education, health, and relationship outcomes, with benefits that sometimes persist for months and years.” Cohen G, Sherman D, (2014).
Put simply, affirmations work! However, to be effective, affirmations must be positive, in the present tense and personal.
Our subconscious mind does not distinguish between negative and positive! This means whenever you are focusing on something you don’t want, the subconscious believes it is something you do want. Therefore, affirmations must be stated positively. Instead of saying “I am not fat,” say “I am of slender build” or “I am physically well-defined”, or something similar. The former statement focuses on the word “fat” which invokes an image you don’t want to manifest.
Affirmations must always be stated in the present tense e.g. “I am enjoying excellent health”, not “I want to enjoy excellent health”, which is an intention that is future-based and always out of your range.
Affirmations must be personal. Your subconscious mind only works for you, not for others. You can’t create affirmations that compel others to do something. An affirmation such as “John loves me” will not work because you have no control over John.
Importantly, state your affirmations with emotion. Emotion raises your vibrational state and accelerates the attraction process. Also, state your affirmation with a sense of gratitude – feel grateful that you have already received and are enjoying the object of your desires.
Continually repeating affirmations with conviction, passion and gratitude will chip away at even the strongest resistance. Eventually, this will reflect in your external world and you will start to experience ground-breaking changes for the better in many aspects of your life.
The following content was extracted in its entirety from an article on the internet, referenced below.
Affirmations are an important concept in the power of positive thinking. However, if you find that your affirmations are getting old or they’re not doing it for you, why not put a new twist on them? Afformations are just the answer!
What Are Afformations?
The best way to define afformations is to compare them with affirmations. Afformations just like affirmations, focus on the positive. The key difference however, is asking a positive question rather than using a statement.
We know that an affirmation is a positive phrase used in the present tense used to attain a goal. We take something that we’d like to be true in our lives and act as if we already have it. For example, “I have the perfect partner” or “I attract love into my life.” Have you ever found yourself questioning these statements in your mind? Maybe you had a reaction like “Yeah, right. Give me a break!”
Well, rather than use a phrase that might cast doubt in your mind, an afformation encourages you to ask questions. Based on Noah St. John’s book, The Secret Code of Success, an afformation is the formulation of a question to empower your mind. Rather than just stating something is true (as with an affirmation) and afformation asks why it is true. So for love and a perfect partner, you might ask “Why do I have the perfect partner?” and “Why do I attract love into my life?”
According to St. John, our minds appreciate questions and are eager to search for answers. He likens this process to an “automatic search function” in the brain. Whereas affirmations can end up becoming rote, afformations remain challenging. St. John would agree that sometimes it’s not the answers but the questions that make a difference.
Afformations and Thoughts
We all know how powerful our thoughts can be. Isn’t that why many of us focus on affirmations? We hope that by repeating positive statements we will manifest our goals. And yes, many people have done this successfully. But for those of us who struggle with convincing our minds to believe, afformations can help us reframe our thoughts in a different way.
When you use an afformation to ask questions, it puts a different spin on things. Asking “why” causes you to stop, think and be in the moment. So when you ask yourself “Why do I have the perfect partner?” you may come up with some surprising answers. You might say, “Because I deserve to have the perfect partner.”
When asking why you attract love in your life, it might be because you are lovable. This leads to further thoughts along the same line. You realize not only do you deserve a loving partner, but you are also attractive, warm, compassionate, ready to share your life and so on.
Before you know it your thoughts progress on a whole new positive path. Your mind is less tempted to fight back with those sarcastic “yeah right” comments. Even though you might not have your perfect love partner just yet, you’re planting seeds. Your mind begins to rationalize that what you want is attainable.
Working With Afformations
Having a basic understanding of afformations, how do we work with them? Just like with affirmations, the first step is to decide on what you want.
Once you have your goal ready, then you need to formulate a question that assumes you already have what you want. For example, if you want to be wealthy, ask why are you wealthy. Free your mind and let it come up with something. Use that “auto search” function in your brain!
The next step is to notice the answers to your question. Most likely they will be positive and they will continue to flow. These thoughts may lead to even more questions and positive thoughts. Keep going!
Finally, ask yourself these questions on a regular basis. Before you know it your mode of thinking will change and your actions will follow too. You will attract what you seek based on your thoughts and positive vibrations.
As Noah St. John tells us, the Afformation Method is not necessarily about finding the answers, but asking the questions to help you positively manifest your desires. (Hamilton, Laura, 2014)
Here are two examples of how the authors (Virend and Verusha) have applied afformations to their specific goals. The first example relates to the creation of this Goal book. The second example relates to our aspiration to make our flagship publication, The Inexplicable Laws of Success: Discover the Hidden Truths that Separate the ‘Best’ from the ‘Rest’ [Classic Edition], a mega-bestseller in the years ahead.
How did Virend and Verusha complete the first draft of ‘Accelerated Goal Achievement: An Authentic Approach’ by 31st January 2015?
* Completed outline (with notes)
* Created an intriguing, eye-catching cover!
* Followed outline and wrote rigorously without editing.
* Edited and proof-read (aloud).
* Corrected grammar and spelling errors.
* Had professional edit completed.
Why is ‘The inexplicable Laws of Success’ [Classic Edition] a mega-bestselling book?
* It’s the first seif-help book ever to provide a complete map or picture of success.
* It reveals, in step-by-step detail, pure truths that distinguish the ‘best’ from the ‘rest’. Nothing is held back.
* The content is profound. It uses unique, trade-marked illustrations to explain core concepts!
* It is presented in a clear, concise and logical manner using simple, compelling, captivating language.
* It educates, it enlightens, it entertains, it motivates and it inspires people to live more effectively.
* It raises human consciousness globally thereby uplifting our world in a significant way.
The following content was extracted in its entirety from an article on the internet, referenced below.
Years ago when Seinfeld was a new television show, Jerry Seinfeld was still a touring comic. At the time, I was hanging around clubs doing open mic nights and trying to learn the ropes. One night I was in the club where Seinfeld was working, and before he went on stage, I saw my chance. I had to ask Seinfeld if he had any tips for a young comic. What he told me was something that would benefit me a lifetime…
He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don’t feel like it.
He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here’s how it works.
He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.
He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”
“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.
Over the years I’ve used his technique in many different areas. I’ve used it for exercise, to learn programming, to learn network administration, to build successful websites and build successful businesses.
It works because it isn’t the one-shot pushes that get us where we want to go, it is the consistent daily action that builds extraordinary outcomes. You may have heard “inch by inch anything’s a cinch.” Inch by inch does work if you can move an inch every day.
Daily action builds habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short time. If you don’t break the chain, you’ll start to spot opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t. Small improvements rapidly accumulate into large improvements because daily action provides “compounding interest.”
Skipping one day makes it easier to skip the next.
I’ve often said I’d rather have someone who will take action every day —even if small—as opposed to someone who swings hard once or twice a week. Seinfeld understands that daily action yields greater benefits than sitting down and trying to knock out 1000 jokes in one day.
Think for a moment about what action would make the most profound impact on your life if you worked it every day. That is the action I recommend you put on your Seinfeld calendar. Start today and earn your big red X. And from here on out… Don’t break the chain!
This story gave rise to an electronic version of the “Seinfeld calendar”. You will find it at: http://dontbreakthechain.com/
Put the calendar to use and watch your productivity soar!
All of us, when we have to, can be highly productive. We can accomplish a lot in a relatively short period of time. How many of you, with just one day left before you were scheduled to go on vacation, sat down (the prior evening) and made a list of the things you wanted to be sure to complete before you ‘jetted off into the sunset’? The odds are that most of you would admit to having done that.
Nobody likes to go on vacation with a lot of unfinished things hanging over their head. The day before vacation is when they finally get focused, get all the important things done, or at least under control, and end the day feeling great.
Legendary motivational speaker and best-selling author, Zig Ziglar refers to this as the “vacation mindset”. He says that apart from making a list, most people tend to get twice as much done as compared to a normal day. This is because most of us would get up earlier than normal and get started on that list promptly. Also, we don’t waste time doing inconsequential things.
Now consider this for a moment: The vacation is not just a deadline, it’s a finish line that you look forward to. If planning your work just before you go on vacation dramatically increases your productivity, doesn’t it make sense to apply that mindset to your work more frequently?
Everyone has a backlog of work they need to get done at one time or another, but actually tackling it is a fairly intimidating task. One way to buckle down and take it on is by applying the “vacation mindset”.
Of course, you can’t completely fool yourself into thinking you’re going on vacation every day. If you do, you’ll probably burn yourself out, or rush your work and make errors that are more costly to rectify later. The idea is to use this mindset to increase your productivity and avoid worthless time wasters.
It is perhaps best to save this strategy for the end of your work week so you can recharge over the weekend and enjoy your time off without any concern of a backlog hanging over your head.
Of course, applying this strategy in your traditional work environment will probably attract favorable attention and perhaps lead to better job security, a raise, or even a promotion!
Clearly, there is great value in having a “vacation mindset”. When you feel overwhelmed and things start to get out of control, act as if you are going on vacation tomorrow. Make your list, get focused and sprint to the finish line filled with fewer but more important action items.
Apply the 80/20 Rule (which is also known as the Pareto Principle). According to the 80/20 Rule, 80% of results flow from just 20% of the resources (including time and people) that we use. A retail business might find that 20% of its customers account for 80% of its profits while the remaining 80% of customers account for just 20% of the profits. It would be prudent for the business manager to concentrate most of the company’s resources on the 20% of customers that produce 80% of the profits and not the 80% that produce 20% of the profits.
Similarly, to apply the 80/20 Rule to your particular plan, you must constantly ask yourself: what are the 20% of activities leading to the 80% of the results? Once you know the answer, focus most of your efforts on that 20% and then optimise the 80% of activities that produce just 20% of the results. This might mean delegating, outsourcing or even eliminating some of those activities so that more time may be spent on the activities that really matter.
Chunking is about partitioning your workday into project periods to increase productivity. These project periods may be task-related or time-related, or both.
Task-related chunking involves grouping similar or related tasks together to perform them more quickly. Time-related chunking involves assigning predefined time periods to specific tasks. We suggest combining both options for maximum benefit. Effectively you are setting an appointment for yourself to give your undivided attention to just one task (or a set of similar tasks) for a predetermined period of time. For example, all your social networking should be done during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day. Generally, anything you do multiple times per day, you should do once per day.
Chunking is a powerful way to get some control over your time and add structure to your day. Working for extended periods of time, without any breaks or switching directly from one project to another, dilutes focus and leads to fatigue and poor productivity. Studies show that dividing work into related groups or predetermined blocks of time, with rest periods in between, produces much higher productivity than regular working patterns. For example, three 90-minute blocks (totalling 4.5 work hours) will often be more productive than a typical 8-hour day that has no chunking.
You can chunk by hours of the day or by days of the week. For example, you might reserve Mondays for business meetings and presentations, Tuesdays for writing, Wednesdays for marketing activities, and so on. For convenience, we will focus on chunking by hours of the day and more specifically, your daily “To-do List”.
Basically, chunk your daily activities into specific blocks of time. Select a particular activity (or set of related activities) and assign yourself a reasonable amount of time to complete it without interruption. Chunk your time into 45, 60 or 90-minute blocks, with short breaks in between, depending on the task at hand and what works best for you. The idea is to action all your emails in one chunk, do all your phone calls in one chunk, schedule your meetings in chunks, etc. During this period, don’t respond to anything that does not directly impact the task at hand (except an emergency of some kind).
Be true to your plan as much as possible. If circumstances necessitate, reassign your tasks to another time chunk. Take care not to overschedule yourself; allow some flexibility as the unexpected will always happen. Also, understand that scheduling blocks of time doesn’t just have to involve project-related stuff. Block out time for reading, fetching the kids from school, having coffee with a friend, spiritual interests, etc.
You will find that by applying this simple strategy you will reduce your stress levels and be much more productive.
Habit formation is the process by which a behaviour, through regular repetition, becomes automatic or habitual. Habits are a major cause of success or failure in life. Basically, our good habits benefit us and our bad habits hurt us. Fortunately, we are in control of our habits (as opposed to an addiction, which is likened to a mental disease). With persistence, we can change or break old habits and form new ones entirely. To do so requires reprogramming of the subconscious mind.
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”.
Success is built one habit at a time. Productivity is not an extraordinary act, but simply a collection of effective habits formed over a period of time. When grouped together, these effective habits result in an above average level of productivity.
It is said that about 90 percent of human activity is generated by habits. Studies show that successful people have specific habits, developed over time, that lead to their successes. Generally, it takes 21-30 days to form a new habit, but much longer to reach the level of automaticity or processing without attention (like developing competence in driving a car). Lally et al. (2010) found the average time for a person to reach the level of automaticity was 66 days, but it could be anything within a range of 18–254 days.
Some people do try to change negative habits that are causing them problems, but they don’t stick with the new behaviour long enough to effect the change. The key is to persist long enough to effect a lasting change as the following NASA experiment illustrates.
The NASA Experiment
Back in the early days of the space program, NASA designed an experiment to determine how its astronauts would cope without gravity, particularly with being upside down in space. NASA needed to know if the environment of space would have some unexpected negative consequences that would endanger the astronauts or their mission.
NASA scientists fitted each of the astronauts with a pair of convex goggles which turned everything they saw upside down. The astronauts had to wear the goggles 24 hours a day, 7 days per week — even when they were asleep.
Although they experienced physical symptoms of anxiety and stress initially, they gradually adapted to their new “realities.” On the 26th day of the experiment, something unexpected happened. One of the astronauts was able to see things right-side up again even though he continued to wear the goggles 24 hours a day.
What the scientists discovered is that, between 26-30 days of this continuous stream of new input, one by one, all the astronauts were seeing things the right side-up despite wearing the convex goggles. Basically, each of their brains had formed enough new neural connections to turn this lie into the truth. They had literally re-created their reality!
Then NASA repeated the experiment with a slight change. This time some of the astronauts took the goggles off for a short period of time partway through the experiment. When they put the goggles back on and left them on until the 30th day, their worlds were still upside down, but when they continued on, at 26-30 consecutive days wearing the goggles, the same thing happened – everything was suddenly right-side up again.
What the scientists learned from these experiments is that the brain requires approximately 30 uninterrupted days for new neural connections to form – for new habits to form.
What does this mean for you? It means that if you persist with a new behavior long enough, the new behavioural pattern will be imprinted in your neural pathways (in your brain) resulting in the formation of a new habit! However, in saying that, understand that breaking a negative habit becomes more difficult with age because repetitions reinforce habits cumulatively over one’s lifespan.
In order to form a habit, it is crucial that you put the proper systems and processes in place to ensure you follow the new behaviour you have chosen. You form habits when you create new neural pathways, just like the astronauts did. Practising a new behaviour every day for 30 consecutive days is the key. After 30 days your subconscious mind takes over and you become ‘unconsciously competent’.
A Mastermind is a select group of people who work together to help each other overcome challenges and achieve their goals.
Mastermind alliances have been around for centuries, even thousands of years. Throughout history most world leaders (for example, the Greek King, Alexander the Great – 356-323 BC) had advisors, who actually laid the foundation of this concept. These groups, comprising of one or more advisors, can be considered mastermind groups.
The term Mastermind was first coined by Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich. Hill studied the richest men of the early 1900’s, men such as Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford, Edison and Vanderbilt, and wrote the book as part of his research. One of the common tendencies of those wealthy men was that they all took part in mastermind alliances with members helping each other solve problems and accelerate the achievement of their respective goals.
Hill defined the “Mastermind” as:
“A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.”
A Mastermind group can be formal or informal and can meet at any designated interval - weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or even impromptu. The group can meet personally, by teleconferencing, online message boards or online video conferencing (e.g. via Skype or Google+ Hangouts). It can be targeted to a specific project or timeframe, or it can be ongoing.
The goal is to create an environment of mutual support where everybody helps each other toward a definite purpose by providing constructive feedback and openly sharing their specific experiences and insights. Mastermind participants act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues. Fundamental to the success of the group is that each member be present and active in each meeting.
A mastermind is greater than the sum of the individual minds in the group. Napoleon Hill put it this way: “No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.” Hill wrote about tapping the “universal storehouse of Infinite Intelligence” through masterminding. Hence, working in a group invites the “third mind,” this greater intelligence, to expand what is possible.
Mastermind is a tool to help you achieve you goals faster using the energy that is created when two or more are gathered to challenge each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and goodwill. Mastermind groups are powerful – they create a win-win situation for all participants. Take advantage to join a mastermind group or start one of your own.
Gratitude is the expression of thankfulness for what you have. Therefore, always think, speak and act with gratitude. Those who are grateful for what they have, tend to be happier than others. It does not mean that they have everything they want, but they choose to accept what they have in life at present with a sense of gratitude and contentment.
There are many different techniques that can be used to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. The important thing is that they be practised every day, preferably at the same time each day so that you can form a habit. A common method to develop the practice of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal where, every day you list five to ten things for which you are grateful. Expressing gratitude is proven to get positive results. (Emmonds R, McCullough M, 2003)
Another method is to sit silently and contemplate each day. You can start and end each day with a feeling of gratitude. Awaken each morning with an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for all the good in your life — past, present and future. Give thanks for the new day, your life, your family, your friends, and all your other blessings, whatever they may be. That spirit of gratitude and appreciation sets a tone for the rest of the day and helps you to recognise many of the challenges that arise as opportunities rather than problems. Then, before bedtime, give thanks for the day that you just experienced.
Gratitude is a means of creating what you want in your life. It is a conduit or channel for receiving God’s blessings. It’s easy to be grateful for what you already have but for most, being grateful for things yet to come, is beyond comprehension, yet it is gratitude in advance that creates the confident expectancy of a desired outcome and causes it to manifest.
When you consciously acknowledge your blessings and express gratitude for them, you emit a positive emotional energy. Gratitude is an emotion, and emotion is energy, and since gratitude is a positive energy, you attract positive energy into your space or energy orbit. Therefore, to feel joy and excitement for something you want, before actually receiving it, is to be in tune with the Universe to actually receive it. The emotion of joy attracts conditions of joy. What you appreciate, appreciates (i.e. grows in value) in your life. Whatever you are grateful for, multiplies. Gratitude is powerful.
Most people are familiar with Fiverr, but for those who don’t know, it’s a global online marketplace offering a range of (mostly IT-related) services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job completed; hence the name Fiverr. The site is primarily used by freelancers to offer a variety of different services (called gigs), and by customers who buy those services.
Launched in 2010, with the simple concept of all gigs costing $5, Fiverr has now reinvented itself with a dramatic new design and much higher priced gigs (costing as much as $500). Fiverr’s new strategy is to take advantage of the emerging “gig economy” and increasing demand for outsourcing services. This is comparable to other online platforms for freelancing and information technology services like elance, oDesk and Freelancer.
The cover design for this book and most of our other books in the ‘Other Resources’ section was outsourced to a freelancer on Fiverr for $5.
Evernote is an excellent free application designed for note-taking and file storage. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a webpage, a photograph, an image such as a boarding pass or a voice recording. Notes can also have file attachments.
You can either use it as a simple shopping/to-do list, or it can become the central storage plexus for every useful piece of information in your life.
While Evernote is immensely useful as a desktop note-taking application, its true power lies in its ability to synchronise your notes to the Evernote digital workspace on the Web. This allows you to create and find your notes/memories on virtually any computer, web browser or mobile phone.
Asana is a web and mobile application designed to enable teamwork without email. It facilitates team collaboration and project management. It was founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein, who both worked on improving the productivity of employees at Facebook.
Communicating the right amount of information, to the right people, at the right time, in the right place, causes friction and lowers a team’s collective productivity. Asana improves the productivity of teams and increases the potential output of every team effort.
While it’s hard to quantify productivity, Asana’s customers regularly tell them that more than 50% of emails were eliminated thanks to Asana.
Note: Trello is another collaboration tool. It organises your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.
Join.me is a web-based collaboration software application for screen-sharing and online meetings.
You may instantly share your computer screen, or view and control someone else’s screen to conduct free, simple, fast online meetings.
The free version of join.me limits meetings to 10 participants; paid Pro accounts can have up to 250 participants. Other features of the paid version include recording capabilities, a meeting scheduler and the ability to switch presenters.
Enounce MySpeed is an unobtrusive software application which, with just a click of the button, allows you to speed up or slow down the playback of most Internet video while maintaining natural-sounding audio (i.e. no chipmunk effect). It runs in the background, detecting Adobe Flash audio/video and putting speed control in your hands.
MySpeed works with most Flash & HTML5 video in most common Internet browsers. If you regularly watch videos online, this is a great investment for $30. A free trial is available.
Lucidchart is a web-based visual collaboration tool that makes drawing diagrams fast and easy. Work together in real time with an unlimited number of others to create and edit diagrams – flowcharts, organisational charts, website wireframes, UML designs, mind maps, software prototypes, and more – with changes merged and synced instantaneously.
LucidChart makes it easy to create diagrams composed of various kinds of shapes, referred to as “blocks”, simply by dragging them onto the canvas and dropping them where desired. They can be easily moved, resized, or deleted, and the text inside each one can be changed at any time. Great for team collaboration and working with clients.
Note: ConceptDraw is another great diagramming platform, but without team collaboration.
Dropbox is a free cloud-storage provider used to store all your files – photos, docs, videos, etc. It is an easy way to store and share photos, documents, spreadsheets, and other types of computer files, using a PC, tablet, or mobile device. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website — this means you can access your stuff from anywhere. Never email yourself a file again!
Dropbox works by keeping identical copies of selected files on your computer(s) and Dropbox’s cloud-based storage system, and automatically synchronizing them over an encrypted Internet connection.
Dropbox is a great collaboration tool. It’s easy to share links to folders or files, or give permission to other people to modify files. This is particularly useful if a team, scattered across many offices or cities, is collaborating on a report.
Wunderlist is a very simple, well designed and easy-to-use task management tool. You can create to-dos from jobs that fill your daily life and assign them to certain lists such as “Shopping”, “Work”, “Private” or anything else you would like.
It syncs across the various different platforms (including PC, Macs, and Androids) and can be used across loads of devices, meaning you can use it at your desktop or mobile when you are out.
Whether you’re organizing your work, sharing a shopping list with a loved one or planning an overseas adventure, Wunderlist can help you accomplish more.
RoboForm is a useful browser add-on that saves and enters log-in data and passwords, as well as your address, contact data, or any form fields you are labouriously entering in various web sites. It also manages bookmarks, downloads, notes, and much more.
You no longer need to remember all your passwords. You remember one Master Password, and RoboForm remembers the rest. RoboForm memorises and securely stores each user name and password the first time you log into a site, then automatically supplies them when you return. It therefore makes logging into web sites and filling forms faster, easier, and more secure.
Roboform is available in three versions: Everywhere, Desktop, and 2Go. All three of Roboform’s options include a free version, which is limited to managing 10 logins. For some users, especially casual web surfers, this version may be more than enough. But more active users will have to pay $10 for the first year of Roboform Everywhere (and $20 for subsequent years), or $30 for the Desktop version, in order to manage more information.
Microsoft’s Skype is the most popular online voice and video communication service in the world. It is a software that allows you to instant message and make voice and video calls to fellow Skype users on the Internet for free (minus the cost of your Internet connection, of course).
You can even get a phone number and make calls to phones around the world for a fairly affordable rate. People around the world use Skype for several things: for long-distance meetings with family, friends and loved ones; for remote activity monitoring; for cheap calls during travel, etc. In addition to video and voice calls, you can also hold teleconferences, instant message, share files of all kinds, text and make low-cost international calls using a special cell phone program called Skype to Go.
Skype is changing how people communicate with the integration of voice and IM (Instant Messaging) into one application. Talk when you want and type when you want, and switch between the two as you wish, seamlessly.
There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension; the other is with anticipation.
~ Jim Rohn
Most people plan their vacations with more precision than their lives. They have a complete itinerary detailing every aspect of their trip. Little, if anything, is left to chance. They adhere to the itinerary and, not surprisingly,everything usually goes according to plan. Now imagine planning your life in such a manner!
The future does not get better simply by hope or default. You have to set goals and make plans for achieving those goals. If you don’t you will have to fit into somebody else’s plans for you.
Although goal-setting greatly enhances your probabilities for achieving success, the whole process only works when you accomplish the tasks you set out to do, in the timeframe you intended to do them. You must be disciplined in your approach to completing these tasks, and that is why you should plan tasks for every day if at all possible.
Goal-setting, like all other success principles, only has value when you apply it. The ball is in your court.
Seize the day!
Formal goal-setting is powerful, but it has its limitations. After all, it’s only a tool… and a tool is only as good as the person using it. How well you use the tool to your advantage depends on your personal attributes. So, while goal-setting is important, your personal qualities have a much greater influence on your overall success in life.
Frankly, success is an elusive thing! Only a minority of people achieve noteworthy success in life. Remarkably, success is also a predictable thing. Success is predictable because it is based upon universal laws of success. However, the universal laws are mysterious. They have hidden truths. Great success is a careful process of discovering and applying certain subtle, pure truths about prosperity.
Perhaps the most profound truth about success is: You don’t get what you want in life; you get what you are . The key is for you become the best that you can be, thereby enabling you to attract more favorable outcomes in life and potentially positioning yourself in the top 1% of your discipline/genre. However, this is easier said than done.
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This book is the collaborative effort of Virend Singh and his daughter, Verusha. Coincidental or divinely guided, this dad and daughter – with different, but complementary skills and talents – have combined their expertise to provide you with a refreshing, unique perspective on “success” – a matter close to the heart of almost every person on Earth!
Virend Singh was born and raised in South Africa. He started his career in the computer industry as a trainee programmer and steadily climbed the ranks to eventually head up the computer division of a Building Society in South Africa.
In 1989, Virend migrated to Australia to start a new life with his wife and two young children. Since then he has worked for three major corporations in various information technology roles until eventually striking out on his own, first as a contract Information Technology Project Manager and then as an independent business person.
A business professional with an MBA and a graduate of the ‘school of hard knocks’, Virend finally learned that highly successful people think and act different than others. His greatest revelation was that Prosperity is the direct result of ‘Growing’ and ‘Contributing’.
Having learned first-hand what it takes to achieve notable success, his plans for the future is to work with his daughter Verusha and help people improve the quality of their personal and professional lives.
Verusha Singh is a ‘success writer’ with a bachelor’s degree in Media and Writing and a post-graduate certificate in Editing and Publishing. After graduating from university she held positions at two publishing companies, including Hay House (Australia) before deciding to establish her own self-publishing business. While working at Hay House she wrote articles for various mainstream magazines and played the role as primary ghost-writer for a self-help book (which, for obvious reasons, cannot be named).
As an independent business person Verusha has completed various editing and marketing projects for clients before joining her dad to co-author and publish The Inexplicable Laws of Success.
Verusha’s plans for the future are to continue to write and teach about all aspects of success.
We all have dreams and aspirations for a better life, but for most people they remain so – just dreams and aspirations – until they die. It doesn’t have to be like that. You are essentially a “goal-achieving mechanism” capable of achieving just about any outcome you set for yourself. Accelerated Goal Achievement: An Authentic Approach to Set and Achieve Goals Faster will help you take your dreams and turn them into concrete action plans, full of bite-sized action steps that you can conﬁdently execute to successful completion.