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#1 Reason Why Highly Successful People Sustain Their Success

I’m sure you know someone who seems to be able to achieve almost every goal they set for themselves. It’s as if they have a Midas touch and everything they touch turns to gold. Yet, when you begin to find out how they keep making things happen, you realize that they've been very strategic about the direction they wanted to take their life. They master the skills of goal-planning and goal-achievement.

Are these skills only for “special people”, or, are they something everyday people can learn? I don’t consider myself one of the “special people” and I’ve been able to develop a strategic mindset that helps me cultivate both foresight and focus which are critical to goal achievement. This skill which I honed during my corporate career started with the basic fundamentals of goal achievement learned in school and elevated to becoming strategic planning and execution as I navigated my corporate career.

As a mentor and coach, I would say that of the skills that many of the individuals I serve have the biggest challenge with is that of gaining clarity about what it is they want to accomplish and how to go about implementing a plan to make it happen.

According to various research, of all the individuals who set New Year’s resolutions only 8% of Americans succeed in achieving them. By the month of March, most individuals who set resolutions have returned to accepting the state of their life as it is instead of going back to the drawing board and figuring out what they need to do differently to maintain their focus, motivation, and determination to achieve their resolutions.

This is heartbreaking to me when I think about all of the untapped potential that is dormant within people. As part of my mission to inspire and empower people to tap into a greater measure of the seeds of greatness within them, I feel a sense of urgency to help as many people get on track to living a life they love living. This requires that I help as many people gain the clarity and confidence to develop and execute a purpose-driven plan for the achievement of your inspiring goals.

Here're 5 Things You Need to Create a Purpose-Driven Plan for the Achievement of Your Goals.

1.  Clarify What Success Feels and Looks Like for You. What are the core values and beliefs driving you to pursue your present goals? Will the accomplishment of your desired goals enable you to live a life you love living, or are they based on what external influences deem to be a success and you've decided to go along with their plan? Clarifying what success feels and looks like to you decreases the likelihood that three, five or 10 years from now, you won't be regretting the decisions you've made, even those that didn't work out.

2.  Know Your “Mighty Why”
It is difficult to create a compelling vision of the future you desire without getting to the core of “why” you want what you want. Tuning into your core values and beliefs and the reasons why you're willing to commit to specific goals will help you align your time, energy and resources toward the manifestation of your desired state.

3. Identify Your Gap
Next, identify the key daily and weekly activities that you currently engage to achieve your goals and assess any misalignment that diminishes your personal effectiveness toward the achievement of your desired state. Answer the following questions: who do I need to become to accomplish the tasks necessary for the achievement of this goal? What do I need learn? How can I sharpen my present skills? Who do I need to know that can provide me with sound advice, support and accountability to this goal? What conditions are key to me achieving this goal? What goals have I accomplished that are similar in which I can draw upon my experience, strengths, and skills? These and similar questions will help you gain the clarity necessary to identify key strategic activities you need to engage to achieve milestone goals critical to your goals.

4. Acknowledge Your Barriers to Success
Success is rarely a straightforward path. Along the journey of creating their desired state, you will be faced with challenges and obstacles. Identifying internal and external barriers to your success helps you develop a contingency plan and how you can set up conditions to keep yourself on track towards your desired outcomes. Contingency planning helps you develop a resilient mindset and effective personal leadership habits which are key to overcoming setbacks and staying on course towards a particular goal.

5. Pulling It All Together: Take Action
The best-laid plan is worthless without execution. Now that you have increased your understanding of what success feels and looks like to you, identify your "mighty why" and  the key strategic activities that are essential to the achievement of a goal and created a contingency plan to manage the barriers to your success, it's time for you to put some skin in the game. Utilizing some form of a daily or weekly calendar, identify tasks needed to be completed each week and then break those tasks down into a daily "to-do" list. Schedule your daily agenda around these priorities to ensure that matters that seem "urgent" don't overshadow what's most "important" to the accomplishment of your goals. Celebrate your wins, no matter how small. This habit helps to fuel your passionate determination to succeed.

The actions above are fundamentals to goal-planning and goal-achievement. As you have realized, approaching this process with a proactive mindset increases the effectiveness of the actions you take. Establishing a daily agenda with the intention of producing results increase the likelihood that you will make timely course corrections to build momentum toward your desired outcome which will increase your odds of success.

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Sending you lots of love & positive energy,

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Author Bio: Jackie Capers Brown is the CEO of Positive Change Coaching Solutions. She is an author, motivational speaker and Mentor to Game Changers. Feeling stuck? Move forward empowered by the My DRIVE Advantage™ Strategy. Start to manifest new possibilities in your life. Wake up feeling good about yourself and life. Read Jackie’s latest book, Get Unstuck Now: Changing Your Story, Unleashes Your Power to Move On and Be Happy.  Follow Jackie on Twitter.

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