It is far easier to declare an intention (see Part I, if this is a mystery to you) than it is to live up to the declaration. Just ask anyone who has ever attempted a diet.
In this second part of Dare to Change, I’d like to propose a set of actions that are designed to move you closer to the change you’d like to achieve. If you are willing to undertake these actions, you will find that your ultimate goal is that much more easily achieved. If you choose to “pass,” good luck. You’ll need it.
The second part of making the change you desire is to align your actions with the outcome you’d like to achieve. What this part argues is that you will not be able to achieve your ultimate goal by simply thinking lofty thoughts. A lofty thought may be a useful thing on occasion, but there is little evidence that it has ever brought any individual to his or her outcome.
To achieve the outcome you desire, you must align your behaviors with those that are consistent with your outcome.
If, for example, you want to grow your business, an initial question you may want to consider is, “What would I be doing if I were really working to make my business successful?” You might answer with such actions as, “Expand my network to include those who could provide me referrals,” “Identify 50 contacts who could help you expand your base of business.”
Here are some tips to help you effectively align for success:
1. Clarify the outcomes that you want. By “outcomes,” I mean the results you want to affect. What will be different when you are done? What will you be able to point to and say, “That’s what I achieved…”?
2. Break your outcome down into manageable steps. What must you do first, second or third in order to achieve your outcome?
3. Tie the action steps in #2 (above) to DATES. The date says to you (and to any other interested or relevant parties), “this is when I will do this action.” It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable for the things you want to achieve.
4. BEGIN YOUR DAY by reviewing the results you want to achieve and any actions that are necessary for you to achieve that day.
5. ACT ON the things you need to accomplish that day.
When you align your day-to-day behaviors with the results you want to achieve, you’ll be far better to achieve the outcomes that are of greatest importance to you. These five steps should help you get closer to those results.
In my next blog, we’ll examine the third action to achieve the change you want.