07 Jan How to Achieve Faster Results: A Simple Formula to Follow
We’ve all experienced that moment of great excitement as the New Year approaches; we’re pumped, the world looks small, and we can’t wait to do great and wonderful things!
Some of us make lofty resolutions like:
This year, I will be a millionaire.
This year, I will be the manager of my organization.
This year, I will find my Prince Charming.
But, as the days roll into weeks and weeks become months, the euphoria of the New Year gradually wears off. And so does the motivation to achieve our goals until we’re so tapped out and counsel ourselves to forget them.
I’ve often wondered why many people seem to know what they can do to change their lives but don’t do those things? Why is it that some people succeed where others failed? What is the secret to achieving great results?
Come to find out. It’s all based on a simple formula — so simple that some of us ignore it.
If you are among the people who have a laundry list of excuses for why they can’t achieve their goals, well, my friend, the time for excuses is over. After you read this post, there will be no reason you can’t achieve exponential results in anything you want to do. Likewise, if you want to take your result to the next and higher level, I’m about to provide you with a template for creating massive success. These principles are scientifically proven!
How to Achieve Faster Results: A Simple Formula to Follow
Step 1: Multiply Your Goals By 10.
“Wherever it is you want to go, there is a long and conventional path, and there are shorter, less conventional approaches.” — Benjamin Hardy.
Incremental success is possible, and it’s possible for everyone. However, it takes a different mindset to actualize it.
If you want to change your life and results, you cannot set conventional goals; you have to set goals SO HUGE that it beats your mind how you can achieve it. You have to set goals that require strong faith to believe the possibility of making them happen. To quote Richard Branson, if your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.
The concept of goal setting is not well-understood by many. Unfortunately, goal setting is still not one of those things they teach you in school.
There’s a form of emotional baggage attached to the subject. On one side of the ditch, they don’t like setting goals because they feel horrible when they don’t achieve their goals. On the other side, they don’t like goal setting because they feel worse when they achieve their goals.
However, both of these groups are wrong. As humans, we are happiest when we are growing. That means human beings thrive on hope, not having something you aim to stunt hope and happiness.
There’s a psychological principle that supports that statement. It’s called Hope Theory, and it says that “hope reflects your perceptions regarding your capacity to clearly conceptualize goals, develop the specific pathways to reach those goals, and initiate and sustain the motivation for using those strategies.”
The size of your goals determines the trajectory of your life.
Big goals are exciting, and they attract big people. They attract the people and resources that resonate with that frequency. Most of us’ greatest danger is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it, Michelangelo said.
He was right.
Anyone that achieved anything worthwhile will tell you that what they had was the clarity of what they wanted to do, not how they were going to do it. You need to commit, first, and figure out the process as you go along. Nevertheless, it’s not enough to choose an ambitious goal; you need to make it timebound and believable to you. And then you must commit to actualizing it.
Commitment produces clarity, and clarity drives action; it helps you persist and persevere. In the language of research, commitment means binding yourself to a course of action. To quote Christopher Reeve, so many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
Step 2: Multiply Your Actions By 10.
“You may have these incredible ideas, and you think what’s missing is motivation. But that’s not true because the way our minds are wired and the fact about the human being is that we are not designed to do things that are uncomfortable or scary or difficult. Our brains are designed to protect us from those things because our brains are trying to keep us alive. ”— Mel Robbins.
In his book, 10X Rule, The Only Difference Between Success and Failure, Grant Cardone reduced the labyrinth of the key to achieving incremental success to a) setting targets for yourself that are 10X greater than what you believe you can achieve and b) taking actions that are 10X greater than what you believe is necessary to achieve your goals.
Says Grant: Never reduce a target. Instead, increase actions. When you start rethinking your targets, making up excuses and letting yourself off the hook, you are giving up on your dreams!
Anyone can have big ambitions and set big goals. The separation between dreamers and achievers matches your ambition with everyday work in moving the needle towards actualizing your goals. If you want to achieve your ambition, you must commit to actualizing it through decisive action.
Break your goal into actionable, day-to-day deliverables, and constantly measure your progress. If you win the day, you’ll win the week – all you need is that simple majority to keep moving forward.
Most people give up the moment they hit roadblocks in trying to actualize their goals. They become trapped in what experts call a knowledge-action gap: They know what they should do but cannot get themselves to do those things. As they indulge in this limiting process, their brains create patterns that strengthen the habit by stopping them from taking actions. It links to pain and reinforcing actions. It links to pleasure. This is what behavioral psychology is called associative conditioning.
Stop waiting for motivation and start working towards your goals. Prime your mind that obstacles will arise — people will call you crazy, old friendships could fail, the wheels might come off — but you must keep pushing the boundary!
The question is no longer how bad you want it; the real question is, how much work are you willing to put in to actualize it?
Hard work is your first guarantee for achieving your goals; create an intense demand on yourself that you can’t help but respond. When you rid yourself of average thinking and average action, you improve your self-worth and creativity.
Step 3: Set Time Aside For Re-creation.
Create a ritual that helps you evaluate your work, reassess your strategies, realign your thoughts, and redirect your energy.
Edith Harbaugh, the CEO of LaunchDarkly, shared her most transferable lesson from riding a bike to building startups and software with The First Round awhile back. She said, “every ride starts with zero. Once your direction is set, begin each day with a blank slate.”
But, beginning every day on a clean slate requires that you set specific time aside to measure your results and refill yourself – you cannot pour from an empty cistern.
In the words of Benjamin Hardy, author of Willpower Doesn’t Work; mental creation always precedes physical creation. Before a building is physically constructed, there’s a blueprint.
The creative process is an inside-out approach.
Performing at your best and being in a peak state requires you to master your mind and body. Regardless of how intelligent and creative you are, you might not be functional if you’re not healthy. It’s important to work hard and apply yourself in achieving your goals, but you must equally make self-care a priority.
The easiest way to achieving mastery over your mind and body is through a good diet, proper exercise and rest, prayer and meditation, and reproducing your ideas. Science confirms that your best thoughts come to you immediately following a good sleep or in an activity that pushes you to the limit. Many people are so numbed out from stress that they depend on stimulants to keep them going. This is a known fact, depression and anxiety are shooting through the roof, and addiction is an epidemic. Take timeout to refill and refuel yourself.
Your mind has all the answers you’re seeking for. What you need to do is trigger the impulse that generates what experts call “fluid intelligence.” How? By practicing mindfulness and making time to rest and meditate.
In the words of James Allen, bestselling author of As A Man Thinketh, the mind is the master power that molds and makes, and man is mind, and evermore he takes the tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills. He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass. Make your mind an ally and milk those thoughts through productive work every day.
Step 4: Build A Support System.
Avoid all forms of transactional relationships, if you can. They often end badly, anyway.
Napoleon Hill popularized the concept of the mastermind group through his classic self-help, Think And Grow Rich. In the book, Hill defines a mastermind group as “the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”
Great leaders in business and corporations have known this. Although the practice and terminology may change from culture to culture, the principle remains the same: other people’s expectations influence how you end up.
Professor of Cognitive Robotics and the Philosophy of Knowledge, Mark H. Bickhard, echoed this thought in his thesis entitled, How Does the Environment Affect the Person? Said Bickhard, in his essay:
It is generally assumed that human beings perceive and understand the world through the senses and that that epistemic connection with the world occurs via the transmission of information from the world through those senses into a mind. The converse perspective on this same assumption is that the environment influences individuals, both microgenetically and developmentally, via the information that is generated in that environment and transmitted into the minds of those individuals.
Your environment has a lot to do with who you are. Therefore, surround yourself with people who believe in you and hold you to high standards — people who help you grow and become your best self.
Surround yourself with people who help you nuance your thinking and overcome your inhibition. If you’re the smartest person in your group, you probably need another group. Always put yourself in a position that makes you feel like a little fish swimming in a big jar.
You grow and learn.
You become wiser.
You aspire to catch up with everyone else, and your zeal to succeed will silence your fears and the desire for complacency.
Says Grant Cardone:
You have to be obsessed. Nobody has ever accomplished something incredible without obsession. The ability to be obsessed is not a disease, it is a gift. The saying “under commit and over deliver” is stupid. Instead, over commit and figure out how to show up at a higher level. Success is like a garden; you must constantly tend to it and care for it. Don’t worry about how much work it is; think about how great the results will be. Challenge traditions and established ways of thinking. Approach everything with the attitude that it can be done. Believe that you will figure it out. Don’t follow the pack; lead the pack.
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Tom-Chris Emewulu is the Founder & President of SFAN (Stars From All Nations). When he’s not building SFAN and helping entrepreneurs and rising professionals create fulfilling careers, he’s telling African innovation stories or advocating for people-centered policy. Tom-Chris is a former consultant at Mastercard Foundation, Seedstars Ambassador for Ghana, and the author of the forthcoming book: Breaking the Limits. He is a thought leader on youth development, social entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and the future of work.