Bo Bennet once said that “A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.” The biggest issue with people not reaching their potential is that they are not focused enough to sit down and chalk out an action plan that can take them to their glory.
Words like “Productivity”, “Accomplishment”, and “Success” have been used up to a point where they seem to have lost their real essence.
A simple search on Amazon will fetch you hundreds, if not thousands of books that make claims to help you realize your true potential and achieve your life goals without putting in significant effort. A whole world of research has been done on the subject, and a lot more has been written. Despite all this buzz, the majority of the dreamers are still not even close to fulfilling their destiny.
So what seems to be the solution to this problem? Well, the first ingredient that needs to go into the recipe for your success is your unfaltering commitment and devotion to your own success. If you are not completely devoted to achieving your ideal self, no one else can ever help. Before looking for external support, you first need to make a vow that nothing will get in your way to success and happiness. Then you can look for a success and accomplishment plan that is most suited to your personality.
I have spent considerable time coaching people to achieve success and accomplish their goals, and this experience has helped me pinpoint the problems that people face on this daunting journey. As a result, I have developed an action framework, aka Coach Clinton 7-Steps to Accomplishment Methodology, which has helped many people to positively reach their destination. This is a method which was developed painstakingly and after much deliberation. The end product is a plan that generates great results.
Notice that each step in the process is a word that begins with the letter A. Why, you ask? Because we have been taught to strive for excellence. In the United States, the grade mark “A” signifies that level of excellence.
So without wasting any further time, let’s get into discussing the steps that can build your pathway to success and accomplishment.
As evident from the name, this magical method consists of seven steps that are divided into three broad categories titled the Mind Mapping Phase, the Plan & Execute Phase, and the Complete & Learn Phase. The seven steps along with the relevant phases are discussed below:
I - MIND MAPPING PHASE
In the first phase, the objective is to chalk out the course of action and plan the journey toward your individual performance improvement.
Step 1 – Appraise
This process starts off with a nonjudgmental appraisal or evaluation of your individual performance. The purpose behind this assessment is to analyze every aspect of your life and categorize your actions and habits as either catalysts or deterrents toward your performance. Once labelled, the negative patterns are singled out for elimination and the rest are further studied regarding their contribution toward your life success and only the ones worth your time are marked for further continuation.
Step 2 – Ascertain
Based on your ambitions, this step begins with a determining a comprehensive set of goals for the short-term, mid-term and the long-term. Then you will create certain themes for your performance improvement and fit all the previously ascertained goals into relevant themes. Once the themes are complete with the subsequent goals, you will assign a priority to each theme so that you have a clear order of execution when you begin to take action.
II – PLAN AND EXECUTE PHASE
Step 3 – Approach
Now that the themes and goals are established and prioritized, come up with a practical plan for the themes and goals that are on top of the priority list. It is also necessary to pin down the activities that can take you toward actualization of your goals. This will require more brainstorming and a list of activities to attach to each goal. This list of activities can be a combination of both one-time tasks as well as recurring actions that become your new ‘success habits’.
Step 4 – Avert
Now, look at what you’ve accomplished so far. You have a set of themes, goals for each theme, and activities for each goal. Next, prepare for actual execution by enhancing your motivational level by creating and reciting your affirmation statement. So much of what we do or don’t do comes from our own self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. It is absolutely necessary to motivate ourselves with repetitive positive messages. Your personalized bespoke ‘Motivation Affirmation’ will catalyze this process of performance enhancement by clearing up your thinking process and making you more confident of your abilities and unique talents.
Step 5 – Actualize
Steps one through four have set the rhythm for your performance enhancement process, stay on the right track with the right pace by adding some accountability into the equation. Your stated goals must be specific, realistic and measurable – now you must hold yourself accountable so that you can measure your actual progress along the way.
II – COMPLETE AND LEARN PHASE
During this phase, you should seek to review your progress. By evaluating the results of your work efforts, you can make determinations for how to change your plan to accomplish your desired results.
Step 6 – Accomplish
While it is necessary to work hard to make progress, it is equally important to stop for a minute and look at the distance you have covered. Celebrate all your victories – no matter the size! This sense of accomplishment provides you with the fuel to keep pushing ahead and conquer even larger territories.
Step 7 – Analyze
In this last step, take the time to review thoroughly the entire process that started with goal setting and reached completion through planning and execution.
The objective of this step is to produce knowledge by learning from the process. Use this knowledge to aim even higher next time around. This analysis will tell you more about yourself in terms of your working style, your ability to overcome obstacles, your strengths, and weaknesses along with many other important insights, all of which will guide your way for the coming expeditions.
This is very important – because this is where your self-enlightenment and self-awareness grow!
By signing up to go through this process, you will be doing yourself a huge favor – a favor that you will never regret especially when people will look at you as the ‘wow’ person who completely transformed his or her life, achieving something that was not even vaguely possible otherwise.
Follow my articles as I deep dive further into each of the seven steps.