Making Progress Toward Your Goals

How to Get Off That Plateau
July 30, 2009

Tired of feeling like a
hamster on a wheel?
If you just don’t seem
to make progress in
reaching your goals or
you’ve reached a plateau,
consider these tips.

TAKE ACTION. Avoid
being overwhelmed
and paralyzed by your
challenges. “Do anything to
keep the momentum going
forward,” says Joe Vitale,
author of The Attractor
Factor
. “One of my favorite
examples comes from author
Ray Bradbury. He still gets
up every day and writes a
short story. He wakes up
with no idea what he will
write. He just starts typing
from inspiration.”

JUST TAKE THE NEXT STEP. You don’t
have to be able to see your destination to
reach it. “It’s like driving your car at night
when there’s no streetlights,” Vitale says.
“Your headlights may only allow you to
see the next 100 feet in front of you. And
finally, you make it to your destination.”

IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE RESULTS,
CHANGE WHAT YOU’RE DOING.

Personal-development icon Jim Rohn
suggests asking yourself, “What can I do
today so the next five years are not the
same as the last five?”

EVALUATE HOW YOU ARE
SPENDING YOUR TIME.
“Do you focus
on the majors?” Rohn asks. “Spend major
time on major things, and minor time on
minor things.” When you see results on the
things that matter to you most, it will fuel
more results.

MAKE SURE YOUR HEART IS IN
IT.
Director and producer George Lucas
says, “You have to find something you love
enough to be able to take risks, jump over
the hurdles, and break through the brick
walls that are always going to be placed in
front of you. If you don’t have that kind of
feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll
stop at the first giant hurdle.”

PUSH YOURSELF TO REACH YOUR
POTENTIAL.
“Make a realistic assessment
of your current abilities,” suggests Cynthia
Kersey, author of Unstoppable. “Now,
imagine your abilities have increased
by 10 percent. What could you be
doing if you immediately possessed 10
percent more abilities, skills and talents?
You could be doing those things today
if you believed you could and pushed
yourself—even a little bit—outside your
comfort zone.”

 

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