After making sure that we get the A for Attitude component right, it’s time for action, so in the ABC of success, B is for Behaviour.

In Australian Rules Football, there’s a well-known speech from a grand final in the 70’s when legendary coach John Kennedy screamed at his players, “Don’t think, do something.”

Sometimes I can’t help but think that there are a lot of seemingly happy, inactive people who aren’t successful because they don’t know how to take action in a way that will help them to be successful.

In brief, the key to taking action is goal-setting.  Without goals, we sometimes don’t know where to start, or we get into a “hamster on a wheel” routine, where we expend a lot of energy without actually making any progress.

Here are a few hints for goal-setting that I have found helpful:

Write your goals down:  Until our goals are written down and visible to our eyes, they remain in our head as dreams and fantasies that we are unlikely to take action on.  By writing our goals down, they become more real to us and our mind is activated to look for opportunities to achieve them. 

Set SMART goals:  SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. 

I could say that I want to lose weight, not eat much today, perhaps go for a short walk and then have achieved my goal.  However, I think that we all know that I haven’t really achieved anything. 

However, if I was to aim to be a certain weight by a certain time, then I can start to plan my life around this goal and end up with a much more significant achievement.

Revisit your goals regularly:  Once you have set your goals and written them down, don’t leave them in an office drawer somewhere never to be seen again.  An excellent tip that I recently read about in Brian Tracey’s excellent book on goals was to get a note book and write your goals down every day on a new page.  Doing this will keep them at the front of your mind, enabling you to look more effectively for opportunities to take action on them.

Understand the reality around you:  Many of us have goals that we have wanted to achieve for many years, but there have been one or two consistent excuses or handicaps that have stopped us from achieving them.  A little bit of self-awareness can help us to identify these issues and start to deal with them before tackling some of the other, bigger goals.  These reasons could be based upon time, discipline or self-limiting beliefs.  Dealing with them now will enable you to tackle life in a much more effective way.

These are only a few simple tips and I look forward to expanding on them more in the future, but the key point to remember is that combining a resourceful Attitude with meaningful Behaviours will get you much closer to being successful.

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