The "Smarter Approach" Method
I am frequently asked what approach I use with my coaching clients to help them achieve the success and change they desire. My method, which I refer to as "The Smarter Approach" to success, involves seven basic steps which, on the surface, appear to be fairly "simple," but are often not "easy."
Recognize the need for change and make it a priority.
Most of us are pretty good at recognizing the need for change. However, I have found that many of us falter in taking the next step, which is making it a priority. Making change a priority means creating and maintaining the time and space for the desired change to occur. I have often said that Intention + Attention = Miracles. Real change requires more than good intentions, it demands our time and attention.
Invest in yourself.
Investing in yourself means spending the time, energy and resources required to achieve the desired change. This could involve reading new books, attending seminars or getting additional training. Whatever goals you may have, they are more likely to be achieved if you make the appropriate investment in yourself.
Develop a clear vision.
Sometimes we can be so desperate for something different that we make changes just for the sake of making changes. Before we decide to make a change, it is critical that we set time aside to get clear and create a vision about what we want and what we don't want. Remember, what we spend the most time thinking about winds up turning up in our life. Make sure your thoughts are focused on what you want rather than on what you don't want, then that's what you'll attract.
Start asking yourself smart questions.
Someone once said that if you ask a stupid question, you'll get a stupid answer. While I don't really believe that any question is stupid, we can waste a lot of time asking ourselves questions that don't bring us any closer to our desired goals. In her book, Living Your Best Life, Laura Bergman Fortgang suggests that we ask ourselves certain pointed, open-ended questions that help us clarify our desires. By asking such questions and answering them honestly, we are more likely to attain clarity regarding what we truly and most deeply desire.
Set up clear, achievable action steps.
Most of us have set goals for ourselves at some time in our life. However, most of the time these goals are too broad or too loosely defined to be effective. To be effective, a goal must be clear in terms of what is being desired, it must have a series of action-steps that are sequential and build upon each other, and it must have a time table built into each step. Setting up goals in this fashion is much more likely to lead to success because this method builds in more accountability and also contains an ongoing barometer of your progress toward achieving your goal.
Develop a system to staying on track.
It is one thing to achieve a goal, it is quite another to maintain it. Once we have achieved a goal, it is important to set up a support network to help us maintain our gains. A good support network will be invaluable in helping you overcome the inevitable obstacles that will pop up and threaten to undo the progress that you have fought so hard to achieve.
Once we have mustered up the time, attention, and energy to achieve our desired goals, it is than necessary to have a system in place to keep this momentum moving forward. I refer to this as creating a "lifestyle of investing in yourself." This can include continuing education, learning new skills, retreats, etc. It really is about making growth and development a way of life. By doing so, you will be more able to successfully achieve future goals and are better equipped to face the inevitable vicissitudes that life invariably has in store.