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How to Be Successful Reaching Any Goal

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Being successful is not something that just falls out of the sky. It’s not something that will happen automatically, and rarely happens by accident, no matter what people say. Success happens because someone set a goal, worked toward meeting that goal, and completed that goal.

That’s how success happens 99.9 percent of the time. No matter how much failure you’ve experienced in the past you can also be successful. You can be successful if you realize that it’s not a big secret and you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Success can happen to anyone who sets their mind to it and works toward the end result.

Know What You Want

Everything starts with figuring out what you really want. Do you want a business, a hobby, or something to pass the time? It’s totally up to you and there is no right or wrong answer. The only thing you can do wrong is say you want a business but work hobby hours or give it hobby priority.

What you want is up to you, and not up to someone else. If you want a VA business but you only want to work part time, that’s great. Who is to tell you that part time work isn’t success? No one. If all you want to make is grocery money – when you achieve it, that’s success too. Success is reaching your goals.

Set a Deadline

No goal is ever complete without a deadline. If you want to make a certain income or have a certain number of clients, creating a deadline is imperative. The deadline will help guide all the other action you take in terms of time and resources put into it. Be realistic about your deadlines.

Don’t set them so far off to the future that you could do nothing until the last week and succeed, challenge yourself more than that. But don’t set the deadline so soon that you have to work 15 hour days. Be realistic about how long you really have to devote each day to the goal, and then choose a deadline based on that reality.

Create an Action Plan

Make a list of everything that you need to do in order to achieve the goals you’ve set so far. For example, if you’ve decided you want four new clients by Christmas then you’ll need to determine what needs to be done to accomplish that.

Let’s say you want to write a 50,000 word book in 100 days, what actions will you need to do in order to accomplish that? Do you need to do research? Do you need to write a certain number of words a day? What exactly needs to be done in order to accomplish the goals you’ve set? Write it all down.

Create a To Do List

Put this list of things you need to do in order of what needs to be done first, second, third, fourth and so on. A chronological list of actions that you can put into your calendar for you to do each day on that date will get you to your goal. So, for example, let’s say you want to submit 10 answers to RFPs each week. You must locate the RFPs first right? You must write out an answer, right? Put it all in order of exactly what you need to do each and every day to get to the final date.

When you create the to do list it’s imperative that things are in the order that they need to be done so that you won’t have to go back and forth or get frustrated. Try to work the same way you should process snail mail — over the trash can. That way you only touch and process one time, right? Figure out how you can process once within your to-do list.

List Your Resources

Make a list of any all your resources that you have at your fingertips, plus any that you might need from outside of your own means. For example if you need help editing, writing, with graphics and so forth, including technology, people, places and things – write it down.

It also helps to get out your to-do list and match the items that need to be done with who might be able to do them other than you. Don’t be afraid of this process. You can free up a lot of time and make more money when you’re willing to let go a little bit and get some help.

Ask for Help

Contact the people you’ve identified that can help you, contact the business owners who have the technology you need so that you can test out different solutions and pick the right ones without waiting until the last moment. If you map out everything you need to do from day one you’ll be in better shape at day 100.

Just remember, you really don’t need to do everything yourself. You can find help in the form of technology for automation, and human resources to do tasks you don’t want to do. In all honesty, “want to do” is a bad way to put this. You really should outsource anything that isn’t your main money making task when you can.

Get an Accountability Partner

This is super important. They say you’re the sum of your closest five friends. So if your friends make an average of 60K a year, you probably do too. If your friends tend to procrastinate, so do you. So, pick someone outside of your main circle to become your accountability partner.

The very best way to go about this is to get a coach. A coach will not let you slide, a friend might. There are numerous coaches around that purport to know how to help you build your virtual assistant business. But, it’s up to you to check them out. Find out if those they’ve coached have really experienced success before you pay them.

Check Your Progress

Every evening before you close up shop, check out your to-do list. Mark off what you’ve done, and move things over that were accidentally out of sync, or things you didn’t get done. Note what you’ll be working on tomorrow, so you’ll be ready to go when you start working that day.

Keep tabs on your progress so that you can see if you need to work harder on any given day to make up for lost time. This will help you stay on track. Do not move your deadline, only move around the “to do” list in order to make it happen on time.

Anyone can be successful when they set their mind to it. You have to set goals, create a plan of action, make a to-do list and then stick to it until you’ve accomplished the tasks necessary to get to the finish line. One thing I know for sure is that you can do it. I have done it, and so can you, if you want to.

About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website

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