Everyone wants to achieve their goals as quickly as possible. But that’s easier said than done.
So: how do we ensure that we achieve our goals?
First of all, it helps to look at some examples. Successful people who have certain tricks and strategies to tackle their goals.
Here are nine tricks that incredibly successful people use in their lives:
Sundar Pichai – Knowing which morning ritual works for you
The CEO of Google has a strict morning ritual to ensure success. Pichai eats an omelette, drinks tea and reads the latest news.
This doesn’t sound very special, but it works for him. “I’m not a morning person, so I need my time with my newspaper and tea to wake up and get started,” Pichai told Recode.
So take good care of yourself in the morning. Do what you need to do to prepare yourself for the rest of the day, whether that’s running, having a cup of coffee on the couch, or taking time to meditate.
By taking time for yourself, you prepare yourself for the goals you will have for the rest of your day.
Mark Zuckerberg – Simplify Your Choices
We all have to make countless choices throughout the day. That’s life, but sometimes all those choices are just too much for us.
The New York Times writes that choice stress and fatigue are a real problem: “You can’t make choice after choice without paying the organic price.”
That’s why the CEO of Facebook — whose choices directly affect the $400 billion company — keeps unnecessary choices out of his life.
For example, Zuckerberg puts on the same “uniform” every morning: jeans, sneakers and a gray shirt.
By having a comfortable work uniform, Zuckerberg doesn’t have to worry about his clothes. Choice stress can lead to impulsiveness and indecision.
Minimizing the number of choices you have to make in a day is a great way to prepare yourself for success. The energy that normally goes into these choices is better spent on the really important things.
Beyoncé Knowles – Don’t Talk About Your Goals
Talk to anyone who will listen about your goals… Because let’s face it, if you’ve said your goals out loud, you have to achieve them. However?
Wrong. Talking too much can reduce your chances of success.
Business Insider’s Daniel Welsey previously explained the problem with talking too much about your dreams: “Communicating your goals makes your brain think you’ve already achieved them.”
So, the more you talk about your plans, the less motivated you are to actually get things done.
Rather take an example from Beyoncé.Queen Bey wasn’t hyped for her work and selling her music. She let the album speak for itself and it immediately became a commercial success and was widely acclaimed.
Angela Merkel – Consider all your options
Working fast is the only way to reach your goal fast, right?
Well no. Not really. Quick choices can create big problems that ultimately hinder your progress.
Rather follow the example of the German leader. “For me, it’s important that I’ve considered all options…I’m looking at scenarios and not just the theoretical experiment in my head,” she told BBC.
According to Inc. it’s almost always better to avoid impulsive choices and focus on what’s going on around you. The latter gives you “the strength to weigh those observations against your instincts.”
Bill Gates and Elon Musk – Keep a tight schedule
Bill Gates and Elon Musk are two rather busy men with intense agendas. That is why the two tech giants divide their day into five-minute blocks. Everything is planned, down to the minute.
It’s the perfect class for anyone who wants to achieve more in 24 hours.
Fast Company’s Stephanie Vozza writes that this technique can boost your productivity and get more done throughout the day.
Oprah – Ask yourself tough questions
Don’t feel bad about procrastination. Even Oprah has a knack for putting off important things.
Only the media entrepreneur also has a way to break the cycle of procrastination.
She told Fast Company that she asks herself one question: “What’s the worst that could happen and why am I afraid of confrontation?”
Usually we put off something for a reason. Identifying, exploring, and confronting that reason will help you move forward with your life and work toward your goals.
Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson – Write things down
What do Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson have in common?
Yes, they have all made a name for themselves in the corporate world. Correct.
But when it comes to achieving goals, they all write things down. Gates, Sandberg and Branson always carry a notebook and pen.
When inspiration strikes, Gates and Branson write it down. Sandberg uses her notebook to plan her days on Facebook the old-fashioned way.
Writing down your good ideas and planning will help you achieve your goals sooner.
Jeff Bezos – Don’t waste your time in meetings
Meetings can take up an awful lot of time. They are not always efficient.
That’s why Amazon’s CEO has a strict rule when it comes to meetings.According to Fast Company, a small group is often much more innovative.
By attending less pointless meetings, Bezos can take the time to continue working towards his goals.
JK Rowling – Finish what you started, whoever is watching
Once you have a dream in sight, don’t give up.
Just look at JK Rowling.
Last April, she retweeted Melanie Dione. She urged people to complete their creative projects, whether or not they knew if anyone was ever going to see, read, or listen to it. “There were so many moments in the 90s when someone should have said this to me,” Rowling writes.
The author had a hard time financially before the ‘Harry Potter’ series started running. She received numerous rejections before the fantasy series was picked up. Anyway, she kept working on her dream and now she is one of the richest people in the world. According to Forbes.
“Any project is worth completing as long as there is passion and will behind it,” writes Allison Hirschlag in a post on Ladders.
Rowling understood that. To achieve your goal you have to believe in it and never want to give up, even when the going gets tough.