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As another year closes and we move into 2012, many of us are thinking about our goals and resolutions for this next year. Where do we want to go? What do we want to learn? What do we want to accomplish?
Closing The Gap
One simple technique I like to use for reaching my goals is called
“Closing The Gap”. In this process, you take stock of where you are at now and where you want to be. It is a good idea to be specific and write these things down in detail. Once you have an accurate view of where you are and where you want to be, you can work towards closing the gap.
To actually close the gap, you can map out all the smaller steps that need to be done or simply take the next action that will bring you closer (like joining IIA to get the training you need to start a profitable internet business ). If you just keep taking that next step towards your goal, you will find that eventually you arrive at it.
1. Take a realistic inventory of where you are at (Point A)
2. Create a detailed vision of where you want to be (Point B)
3. Take consistent action steps to close the gap from Point A to Point B
Sounds pretty simple – so…
What holds us back from closing the gap?
It’s that dang thing called consistency and the lack of consistency is a thorn in all our sides. Consistency is powerful. Even very small steps over time can yield a large result like how small drops of water can eventually erode rock and metal.
Real world examples:
· One of my students reached a number #1 ranking for ALL their main keywords in 6 months just from working on their SEO strategy for 10 minutes per day. (If you don’t know what it means to be ranked number one for all your main keywords – it’s a big deal that equates to more traffic and more money for you).
· A friend of mine lost 30lbs in a few months by exercising only 20 minutes per day and eating healthier.
· A colleague of mine wrote his first book in 9 months by only committing to writing one page per day.
It just goes to show – small steps over time can yield fantastic results!
If lack of consistency is what holds us back from closing the gap…
How can we be more consistent?
Taking consistent action towards our goals really comes down to our willpower.
According to the dictionary:
Willpower is the ability to control oneself and determine one’s actions.
That’s exactly what we need! If we have the willpower to take consistent actions we can close the gap on all our goals!
This sounds fantastic; however, many of us are not up to par in the willpower department. When it comes to taking consistent actions, we get distracted or give up too early. If we just had some more willpower, we probably wouldn’t have these problems…
So how do we get more willpower?
You’re in luck. New studies are showing that willpower can be strengthened like a muscle. A strong will power will be a powerful tool in your success arsenal. In fact, with enough will power, you can do almost anything you put your mind to.
To strengthen your will power, practice doing small things each day that force you to take control of yourself. Examples of this would be keeping your back straight throughout the day, meditating for a few minutes, or drinking 8 glasses of water each day.
Anything that you can do that forces you to control or discipline yourself will strengthen your will power over time. It will help if you keep it simple at first – like just work on keeping your back straight. Just like you wouldn’t go into the gym and try to bench press 400 lbs after not working out in years – don’t overdo it when starting to strengthen your willpower either.
Many people make goals and New Years resolutions, but without consistent action and the willpower to carry out those actions, nothing gets done. The exciting part is that it only takes small steps over time to equal big results and the will power needed to get you to actually take those steps can be strengthened over time! So start strengthening your will power today and maybe by this time next year, you can be the Arnold Swarchenegger of will power!
You can strengthen your will power by doing something each day that forces you to control or discipline yourself. Start with something simple like just keeping your back straight or meditating for a few minutes. Your small efforts will compound on each other and over time your will power will increase exponentially until it becomes easy for you to finish anything you want to do!