by Syndee Hendricks
“Nearly everyone wants to be successful, but few are willing to do the work to create that success.” Syndee Hendricks
Most people want to be successful, wouldn’t you agree? Whether it is at home, work, affiliations, social settings, etc, most of us want to feel the rewards of success: achievement, reward, happiness, and fulfillment, right? What I have found is that even though most people want all that, a very few are willing to do the work that it takes to create success in most areas—unless you are extremely lucky.
As I worked in various positions in my management career, people (mostly men) said to me: “Oh, you have the easy task/job/position/area of responsibility—that is why you are so successful. Over and over again. However, those same people were not willing to put in the time, energy, and passion that I was to earn the success. In some of those positions it took eighty hours a week most weeks and one hundred hours in one week—I know this because one of my key people informed me of this. Diedre walked into my office mid-afternoon one long work day and blurted out that I needed to go home. I told her that I still had work to do. Diedre proceeded to asked if I knew that I had been at work for over one hundred hours that week? She certainly got my attention with that statement! I asked how did she know the number of hours I had worked that week? She said that she had worked beside me the entire week! I told her that she needed to go home—that I still had work to do!
Now that is an extreme example, but I can tell you that this year I have accomplished nearly 20 major goals or projects while working my speaking, writing, coaching and consulting business, and doing monthly philanthropic work. Some of those projects are three websites, one published book, three published workbooks, my next book outline, a tele-class with a business friend co-facilitating, a recorded meditation on CD, just to name a few.
One of my biggest secrets and ‘go to’ support for my clients is meditation. I felt so strongly about it that I created a meditation for my clients and recorded it on a CD, which has been life changing for many. Some of my secrets are believed important by other successful people: “Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had .” The billionaire founder, Ray Dalio, of Bridgewater Associates fame, the world’s largest hedge fund firm, was quoted by Huffington Post in 2012. Trendsetting successful companies such as Google, Apple, and AOL have meditation classes for their employees. Oprah, fifth wealthiest self-made woman in America, brought in Transcendental Meditation teachers for her team.
Goal setting is yet other secret that is responsible for my ability to have such a high productivity and ability to accomplish so many things. There are several components to my goal setting for maximizing productivity of which I am happy to share. I have developed the “WHAT, HOW, WHY, AND WHO GOAL SETTING PLAN”. I believe the most important component to my plan is the “WHY” component. If you are not clear on your “WHY” of achieving your goal, the passion that is a huge ingredient to accomplishing that goal is diminished. A real example is getting my first book written—I think the first one is the hardest to finish and publish. Since only a single digit percentage of potential authors finish their book and get it published, you might agree with that statement. My “WHY” for finishing Step Aside, Get Out of Your Own Way was that I wanted it to be available to those who could not afford my coaching fees but still be able to get some of my tools that are in the book to lead a more fulfilled life.
Some of the other steps are listed below: The “HOW” and “WHO” of Goal Setting. If you don’t know how you are going to accomplish your goal or you haven’t thought about who can assist you in the areas you need help, your goal will never be met. A Project Worksheet will lay out both of those important areas to give you a road map to goal achievement! Though it is not in my book, it is available in the Companion Workbook. It has space to list not only how and who, it has places to list priority, action items, and due dates—you could make your own Project Worksheet very easily.
WHAT: Set realistic goals with specific details
- Make sure your goal is something that you really want to achieve and not just it would be nice to achieve
- The secrets behind achieving success in my opinion is pretty simple:
- Clear and constant focus
HOW: Plan your work: Action Plan with dates
Create a Project Worksheet for large projects/goals
Use a time frame for each item on the Project Worksheet to achieve your goals
- WHY: Be sure you know your reason of wanting to achieve your goals
- WHO: Find qualified people to assist you in areas needed
Put this information on your Project Worksheet
Recharge and refresh, and you will be able to continue on your quest of goal achievement with a newfound ambition and be around to reap the rewards of success! Some over achievers will not get off that work merry-go-round even for one minute! I know this because I have worked for many of them. What happens is that stress becomes your constant companion and then disease creeps in with many forms. I can’t count the number of executives I have worked for or known that have passed on from cancer—many with brain cancer. Take time away even if it is just for a mental vacation…
Affirmations and visualization are underestimated yet powerful tools that bring goals to life for many who use them. Tiger Woods and Arnold Schwarzenegger both used visualization beginning in their youth to bring them the huge, larger than life successes they both coveted and earned. When done properly, you get the visualized picture, the intense emotions and the self-created feelings etched into your subconscious mind. The key is to be sure to visualize that you already have achieved your goal. And voile’…goal achieved! WHAT, HOW, WHY, WHO of success? Let success of goal achievement be YOUR friend…