How to achieve your goals in 4 Steps!

There are tonnes of different methodologies when it comes to goal setting! CANI has proven to be a very successful method that can bring about real results!

CANI – stands for ‘Constant And Never Ending Improvement’, developed by Tony Robbins and is extremely effective in ensuring continual growth in your life.

Check out my 4 easy steps to get you on the road to success!

  1. Identify areas in your life that you want to improve

Knowing where you are in the achievement of your goal is very important. From this point, you can easily identify areas that need improvement. You can also identify the skills and competencies you need to learn to get there. Identifying such areas can be done by:

  • Understanding your weaknesses

Your weaknesses might be what is preventing you from achieving your goals. For instance, let’s say you love overspending. It can be difficult to achieve the goal of clearing your debts unless you deal with the overspending weakness first.

Being aware of your weaknesses allows you to take steps to address them. While at it, do not forget to recognize your strong points too. This can help you to focus on your strong areas to develop new skills that can help you deal with your weaknesses. Write a list of areas you are really good at and areas for development and work on how to improve the latter.

  • Talk to colleagues and friends.

Asking for feedback from others who care about you is one of the best ways you can learn the areas that need improvement in your life. To get the best results:

  • Explain to them that you are on a self-improvement journey and let them know that you would appreciate real and honest feedback.
  • Tell them in advance giving them time to come up with areas of improvement or feedback.
  • Have a written feedback report card where you ask colleagues to give their feedback anonymously on areas you need to improve on.

2. Recognize that some conditioning habits can place you in situations where success evades you

In our daily lives, there are behaviours that occur naturally. For example, when you are sad, you are likely to cry. You also yawn when you are bored or sleepy. These unconditional responses as Ivan Pavlov called them just happen.

However, conditioned responses are behaviours that are learned. The good or bad habits you have today are likely to become more natural with time. This means that every bad habit you let continue today will be harder to break tomorrow.

Many people have let this classical conditioning work against them in their quest for success. For example, Greg a drug addict has a goal to quit drugs this year. However, in his recovery journey, he has noticed that he often turns to drugs when he is stressed. The conditioned response here is the action Greg takes when he is stressed.

It is possible though for classical conditioning to work for Greg.  Taking the drug away will not resolve the situation. The means of stress relief, in this case, has to be replaced with something else. Otherwise, when Greg gets overwhelmed by the stress, he will go back to drugs.

Recognizing this is an important step for anyone who wants to break a bad habit. It is important to find a replacement for the bad habit. For Greg he can:

  • Learn a new hobby
  • Join a support group
  • Practice art
  • Volunteer
  • Exercise

He also needs to engrain this new habit in his daily routine. Stick to the habit, and with time it becomes a conditioned habit. This way he will have created a good behavior that will replace the bad habit. This will give him a better chance of achieving his goal.

3. If you could improve these areas of your life – what would be the advantages?

Change does not come easily, and it doesn’t happen overnight. However just thinking about the benefits of success can motivate you to keep going. Let’s look at the benefits that come with improving a few areas of our lives

  • Financial management

As you take on the self-improvement journey money will be the fuel that will allow you to move from your current position to where you want to go. As you set goals in other areas, ask yourself if the management of your finances or lack of it is improving or sabotaging the achievement of your goals. Here are a few benefits that you will achieve if properly manage your finances:

  • Help you save for the future
  • Allow you to live without financial stress
  • Help you meet financial debts and expenditure
  • Help you achieve financial goals such as building a home or advancing your education
  • Reduce financial conflict in the family
  • Help you be prepared in case of a crisis.
  • Physical and emotional well being

Focusing on a better emotional and physical wellbeing leads to:

  • Reduced risk of some diseases. For example, health experts suggest that increased activity can reduce heart disease by 10%
  • Reduced expenditure on health-related expenses. For instance, brushing your teeth can improve your overall dental health
  • Improved sleep after an active day
  • Increased energy
  • A healthier weight which can lead to higher self-esteem
  • Happier moods that can calm your anxiety

4. Based on where you are what steps will you take to effect continuous improvements to close the gap?

The greatest thing you can do in this journey of continuous self-improvement is to start. Do not be discouraged by where you are. Maybe you started a new routine in the New Year but gave up along the way, start again.

Here are a few pointers that can help you succeed in this journey.

  • Be committed to the process

This is a big part of what makes the process work. No matter how minimal the improvement might seem, do it. Move towards your goal. The worst you can do is to stop moving. If you get one percent better daily, by the end of the year, you will be three hundred and sixty-five times better than when you started.

  • Do more of what works

There are numerous examples of habits that can help us progress. We might not want to do them because they do not seem new or exciting. If we just did them with consistency, they would help us move forward. For instance, flossing, exercising, performing important tasks daily rather than only when you have time, thanking your spouse more often are just a few of them.

Remember, success is often as a result of not so exciting but underused habits. Rather than look for a new strategy, do more of what works.

  • Reduce wastage

Do away with mistakes, complexities, and the inessentials. Simply put, do fewer things wrong. For example, eat fewer unhealthy foods, miss fewer workouts, or limit your investment risks.

Avoid tiny losses so as to make big gains.

  • Evaluate your progress

Continuous self-improvement takes time. However, you need to evaluate your progress to know if you are on the right track. A good way to do this is to measure your progress backward rather than forward.

Do not measure your progress based on a future goal but use what has already happened. For example, if you want to improve your relationship with your family members, ask yourself: how many family members did I communicate with last week? If you talked to two family members, strive to make it to four members next week.

Get a little better as you go along.

  • Be patient and repeat the process

You will not get huge valuable wins all at once with continuous improvement. It will take you time to get great results, but the process is worth it. Be patient with yourself and make those baby steps. Do the habits again and again as this is the heart of the process. With time you will reap the fruits.

In conclusion, improvement is a never-ending process. Focusing on continuous self-improvement makes you better over the long term. I coach many of my clients through these steps every day and I know from experience that it can seem daunting. If you are interested in taking the step but need a push speak to me about my FREE strategy sessions to help you get an action plan in place.

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