I have found that creating rules are one of the effective & efficient ways to achieve your desired goals. Like me, we all set goals in our daily lives but soon we forget and start with our normal routine. At the end of the year when we evaluate ourselves, we find that we are more or less in the same position that we were one year back, means no growth only the stagnation. Then, what should it mean?
Let us discuss some of the rules and how setting them will help in achieving the goal:
Rule 1: Don't look too far, just focus on the task in hand
This rule actually helped me to put all my energies into the present event. Your mind and the body should be in the present to do, organize and complete your task in hand in an effective and the efficient manner. Suppose, I am in the process of baking a cake and my mind is constantly making final picture of the cake. There are chances that I miss to mix the right amount of the ingredients to make a delicious cake as mind is not focusing in the present moment.
"Be in present, you will automatically design and build your future
Actually, looking too far puts you in the confusion, makes you live in the virtual reality with half-baked outcome while on the other hand when you completely involve yourself in the task in hand then generally come out with a creative & innovative product which is unique in itself. Therefore, you can say that the way you do the task in hand at present determines the quality of your future.
Rule 2: Rise with the sunrise in the morning
I have found and experimented that when I wake up early in the morning my productivity increases and creativity improves as compared to when I rise late. When you rise late, your every activity is delayed and you tend to lag behind but when you rise early, the whole day is in your hand; you can plan, have control over your activities and give better output.
"Whenever you flow with nature, you experience the synergy effect
The other basic reason behind this improvement is that when you wake up with the sunrise you are working in resonance with the nature that rejuvenates your mind and relaxes your body. Now, you are filled with new ideas and fresh energy to start your journey towards your goal.
Rule 3: Maintain balance between your thoughts and the actions
This is another way of putting in resonance your thoughts and the actions. Our mind is full of infinite thoughts and the ideas on which we involuntarily have no control over them. We talk about many things but rarely implement. If we take action like writing down the ideas and take some action to fulfill them.
Meaningful thoughts which came into my mind in 10 days
"A right balance between your thoughts and the actions is the key of your growth
Although, I had over 8 good and creative ideas in my mind but I actually implemented only one out of them which make my actions/thought ratio to be 12.5%. Your progress in life depends upon the extent to which you implement your creative thoughts into small but consistent actions. The best way to make resonance between your thoughts and the actions is to write down your all creative thoughts and make out a plan to start implementing them one by one.
Rule 4: Demonstrate impressively even the minor details
Make a rule to dig deeper into the details and then demonstrate it impressively with all the relevant examples and the pictures. This will attract others towards your product and provide you the cutting edge in the market. This will make you to achieve your goal or the destination in the real sense. A garnish from above and untouched within the core may give you success initially but ultimately you fall down as you are not aware of the finer details of your task or the product which you have designed.
Rule 5: Communicate effectively
The effective communication plays a vital role in your growth. It does not mean that your English should be grammatically correct or you should be an eloquent person, the garnishing reflects the outer surface but not the core. The main thing is that you are able to convey the message in a simple manner which looks real and shows the values in your speaking. In the personal meeting, one of the effective ways of effective communication, your body language and the eye contact should convey what you are saying in order to make it effective and real.
Rule 6: Make it normal or no big deal to face the rejection or the failure
How many a times you are faced with the rejection or the failure?
One, two, three or ten times, most of us leave efforts in two or three attempts but the history is full of examples of people like Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, John Chow, who kept going despite numerous failures and have attained unprecedented heights in their chosen field. In fact, the rising with every failure should be imbibed in your routine to that extent that it becomes your lifestyle. It is not necessary that you will achieve your goal in the set time limit rather it is quite possible that your journey towards the destination gets elongated due to unforeseeable circumstances, failures and the rejection. Here, at this point of time you need accept the rejection with grace, stop for a moment, evaluate & analyze your failure, make new plan, re-start again by taking small yet firm steps and not repeating the previous mistakes again.
"Perseverance despite failures is the key to the success
Yes, it is true that failure puts you backwards but it also gives you the opportunity to shoot again with momentum just like an arrow goes backwards before releasing with high velocity from the bow to hit its target. Remember, your ability to rise every time you are faced with the rejection or failure shows your hunger towards your goal.
Rule 7: Create your own product and do not sell scrap to the customers
The product creation gives you the confidence and lets you know the nuances of it (as you are the creator). It is always better to take some time and come up with the quality product rather than selling cheap and low quality products. The customers are ready to pay the higher price if your product is worth and provides the actual value and the benefit in their lives.
"Your product is the reflection of your values and tells very much about your personality
Rule 8: Don't complain, look for the opportunities
You know that the complaining sucks and makes you a victim in life while on the other side seeking opportunity in every adversity represents the growth. When you complain you actually loses an opportunity associated with that kind of difficulty. Make a rule to never complain about the adversity of the situation rather try to find out the best possible solution. The fact is very simple that by complaining you will never get out of the adversity and will remain stuck but when you try to find the solution you will see a ray of hope to get out of the situation which actually makes you a better and the improved person.
Rule 9: Try building a great team
If I say that I can achieve my goal all alone then I am absolutely wrong. Yes, I may be the face of the success but people who helped and supported me at the background during my journey towards the destination are actually the members of the effective team which I build in the journey. Therefore, it is very important to share your idea, goal and vision with people like your spouse, friends and the colleagues whom you trust so that they can associate with you and help you in achieving the goal. Your goal is a multi-dimensional destination which requires people of different expertise whose support at the various levels of your journey enables you utilize the every opportunity that is required to achieve your goal which is otherwise not possible if you strive alone towards your goal.
Rule 10: Don't live a limited life, get out of your comfort zone
Your life is meant to be explored and cherished every moment rather than settling down into your comfort zone. The comfort zone if experienced for the longer duration can create stagnation in your life and its journey. When you settle down in your comfort zone, your horizons narrows, the vision contracts and your growth gets limited. The only way to break the comfort zone is to keep re-inventing yourself and setting new goals in the life.
"You enjoy change only when you break the comfort zone
Rule 11: Maintain good health, it is a precious gift from the God
You cannot enjoy even the luxurious of the comfort if your health is not well but you can relish a dry roti with water if you are healthy. Your aim should not only be to achieve the target but also to enjoy and cherish it. You can only do this if you are mentally sound and physically fit. You should not forget & put your health at stake while pursuing your dream. It is absolutely fine if you are devoting time in maintaining your health out of your busy schedule. Therefore, your diet should include fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, pulses and all other nutrients beneficial for the growth of your body and the mind.
"You cannot enjoy growth if you are not healthy
If I say that I am too busy in pursuing my goal that I generally compensate my meals with burgers and colas as these are readily available and can eaten while working on the computer. These junk foods can create havoc of your health in the long run and can show you the path towards the hospitals.
Above are the general & essential rules when you apply in any of your goals you will achieve success. Let us see some of the examples with the goal specific rules:
Goal: Write an e-book in a month’s time
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