Why Successful People Get So Much Done

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How to Get More Done

Have you ever wondered why highly successful people can get so much done? Part of it is these people have an open mind and are life-long learners. So, if you consider yourself open-minded, this article is for you.

Before we see how highly successful people get so much done, let’s review outcome based thinking.

As you might recall, outcome based thinking is starting with the end in mind.

If you were going to build a house, how would you go about it? Would you go find an empty lot and bring some wood and a bunch of other building materials to it and get started?

I’m hallucinating that’s not how you, or anybody else would go about it. I’m also guessing that you have already decided what the building is going to look like. You might even have a rough drawing of what it’s going to look like when you’re finished.

Builders have been doing this for millennia. Before they begin, they picture what the building is going to look like. Only after they decide what it’s going to look like do they start work.

Builders have been doing this for millennia. Before they begin, they picture what the building is going to look like. Only after they decide what it’s going to look like do they start work.

Constructing Lifetime Goals

Building your life is like constructing a building. You start with the end in mind, with your lifetime goals or outcomes. Outcomes that align with your life’s purpose, your source.
 
In your professional life, this could be to create a $25 million company or become a C-suite executive. In your personal life, this goal could be to earn a college degree. It could also be building a strong relationship with your partner and children.
 
After you decide on your life-time outcomes, you need to develop long-term goals. These long-term goals result from your lifetime outcomes. These goals that take at least a year or more in length.
 
Your long-term goals are the big plans you make to reach your lifetime outcomes. Plans like buying a home, graduating from college, or starting your own business.

Intermediate Goals or Milestones 

Next you create intermediate goals. In project management these are called milestones. Milestones are checkpoints you’ve create to compare your progress with your plan.
 
Milestones provide you with feedback. You use this feedback to keep you on track toward your desired end result. Milestones can take anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
 
A milestone could be an amount of money needed to fund the down-payment of your home. It might be the funds needed to start your business. It could also be the number of classes you take a semester or quarter in school. A milestone can also be the number of vacations you take with your partner and/or children.

Now, here’s how highly successful people get so much done.

Highly successful people break milestones into short-term or immediate tasks. These immediate tasks are daily action steps. These daily action steps move you along the path to your intermediate- and long-term goals.
 
This could be putting a certain amount of dollars from each paycheck into a savings account,. It could be the number of hours you put aside each week for your studies. It can also be scheduling time every week in your calendar for one-on-one time with those closest to you.
 
Your motivation comes from breaking your long-term outcomes into short-term achievable goals. This will keep you motivated to do what’s needed to get done what needs to be done,
 
Look, unless you’re Joey Chesnut, you can’t eat a 16-ounce steak in one bite (can he do that?). The same goes for your goals. You’ll never be able to accomplish a long-term goal in a day.
 
To complete your goal you’ll need to what highly successful people do. You need to break it into bite-sized pieces.

You do this by creating small, achievable day-by-day tasks.
 
Use daily goals to build your confidence and get things done
 
As you complete each task you will build your confidence. Your confidence will fill you with motivation. Your motivation will help you keep on keeping on and get done what needs to be done.
 
This is the secret highly successful people use to achieve success and happiness.

Here’s your assignment for today. You should have already written down your long-term goals. If you haven’t, do that first. The, make intermediate-goals and then break them down into bite-sized pieces.
 
That’s it for today, until, the next time, this is Wil Dieck, wishing you only success!

About the Author:

Wil Dieck is a writer, speaker, researcher, college professor, master hypnotherapist, NLP Trainer and master martial arts instructor. He teaches people from all walks of life how to use simple psychological techniques to develop high performance habits.

Wil’s most recent works includes the highly ranked Amazon Kindle book, Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset, Turing Simple Habits into Extraordinary Success, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: The Convergence of Mind Body and Spirit and Modern Mindfulness, A Beginners Guide on How to Find Peace and Happiness in a Busy World.

In addition to his work as a researcher, writer, and speaker, Wil is a professor of psychology and business at San Diego University of Integrated Studies.

Wil runs a peak performance coaching practice in San Diego, California, helping his clients create the same type of belief systems highly successful people use to make quick, effective transitions in their personal and professional lives.

Additionally, he regularly works with individuals who are suffering from stress and anxiety using meditation, hypnotherapy and NLP.