Have you ever set a goal for yourself? I mean, something along the lines of a new year’s resolution or something you say you’re going to do at the start of every school year? Did you know that 90% of these personal goals we set for ourselves go unfulfilled? Well today, we’re talking all about taking action so you can achieve your goals.
When it comes to being successful at anything, there is one thing that separates people who are successful from those who are not: doing something. Taking action. You can’t achieve anything without taking action. But those people didn’t just take action, they took consistent action. It’s not about going big or going home, it’s not about just going all in on one day and hammering it out then sitting back and letting the profits roll in, it’s about little things you do every single day.
Think about how your students hit the summer slide. Without consistent progress pushing them forward toward learning they’re unable to progress. So let’s talk about a few things you can do right away to start taking action on your goals.
Ditch The Excuses
The first thing you need to do right now to achieve your goals is ditch the excuses. Excuses don’t get anyone anywhere. You’re a teacher today because you didn’t make excuses and you found a way to make it work despite any setbacks. You made up your mind that you would be the best teacher you could be and you are.
I found this great quote one time from Roy T. Bennet. He says, “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses in your life; you realize everything that happens in life is a result of the previous choice you’ve made and start making new choices to change your life.” That may sound like a little tough-love, and that’s because it is. If everything in life is a result of your choices, then you need to make new choices in order to change. You don’t need to know everything to start your business, all you need to know is the next step. Lose the excuses and move forward.
You can check out my episode all about how to stop learning and start doing here.
Stop Waiting For Perfection
The second step you can take right now is to let go of the idea of perfection. If you’re waiting for the right moment in life to come along or the perfect side hustle, you might just be waiting a long, long time. Perfect is crap. There is no perfect moment, no perfect side hustle, there is just now. What you do right now is going to set you up for a better future. Don’t wait, get going.
Just Take The First Step
The third thing you can do is to take a single step. That first step can look many different ways for many different people. Sometimes that first step is just telling someone else what you’re wanting. Saying it makes it more real and an accountability buddy never hurts. Whatever your first step looks like, taking it makes that second step that much easier. Having evidence of progress helps you look fear in the face and realize, hey, I got this. First steps don’t have to be cliff diving or jumping in the deep end. Stick your toes in and see how it feels. After you adjust, stick your foot in and so on. Little consistent steps help you achieve your goals.
Learn To Be Okay With Failing
The last thing you can do to start taking action is to start getting right with failure. There’s a concept called “failing forward” and it’s the idea that you tried something and it may not have been a success, but you learned from it, you got back up, and you did better next time. Action brings clarity. When you try something out and actually see that it works, or doesn’t work, you can learn so much more than you would from just thinking or hypothesizing about what might happen. If you want change, you have to make change. You’re going to make mistakes. You are going to fail. But if you stick with it, you are going to be a huge success and achieve your goals.