The effective keys for success are: Plan, Prepare, Practice and Persist!
Think of your "active" successes and you will probably find these factors. With things you do well, these factors may be automatic and unconscious. However, you can transfer these essential factors to new activities by using the methods listed below:
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If you already have a goal, there are four “P” words beyond "Purpose", which are key useful reminders for enjoyably increasing effectiveness:
1. Plan State your goal's general why, what, when and how. This is the time for getting or creating the map, so to speak, for where you are going. The map is your guide for planning the route to the destination(s) that may be a desired thing, place, relation or any other outcome.
Getting there must involve actions that are manageable. As with the map example, the daily travel and effort are small enough all along the way to allow completion. Allow some leeway for the unexpected.
2. Prepare Determine everything needed to get to the goal. This is the time to imagine and anticipate the specifics of how to get to the end point. As you look over the needs, you may find more resources are required.
Talking to others may give you clues about unknown or forgotten items. Align your methods to your target. The amount of prep time may have to increase. And that work can raise confidence levels.
3. Practice Hold off the real action until you have enough knowledge, skill, supplies or whatever for success. Make sure to practice (as real as possible) the whole sequence to some degree. You may find that extra resources are needed to get to the goal.
Depending on the goal, the patterns may have to be practiced again and again. Professional speakers may practice a speech dozens of times; in sport, music, art, and any profession, the daily practice may be more than a few hours. Decide when your actions are comfortable enough to use for the designated purpose.
4. Persist Accomplishment of a challenging goal can necessitate much persistence. The peak energy or maximum action may be for intervals of relatively short duration. Yet the overall activities may last a long time.
There may have to be considerable rest along the way. But your personal steadiness may make the difference between merely trying and actually reaching the goal. Consistent rituals can help groove the routines even while adjustments are made. Check your self-talk: Is it helping your effectiveness? (See Self-Reflection.) Mind matters! The final key factor is always perseverance: Plan, Prepare, Practice and Persist.Top: Effectiveness Menu