All of us have goals we intend to achieve. These could be career goals, business goals, health goals, relationship goals, or even de-clutter goals.

Some people seem to achieve these with relative ease, others struggle mightily. Some people can sustain these changes, others fall off the wagon relatively quickly.

I have always been fascinated by what differentiates success from lack of success.

My learnings

From the thousands of people who’ve interacted with me or my work since I wrote Keep Any Promise: a blueprint for designing your future in 2008, this is what I’ve learned about those who succeed and sustain change.

  1. They have absolute clarity regarding the outcome they wish to achieve.
  1. They write down their goals in detail, or create vision boards.
  2. They have a clear and compelling WHY to ensure successful change. Absent any imperative to change, humans are content with the status quo.
  3. They confront any fears or demons (e.g. I am not good enough) they might have regarding achieving their goals.
  1. They share their goal with one or more people who will hold them accountable.
  2. They seek help for their goal, knowing that many hands make light work. Sometimes, it can be just getting expert advice.
  3. They get started on their goal, knowing that even a small start gets them closer to their final goal.
  4. They chunk up big goals into smaller, manageable parts, and then focus on these sub-goals.
  5. They review progress regularly and consistently.
  6. When they hit the inevitable setback or snag or obstacle, they re-assess the way forward – without losing sight of the end goal. Their WHY propels them forward. They keep the faith, no matter what, never ever losing hope.

So take a look at a goal that is really important to you, which you may have been struggling with. Look at these 10 factors. How are you handling your goal? Tweak your approach, follow these 10 keys – and 9 out of 10 times, you will be assured of success!

In a future blog, I’ll share an example of someone who did just that, with extraordinary results (sorry for the nail-biting suspenseful end!).

I’d also love to hear what you’ve found important to achieving and sustaining change – and I will share the best responses as well!