You’ve been working hard on that goal and you reached the finish line. YES! You did it. You pushed through and accomplished what you set off for. In my book, Tide Turners, I call this your Island of Achievement.
So, you made it to the Island. Now what? Have you ever asked that question?
Let’s say you were on a weight loss goal and BOOM, you lost the weight you intended, now what? You have a financial goal in your business or perhaps personal and you achieved it. Now what? So what is next? Ahh, the question consumes those who seek to achieve.
Just three weeks ago, Tide Turners was published, which received a #1 New Release on Amazon and took me about three years to write. I share a story inside the book, that almost stopped me from moving forward with the book but I persevered. Would you commit three years of your life to achieving a goal?
I accomplished my goal and questions looms over my head, NOW WHAT? Do I start writing book number two? Do I take a break off? Do I work on building out the movement of Tide Turners? Many questions fill my mind, while I fundamentally know the journey I set forth is just officially beginning.
There are five killers that can rob you of continuing to achieve.
1. Overconfidence. If you are a sports fan, you have seen this play out. The winner of a previous championship comes into the next year overconfident and suddenly finds themselves unprepared for a game and lose. They feel their status of last year holds into the next season.
The same can occur in you. Just because you have achieved, doesn’t mean you will achieve again. I know that sounds harsh. Am I saying you will never again? No! If you begin to have this feeling of overconfidence you build this wall between you and your next achievement.
2. Revert back. Let’s imagine you achieved a weight loss goal and had to adjust your habits. Eating, fitness and more. If you are not focused on maintaining those habits, something occurs. You guessed, it. The weight somehow comes back.
According to Gary Foster, Ph. D clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program, states nearly 65% of dieters return to their pre-diet weight within three years. Be mindful of your habits implemented while working towards your achievement and continue them.
3. Live In The Glory. Spending time in your achievement is special. You made it, you did all the work and it’s paid off. You tell your associates, friends and family about what you have achieved. However you continue to boast about what you’ve been able to accomplish. I am not saying you shouldn’t celebrate your success. You need to avoid the continuous celebration.
4. No reflection. Once crossed the finish line, why look back? When you spend time reflecting on the journey you can uncover areas which you may want to improve or adjust on your next achievement journey. The art of a good coach or captain looks back, seeing what areas need to improve, be tweaked or adjusted for their next performance. The same should occur in your personal journey. Take the necessary time to reflect back and look for areas of continued improvement.
5. No Game Plan. You initiated a game plan to reach your Island of Achievement. Not having a game plan to continue movement, transitions you to the land of comfort. Is comfort nice, “Oh Yea”, but it is not where continued achievement occurs. If you do not have a game plan to continue movement paralysis sets in.
Ever stop working out for a while and then go back to the gym and work muscles you haven’t worked in a long time? You are sore the next day and beyond. The same can occur in your journey of life. Decide to set a new game plan for your next Island of achievement.
By understanding the killers to moving forward you can avoid them. I have developed a Guide To Continuing Movement which is a resource to support those who desire to live a life of sustained achievement. I trust you will utilize this resource so you don’t fall into the killers of continued achievement.
If you haven’t yet ordered your copy of Tide Turners, you can check it out at www.tideturnersbook.com
Here is to you continuing to moving forward to many Islands of Achievement!