Word-Of-the-Week #652: Capable

February 2, 2017 by  

Capable– having the ability to accomplish ones goals.

How successful are you at accomplishing your goals? Has self-doubt ever kept you from starting? Are you looking for the “perfect time” to start?

This week features the final four things you need to do accomplish your goals from Gordon Tredgold’s article READY, SET, GOAL! Banish common habits that can destroy your plans for this year.”

  • Engaging in self-doubt

Most people are not afraid of hard work, but they are afraid of failure. Self-doubt can feed right into that fear, which can then cause us to quit.

The reality is that you are capable of significantly more than you think you are, and you need to work on building your self-confidence, by looking for role models that you know you can emulate and having plans that you believe in.

One of the best ways to banish doubt is to create a recognition board. You can record your previous success or any achievement of which you’re proud. And when you start to have self-doubts, go back and look at the recognition board to give you a confidence boost to help you get back on track.

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” — Joyce Brothers

  • Thinking there’s a short cut to success

Stop looking for the short cut to success, or a silver bullet solution that’s going to take all of the hard work out of being successful. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t exist. All success is based on hard work and the sooner you accept this, the sooner you can get to work and start making progress toward your goal.

“There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs.” — Zig Ziglar

  • Procrastinating

This is probably the biggest obstacle that many of you will have to overcome. I say that because I know it’s one of the biggest challenges that friends, clients and I have to overcome.

The best way to fight procrastination is to create a plan, and then be self-disciplined about it and do what needs to be done today. I know this sounds a lot easier than it is, so look to start small. As you see the progress, it will motivate you and help to diminish the procrastination.

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.”  — Victor Kiam

  • Fretting about the perfect time to start

You will never think you’re completely ready or that now is a perfect time to start things.

But in reality, you are more ready than you know, and it’s better to start sooner rather than later.

When you start now, you will have the full year to make changes and re-evaluate what you need to do. If you wait, you’re just eating the available time that you may need later in the year.

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Pablo Picasso

This week’s focus is on being capable. Do you feel confident that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do? Have you ever created a step-by-step action plan? Do you keep track of all of your accomplishments? Celebrate your victories!

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