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How good are you at keeping your focus?

An incredibly important point that many entrepreneurs fail to see, is how to be a little critical of themselves and pay attention to whatever deficiencies you have so you can do something about them. A lot of people have a hard time completing tasks, for example.

How good are you at completing what you started? Pretty good, you might respond, but what if I ask the question like this:

How good are you at completing things so that the result is as good as your initial ambition?
That question was a little tougher, right? Relax, it's a tough one for all of us.

This is why I will now offer a few tips that will take you all the way to completing your goals:

1. Make sure you have strong reasons for doing things. With a strong enough reason, you will be motivated to continue all the way. It doesn't matter if what you want is money, getting something fun or to make other people see you as successful. The reason has to be yours and yours alone and if it isn't, you must turn it into YOUR very own reason.

2. Write down your goals. This is important. When you write down your goals on paper they are not just written on the piece of paper, they will also be cemented into your consciousness in a much clearer way than if you just occasionally think about them.

3. Visualize. Athletes visualize themselves crossing the finishing line as the winner. Visualize how it looks and what you'll feel like when you achieve your goal. What will people say? How will you feel? The more detailed and ”real” you can make your vision, the more powerful it will become. It will act as a magnet and push you forward.

4. Confirm your success. You can write down all the steps you reach towards your main target to ensure that things are actually moving forward.

5. Make an action plan. What are the steps you need to take to get to where you want to be from where you are now? This action plan will change over time, so you need to be flexible during the trip. A good thing to keep in mind is that you founded the goal in concrete and your roads to get there are built by sand.

6. Measure progress. You can't change what can't be measured. That's why you create metrics during the trip that lets you see where you are right now.

7. Find support from others. Surround yourself with supportive people who will help and challenge you to continue. Get a person that you report progress to so that you know that there is someone other than yourself who keep tracks of your progress.

8. Focus on a few goals at a time. You can accomplish what you want, but not everything you want. That's why you have to concentrate on a few goals and really give yourself a chance to reach them.

9. Never forget to reward yourself and everyone who made it happen. When you do that, you will see where you came from and where you are now. The incentive to reach the next target is like nothing else.

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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