A Keystone Habit For How To Be Successful

Success is hard. But it’s not complicated. And it starts with getting focused.

Success habit: Pick one goal

It’s popular to have goals. Just Google “goals” and you’ll find half a billion articles on the topic. How to pick them, how to set them, how to ….

That’s because it’s fun to write them all down, talk about them, and then think about how great our life is going to be once we accomplish them. ALL of them.

The problem is that most people set too many goals and end up accomplishing none.

But what if you picked just one goal?

A couple of years ago when I was working on my book, building my business, and feeling a bit overwhelmed, one of my friends asked me, “What’s your number one goal?”

That question made me nervous. I didn’t want to answer. I was afraid if I said my single most important goal, I’d be closing doors to all of my other goals. Which were many.

I said, “I want to be a best seller, but I also want to generate revenue and I want to do this and publicity and blah, blah, blah.” He cut me off and said, “Cut the BS. What’s your number one goal?”

Again, I hedged. But he pushed me and forced me to get crisp. He said, “The number one goal.”

I said, “I want this book to be a New York Times best seller.”

We hate giving ourselves constraints because it feels limiting. It feels like we’re giving something up, and that’s exactly what it felt like in that moment.

However, it’s also freeing at the same time. Once I decided (declared out loud) that I wanted to become a New York Times Best Selling author, it became crystal clear what I needed to do in order to achieve my goal. I focused all of my attention on those things. Once my book became a bestseller, then I could do a lot of the other things that I wanted to do.

If you want to become successful — in any area of your life — you have to have that kind of focus.



This article was written by  RAMIT SETHI, New York Times bestselling author and founder of iwillteachyoutoberich.com.

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