How to achieve your life's ambitions in just 90 days: Tips from a self-made millionaire

Monday, 5 November 2012 - 4:09pm IST Updated: Monday, 5 November 2012 - 7:51pm IST | Place: Melbourne | Agency: ANI

In his new book, Play A Bigger Game, Australian Rowdy McLean has given a guide to achieving, doing, being and having more.

A self-made millionaire from Queensland has said that achieving one’s goals is within everyone’s reach.

In his new book, Play A Bigger Game, Rowdy McLean has given a guide to achieving, doing, being and having more.

“We all want more. More money, more love, more time, more chocolate, more clothes, more of something. What we struggle with is how to go and get it,” quoted McLean as saying.

“We make shallow promises to ourselves and to others about what we are going to do and then fail to follow through. Then we fall into a rut, we feel like we are not going anywhere or making any progress or, even worse, going backwards. Another year passes and it seems like the same old thing going around again,” he said.

According to McLean, that can all change in just 90 days. “Ninety days is enough time to show some results but not too far off to get lost in the daily grind,” he said.

“You can do it four times a year. And if you complete four significant changes in your life every year you can’t help but start to live the lifestyle you have always imagined,” he said.

First, McLean starts with “decide and commit” — choose one thing, just one thing. In a busy world it is hard to do everything on the to-do list and important things get lost or left by the wayside. So just choose one thing. Whatever it is, decide and commit to just that one thing for 90 days.

Secondly, be clear — describe the result that you want as clearly as possible. The more detailed the picture of what you want to achieve, the more likely it will become real. What your mind can picture, your hands can create. Poor picture equals poor result.

Thirdly, be real — if it is not important, it won’t get done, so come up with three clear reasons why you simply must achieve this goal. The reasons have to be strong and well founded because they will keep you going when the going gets tough and you go off track. They will get you back on track by reminding you that you simply must get this done. There is no other option.

Fourthly, be active — create an action plan. What are the key things that need to be done in the next 90 days? Three good solid actions is a good number each with clear deadlines or milestones. This allows you to break the bigger goal down into smaller key steps and measure the progress. If you miss a deadline or milestone, review and refine and reset.

Fifthly, be humble — don’t underestimate the obstacles you may come up against or the support that can help you to overcome them, and don’t reinvent the wheel. Every goal you want to smash has probably been set and smashed by someone else.

Do your research, find out what works best, and ask for help if you need it. There are few things worse than stumbling blindly in pursuit of a goal that you don’t understand, so consider finding a mentor who can help light the way.

Also, define the obstacles that might get in the way such as lack of time, resources, motivation or help and plan for these. It will mean that when you hit the speed bump you can just readjust and keep pushing forward.

Lastly, be bold — execute each of the actions, meet the deadlines and milestones and you will succeed. Then start all over again with another goal and another 90 days.

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