When you want to create some kind of change in your life or work, or are working on achieving a specific goal, you put a big focus on the things you need to do to make that change happen or achieve that goal. If you didn’t you wouldn’t get the results that you really want. But what is often overlooked is that there are things you might need to stop doing in order to create that change or achieve that goal.

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The things you need to stop doing to achieve your goals

The things you need to stop doingWhen you want to create some kind of change in your life or work, or are working on achieving a specific goal, you put a big focus on the things you need to do to make that change happen or achieve that goal.

If you didn’t you wouldn’t get the results that you really want.

But what is often overlooked is that there are things you might need to stop doing in order to create that change or achieve that goal.

These may be things that could sabotage, put at risk or get in the way of you achieving the results you want.

So it is useful to give some time and attention to creating awareness around these things so that you can do something about them and set yourself up to succeed.

Often the things that we need to stop doing are some sort of habits, behaviours or mindset patterns.

For example,

If you are spending too much time on facebook, watching TV, surfing the internet, permanently connected to your cell phone etc., then you are wasting valuable time and energy that could be used more effectively to achieve tangible results. You are setting yourself up to fail.

Or maybe you feel stuck due to things like fear, self doubt or lack of confidence. These sort of things can keep you stuck if you don’t work on dealing with them.

The key is to create clarity and awareness of the things you need to stop doing that might be holding you back or getting in your way of progress so that you can start dealing with them.

From there you can start creating new habits and behaviours that serve you better, help you to move forward and set yourself up to succeed.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you get started:

(Important note: this is only going to work if you are willing to be really, really honest with yourself).

  • What things do I need to start doing less of?
  • What things do I need to stop doing altogether?
  • What are the first steps I could take to start dealing with those things?
  • What do I need to put in place to manage those things ongoing?
  • When will I do this?
  • What do I need to learn to stop doing the things that are getting in my way or are holding me back?
  • What support or help do I need to deal with these things? Where/who will I get that help from?

Get a blank piece of paper and brainstorm all the things that you think you need to stop doing. Write down the answers that came up for you to the questions above. Use your answers from these questions and your brainstorm to start forming a plan of action. Then implement it.

Having clarity and awareness is only the first step. It is action that creates results.

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

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  • Ali,

    This reminds me of “The Stages of Change.” Loved it and love that you’re still telling us to get paper. I’ve got my legal pad beside me.

    Anita

  • Ali Davies

    Have fun with exploring this topic with your legal pad Anita. And you hit the nail of the head, this is one of the stages of creating change – creating and increasing awareness.

  • Leanne@crestingthehill

    when I read this I could hear your British accent – I kept smiling and getting distracted! Back to topic, I’ve been learning to be braver when it comes to change and not letting my “negative nelly” voice stop me moving forward.

  • The focus on fostering courage is a really powerful way to stop fear and negativity stopping yuo from moving forward.

  • It’s so true that overcoming self-doubt and fear are important ingredients to accomplishing our goals. I know it holds back my writing and it takes focus and clarity—being clear about what I feel is important for me to say—to overcome hurdles. Thanks for the tips!

  • It is great that you have that self awareness as awareness is the first step in creating change.

  • 1010 Park Place

    Well stated, Ali. I know what I need to do. I just need to do them. Now! For the most part, I’m a one woman show, so week after week, I walk a fine line between being on top of things or being stressed to the max.

  • Yes, indeed, getting into action is so important when we know we need to do something. Fostering the habit of self discipline is very powerful.