Achieve what's important to you with the 5 steps of IDEAL
We all have goals. What do you want to improve, achieve, or become in your personal life or for your business?
IDEAL Replaces SMART Goals as the Most Effective Approach to Personal and Business Success
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Based on five human characteristics means: IDEAL applies to you.
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IDEAL is the most natural process for our development and successes. Learn more.
IDEAL is an acronym for the five characteristics common among all successful goals. What you may not realize is that you naturally express these characteristics! If, however, you don't apply each one deliberately, and as a process, you cannot make your best effort to improve, achieve, and become what is important to you.
Learn how to apply IDEAL to your life of business, because IDEAL applies to you!
The are 5 steps essential for the success of a goal.
If you want to improve, achieve, or become something that's important to you, learn how to apply these 5 steps as a process.
Define what you want.
Set an actionable goal.
In·tend (verb): to have a course of action for one's objective; plan.
Whatever you wish to improve, achieve, or become in your personal life or for your business, your starting point is to know where you stand today and clarify your course to success - your goal.
Having a specific goal is not sufficient. Your goal must be actionable, so that you can plan appropriately for progress.
Set an actionable goal by covering the four bases of goal setting: What; How; Why, and Why-not (how you could fail. If you do not know how you could fail, then you cannot be fully prepared to succeed).
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Chart your course to success.
Know your complete process.
Di·rect (verb): to manage the organization and preparation of; construct
Are you on the course that will yield success? How do you know? Most people overlook steps in their course to success. Make your best effort to succeed, plan completely.
Having a goal does not mean that you know how to achieve its success. If you misjudge your start point or what success will require from you, your efforts to succeed could fail.
Plan completely by thinking through the primary steps of your goal. Next, think through all of the activities that support your ability to be productive with your primary steps. Here, you'll address everything related to your ability to make progress, which could involve motivation, preparation, development of knowledge, use of resources, materials, time, inventory (depending on the goal), etc.
Are you sure about what your goal requires and how to support its success? If not, consider a consultation session with Steven.
Deliver what your goal requires.
Engage (verb): to pursue, take on an activity; endeavor
Productivity is the most misunderstood requirement for success. Productivity is not about busyness; it's about results that are required by a goal—results that lead to success. Understand what productivity means—specifically—relative to your goal.
Productivity is goal-specific. If your actions are not productive, your goal will be in jeopardy of failure.
Know what your goal requires of you and be able to deliver on those requirements. Develop the knowledge and skills essential to your plan and efforts. Think through RAS considerations (requirements, agents [things other than requirements upon which your success depends], and safeguards). Also, use productivity strategies that aid motivation and focus.
Your ability to be productive is the key to your success. Learn how to actually be productive. Consider TASKS , take the Achieve course, or schedule a consultation with Steven.
Confirm your progress.
Know what is / isn't working
Assess (verb): evaluate or estimate the value, merit, or quality of.
Are you sure that your plan for success and efforts to be productive are working for you? Don't guess when you can have answers about your progress. Understand what you need to know (the data essential to your success) and keep records of your productivity.
Having useful information about your efforts will allow you to know if you are or are not on-track, productive. Without confirmation of, and details about, your efforts, you can only guess about where improvements are needed, which leaves your ability to improve (and succeed) up to chance.
Know what information is essential in order for you to gain insights about your plan, efforts, and support measures. Then, have a means by which to record and organize the various types of information that is important to you.
Support your success with a plan, proper and complete preparation, and guidance. Learn how coaching from Steven could be useful to the success of your personal or business goal. Schedule a free consultation.
Discover and improve.
Learn (verb): to gain knowledge of or understand or skill in by assessment, research, or experience.
If you are off-track in any respect related to your goal, you must be able to identify where corrections are needed. The Learn step makes IDEAL a cyclical process, and empowers you to improve, and build on your successes. Therefore, you must be able and willing to discover and learn from your experiences—your progress and challenges.
Often, plans require revision. If you are unable or unwilling to discover how to improve, you limit your natural ability to progress and succeed.
Ensure your ability to learn. Review information about your efforts and their results. Identify key insights and make decisions about appropriate next steps.
Since there may be alternative perspectives on how to respond to, or apply solutions from, what you learn, it may be important to consider another point of view. When you're ready, Steven is here to support your success. A course or consultation may be helpful.
The steps you take make success possible
We ALL want to improve, achieve, or become something in our lives or for our businesses. So, our being actually productive is important. Where do you need to be productive?
Achieving an ambitious goal
Growing sales for a business
Becoming your best self
Improving your health and well-being
Leading a team or client to success
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About the process
We all have aspirations. When we decide to pursue an aspiration, it become a goal. The challenge we then encounter is knowing how to succeed. There is a difference between having a goal and knowing how to achieve its success. Since success matters to you, the first thing to understand is what success requires of you. And that answer involves knowing how success is possible as a process—through steps and objectives.
It is impossible to improve, achieve, or become what is important to you without a process. Everything we do—all action—has some effect—makes an impact, yields a result, creates an outcome...
Being effective in the "right steps" will empower you to be productive, which will allow you to advance toward your success.
There is a new, more useful way to understand productivity, and to prepare for the success of what is important to you—in your life or for your business. Take a minute to learn about IDEAL.
Developed over 25 years of work with individuals and businesses, IDEAL is an acronym for a process by which to plan, prepare, and achieve goals, and is a potential life-changer that is worth your time to understand.
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IDEAL is an easy to understand productivity model that helps individuals and businesses plan, prepare, and assess progress toward their ambitious goals.
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The new approach to personal and professional productivity and success
Learn how to apply IDEAL to:
Achieve your goals
Build sales for a business
Lead a team
Manage a business
Improve your health
Develop / become your best self
Coach or manage others
Become more aware
. . . and much more!