I was recently asked to speak to a team of independent distributors for a health and wellness company to give them some step by step action steps to get them ready to tackle a 90-day challenge that will help them achieve their next level of success. The challenge involves giving away 90 magazines in 90 days. That seems easy to do, but without a committed action plan it's easier not to do.

If you were doing a challenge like that, you would ideally give away one item per day. But, in all likelihood, without a plan you might end up with 70 magazines to giveaway in the last 10 days and you wouldn’t. Most people would say they didn't have enough time. Did you know that 'not enough time' is just code for 'didn't have a plan'?

Luckily, for this team of distributors they set themselves up for success from the start by figuring out what their consistent daily actions are going to be and getting their hands on the How to Organize & Manage Your Time - A One Year Planning and Action Guide.

If you want to achieve great results in any area of your life that you are working on, give yourself the best odds for success by making consistent daily actions a priority. Success is a process and it takes time. However, you can minimize the time it takes to see results by doing a few basics consistently over time. It’s all about setting goals, taking action, and being accountable.

Set goals with the end in mind. You don’t want to set just any goals, you need goals that add value. Taking a look at the example I shared, standing on the corner handing out a magazine to everyone who walks by is not going to serve the ultimate purpose. The end in this case is a certain number of people signing up for something more. You have better odds of success if you are handing out the magazines to qualified leads. That means your first goal should be to figure out who your ideal client is and then find out where you can find many of them in one place.

Take action. The biggest reason people don’t succeed at what they want is they don’t take action. They spend too much time thinking or making excuses and not enough time doing. It’s too easy to make excuses and tell yourself that you’ll do it tomorrow. The problem with tomorrow is that tomorrow never comes. You must make time to do the things that matter. Remember, you always have choices.

Be accountable to someone. Accountability increases your chance for success by 40%. Accountability is simple telling another person what you are going to do and then reporting back on whether you did what you said you were going to do. Hardly anyone wants to go back to their accountability partner and say they didn’t do it. This is why people who use coaches are so successful. It’s important to choose the right person because you don’t want to be accountable to someone who will nurture your excuses.

Apply these three ideas to any area of your life that you are working on and you cannot help but see good results. But every day you make an excuse is another day you stay exactly where you are. My encouragement for you is that you will set some goals, take the action, and get accountable. Remember, you can achieve whatever you believe as long as you are willing to work for it!

Author's Bio: 

Liz is a certified professional coach, has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership, is the author of ‘How to Organize & Manage Your Time – A One Year Planning and Action Guide’, and is an award-winning speaker. She specializes in helping solo entrepreneurs create business and marketing plans. Visit www.coachandmentor.net to learn more.