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Achieving Your Outcomes

There’s lots to be read out there about goal setting and I’m sure I don’t need to get into the basics of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timed) because you’re probably already well acquainted with this concept. So let’s look at something different …

or beyond ... it's up to you

Within NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a concept we call the Five Principles of Success. These principles are really important when thinking about what you want in every area of your life and staying on top and on track of your progress and outcomes.


This is what they look like:

  1. Know Your Outcome: So many people go through life just taking whatever “life” hands them; however, if you want to become the Master of your destiny, you need to know what you want! So stop and ask yourself “What’s my desired outcome here? What do I really want?” When you feel “stuck” with a problem or a challenge, you can become so entrenched within that problem that you can see little else. You focus upon little but that challenge and we all know what we get when we focus on something – exactly that! So empower yourself by focusing on the outcome that you want, rather than the outcome that you don’t want! Be clear on what you want to achieve! That might be something as simple as the outcome of a meeting or as big as the outcome of a relationship or a business plan or even where your finances are at. So think of an area of your world in which you’re perhaps stuck or feel as though you’re “failing” and ask yourself – “What outcome do I want here?”
  2. Take Action: There is absolutely no substitute for taking action in terms of producing results! It’s all very well knowing what you want – and that’s a really great start – but life is about cause and effect. If every action has a reaction then what impact do you suppose a non-action has? Remember that “someday” is not a day of the week and as Christopher Parker says:
    Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill!
  3. Have Sensory Awareness: Know whether you’re being effective and whether you’re producing the results that you want from your actions. This calls for some fine attunement to your awareness of your surroundings and the circumstances that you’re creating – and if what you’re doing isn’t causing you to be effective along the path to achieving your desired outcome, then you need to change what you’re doing and do something different!
  4. Have Behavioural Flexibility: One of the presuppositions of NLP is “The Law of Requisite Variety”; you can read more about this in a blog post I did back in February The Law of Insanity. Whilst you may set out your stall to achieve something by taking “A, B and C” steps, if you see or sense that this isn’t yielding the results you want, then think about how you need to modify or change your behaviour and actions – would “D, E and F” have better effect? Always be prepared to have a go at something different or discover a different way of doing something – and remember the old adage to which I often refer – “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got“. It may take a tiny tweak or a massive alteration, however if being flexible in how you achieve your desired outcome yields you the result you want, then do it! And isn’t is exciting to sometimes get out of your comfort zone and see how much you can do? So essentially, don’t sit on a pile of laurels in oblivion – always, always be aware of how well you’re progressing and be prepared to change course whenever necessary!
  5. Operate From a Physiology and Psychology of Success: Hold a physiology conducive with the outcome you want. And I bet – regardless of that outcome – sitting or walking with your shoulders slumped, your head and eyes down, a frown on your face and your breathing shallow – is not that physiology! Whatever you’re doing, remember that your physiology needs to mirror a positive attitude and confidence in your ability to reach that outcome. Stand and walk tall, shoulders back, breathe from the top of your lungs and smile – doesn’t that feel better? You’d be surprised how changing your physiology impacts upon how you’re feeling – and that’s because of the neurology which sits behind the whole mind-body connection. Think of people around you who are successful – how do they stand, walk, speak? Model that behaviour – and if you feel that you can’t, just act as if you can – pretend! And again you’ll be really surprised how effective this is! We’re all powerful individuals – ensure that your physiology reflects this! As for a psychology of success – well, what do you think this looks or feels like? I have one phrase for you, from the famous Mrs (yes, Mrs) Henry Ford:
    There are those who think they can and those who think they can’t. They’re probably right.

    Belief is the key – believe you can achieve your outcomes and you will!


So there you go – just a few pointers which are actually very simple and you could start incorporating into your plans and goals today – right now – couldn’t you? And as always, if you feel you’d like to know more or you’d like some assistance to move your world forward to a positive place of achievement, then just call me on +44 (0) 7932 060360 or email me if you like!

Be outstanding …

FAZ COLBHIE