Lessons from a Recovering Doormat

Lessons from a Recovering Doormat

Strategies to Achieve Goals

I’m delighted to have Siimon Reynolds as my guest today. He’s an internationally renowned high-performance expert what he describes as the “predictable science of success and achievement.” As a highly motivated executive himself, Reynolds co-founded Photon Group, which in eight years grew from a staff of 2 to 6000, thereby becoming the 15th largest marketing services group in the world with operations in 14 countries.


Reynolds has coached and motivated a number of the world’s largest corporations, including: Apple, BP, Citibank, IBM, IKEA, Sony, and Volvo. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, Today, Bloomberg and many other primary news outlets. His books have been published in ten countries. In his new one, Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles To Success And How You Can Overcome Them, he has many suggestions for getting past the obstacles you may encounter so you can find the success you desire. Here’s what he has to say:

Proven Strategies to Achieve Your Goals
By Siimon Reynolds


You made your New Year’s resolutions a few weeks ago. So, how’s your progress so far?  If you’re like most people, you might need some encouragement. If that’s the case, here are some proven strategies to help you achieve your goals:

Be Accountable. If you have a big goal for 2012 tell people about it. That way you’ll be more likely to follow through. Even better, arrange with a friend to report to each other how you went with your goals, at the end of every day. That way you can keep each other motivated and on track.

Do Your Most Important Task First. We’re all so busy we sometimes never get to the goals that really count. The best solution for this is to make sure you always do your most important task at the start of the workday. Not only will you make much more progress, you’ll feel fantastic all day long.


??Train Your Brain. Spend a few minutes every morning ‘seeing’ yourself achieving your goal in your mind. Make it like a movie (you can even play your favorite song to make the picture more vibrant.)  Research shows we often become what we visualize.

Plan Your Day. You’ll get twice as much done if you take 5 minutes at the start of the day to plan your schedule. Write down your list of To Do’s then write an ‘A’ next to the most important tasks. Then write a ‘B’ next to the less important tasks, and a ‘C’ next to those tasks that don’t really matter. Then train yourself to do the A’s first. With just this method alone you’ll get more done in a week than most people do in a month.


Be Your Own Coach. We all talk to ourselves at times, but many of us are far too self critical. Try talking to yourself each day as if you are your own life coach. Be positive, supportive and uplifting. But demand high standards from yourself. When you change your self talk so that its always positive, you’ll quickly improve your results.

Regulate Your Life. The mind likes order. So try to regulate as many aspects of your life as you can. Get up at the same time of the day, and go to bed around the same time too. Exercise at pre-set times each week, eat at roughly the same time and do you work between set time periods. By making your life more orderly you’ll start to feel much more in control and happier.


Set Deadlines. According to Parkinsons’s Law, ‘Work expands to fill the time allotted for it’. In other words, if you give yourself a lot of time to do something, you’ll use all of that time. It’s better to give yourself short deadlines to get your tasks done, rather than race through them. By giving yourself real deadlines, you’ll be much more efficient, get your work done faster and achieve many more of your goals for 2012 and beyond.
Check out Siimon Reynolds‘ book, Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles To Success And How You Can Overcome Them,



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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Harry

    Great advice. Especially the one about doing most important task first. So True!

    For setting and getting goals, you may want to check out a goal setting app called GoalsOnTrack, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Daylle Deanna Schwartz

    Good for you Harry!

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