Are You Really Doing What It Takes?

Whatever It Takes! by Donna Ragland

Have you ever set a goal only to find you come up short in achieving it?

Ever wonder why that happens?

Recently, I found myself wondering about this very thing.

In January I set a goal to increase my list size by 3,000 before the end of April.

So, did I meet the goal?

Nope, I sure didn’t…

But on the positive side, I did get a little more than 1,000 subscribers added to my list. And yes, I’m very happy with that!

But still, I set a goal for 3,000 and didn’t meet it.

Does that ever happen to you? Do you set goals and then keep missing the mark?

It can be quite discouraging, wouldn’t you agree?

I could list the many reasons why it didn’t happen, and I’ve taken that approach before.

But this time I decided to evaluate what was going on when I got it right.

And this is what I discovered…

When I got really focused on the goal and kept asking how I could make it happen, that’s when I had forward movement.

During those times of intense focus, I got into a state of mind where I just had to get the work done, no matter what.  I was driven to make decisions and take action!

It was exciting and I was energized to the max!

And during those times when I lost focus, days and weeks would go by without having any forward movement at all.

Holy mackerel how could that happen?

So much wasted time and of course it hampered efforts towards reaching the goal.

Is it just me or have you ever noticed this about your own business activities?

The realization hit me that I wasn’t doing ‘whatever it takes’ on a consistent basis.

When I was in the zone I did very well, in fact it was really awesome!

I realized I need to be in that ‘state of mind’ all the time in order to keep moving forward and pushing, not just muddling through, but truly pushing forward without question because it’s that important and nothing will stop me!

Now I don’t consider myself lazy, but that’s what it felt like recently when I wasn’t focused and driving towards results.

What was missing was a lack of drive and not doing whatever it took to reach the goal.

I think this quote by Vince Lombardi Jr. helps explain it better:

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”

So vowing to stay in that ‘state of mind’ I have placed a daily reminder on my wall to do ‘whatever it takes’ (see picture above – I’m not an artist by any stretch LOL, but it works!).

If you’ve read this far and have little thoughts popping into your head on this topic I’d really enjoy hearing from you in the comment section below…

What drives you? What are you willing to do to achieve the goal?

Are you just muddling along, or are you really doing whatever it takes?

Keepin’ It Real and Still On The Journey! 🙂



6 Responses to Are You Really Doing What It Takes?

  1. Ben Solomon
    May 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    I can relate to that. I looked back at what I’d done over the last month, and realised how much time I was wasting on trivial things like browsing the web and being on FB and reading sales pages and all sorts of things that didn’t really contribute to my business. I wrote a post about the realisation in my blog, and what I was going to do to avoid that.

    Hope you’re doing the planning and tracking as mentioned by AJ in F2B module.
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    • Donna May 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

      Hey Ben,

      It is quite amazing what you can learn when you step back and look at your past productivity! The trivial things, as you say, can rob us of our time. It’s critical to know which activities are the most important so we can focus and manage our time there. Alex is a master at getting the right stuff done to be sure!

      I look forward to reading your latest post!

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your business experiences with us! Talk with you soon 🙂
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  2. Shaun Hoobler December 5, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    I set a goal but only managed to reach half of it. But hey, that’s still higher than my previous one. So I guess it’s better that we set goals even if we didn’t reach our target.
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    • Donna December 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

      Hey Shaun,

      Congratulations on your achievement! 🙂

      I agree, even if we don’t meet our targets it’s still important to set goals
      and to have something to work towards to keep us moving forward.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
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  3. Naomi
    December 11, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Hi Donna

    I was instantly drawn to your post because missing my targets is common place for me. I just didn’t get why, I was working so hard.

    Were my targets set to high? Was I working to slow? Was I just bad at my job??

    As you described in your post ” I wasn’t doing ‘whatever it takes’ on a consistent basis” I realised this is where I was going wrong.

    Although I was working everyday, I wasn’t in the ‘right state of mind’ everyday.

    My method that helps me to stay in the ‘whatever it takes’ mind frame is by reminding myself the reasons why I am working so hard and what I’m aiming to achieve.

    Most importantly the effects if I DON’T achieve my goals – keeps me fighting towards them.

    I use positive affirmations and will be adding “whatever it takes” to my wall!


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    • Donna December 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      Hi Naomi, thanks so much for stopping by to comment!

      I really like what you said about the effects if you don’t achieve your goals and that it keeps you fighting towards them. Looking at the downside of not reaching your goals can be just as effective if not more so because it reminds us of a state we don’t want to be in.

      Being consistent can be a challenge however having a target to reach does play a key role in keeping us moving forward.

      Thanks for sharing your methods for staying on track and keeping focused! I look forward to chatting with you again soon 🙂
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