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What Could You Accomplish in 100 Days?

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If you got very focused and extremely motivated, what amazing goal could you accomplish in 100 days? What if you put all your focus on one thing with so much value that achieving it would elevate the way you feel about your whole life. How empowering would it be to accomplish something like that?

Most of the time there are only two things that prevent us from reaching our most important goals. Can you guess what those two things are? Let me give you a little hint. It’s usually not the lack of ability or knowledge that stands in our way. The truth is, we are all capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for, and the knowledge we need is readily available.

So what is it that gets in our way?

Most of the time, our two biggest obstacles are simply a lack of focus and a lack of motivation. And why is it so hard to gather the focus and motivation necessary to accomplish our most important goals? Distractions, that’s why! Life is full of so many meaningless distractions and busywork that the truly important pursuits get pushed aside and trampled on.

How many of your important goals are in a holding pattern right now? What important areas of your life have suffered because you are either too busy trying to keep up, or you are just too worn out after everything else is done?

What if you were totally motivated?

Let’s look at the other side of the equation for a minute. Is there some amazing goal that you could totally immerse yourself in if you could find a way to push all the distractions and busy work aside for awhile? Something that would really light your fire and get you excited? Think about that for a moment and see what you come up with.

I’m guessing that there is something that you feel that way about. Be honest here, isn’t there some special goal that you would love to accomplish if you only had the circumstances. Do you think it might be possible to actually create those circumstances if you were extremely motivated?

Focus follows motivation and commitment

Let’s work on the motivation aspect first. What if you had a fixed deadline of 100 days to accomplish something spectacular starting in two weeks. What if you viewed it as a do or die situation? I have always found that having a deadline can create a lot of motivation and this one has some great advantages.

One of those advantages is the fact that you’ve got two weeks to get ready. That’s just enough time to clearly define exactly what you want to accomplish and put together your action plan. You can use the two weeks to get prepared and adjust your schedule so you can hit the ground running.

Some tools to help you go for it

I recently came across a great set of tools that can help you make massive progress on your most important goals very quickly. And here’s the kicker, it won’t cost you anything!

You see, every time my friend Gary Ryan Blair opens his 100 Day Challenge he give away a free report and video series called “How to Achieve Radical Results Fast GUARANTEED.” And every time he adds more value to this inspiring video series.

Even though this is all part of his promotion, I am not suggesting that you need to buy anything from me or anyone else. I just want to make sure that you have access to this powerful free resource. so you can accomplish your dreams.

6 things you’ll need to accomplish your goal in 100 days

1. Clarity. The first thing needed is to actually have one or more clear and meaningful goals. Take some time over the next two wees to get very clear about exactly what you plan to accomplish.

2. Motivation. To pull this off, motivation is a must. Think about all the reasons why accomplishing your amazing goal is important to you. List the benefits you will experience and how it will make you feel. You’ve already got a starting point and a deadline. Make sure you also have a good reason.

3. Commitment. Don’t just say you are going to try, that leaves too much wiggle room. Decide to make a rock solid commitment to actually accomplish your goal by the end of the 100 days. It will take a solid commitment to keep those distractions at bay.

4. Focus. This is where the real power to accomplish your goals comes from. Maintaining a high degree of focus is the difference between mediocre results and outstanding results. To help you with that little challenge, I highly recommend that you read Using Applied Focus Sessions to Boost Productivity. It’s a little focus strategy so you can make the time to reach your goal and still have a life.

5. Accountability. This one is easy, all you need to do is leave a comment telling us what amazing goal you intend to accomplish in a 100 day time span.  There’s a lot of power in the simple act of putting your goals on display for the entire world to see.

6. Action. As usual, you can’t accomplish anything without taking action. We live in an action-reaction reality and all the good intentions in the world won’t amount to much if they aren’t backed up by action. So, spend the next two weeks  preparing to take massive action for 100 days so you can accomplish something amazing.

Are you ready to astound yourself?
What amazing goal are you going to accomplish?
The lines are open!

P.S. Just to be fair to the creator of “How to Achieve Radical Results Fast” here’s a very short, very cool little video about his 100 Day Challenge.

54 Comments

  1. Nancy September 7, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan,
    Your timing is impeccable! I have had a 10 year dream that is about to become a reality. By the end of this year, I would like to have the place where I am going to build as a pilot program the first set of “Fast Track” Housing for women and their children. My mission statement is to lead women and children in transformation, seeking a healthy paradigm, creating “NEW” family legacies.

    I call this fast track housing because I will be providing these women and their children an opportunity to be educated, motivated and change the way they think that has created their unhealthy living thus far. I will keep them for one year and in that one year time, they will have had 6 key areas of education for the first 6 months. The next 6 months will be application of these principles that they have learned. There will be daycare on site for the children. They say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Shelters don’t work and giving out handouts does not work either. So why not have “Fast Track” Housing where these women can learn to be self sufficient and in one year’s time they can then mentor the new women that come into the program.

    So thank you my friend Jonathan for your timely post on goals…..I have already acquired the domain name and have contacted the mayor of Wilmington and a pastor of a non-denominational church.

    Living in the possibilities of a better world,
    Nancy

    • Jonathan September 7, 2011 Reply

      Wow Nancy, that is truly an amazing goal. I think everyone that reads your comment will be inspired, I certainly am! I just love it when people think big and strive to create massive value. Congratulations, this is exceptional.

      • Nancy September 8, 2011 Reply

        Thank you Jonathan and your words have encouraged me even more…..a dream must always precede a goal…..

        In gratitude for your platform,
        Nancy

  2. David Stevens September 7, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,
    Great timing. I need some ‘crystalising’ in a certain area. This post has given me a strong reason to accelerate from a standing start. Thank you.
    be good to yourself
    David

    • Jonathan September 7, 2011 Reply

      Good for you David. I love the energy that gets created when people start getting ready to launch into action and create some meaningful positive change. Some times you just need to shove the distractions aside and go for it.

  3. sam September 7, 2011 Reply

    Awesome post,

    Great idea to gather your courage and accomplish something big. From my point of view 100 days (which more then 3 months period) is enough to do something extraordinary. If we will make a promise with ourselves (commitment)then we will do that work easily.

    • Jonathan September 9, 2011 Reply

      Hi Sam, it is amazing how well we can respond to a positive challenge like this. Once we get truly focused it is surprising how much we can accomplish.

  4. Kate Irwin September 8, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    This morning I have been writing my plan for the next 3 months (not quite 100 days but near enough!) so this post is just what I need.
    Currently my plan is mainly practical, but after reading this I’m going to add a list of all that motivates me, my reasons, and so on.

    I often find that all the aspects are there in abundance at the beginning of the goal, but tend to wane as time goes on. I think I will diarise 30 mins per week to refocus, look at my motivations and recommit….then hopefully my motivation will be high throughout!

    • Jonathan September 9, 2011 Reply

      Greetings Kate, excellent plan! During your 30 minute weekly review don’t forget to give yourself lots of credit and approval for the progress you have made to that point. You might even reward yourself in some way as part of that recognition. This creates a positive feedback loop that will help you stay motivated.

  5. Jimmy/Life Architect September 12, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thank you for this timely piece again, especially the six pointers and the free tools from Gary Blair. I am sure with all these I will be able to speed up my accomplishments of many of my goals.

    • Jonathan September 16, 2011 Reply

      Hi Jimmy, one of the great things about motivation is that it is contagious. Get a group of motivated people Talking back and forth and before you know it everyone is super motivated. I love that.

      • Jimmy September 16, 2011 Reply

        Yap, when like minded people come together, we almost seem invincible. One problem I encounter quite often in daily activities is finding enough of these like minded people to be around. Any idea on how we can influence these more negative people? I mean we are not going to change everyone, but shouldn’t we at least try?

        Cheers

  6. Daniel September 13, 2011 Reply

    Very inspiring words. I have recently begun a couple projects looking to earn some extra income. I am going to focus hard getting these projects going through the end of the year to see how much I can really accomplish. Thanks for the motivation!

    • Jonathan September 16, 2011 Reply

      You Are very welcome Daniel. The great thing is that when I read a comment like yours I get even more fired up to achieve my own goals. So thanks for the motivation in return!

  7. Vic September 14, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. The six things you mentioned are necessary to completing something in 100 days. Focus is important but accountability is something that I need to work on. My main goal for now until the end of year would have to be more blog commenting. I just have to figure out what a realistic number would be for me in a day and then add 5 more.

    Thanks for that much needed post

    • Jonathan September 16, 2011 Reply

      Hi Vic, I think you just created some accountability by making your goal public. Realize it or not, a hundred thousand people or so are likely to read your comment over the next month. I know you have no intention of disappointing them!

  8. J.D. Meier September 15, 2011 Reply

    I’m always amazed by the power of motivation and focus.

    > Focus follows motivation and commitment
    Well put.

    Related to that, motivation often follows action. In other words, don’t wait for inspiration to take action.

    • Jonathan September 16, 2011 Reply

      So true J.D. not taking action because we are waiting for motivation is a huge mistake. The more action we take, especially in the beginning, the more motivated we will feel. Thanks for pointing that out.

  9. Ryleigh September 30, 2011 Reply

    Hi,
    This is kind of serendipitous, as September 22nd is my wedding anniversary. I know the date has past, but I have been working on a book and my new goal after reading this article is to have the first draft completed before December 31st.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Ryleigh

    • Jonathan October 12, 2011 Reply

      Great goal Ryleigh, please let us know how things turn out.

  10. John June 26, 2013 Reply

    I definitely have the motivation. Focus….well, that’s another story. Focus is not easy. But I never considered it as being something that may be keeping me from reaching my full potential. Good insight! Thanks, John

  11. Jigar Navadiya September 20, 2013 Reply

    Hi,
    You are such amazing thinker about life.You always motivates me but according to me motivation is a like a computer program which always needs to boots up or running in side our mind (i.e Memory inside Computer).
    Thanks for your inspiration.

  12. Stephen Anderson February 6, 2014 Reply

    Clarity and focus. Zeroing in on what ti is we really want. Well, I guess first would be knowing what we want, and many people simply do not know. They borrow goals and dreams from others and wonder why they don’t feel good when those dreams are accomplished.

    I think too, that many people are of the belief that when they accomplish their goal, there won’t be anything else for them to do. The thing is though, that along the way to changing your life to make your goal, you change your life. And the you that arrives at the goal destination is going to want something else. That makes for an exciting life.

  13. lynne April 18, 2014 Reply

    Hi , a very motivating post. I think the most important part here is ACTION. No matter how focus or committed we are, if there’s no action then nothing will happen. All the steps you’ve given is a complete package, which is great in achieving our goals in life. Thanks for sharing.

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