You have heard a lot about staying positive with your goals, but how do you really start employing the right attitude to get going?

The world is full of people who are looking for success. They consistently put together plans to change their lives, but never quite get there.

Why is that? Attitude is everything! Having the right attitude can separate those who are successful from those who fail time after time.

How do you “get” this attitude though? Here are some steps to help you out:

Get clarity

Think of planning for success like you would plan for a road trip. You wouldn’t just haphazardly get into the car and start going. Let’s face it — there are a lot of cool places to go. Do you want to visit the mountains? Do you want to get some “fun in the sun”? Do you want to visit a party city? Are you taking the kids? Is it a couples’ retreat?

Ask yourself similar questions to achieve success. What do you want right now? List it out — get clear. Make it compelling and so attractive that you cannot help but be excited about it when you think about it!

Figure it out

Once you know what you want, figure out how to get it. Let’s say you want to want to earn $7,500 a month in revenue. Here is where you have to sit down and think about what you can do to make that happen.

There may be specific things that you are better at than others. Let’s say you have a great talent for business. Your acumen could be the very thing that opens the door to your financial goal.

If your expertise is in the field of art, you have to figure out how much you can earn per painting. That is going to show you exactly how many paintings you have to sell per month to reach your goal.

The bottom line is that any clear goal you have is possible. The question once you figure out what you want is, “What am I going to offer in return?” It could be paintings, it could be a service, or it could be consulting. It depends on what you do best.

Monitor success

This is as a way of making sure you are on the right track. Take visual notes of how you are doing and make changes. Let’s get back to our “I want to make $7,500 in revenue a month at business consulting”.

Let’s say you get your first small company as a client but only charge them $750 a month in consulting fees. Obviously you are going to have to increase your client list if you are going to ever reach your goal.

It might not happen overnight though. You may have to work your way over the course of four months up to your goal.

If the market is down, it could be longer. If you find the right niche, it could be shorter. Monitoring your growth lets you know if you have to get more aggressive with your goals to stay on track.

Visualise success

Some people discount this part, but it really is an important part of growth. Take some time to visualise how you want your life to be — this could be you sitting on the deck visualising. It also could be you creating a vision board in your office.

It could be you taping pictures to your refrigerator. Whatever motivates you to keep your goals in mind is what you need to use.

Act the part

This is a critical factor to your success. Is it delusional? Not quite! If you want to earn a lot, dress the part.

If you want to lose weight, buy yourself some hot-looking jeans. So what if you aren’t a size 6 yet! It will make you feel more fashionable and want to lose even more.

Never underestimate the power of acting like a kid again. Did you ever see a five-year-old have a tea party? They don’t just go through the motions, they are completely invested in their fake hot tea, their fake table settings, their fake teapots and their fake guests. This is what you need to learn to do... Fake it till you make it!