Let’s talk about goals.
If you’re like most people, you probably failed to achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry. That happened because you didn’t follow the right process.
Let’s be honest, goal setting is hard. Not complicated, just hard. The good news is, you can set your goals in a way that’ll make failure almost impossible.
The first step is to understand what you’re doing wrong.
Why you fail to achieve your goals:
Let me guess.
You already know what I’m going to say.
‘’You fail because you don’t take action.’’
And you’re right! That’s your biggest problem.
But it’s not the only one. You don’t take action because you’re overwhelmed. And you’re overwhelmed because you plan your goals wrong.
Here are 3 mistakes you might make:
- You set unrealistic goals: Most of us prefer to dream about running a million dollar business rather than making 1,000$/month in extra income. We dream big and when reality doesn’t meet our expectations, we get discouraged and give up.
- You set too many goals: No, you don’t need multiple goals. The more goals you have, the more likely you won’t accomplish anything. You can’t change 10 things in your life right now. Fortunately, you can change one thing at a time. I’ll talk more about this concept later.
- Your goals are not motivating: Yeah, you should stop setting dream goals(like making 1 million $ in revenue in one year). But you should also avoid small goals like ‘’earn your first 100$ online from your new business’’. Why? Because even if you achieve such goals, you’ll not be motivated enough to continue. Keep a balance between dreams and reality. Try to set a goal like ‘’earn 500$/month in 1 year’’. It’s not too big but neither too small. Aim for a small change in your life.
Ok, we talked about mistakes. Is there any process to set goals and actually achieve them?
Well, I have no idea if there’s any process that works for everyone. But I know a process that works for me.
You can find it in the following sections.
Set only one goal:
No, you have no chance to achieve 10 goals at the same time.
That’s because each goal requires focus. It requires you to make it a priority. And you can’t have 10 priorities in your life.
So, here’s the question: What’s your number one goal?
You might be too uncomfortable to answer that. You’re scared that you’ll keep the door closed for the other goals. You might think: “I want to be a New-York Time Bestseller author but I also want to get healthy and travel in Bali and…’’
Stop talking so much!
What do you want more than anything else? Focus on that and ignore the rest of things you ‘’should’’ do.
You’ll feel like you limit yourself but that’s exactly what you need to do. You already tried to accomplish multiple goals and it never worked.
What’s the worst that could happen if you try to accomplish just one? Nothing! In fact, you have 10x more chances to get results. You’ll be more relaxed and less overwhelmed.
You’ll have more motivation and energy to continue.
And since you can dedicate more time for your goal, it won’t take you 5 years to make it a reality.
You can even make sure you won’t give up.
Create a smart goal:
Some goals are impossible to accomplish. There are two reasons for that.
First off, they’re too vague(ex:’’I want to grow my business’’ – that’s not clear enough, nobody has any idea what it means).
Secondly, you’re just not capable of making them happen at this moment(ex:’’I want to save 20,000$ in 6 months’’ – when your income is just 2,000$/month – this is too exaggerated but you get the idea).
You don’t need any goal. You need a smart goal.
Smart comes from:
- Specific. What is the precise outcome I’m looking for?
- Measurable. How will I know when I’ve accomplished the goal? Is there any way to measure my progress and success?
- Attainable. Do I have the resources I need to achieve my goal? What are those resources? (most common: money and time)
- Relevant. Why am I doing this? Do I really WANT to do this?
- Time-oriented. What is the deadline?
Examples of bad goals:
- I want to get fit.
- I want to save more money.
- I want to get more email subscribers
Examples of good goals:
- I want to lose 10 lbs in 6 months.
- I want to save 1,000$ in 2 months.
- I want to get another 100 email subscribers in 2 weeks
When you have a broad goal like “get healthy,” the failure comes because you don’t know where to start. You don’t know what to do this month, this week and TODAY.
Being specific is the most important part. Once you know what you want, everything else is much easier.
See your goal:
‘’What you focus on, expand’’ – T Harv Eker
I don’t know about you but I always believed in the law of attraction. Visualization is great.
Maybe it’s not enough but seeing your goal is important. You can attract it in your life much faster.
Create a vision.
Make sure you use a couple of pictures. Describe how your life would look like when your goal becomes true. And imagine that life for at least 5 minutes/day.
Force yourself to succeed:
Tell everyone you’re going to achieve your goal.
Don’t tell them ‘’I hope…’’. Tell them ‘’I’ll make it happen’’.
Why would you do that? Because you know that if you fail, people will judge you. Since you care so much about what others think, at least use that in your advantage.
Don’t skip this part from the process. If you can’t do this, it means you don’t want your goal bad enough and you’ll most likely fail to achieve it.
I hope it’s not your case.
Create new habits:
Nobody has enough willpower to take action every day.
You can’t be consistent with your goals just because you want that. We take action based on our habits. Today’s thoughts, actions and feelings are the same as yesterday.
If you have bad habits, they’ll keep you in the same place forever. You need new habits to reach your goals.
Let’s say you want to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year. You might start super excited and hit the gym, eat healthier and go running for a couple of days.
But after that? What’s going to happen? Exactly, you’ll lose your motivation. And you’ll give up.
On the other hand, let’s say you create new habits. You can hit the gym 3 times/week at the same hour in the beginning.
Once you make it a habit(probably after a month), you won’t need willpower anymore. You’ll do it consistently. Then, you can move to something else(like eating a healthy breakfast or running 2 times/week).
Most goals require multiple habits.
Write down all the habits you need to accomplish your goal and implement them in your life.
That’s the best way to keep consistency.
One thing you might tend to neglect is that many goals must be consistently tracked.
Keep yourself constantly reminded of your goal by reviewing it at a specific time each day.
You can do it before you go to sleep.
That’s your final action step. Track everything. You need to know how much action you took and what results you got.
Most people don’t know how to set their goals in the right way.
That’s why they fail all the time. Fortunately, you have a goal-setting process that works in this article.
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