If you have ever wanted to set goals and achieve them you actually need to do more than just state what your goal is! You actually need to work towards your goal every week, it is not going to magically happen. A goal actually needs you to take steps to reach it!
However, while it does take practice, it isn’t difficult to set and achieve your goals. If you do the process right!
Setting And Achieving Goals
Let’s step back a bit here, I want to tell you my past experiences with goals and planning!
I thought I was great at planning, in fact, I totally failed in my first year at planning and implementing my goals! It was a total disaster and I couldn’t work out what was going wrong!
I had my goals, I even had a plan, but I never reached my goals, I just couldn’t understand why! I thought I was missing an important step!
The truth was simple, I just wasn’t taking the action I needed to reach my goals. I wasn’t actively finding the right path that would take me to my goals!
Why Set Goals
Why do we set goals?
It is a way to have something to focus on in the future, it gives us a purpose and something to live for!
Should we all find some goals to reach?
I think setting goals is important, it gives you a chance to focus on what you want in life. It’s not necessarily about anyone else but you! What are your hopes and dreams?
Setting Your Own Goals For Success
I want to give you some of the tools that you need to succeed in planning your goals and actually achieving them!
I don’t want you to waste time searching for the answers when I have done that process for you!
The solution is very simple, but first, let’s talk about those goals!
You must have something to aim for, I’m just starting to think about my goals for the second half of the year, so this is perfect timing!
- Aim for something you want
- Make sure that you have a date in mind that is realistic
- Don’t hold back
You want to make sure to really dig deep into your goal, really define what success will look like for you!
The Action Plan
I did this, I just didn’t take the appropriate action I needed to achieve my goals, and I would make excuses. I self-sabotaged my own efforts because I was afraid to succeed!
You have to create systems, routines that will make you reach your goal and you have to follow through with them! No excuses allowed!
Creating a path for your journey towards your goals is hard, sometimes things get in the way, but the more focused on your goals and the journey the easier it becomes!
Making Milestones In Your Journey
Not only do you need to plot your path to success, you must give yourself rewards along the way!
Seeing how far you’ve come will help you move closer to your goals as you celebrate those wins on your journey!
These milestones will depend on what inspires you, but it is a good idea to make them a challenge to reach, you don’t want to reward yourself for just getting to the end of the week. You do need to push yourself too!
How Long To Set Your Goals
While I know what I am focusing on for the year, I tend to try to not make goals that are going to take me longer than 6 months at a time. I really try to focus on the next 3 months, with a vague outline for the whole 6 months.
I’ve been recommended to read, The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington, I have yet to read this but I really can’t wait!
If it is longer than that, I find it’s difficult to really plan in detail what I need to do and what my focus is!
To plan successfully you need to start with the goal and work backwards, filling in the detail. If the goal is too big or too far away it is easy to put off tasks and then you find that your goal is just too difficult to tackle!
So, while you should have those big goals, you need to break these down into these smaller more focused goals that you can actually plan!
The aim is to create a system or a routine that you create, so that each day takes you closer to your goals.
Therefore, if you are struggling to reach your goals it is perhaps time to change how you intend to reach them! Don’t set out goals without plans on how to reach them, the more detailed your plans are and as long as you take the action required your goals are possible!