As you keep living there are many things you will learn about yourself that will help you as you pursue your goals. However, all too often you get so stubborn about your goals that you overwhelm yourself and give up.
Every New Year’s Eve you set new resolutions and go full steam ahead, strong for the first month and then pretty soon it’s Spring. You begin to look around and realize that you have not accomplished any of the goals that you set. You want to know why? It’s because you don’t have any strategy and you are just winging it.
Winging it will not help you position yourself for the transformation you are seeking. Aside from knowing what you want to do based on your skillset, you need to implement strategies that will help you do exactly what you desire.
So let’s get into it!
1.Focus on what is top priority for your personal achievement.
The steps that you take during this phase of your journey will help you filter what takes precedence in your day to day. Regardless of the category of goals you’re focusing on in your life (business, career, personal), the truth of the matter is that you can only focus on what is directly in front of you.
Yes you may be able to master many skills in your life and check goals off of your list, but you will work through one goal at a time if you are smart. So don’t overwhelm yourself unnecessarily, and realize that accomplishing your goals takes time. Even when you reach certain milestones in your personal growth journey, there will be new ambitions in sight to work towards.
2. Meet your goals with intentional effort.
What is intentional effort you’re asking yourself right? The answer is to be more than just a mouthpiece talking about your goals, but actually carving out the time to work on them.
You can work on your goals during the crumbs of your day (in line at the grocery store, the lobby of the doctor’s office, waiting for your child’s extracurriculars to end).
For example, when I decided to create, design, and launch my own goal setting planner, I worked with a coach for 9 weeks, twice a week to get my branding in order. It was a financial and time investment that helped me organize my message and content so that I don’t mislead my audience.
Each day you should be creating 3-4 non-negotiable tasks that will help you accomplish your goals because otherwise you overspoke your ability to execute.
Write your goals down. Create the plan. Execute the plan.
3. Set SMART Goals
The acronym SMART is universally known as the best way to go about goal setting. Of course when it is broken down it makes sense and before anything you must be
SPECIFIC about the goals you set so that you avoid being too broad. What you hope to achieve should be clear in focus so that you can easily track your progress.
Having MEASURABLE goals puts your focus into perspective. How long will it take to accomplish your goals? Give yourself a real number value in weeks and/or months to measure your progress.
Now the ATTAINABILITY aspect of your goals is important because your goals should fit your life and be something that you are capable of achieving. Your skillset is the key to your capabilities.
You are living in the real world, you must also be REALISTIC about your goals and not set your standards and expectations above your reach. The last thing you should do is set an impossible goal which is why you must also set a deadline.
A TIMED goal will give you the push you need to make sure you give your goals your best effort. Don’t be afraid to set a deadline because they are needed.