How many goals have you achieved this year? Zero?… one?… or maybe two?
Are you that ‘I’ll start again properly tomorrow’ Kind of person?
I know I used to be!
Here’s the thing. Setting goals is a way of life these days. It is essential to set goals because then you have an idea and direction of where you’re going and what you want to achieve in life.
Day in day out people set financial goals, personal goals, relationship goals etc. The media is bombarded with ‘HashtagGoals.‘Settings of goals are not the problem, achieving them, On the other hand, takes a little bit more work.
Setting goals is not a problem, achieving them, On the other hand, takes a little bit more work.
However, this can be done by intentionally setting goals using these steps below.
1. BE REALISTIC, HONEST AND TRANSPARENT WITH YOUR GOALS
There is no point in trying to set goals that you fully well know you cannot achieve. You’ll only be lying to yourself and wasting your time.
Be realistic and set goals that you can achieve. It doesn’t mean that the goal should be EASY, but it just has to be attainable. If you’re a big dreamer and want to set BIG goals, then break it down into segments and take things one step at a time. Just, don’t to bite off MORE than you can chew! If you do, then you are setting yourself up for failure before you even begin. Don’t do it.
So, the next time you set a goal, stop, evaluate it and ask yourself this question. Can I honestly achieve this goal?
2. BE SPECIFIC WITH YOUR GOALS BY SATISFYING THE WHAT; WHY; HOW; WHEN AND WHERE
When you’re setting up goals, it is essential to be as specific as possible. Do not set up goals that are vague in description or Direction. Be specific in the following aspects:
- WHAT – Exactly what it says on the tin – What do you want to achieve? – Aim
- WHY – what’s the drive and reason behind you setting the goal? – Purpose
- HOW – what actions you are going to implement to help you achieve that goal. If you need external resources, such as equipment or money or people, are these readily available? – Action Plan
- WHEN – How long are you giving yourself to achieve this goal? – Time Frame
- WHERE – How will you know you have reached your goal? How will you know you have accomplished your mission? It has to be specific and tangible – Destination or Goal
Using the points above in a case study of Goal setting would be something like:
Susan has set a goal to lose weight – Aim
She wants to be able to confidently wear her pre-pregnancy clothes without feeling like a squashed sausage. And she has no desire to buy new clothes. – Purpose
Susan has decided that she will cut out processed foods. She will cook more often so she can have healthier meals. To achieve this, she will go to the supermarket and buy ‘fresh foods groceries.’
Susan is also willing to reduce her sugar intake by only drinking one of tea a day and drinking more water. She will join her local gym and workout three days a week for an hour. – Action Plan
Susan wants to lose 20 LBS (her pre-pregnancy weight) in 8 months –Time Frame
Susan’s Destination is losing 20LBS so to fit into her pre-pregnancy clothes.
Make your goals as specific as possible! It will help you when you come to the next step!
3. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS
Writing down goals makes them more real, more tangible and more comfortable to pursue.
Use the method above to help you map out and write down your goals to a possible state.
Writing down your goals also allows you to go back and review your goals intermittently or at the end of your given time frame.
You can also see your strengths and weaknesses.
You can develop a method that works best for you to use in any future goals.
Having goals written down also affirms your strength. So, when you set a new goal, You will be able to look back and say to yourself ‘Yeah! I got this. I can achieve this goal because in March I was able to achieve X, Y and Z!
So, Go ahead! Write down your Goals and for each one (if you have multiple goals) list down the specs outlined in point two.
4. PRIORITISE YOUR TASKS FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR GOAL
I know what you’re thinking…GOALS – with an ‘S’ at the end!
No, I’m not crazy. And yes, it is possible to have multiple goals and achieve them.
I do it all the time! And to be honest, this is the only time I appreciate the art of ‘multitasking.’
The key to success is, having the ability to prioritise tasks! Falling into the trap of the Shiny-Object Syndrome is easy when your mind wants to do everything AT ONCE. Unless you’re superwoman, it is not possible! It is just a great recipe for failure.
Prioritising your tasks is so important and can mean the difference between success and failure.
Prioritising your goals can be done in several ways, it could be by way of importance, by way of Convenience, by way of Urgency. Take a look at what tasks need to be done to achieve a specific goal.
Are you able to do them then? Are they time sensitive? Does your priority list has a knock on effect? All these questions will help you put things into perspective and get your logical brain working!
Steps 1 through 4 should help you with prioritising your goals. If you fail to prioritise, you will quickly lose your focus when trying to navigate through your tasks.
5. ADD ACCOUNTABILITY.
You need to add a pinch of accountability!
No one likes to be accountable when they fail at something.
So many love the idea of telling the world when they have achieved something! But say to no one when they have failed.
It’s NORMAL! It’s human nature to show our strength and not our weakness and vulnerability.
We are more comfortable in sharing our win but not our loss.
But here’s the thing. YOU NEED ACCOUNTABILITY!
You need to tell someone (it doesn’t have to be the whole world – But it HAS to be someone you TRUST. Someone you know is not going to sugar coat anything but tell you AS IT IS! Someone you can tell when you’ve FAILED a task, or ACHIEVED an entire goal! They don’t have to be your biggest Cheerleader, but they do have to support and motivate you. Tell them what your goal is. Show them the written down strategies from steps 1 through 4.
Ask them to check up on you from time to time. It’s easy for someone to ASK you ‘how things are going,’ than it is for you to TELL them.
So it is important to choose somebody’s that you trust and somebody that you feel will have your best interest at Heart. Usually, I choose my husband because I live with him every day and I can tell him anything. And well, He watches me like a hawk. 😛
Accountability is FOR YOU. It will make you look and feel very vulnerable and exposed. It’s not easy, but it is necessary.
6. BE FLEXIBLE AND READY TO CHANGE THINGS
Lastly, Be flexible.
Life happens. EVERYDAY! LIFE. HAPPENS. No matter how hard you try or how well you plan things, at times, unexpected things happen. Things that are NOT IN YOUR CONTROL.
So many people set goals, follow everything mentioned above to the letter. Only to be disappointed and give up because ONE thing in their life happened.
To avoid this is imperative to be flexible and to think outside the box. Allow room for any changes that can come from other aspects of life such as work whole family.
The best way to resolve this is to allow for any possible contingencies and have an action plan to Combat those changes and let yourself to be set back onto the right path.
Disruptions will always be there. Your ability to overcome those disruptions heavily depends on how detailed and well written your action plan was. How flexible you are willing to be and how Honest you were with yourself when setting those goals.
Once you have mastered how to excel in achieving goals, you will find it a lot easier to accomplish a lot of things in life. Goals don’t have to be big like being a millionaire. They can be as small as setting aside £5 a month for your Birthday treat. Once reached, you can go for £10 For Christmas and so on and so forth. Those little actions make significant changes in the long run!
What are your most significant hurdles when it comes to achieving goals?
What would you most like to focus on the most?
I would love to hear from you so leave a comment in a comments section!