In my two previous blogs we've discussed:
Laziness gets you nowhere
Brain-dump your way to clarity
Organizing your thoughts
Clarifying your priorities
You should have in front of you your top five goals. You should know them and feel committed to achieving them. Feeling excited an a bit scared and unsure is completely normal.
Let's lay the groundwork for actually achieving your dream-achieving goals. You have to now identify the actions you must take to reach your goals...step-by-step.
It can be hard to see the big picture so we will break things down by going over a few questions for each of your top goals.
Why is your purpose for achieving this goal? How will it improve your life?
You have to know your purpose. You have to know why you want to learn a new skill, save money, or break a bad habit. You have to know how each goal will improve your life. The more clarity you have on the end result of your goals, the more likely you are to work to achieve them.
What is the timeline for this goal? When is your deadline?
Think about it. You are more likely to finish a task quickly if you've been given a deadline, right? So why shouldn't the goals you set for yourself be any different than those given to you by someone else? Determine how long it will realistically take you to achieve your goal, and then set a deadline for yourself.
Who will hold you accountable to my goal? How will they hold you accountable?
Even though your goals are 100% about you, the truth is everything is easier with a support system holding you accountable for your actions. Talking to a friend, coach, or mentor about your goal puts it out there. They can follow up with you, help strategize and celebrate with you along the way.
What tools do you need to be able to achieve this goal?
If your goal is to learn a new skill you will need to know the resources you will need. Who will teach you? What books will you need? If your goal is to get into shape, you'll probably want to join a gym or invest in some home equipment.
What three steps will I take to achieve this goal?
A goal without a plan is just a dream. Breaking down your goal into actionable steps in the key to success.
Here is an example of what this might look like:
Your goal is to save $500 for a new smart watch.
Evaluate your budget and cut spending from at least three areas.
Sit down and do the math to figure out how much I need to save per paycheck to purchase my new smart watch by my deadline.
Set up an automatic transfer to move a set amount of money from one account to another on a set day of each pay period.
What steps will you take each week to achieve this goal?
Break down your actionable steps into weekly tasks. For example, if you are saving money, it could be a certain amount each week. If it's a fitness goal, it could be taking a fitness class each week. Your goal of measurable progress each week.
What steps will you take each day to achieve this goal?
Now break these down into daily habits. If it's a monetary goal, this could be something like packing your lunch instead of going out to lunch. If you have a fitness goal, it could be the number of steps you want to take each day. Be thoughtful and realistic in your plans.
How will you reward yourself once you have achieved this goal?
A dangling carrot makes the run that more appealing. You're more likely to stay positive and to put in the hard work it will take to achieve your goal when you see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's awesome to treat yourself to something special. Remember, your treat should support your goal. Think about it, if you goal is to build a savings account, then your reward shouldn't be an expensive vacation.
It's time for a break! Pat yourself on the back and do something fun. You've put in a lot of work and deserve to unwind a bit. Once you've had a chance to breathe for a minute you can work on the next step in our journey. Enjoy yourself!