How many times have you made a promise to yourself that you would achieve a goal, only to have completely flopped on it? After you failed, how did that make you feel about yourself?
You probably felt sad, angry at yourself, or even feel like just completely giving up. Trust me, I’ve been there. It sucks…
Failure after failure, I finally realized EXACTLY what was holding me back from achieving goal success.
It wasn’t because I was LAZY, NOT MOTIVATED, or just NOT GOOD ENOUGH to achieve them.
It was because I didn’t have a SYSTEM in place to MAKE and ACHIEVE my goals.
See, if you want to succeed in anything, you need to have a plan or system that will bring you there. Your plan is what is going to keep you on track and move you every day towards following through on your goals.
In this article, I’m going to reveal to you my proven 3-STEP METHOD to making goals and ACTUALLY achieving them. Crazy concept I know right? You’re going to love this.
STEP 1: DEFINE WHAT YOU WANT
This might seem like a simple concept, but the first thing you need to do if you want to achieve a goal is to know what it is that you actually want.
See, most people don’t GET what they want in life because they don’t actually KNOW what they want. That’s why you need to become super clear on what it is that you want so you can actually achieve it.
I’m a strong believer that you should not only just strive for good things in one area of your life, but you should also try your best to cover goals in all aspects of life to move towards an overall better YOU.
Here are some areas to consider for goal setting….
- Personal development
>> Take out a pen and paper and write out at least 5 areas of your life that you want to improve in. Don’t worry about what the goal has to be yet. Just focus and become clear on what areas of your life are in need of change or growth.
STEP 2: DEVELOP A GOAL USING THE S.M.A.R.T SYSTEM
Now that you actually know what areas of life you want to change, it’s time to turn them into goals. Most people never actually pass step 1 in the goal setting process. That’s why they always fail when they try to achieve them.
If you want to make a GREAT goal, you need to follow the S.M.A.R.T goal setting method. A smart goal MUST be these 5 things if you want to be successful in achieving them.
Your goals need to be extremely specific. If your goal is “I want to make more money” you are never going to achieve that goal because it isn’t specific enough. How much more money? Where will the money come from? The more specific you can make your goal, the better.
You need to be able to measure your goal. If your goal is to make more friends, get a girlfriend/boyfriend, or lose 10 pounds, you need to be able to measure your progress towards doing so. Set up guidelines for yourself that will let you know if you are on the right track or not.
Your goal needs to be something that is actually attainable for you to do. Is your goal even available to achieve if you really wanted to? If you want to go swimming every day for the next 30 days and you have no access to a nearby pool, chances are you probably won’t achieve that goal.
You should be able to believe that you can achieve your goal. If you just make goals that are hugely unrealistic, your brain isn’t going to believe that you can do it. Make a goal that is challenging, but realistic to achieve in YOUR MIND. Not someone else’s.
Your goal needs to have a start and finish date for completion. This is VERY important because it will be the difference between taking action and procrastinating. Set a definite date for you to begin the process of perusing the goal, and then set a deadline for the completion of the goal.
Choose these dates very carefully as it is highly discouraged that you change them afterwards according to your performance.
Another cool thing I like to do when I am creating my goals using the S.M.A.R.T system is to use positive language like “easily” or “quickly” in the phrase of my goals so that they don’t seem as challenging or as big as I might think they are.
>> Here are some examples of GOOD goals using the S.M.A.R.T system that you might be able to model/tweak for your own goal creation:
- I will EASILY be in a relationship with an amazing girl by signing up for Match.com and meeting women online by December 31st, 2016.
- I will EASILY make $500 dollars/month in passive income by selling physical products on Amazon by December 31st, 2016.
- I will EASILY weigh 150lbs by following the guidelines of the Low Carb Diet by May 22nd, 2016.
- I will EASILY read 5 books pertaining to personal development by December 31st, 2016.
- I will EASILY donate $20 every month to the Red Cross by December 31st, 2016.
STEP 3: SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Now that you have created some kick ass goals that follow the S.M.A.R.T system, you need to set yourself up for success to actually ACHIEVE those goals.
Although you have created some very good goals that you believe you can achieve, you need to setup your life so that you will move towards achieving those goals every day.
The following are 4 simple and fun things that you can do to ensure that you will actually stick to your goals and achieve them by your desired completion date.
You need to create a SYSTEM to following along the correct path to your goal. The best way to do this is to break your goal down into smaller actions that will lead to the success of that goal.
Something I really like to do is buy a WHITEBOARD and separate it into 4 groups:
Yearly goals => monthly goals => weekly goals => daily goals
This works really well because you can reverse engineer the steps that are needed to getting to your goal by taking simple actions every day. By taking small actions every day, these will compound into bigger actions by the week, and help you meet milestones throughout the months.
Hang the whiteboard in your office or room and use it every day. Create daily goals for yourself keeping in mind that you are moving closer and closer each day to the things that matter to you most.
Ultimately, by systematizing your daily life to small goals, you will gradually move towards those bigger goals.
You need to be able to visualize everyday why you are pushing yourself. This will help you greatly in grinding through towards your goals when things get rough. By thinking about your end goal, you will empower yourself to follow through with the smaller goals that are instrumental to your success.
One of my favorite methods to assisting in the visualization process of my goals is to create a vision board. >> Click HERE to view my previous blog post that I made about vision boards.
It’s one thing to write your goals down or visualize your goals, but it’s another thing to vocalize them.
By saying your goals out loud to yourself, it will have a much more positive effect on your subconscious mind towards achieving them. The more that you repeat out loud your goals, the more confidence you will have in attaining them.
This vocalization method is known as affirmations. I cannot express to you how important this is to building your self-confidence and purpose towards your goals.
Some of you might be chuckling to yourself thinking that this method is hokey or cheesy. If you are one of those people I have only one question for you:
How BADLY do you want change?
Last but certainly not least, one of the most POWERFUL methods that will ensure you follow through with your goals is to create a sense of accountability with at least 1 other person that you will follow through with this goal.
Tell them EXACTLY what you intend to do, and every other week or month, check in with your accountability partner on some of your successes and failures.
By crystallizing your goals with another person, you are more inclined to follow through with them because you will face embarrassment for not being able to follow through on the promise that you made to yourself and them.
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To your HUGE success,
Matt “goal setting” Thibeau 😉