How to Set and Crush Goals
Did you know that 92% of New Year's goals are never achieved (according to University of Scranton Study)? I'm sure many of you out there are all too familiar with this and the disappointment that tags along. Especially since most of you are probably type-A, driven entrepreneurs who really feel the discouragement and frustration.
So how do we be more like the other 8%? The portion of the population that is setting goals and crushing them! Allow me to share the things they do consistently and well.
Specific and Challenging Goals
Easy and vague goals rarely get met. It's hard to get excited about something when you can't really picture it. With specificity you get clarity. And that can lead to excitement and give you the motivation to follow through. Getting specific also gives you a roadmap towards meeting your goal.
Be Passionate. Be Committed.
The 8% want it, and want it badly. Are you totally committed? Will you throw in the towel the second things get hard?
You need to have that fire in you that is ready to work and do what it takes. This takes some serious introspection and honesty. Ask yourself if you really want this. Because of internally it's not something you without a doubt desire, you will not have what it takes to follow through.
Some things that really help here are to be sure you are taking time out everyday to check in with yourself. Journaling, meditation and other forms of self-care are important. Take time to discover your values. Write out what you want your life to look like and be sure your goals are in line.
You are human. So missteps will happen. You will slip off the wagon and fall into old habits. Having a support system or feedback system helps here. Having a coach is especially useful in this regard because you will have constant feedback and accountability systems in place.
Successful people are no lone rangers. They have teams of people, community, mentors, coaches to help them get where they want.
Align Your Goals.
I find that having one or two primary goals, and all my sub-goals are leading to those large goals, incredibly helpful. There is vertical cohesion there and they work together. This helps me from feeling pulled in too many directions. And greatly increases my forward movement.
One step at a time is the way to go. Ask nearly any successful entrepreneur and they will tell you that multitasking is ineffective. It's better to focus on single tasks and work your way through them. Our brains literally can't focus on more than one thing at a time. So when we multitask our brain has to constantly be switching gears and there is some lag time to catch up there.
Let me break down how I set my goals:
- Once I year I write out my 1-2 major goals. They must be in alignment with my values and what I want from life.
- I then break those major goals down into quarterly micro-goals that move me forward.
- I then break down those quarterly goals into monthly and weekly actions that will help me climb the mountain to my major goals.
- At the end of every week I review my action items for the next week and write out my week plan.
This helps me from being overwhelmed and makes it manageable. Since employing this method I've been able to be a part of that 8%.
To wrap it up:
Get clear about who you are and what you want. Then align your life and work by taking small, actionable steps every day. And remember, if at the end of it, you aren't happy, that isn't success! Don't try to take on too much change at once, that leads to burnout. Change is hard! It's okay to ask for help. Reach out to a friend, accountability partner, mentor or coach. And sometimes you will mess up. That is totally okay! Don't beat yourself up, and just keep going.
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