How to Set Goals & Actually Achieve Them
How often do you achieve the goals that are really important to you?
Frequently what’s getting in the way of achievement is the actual goal or lack of it.
If your goal is to “book more clients” how will you know when that goal is complete? When you’ve booked 1 client? 10? 100? Without a clear target, you’ll never hit your mark. That’s why it’s crucial to learn how to set goals that are clear, measurable and actionable.
I want to share with you some tips that have helped me achieve my goals!
Visualize Your Long Term Goals
Before you dismiss visualization as too “woo-woo” for you, let’s understand the logic behind it. Visualizing your life in the next five to ten years helps you get clarity. It also helps you believe that the outcome is possible. The more you visualize big-time success, the more your brain thinks it’s true.
Get a journal and provide answer to the following questions. When providing answers provide as much detail as posible.
- What do you want to achieve in the next five years?
- What do you want your life to look life?
- What are you going to do differently?
Set SMART Goals
Write 2-5 SMART Goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. Therefore, a SMART goal incorporates all of these criteria to help focus your efforts and increase the chances of achieving that goal.
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Create a Map of Milestones
Goals can usually be divided into milestones. Milestones are still big steps, but they help you think of your goals in terms of what you need to achieve them.
Break Your Goals Into Specific Tasks Every Three Months
Now that you have a map of the milestones that you want to achieve, you can come up with a task list. You don’t need to map out your whole goal. Start with enough tasks to complete in three months.
Track Your Progress Every Three Months
By tracking your progress, you will be more aware of what’s working and what’s not – then you can do more of what’s working and stop wasting your time doing things that aren’t helping you achieve your goals.
Every three months ask yourself:
- What did you accomplished?
- What did you learn?
- What you can improve?