Recently, I accomplished a financial goal that I had set for myself. It was so exciting to realize I had reached my goal! My mentor had pushed me to set that goal, and I had felt really scared about it — it seemed so unattainable. And what if I didn’t reach it? I would feel like a failure.
But then I realized, if I didn’t reach my goal I would still be farther along than I am right now. So why not try?
Goal-setting is somewhat of an art. There’s a lot more to it than just wishing something would happen. If done properly, it can give you the guaranteed roadmap to accomplishing your dreams.
Here are my 9 simple steps to accomplish everything you’ve ever wanted:
1) Before you make any goals — financial, personal, health, relationship — get really clear about “why” you want to accomplish that goal. Write it down. Make sure it moves you. In other words, if it brings up emotion or tears when you read it aloud to yourself, you’ve got it. Refer to your “why” weekly or daily, as you set out to accomplish your goals because it will fuel you beyond any other kind of motivation. A wonderful book to read on this topic is called Start With Why by Simon Sinek.
2) Another great way to get in touch with your “why” is to make a vision board. Click here for detailed instructions of how to make one.
3) Create your day before it happens. Instead of letting your day happen to you, take a few brief moments as you’re lying in bed or sipping your tea in the morning to prioritize and plan your day. Visualize yourself at the end of the day feeling satisfied about what you were able to get done. A great planning system to use is Franklin Covey, Leadership Series.
4) Set your intentions and goals for the week. Be realistic about what you can accomplish, but also push yourself to dream big.
5) Get a 90 day calendar so you can plan and set goals three months at a time. Here’s the one I use. It makes a huge difference! Sometimes a day, a week, or even a month can get away from you. But you can usually get back on track and accomplish any goal–or make huge strides–in 90 days.
6) Work backwards. Decide on a goal that you want to accomplish by a certain time. Then make a list of everything you need to do in order to reach that goal. Schedule each item on your calendar, starting from the end date and working toward the present.
7) Adjust your goals and set new ones once you reach your old ones. Also be sure to update your “why” every 90 days because it’s natural for it to evolve.
8 ) Make a list of rewards for yourself once you reach certain goals! This may feel self-indulgent at first, but go ahead and do it. Think of it as an assignment from me. It’s so important to take the time to feel good about what you’ve accomplished, instead of always moving on to the next thing. It sets the stage to attract more of that “accomplished” feeling, and therefore more goals reached, in your life.
9) Get a mentor. Find someone who is living the life that you want to live and who lives by the same values that you do. Get on their mailing list, “like” them on Facebook, meet them in person, ask them questions. They can help provide that roadmap, or at least point you in the right direction. If that person happens to be me, keep an eye out for my upcoming mentoring program. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed these goal-setting techniques! They have worked wonders for me and I hope they do for you as well.
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