If your goals are just in your head, you can convince yourself “Ahhh I didn’t really set that goal anyway!” and that makes it a whole lot easier to put them off.
A written goal is also measurable: you’ve got something to compare your result, success and finished product to. This is how you know you’ve reached your goal! If it just lives in your head, it shifts around, gets a little foggy, and it’s unclear when you’re “done the thing”.
Be very specific about what you want to achieve.
The more you subconsciously think of or see your goal, the more likely it is to happen. When the image and idea of your goals are consistently on your mind, you’ll naturally start taking steps toward achieving them.
And keeping them top of mind will make your day-to-day decisions easier – you can filter your choices and options through the goals you’ve chosen for yourself, and what you need / want to do to achieve them.
Where can you put those goals so you’ll see them every day? Try Post-it notes around the house, setting phone reminders, adding it as your desktop wallpaper, writing them in your planner. Anything!
Doing a little reminder ritual first thing in the morning is best, so you don’t forget as you get caught up in other stuff throughout the day.
Dream as big as you want, but please take baby steps to get there.
If your goal feels a bit out of reach, break it down until it feels achievable and attainable for you. Focus on those small, measurable results. Reverse engineer and work backwards from your ultimate goal and end point.
This way, you’re less likely to procrastinate, and it’ll be much easier for you to take action. Like, now.
Start by asking yourself:
- What’s the first step I can take?
- What needs to be done to reach this goal?
- How do I achieve it?
- What can be done now / today?
- What can be done later?
Disclaimer: you don’t need to know everything right now. Just start where you are and with what you know. The rest will come.
Review your goal, your progress and how you feel about the whole thing on a regular basis. Every Monday morning for example…mark it in your calendar, or set a phone reminder, so you remember.
Look back at the goals and desired results you wrote down: How much time has already passed? How much have you got done? Do you (realistically) have enough time to do what still needs to be done?
If you’re not tracking, reflecting on and evaluating your progress, it’s so easy for that goal to get pushed aside, or dragged out for eternity.
What are the monthly, weekly and/or daily things you’re willing to do to make your goals stick?
Consider potential issues that may arise (ie: scheduling conflicts, lack of resources, life just happening, etc.) Have some “Plan B’s” and work in some flexibility, just in case.
Set aside time (even just 15 minutes) to dedicate to your goal every. single. day. This is easy, since you’ve already broken it down. *wink wink*
BONUS: create a goal statement
Use this fill-in-the-blank statement to bring allll of the above together in a neat little package:
I will ___________ (your goal) ___________ by ____ (completion date) ____ . I want to achieve this because _______ (why this goal is meaningful and impactful) _________. I’m going to ___________ (your strategy for how you’ll meet this goal) ___________, and ______________ and ______________ to ensure it becomes a reality.
Remember, your goal should be very specific, so you can monitor your progress and results. Including why it’s meaningful and important to you, and the positive impact it will have on your business / life, will help keep you motivated and taking action.