Goal setting can be challenging, but it is important. As humans, we are a goal-oriented species. It’s what drives us to get up in the morning and work hard. You can get everything you’ve ever wanted in life. First, you have to know what you want, and then have the tools to achieve the goals. Goal setting can become a complicated venture if you don’t have the proper methods.
You can potentially create a more difficult journey to success. Imagine this, by February, 80% of people will have dropped their New Year’s resolutions. This is largely due to not planning on how one will achieve those resolutions. It’s one thing to have the desire to make your life better, it’s another to take the slow and consistent steps to get there. So how can you stay on the right path and motivated to complete the goals that matter to you? Here are some tools that make it much easier to get what you want out of life.
1. Create a Scoreboard
Some experts say that creating a scorecard for all parts of their life is helpful in creating goals. Metrics can help you to measure how effective your behaviors are. You can check in on your goal creating process weekly, monthly, and quarterly to see how well you’re doing. This is also really motivating.
Seeing the results in the short term keeps you invested, because you see that you’re making progress. This master scorecard you create makes it easy to see everything that’s involved with achieving goals. You can define where you’re making progress and what needs work. You can also gauge how much time it’s taking to achieve your goals.
Your goals will be less of a mystery when you create a scoreboard. Keeping score of your successes is like having a motivational coach in your life. You have to account for what you’re doing, which makes you less likely to drop your dreams.
2. Write Short Term Goals
A short term list helps you to stay motivated. One of the best tools is to write out a list of things you want to get completed in the next two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, you can see what you accomplished and what you didn’t. The nice thing is, not too much time will have gone by. Often when you have a goal you expect to accomplish in the next six months, too much time will pass. It becomes too daunting to try to achieve the goal. This is the beauty of short term goals.
Daily goals can create too much mental pressure, which can be counter-productive. The method of two weeks is not too little or too much. The best way to work with this system is to work with your long term plans. See where you want to be in a year, and break down your tasks to achieve those goals into two week chunks.
3. Know What Your Core Beliefs Are
There are reasons we succeed and fail. They have a lot to do with how we control the thoughts in our mind. It’s also about knowing yourself. Knowing what you really want. It’s important to take some time to figure out what your values and skills are. Also, what is your attitude towards certain things you want. Are you afraid you can’t succeed with certain goals? This can often be the case if you want to do something that you’re not actually experienced in. Knowing that fear can allow you to take steps to get the experience you need. You are then one step closer to your goals.
Knowing what your core beliefs are is really essential to this process. If you get what you think you wanted and worked hard for it only to be disappointed by lack of fulfillment, you didn’t strive for the goal based on core beliefs. When you achieve a goal and feel incredible for it, you can celebrate the success because it came from your core. This is why it’s so important to address the core.
What do you value most? Do you currently have the skills? What aspects are holding you back?
4. Create a Mind Map
It’s a very effective practice to imagine how it might feel when you achieve your goal. You can go really deep into all the fine details. This is the first step in creating a mind map. Take some time and enjoy this imagination process of feeling that fulfillment and excitement of reaching your goal.
The following step entails creating the map that will be the most direct route to getting what you want. Say you’re looking to make a million dollars, you might look to make some wise investments in the stock market or real estate market. This is a direct route as opposed to cutting down on morning lattes.
5. Narrow Your Focus on What You Want
One of the best ways to illustrate focusing on what you want is looking to the mentality of a race car driver. Their main focus in to get across the finish line ahead of everyone else. There are many things happening to ensure that they win but at the core, it’s to win the race. Sure, there are a lot of things you can consider when goal setting. The problem is, you may create chaos in your brain when you consider too many things at once.
There may be a lot of things you’re looking to do in order to improve your life. Cutting down on sugar and working out three times a week are valid desires. You may be putting yourself at risk of unnecessary multi-tasking, which can ultimately mean nothing gets done. Science has found that multi-tasking is not natural for the brain. It creates more problems than it solves. The body will often go into flight/fight response. This is how you can easily get stressed out instead of enjoying the process of reaching goals.
Instead of coming up with a whole bunch of goals, keep your focus a little more narrow. Choose just two goals at a time, and put all your effort into those things. It takes less time to then accomplish those goals, so in the end, you will have achieved more long term.
6. Track Your Progress
Keeping track of where you’re at in term of your goals is a helpful way to meeting them. What you measure will get done. You’ll want to look at certain areas in your life you want to improve. From there, figure out what measurements will matter to you.
For example, if you want to have better health, you may use your waistline as a measurement to that success. If you want to have more money, look at your bank receipts to see where you can save or invest. It’s important to know where you stand right now in terms of your life. This helps you to create a greater strategy. You’ll have to think deeply and be very conscious about what is happening in your life. Having a visual idea of where you want to be and creating measurable actions will help you get there.
7. Find Support
It’s important to have a support system to help you achieve goals. This can come to you in many ways. A mentor is one type of support. Someone who has had similar achievements can guide you through on your journey. Family and friends can also be supporting. If you have a company and you’re looking to grow it, you want to have staff who will support your dreams.
Knowing that people are behind you gives you additional confidence to proceed. It is one of the simplest ways to achieve goals.
Hopefully you now have a better idea on how to simply achieve goals. It’s not about a big burst of effort, but slow and methodical intention. Know what you value, know why you’ve failed in the past. Focus on just a few things at once. Be aware of your progress, and be patient with yourself. Write things down. Schedule everything. These types of actions take very little time, but do maximize your ability to achieve goals.