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Today we are going to talk about goals. Everyone has something they want to do. It could be a little thing or a big thing. The size of the thing is relative to each person’s experience. If you really take the time to think about it, there is something that you want to do. So how do we take that thing you want to do and create a goal? Here are ten (10) tips to do just that!
#1 – Think Big
Yes, make your goal a big one. Spend your time dreaming about what could be…what you really want to accomplish. Make it big enough that you stretch yourself and grow along the way. It should be something that takes you outside of your comfort zone. After all, if you are going to put your energy towards something, you want to make it well worth your time.
#2 – Think Realistic
When setting your goal, make sure that it’s something attainable. This is not an exercise in setting yourself up for sheer frustration. You want to be able to know deep down in your soul that you can and will achieve the goal. It doesn’t matter whether it’s ever been done before. It just matters that you know you can do it.
#3 – Think Specific
Make your goal specific and think about all the details. When you have all the details, it’s easier to visualize the path leading toward your goal. You will see the steps that you need to take to get there. These steps are important, because they provide you with a road map to success!
#4 – Write It Down
Yes! Write it down. It’s just a wish or a dream until you write it down. Putting it down on paper makes it real. You can’t duck out of it or pretend it’s not there. Once you write it down, you can begin to commit to your goal.
#5 – Make Your Goal Visible
Don’t just write it down in a notebook and close the cover. Keep your goal where you can see it every day. Write it down on a sticky note and put the sticky note on your bathroom mirror. Another option is to create a vision board, so you have a clear vision of what the end result looks like. Keep the vision board where you can see it daily. Bring your goal to life by making it visible.
#6 – Know Your Why
Why do you want to reach your goal? This is at least as important as knowing your goal, if not more important. Knowing why you want to reach your goal will get you through the tough times along the way. We all know that life is not always sunshine and roses. The rain and storms will come. If we know why we are doing what we do every day, we are stronger and can persevere through every circumstance.
#7 – Take Action Every Day
When you review your goal in the morning, decide what action step you will take that day that will get you on step closer toward your goal. The action step can be as big or little as you need but do something every day. All those little action steps compound over time and really matter. Each action taken is one more step closer to success, and before you know it, you will get there!
#8 – Determine a Deadline
How will you know when to do what, if you do not have a deadline? There is a theory that if you give yourself 2 hours to get something done, you will take the whole 2 hours to do it. If you give yourself 2 weeks to get something down, you will take the whole 2 weeks. So be reasonable and set yourself a deadline. Know when the goal will be complete. If you don’t, you may never get there.
#9 – Reverse – Engineer
Once you have a deadline, break down the goal into sub-goals. Break each sub-goal down into manageable tasks. Determine how long each task should take. Work backwards and determine what needs to be started and completed when to reach your goal. Plot it out onto a calendar or some sort of timeline.
#10 – Schedule Your Tasks
Either the night before or first thing in the morning, schedule some time into your day to specifically work on the action steps that lead to your goal. Put it on a calendar, write it down in a bullet journal, whatever you need to do to have it on your schedule. When it’s scheduled into your day, you are making good on your commitment and you are more likely to get it done.
Bonus Tip – Be Flexible
Don’t be afraid to change things up. Sometimes, things do not work out as we plan. That’s okay. Be willing to try something else. If a task is not working out, because something else should be done first, then make the adjustment. This is your goal. There are no real rules except your own. This is all on you to make it work. Be brave and be flexible.
And there we have it. Ten easy tips to help you set your goals and create your own success. These are just 10 and a bonus. I know there are lots of tips out there, but these are the different ones that have helped me over time.
Question of the Day: Name a tip that has helped you successfully reach your goals. Answer in the comments section below, so that we can all learn and grow.
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