Plan To Take Your Goals To The Next Level

Plan To Take Your Goals To The Next Level

In order to achieve anything in life you need to know what you want to achieve. Of course you could just wake up everyday and wait to see what happens. Some good things might show up that way, but they won’t be the good things you choose. To achieve the things that mean the most to you, the ones that express your deepest aspirations, you need goals. Specific, measureable, achievable goals and have a plan of action to achieve them.

 

Write your goals down

The first thing you need to do is figure out your end result. Your final goal. Don’t worry if your final goal seems overwhelming or outside of your abilities. The fulfilment of a final goal is the result of a fulfilment of a series of intermediate goals along the way. Once you’ve decided on your final destination, you can plan out your route to get there. Even from the outset it’s important to remember, your original map will probably have to be revised along the journey so you’ll have to be on the lookout for detours and dead ends.

 

Be SMART about it

Smart goals are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Timely

 

How do you eat an elephant?

The answer to the question, how do you eat an elephant is, one bite at a time. That’s why it’s so important to break your goal or elephant down into smaller, bite sized chunks. Say you have five smaller goals that need to be accomplished in a given week or month. Having five goals can feel almost as overwhelming as the one big one, but if you separate them completely, say slot them into a different day of the week then they become more manageable. On Monday I’m concentrating on the elephant’s tail only. I don’t have to even think about the legs or the ears because those are for another day altogether.

 

Create regular success

The best way to keep yourself motivated in the pursuit of your ultimate goal is to find regular success. That means concrete achievements along the way. If your goal is to become president of your own company, then write down all the steps you need to take to get you there. What new skills do you need to perfect? Is there someone who can help you or teach you something you need to learn? Set a deadline for learning that skill, for meeting that person and hold yourself accountable. The more things you achieve, daily, weekly, monthly, the more motivated you’ll be to keep achieving.

 

 

Celebrate the successes

Keep track of your progress and celebrate your successes. Each small success brings you closer to the ultimate one. Don’t be embarrassed about drawing big red checkmarks on your calendar. Take people who helped you in a given week out as a thank you. Share the positivity!

 

Adjust your goals as necessary

Confucius says, “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

 

If you find yourself hitting brick wall after brick wall after brick wall, it may feel like  continuing with the effort is simply a waste of time and energy. If all your efforts are constantly producing negative results, you’re right, they probably are a waste of time and energy. That’s not to say your goal is a waste of time and energy, just your chosen method for reaching it.

 

A single negative result doesn’t necessarily indicate you need to change things up, but a succession of negative results does. Don’t waste time banging your head against that wall. Reassess your end result and figure out an alternate route.

 

Make like a postage stamp

Whether going around the block or around the world, whether it takes a week or ten years, a postage stamp sticks on the package until it gets to the final destination.  To reach your final goal you need to have the stickativity of a postage stamp.

Go From Wishing to Achieving

Go From Wishing to Achieving

 

You want to be the first person to set foot on Mars? You want to run your own online shoe sales company? You want to get promoted to team leader? No matter what your goals, big or small, you’re going to have to take concrete steps to get them out of the wish zone into the fulfilment zone.

 

Write out your goals

In order to achieve anything need to be working towards clear objectives every day. The best way to do that is to write out specifically what you are aiming to achieve. Keep a written record of your daily, weekly, monthly goals and make a point of checking in with them and revising every single day to keep yourself on track and motivated.

 

Keep track of your progress

As you check in with your goals everyday, make a point of marking down your achievements. Keep track of successes and failures.

 

Reaching your goal will never be a straight line. There will be detours and setbacks but for the purposes of working toward it, imagine a straight line between where you start and the end achievement of your goal. Keeping track of your progress means knowing where you are on that line. Just a couple of steps in, a third of the way there, three quarters etc.

 

Acknowledge your successes

On the way to achieving your ultimate goal you will accomplish smaller ones along the way. A small goal might be finishing a course or writing out a proposal or revising your schedule to consistently wake up half and hour earlier to meditate. You know what your small goals are because you’ve got them written down.

 

Don’t just accomplish them then move on. By acknowledging your moments of success you will motivate yourself to keep going. It will help you feel like you’re on track and all this striving has a definite, achievable point.

 

Don’t stop with a pat on the back. When you are proud of what you’ve done reward yourself in some way. It doesn’t have to be huge. It could be a full day off for a walk in the nature preserve, or those new shoes you’ve been wanting or a celebratory dinner.

 

Incentivize yourself as you go to keep yourself motivated. The bigger the successes the bigger the rewards!

Motivation Monday: “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion” – Muhammad Ali

You don’t have to be an athlete to live by this quote. Muhammad Ali was one of a kind but he had the foundation and mentality to drive him to success. In order to achieve something, you have to go through the hardships first. Suffering for a few years to get to your goal will be worth it for a lifetime of happiness and appreciation.