Have you ever tried to set personal goals and come up short?
Wonder if there’s some big secret that you’re missing that’s keeping you from achieving them?
Curios as to how others are pulling it off?
These 4 Easy Steps may be the answer you need.
How to Set Goals and How to Achieve Them
Setting goals and actually achieving them, can and usually is, a life changing experience for those who succeed.
The problem is, that many people fail in their attempt because they don’t fully understand the process.
I will keep it as simple as possible, just don’t overthink it, it’s really not that complicated. If I can do it, so can you.
I’ve failed many goals myself before I finally figured out what I was doing wrong.
Always remember to keep in mind, the reason you are setting the goal in the first place.
At the end of this post, I’ll cover some of the most common reasons that people (including myself) have failed and how to avoid doing the same.
#1. Be Very Specific! Leave nothing to question.
Keep in mind, with every goal you set, you must also break it down into actionable steps to achieve that goal.
Use the S.M.A.R.T. rule with every goal that you set.
- S = Specific
- M = Messurable
- A = Acheivable
- R = Realistic
- T = Timely
Let me show you why, not being very specific, or being vague, will make this process nearly impossible.
Example 1: Vague
- I want to save a lot of money by the end of the year.
This is how I used to set my own goals and Its no wonder that I was failing so often.
Notice that there is nothing very specific about it:
- How much money is a lot?
- What do I consider the end of the year exactly?
Want implies a desire instead of a must and Wanting is the same as Wishing.
Goals are meant to be something that you are determined to accomplish so it’s best to use definite words in place of wishful ones.
Example 2: More Specific
- I will save 10,000 dollars in my personal savings account by December, 31st of 2019 using income generated by my affiliate website.
With this example, I can actually come up with a plan by breaking it down into steps. These steps will help me to keep track of and hold myself accountable on a daily basis.
Here is how it works:
Assuming that this goal was set at the 1st of the year, we would take 10,000 and divide that by the number of months in the year.
So it would look like this:
10,000 divided by 12 = 833.333
For our own sanity, lets round this up to $834 a month. We need to save $834 every month to reach this goal of 10k in the bank by December 31st 2019.
Now we can narrow this down more by dividing 10,000 by the number of weeks in the year.
10,000 divided by 52 = 192.307
Again, I find it best practice to just round up to the nearest dollar. This means that we need $193 every week for a year to reach our goal.
If you want to be even more specific and keep track on a daily basis or any other length of time, you can use the same formula.
(Goal Value) divided by (Desired Time Frame) = (Result)
Example two tells me how much I will save, when I must have it saved by, where the money will be saved at, and how I will earn that income.
The more specific you can get, the better your chances of success.
#2. One Major Goal at A Time.
Don’t overburden yourself with a boatload of major goals now that you know how to be more specific.
Keep it simple and just focus on one at a time, preferably the one that will make all the rest easier to manage.
Some common major goals may fall into one of these categories: You decide what is major for you.
Which do you think you should focus on first?
Choose to start with the one that is most beneficial in helping you to achieve the others.
If you can’t afford to donate to charity in any way, then maybe, you should start setting goals to earn more money.
Maybe your health is an issue, if so, you better get on that one asap. Your goals won’t matter very much if your down for the count.
Just remember to be very specific with every goal. Write them down and then review them to see if there are any unanswered questions that may limit your action plan to achieve them.
#3. Visualizing the Goal
This is the most simple part of the process as it requires little effort to actually complete this task. Don’t mistake that as meaning that it’s any less important.
In fact, this may be the most important routine that you develop after setting your goals.
You need to see your goals every day.
Physically write them down on multiple pieces of paper. Now take these pieces of paper and put your goals up all around your environment where you will see them daily.
Home, work, your car, everywhere that you frequently are.
By visually seeing your goals every day and reading them out load, you will reinforce them and keep yourself on track.
Next, you need to see yourself as if you have already achieved these goals.
See yourself with everything that your goal is designed to achieve, then believe in it.
You can have whatever you set your mind to if you will put in the effort to achieve it.
#4. Persistence Will Pay Off
You must remain focused and actively work to attain your goals. Follow the steps and put in the effort.
There may be obstacles or roadblocks along the way, this is normal.
If you manage to hit a wall, just come up with another specific goal to get over that wall.
There is always a path forward and it’s your job to find that path.
Never quit, Keep pushing, and you will succeed.
I hope that these 4 easy steps have helped you to understand, how to set goals and how to achieve them.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject and if these tips will help you to achieve more for yourself.
Let me know in the comments below.
To Your Success