Happy New Year!! It’s that time of year again when many people are setting their new years resolutions.
If a resolution is“the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, or procedure” then to succeed, it has to be more than just deciding to do something.
I’d like to share some action steps with you that will help you to achieve your goals a little more easily than before.
You Want What?
Step one is to set a specific goal.
If you’ve ever watched hockey, basketball or soccer you’ll notice that you cannot score a goal without aiming at the basket or net. I know that’s simple and obvious but most people do not set or see a specific goal and therefore have nothing to focus on. They often have vague goals (if they have any at all) and that simply doesn’t cut it.
- Instead of desiring to write a book, decide what kind of book you’d like to write, and how long it will be.
- Instead of just wanting to earn more money, write down exactly how much.
- Instead of saying you want to lose weight, decide exactly how much weight it is that you want to lose.
If you do not set specific targets you cannot break down the steps necessary to get there can you?
“I feel that the most important step in any major accomplishment is setting a specific goal. This enables you to keep your mind focused on your goal and off the many obstacles that will arise when you’re striving to do your best.”
If it’s not a clear goal then you cannot determine the steps that you must take to achieve that goal. Without the steps, you can’t chart the progress or prioritize things in order of importance. If you say that you want to get married without defining the qualities that you want in a husband (and father of your children) well, that’s like throwing a dart while blindfolded, someone might get hurt.
Decide exactly what you want.
The next step is to set a date for when you want to accomplish this (or any) goal. Is it one month? 6 months? 12 months? This is going to very important for you to be able to break down the steps and put them in order so that you can steadily move towards your goals and chart its progress. This will also prevent you from getting discouraged by any obstacles that you might encounter.
“You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.”
~Charles C. Noble
After setting the deadline for the goal you must then determine what steps it will take to achieve it by the time you have chosen.
- If you want to lose 50 pounds in the next 12 months then you can easily calculate that you would have to lose 4.16 pounds each month so that you can reach your goal. How will you accomplish this?
- If you want to write a 400 page sci-fi novel in the coming year then you’ll have to write a little over 1 page each day. Where can you make the time to do this?
After reading the the last two examples did you happen to think that losing that amount of weight or writing that book seemed a little more achievable? People are easily discouraged because without the steps, the goal can seem too large or too far out of reach. When you break it down into smaller steps you can see that it’s easier than you think. This will also give you the confidence you need to take action!
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” ~ Laozi
Keep in mind that you can always adjust the date (sooner or later) based upon your progress. you can also reevaluate your goals as you go as well, you make the rules.
Use The Force
If you’ve ever used a GPS navigation system then you know what goal setting is. You punch in the address and the GPS tells you the specific steps it takes to reach your destination, as long as you follow it. And many of us can recall what it was like trying to find an address without a GPS. There was often wrong turns, reluctantly stopping to ask for help which put you at the mercy of others, and there was very often frustration. Does that sound familiar to your past goals?
“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” ~Earl Nightingale
When you write down a goal, and all of the steps it will take to achieve it, you will immediately set that goal in motion. You will see whether it’s possible or not, and in what time frame. You can literally change your life one step at a time.
- First, set specific, measurable goals.
- Second, define the steps it will take to achieve that goal and be as detailed as possible.
- Third, attach a deadline.
- Fourth, get the party started!
Remember to go big, keeping mind what Michelangelo said:
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer