People ask me quite often how they can achieve their goals. They start off great, but then something happens and they peter out. They fall off the path. They break their ten or fifteen day streak. So, how do you keep going and start seeing wins on your goals?
How to Achieve Your Goals
I’m not a wizard at this, but I’ve got some very simple systems you can steal and make your own that would probably get you further down the road. As this is the month of Personal Leadership at Owner Media Group, I figure this is a great time to teach you how leaders get their goals finished.
- Keep your eye on the objective – If your goal is to lose 30 pounds or make an extra $2000 a month, make sure you have two pieces of information visible in the places where you do most of your work and also on your phone: a.) What’s the outcome you’re looking to achieve (and be VERY specific). b.) Where are you right now with that goal? In both the examples I gave, there’s a clear number to hit, and there’s a clear sense of where you are in any given week. For weight loss, you can list it as 30/-1 to show your goal is lose 30 pounds and this week, you’re down 1. If your goal is to make another $2000 a month, then maybe you write 2000/150 to show that your goal is to make $2000 and you’ve only pulled in $150 so far this week.
- Goals without actions are just thoughts – Your goal can’t be to “hope” for something or “pray” for something. Your goal is built on action. (By the way, I have a suspicion that higher powers reward those who take actions in service of their prayers.)
- Make your goals tie to daily actions and weekly measurements – We see goals as these “far off” things never really realizing that “your day is your week is your month is your year.” That pop tart you’re about to eat is why you can’t write “-1” next to the 30 in your 30 pound weight loss goal. “But it’s just one pop tart.” It’s just one veering from your promise to accomplish your goal, meaning it’s you not loving yourself enough to maintain a commitment.
- Every day is day one – When you fall off a “streak” (where you’ve done a goal many days in a row), just get back on. Start. Start every day if you have to. Keep pushing at the effort. The reason you started is the reason you have to start again. Stop with the guilt. Just move.
- Put success in your way – This is a Rob Hatch quote. It’s the practice of making it easier to achieve. If your goal is to run four days a week, set out your running clothes before you go to bed. Have everything ready to go so that there are no excuses. Build excuse removal systems (as my fiancee Jacq likes to call them).
- Work on one goal at a time – If you have a bow and an arrow, you can only shoot at one target at a time. Shoot at that one target. Work on one goal at a time. LOTS of people fail when they try to take on three or more goals at a time. (Secret: if you accomplish one goal, THEN go on and take that new found confidence at winning and apply it to the next goal. It’ll work better.)
Above All Else – Move
Your goals aren’t static. They won’t respond well to static. The universe rewards movement of any kind. Move. Stay in movement. And win.