How to set and achieve any goal.
We all have goals we want to achieve. But what is the most effective way to accomplish your goals? Below are some steps that will help you to accomplish any goal you set out to achieve.
Step 1: Create an ambitious goal.
There’s no point creating a goal that doesn’t excite you. It has to be transformative. It has to compel you to jump out of bed in the morning and get cracking strait away without a second of hesitation.
Step 2: Make sure it's your goal.
If you’re attempting to achieve something because you think it’s the right progression or because someone else has told you that this is what you should do, but it's not what you want to do, then it’s unlikely you’ll achieve the goal. You need to want it for yourself because that’s the only thing that is going to motivate you to put in the work.
Step 3: Ask yourself why you want to achieve it?
You have to be 100% clear why you want to achieve the goal. Maybe you want to earn £100,000 a year because that will give you complete freedom of choice. Maybe you want to talk at Ted because you desire to be admired. Whatever the case, try and identify what the route cause of your desire is so that you can identify ways you might reach your root goal faster.
Step 4: Make you're goal specific.
Your goal needs to be specific so that you're able to identify when you have completed your goal. I want to loose weight or I want to be rich don’t have a specific outcome. You have to put your goals into outcomes such as.. I want to win an award at Cannes for my work this year, or I want to run the London Marathon in two months.
Step 5: Put your goal in writing.
Putting your goal into writing allows you to see what you’re aiming for. It can’t be easily forgotten so that you can remind yourself daily what you’re trying to achieve. This also helps to show others, which should encourage others to get behind you in achieving your desired outcome.
Step 6: Utilise the reticular activating system.
The reticular activating system acts as a filter against all the data inputs that we have to face day to day. When you formulate a goal, your RAS is programmed to identify and pass inputs from the environment based on the things that you focus on most. Therefore, when you set a very specific goal, your body is unconsciously seeking inputs that could contribute to the fulfilment of that goal and inputs that would otherwise be bypassed will now become apparent. Knowing this should increase your desire to program your brain to seek opportunities and allow your unconscious to take over in identifying the pieces needed to fulfil your goal.
Step 7: Make sure your goal is measurable.
If you want to loose weight, how much weight? If you want to earn more money, how much money? If you want to get a new job, which company do you want to work for? If you want to be an influential writer, which platforms are you going to write on? The more measurable your goal, the easier it will be to work out the required action steps to fulfil it.
Step 8: Put a time limit on it's completion.
A time limit can help you to plan how you intend to complete the goal. For example, If you’ve never spoken before and it’s your burning desire to speak at a big event in front of 8000 people in the next year and a half, then you first need to practice your speech in front of 1 person. Keep doubling your audience at 1 event every month for the next 13 months and you’ll reach your target of speaking to 8000+ people. This same strategy could work for creating a book. You’re aiming for a 15-chapter book. 20 pages per chapter so 300-pages in total. Write 1 page a day for a year and you’ve got a book. You should have a burning desire to reach this time limit, but if you fail to reach it, you can use this as a measuring stick to see how much you underestimated the required time needed to accomplish your goal. Make sure to do some introspecting to see where you may have slipped up along the way, so that you can improve on the second attempt.
Step 9: Create the winning habits.
You’re habits are what determine your results. You not only need to begin to create the habits that will result in the success, but you also need to identify the habits that you’ll need to get rid off. This might be picking up the habit of writing three hours a day, every day, and loosing the habit of going on social media for example. I can't put enough emphasis on how important habits become to the completion of goals. Make sure any habit you're trying to implement is being done for 30+ consecutive days for the best chance of you maintaining the habit moving forward. Equally, remove a habit for 30 plus days, and you're much more likely to see the benefits of loosing that negative habit.
Step 10: Get rid of excuses.
You have to loose the victim mentality. The idea that the reason your unsuccessful is because of circumstances outside of your control is rubbish. You have the power to make anything happen and you need to get rid of any self deprecating beliefs that are holding you back. The beauty of being a human is you have a choice. Sure we're heavily influenced by our friends, our family, our partners etc, but you still have a choice. no one can make the choice for you and you have to be ready to take your fate into your own hands.
Step 11: Know your future is independent of your past and prior results.
While I’d advise you to look at your prior successes to see if there’s anything in your past that you can leverage to help you get closer to your goal. If you haven’t accomplished anything before, or your desire is to shift to a new industry and to start afresh, you need to not be fearful of your lack of prior understanding and not see that as a reason why you can’t get the results you desire now. If you've only earned £20,000 per year up to this point. That doesn't mean you're not worthy of earning £100,000 this year, you just have to have a plan in place to help you reach that figure.
Step 12: Don't fear doubt and anxiety, embrace them.
Any big goal is going to cause a certain level of doubt, fear and anxiety. But see these as positive signs that you’re pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and making progress. If you’re goal isn’t causing this type of visceral reaction, then you’re probably not pushing yourself far enough with your goal.
Step 13: Identify strategies, tactics and action steps.
Your goals need to be a probability not a possibility. You need to know that it is attainable if only you implement the correct action steps to achieve it. What are the actions you need to do to get closer to your goal? How do you intend to get there? And what’s the process? How often do you need to take these actions to get the results you desire?
Step 14: Become aware of negative triggers.
As you tackle the actions steps over and over again, take note of times when you get distracted or start to have self-deprecating thoughts. Is it when you eat badly? Or when you haven’t exercised? Maybe loud noises distract you and you end up online instead of taking action on your goals. Identify when these triggers happen and over time take these into consideration before starting work and optimise your environment for greatest levels of productivity.
Step 15: Reverse engineer your success.
It’s unlikely that no one has achieved the goal you’re setting out to achieve. Identify the people who have accomplished what you want to achieve and look for ways that you can model their path to get you closer to your goal faster. Look at numerous figures and take the aspects of each of their approaches that resonates with your true self. Combine them to make the ultimate consolidation of traits that you can emulate to achieve the same, if not better, results.
Step 16: Make sure you're being coherent.
Coherence is about every part of you being aligned with the goal you’re setting out to achieve. If you’re time is spent in ways that contradict the goal, then you’re not living coherently to your aspirations. Is your brand contradicting the end goal? Does what you do day to day take you closer of further away from your aspirations? Once all of these elements are aligned and pushing in a single direction then you’ll begin to create the momentum required to cut through the noise and make serious progress.
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