Are you content with where you are at this point in your life, or are you stuck in a loop? It is far too easy to settle into the mindset of going to work, coming home tired and doing it all over again the next day. Time on this Earth is fleeting, and there’s no need to look back at the end of your life thinking about all the things you wish you could have done. If you know you’re not where you want to be, that’s okay, but let’s talk about how to get you there.
Proper goal setting is the key to get where you want to be. If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know if you got there. So, how do we set goals the right way? There are a few steps to consider when setting a goal to make sure it’s sustainable. The first step is identifying WHY it’s important to you to achieve your goal. If, on the surface, you want to make more money, think more deeply about WHY you’d like to make that money. Being emotionally connected to the process keeps you focused when times get tough.
Keep your goals specific and measurable. Set a clear milestone that is easily identifiable when reached. Being able to measure your progress encourages you to follow through to the end. Ultimately, keep your goals time-bound. It’s important to distinguish whether you want to reach your goals in 3 months or three years. To ensure that you’re staying on track, keep your goals somewhere you’re constantly reminded of them, like post-it notes on your bathroom mirror or scheduled notifications on your laptop.
“Put everything in writing. By setting specific, measurable, and time-bound goals, you can create an action plan to conquer them. Write out some steps you can take, in their simplest form, to knock out each goal. Take consistent daily action to get there. Your goals can be bite-sized, week by week, and the things you do every day make all the difference. Momentum only happens when YOU get things in motion.”Robert Slattery
Finally, track your progress towards your goals. Not only does this allow you to identify where you’re at concerning a particular goal, but it keeps you motivated to surmount them. When you can quantify your progress, you’ll be more inclined to set new goals after achieving your current ones. This only perpetuates the cycle of maximizing your progress.
This process is sure to help hold you accountable and catapult you towards goal achievement. Share your top 3 goals for this week with me in the comments. If you’d like a more specific consultation, shoot me a line, and I’d be happy to have a chat with you.