How do you want to achieve a purpose in life, if you don’t have a plan to get there?
Everyone has goals. Big (buy a house) or small (lose a kilo this week), we have all made them.
But how often do you achieve your goals; no matter the size – within the time you set?
I guarantee it is a low number, if not zero. I too was in that position, until I cut away excuses and established clear steps to achieving my goals.
Here are some tips that will help you:
There is no need to wait until the new year to start planning and working towards your goals. Time is part of self-justification that makes excuses seem reasonable.
Establish your goals
This is the next important step. Make sure you take your time and apply a lot of thought when doing this. Ensure that:
- Your goal is defined. It could fall into any of these areas: Physical, mental, financial, family, business, etc.
- You plan it out.
Start by writing down your big picture goal. It is what you want to achieve in the next years. Don’t think about the steps yet; just focus on what you truly want. Set that as your end goal. It could be to run a marathon, make a million dollars, learn a language or gain a degree. Whatever it is, no matter what your current situation may be, write it down.
Next, establish your short-term goals; essentially the steps that you need to take to achieve your big picture goal. Write down your short-term objectives in a time descending order i.e. Yearly, monthly and daily. Basically, work backwards from your big goal, creating yearly, monthly and eventually daily steps. So that the last step you write down is the first step you take.
For example, if you want to earn a degree: Start off with what you want to study and the time you want to complete it.
Degree completed by end of 2021 (4 years)
And then break it down into the individual years. Adding what units, you want to have completed in each year.
Degree completed by end of 2021 (4 years) -2021 (finished units 7 & 8) -2020 (finished units 5 & 6) -2019 (finished units 3 & 4) -2018 (finished units 1 & 2)
And then 6 months
Degree completed by end of 2021 (4 years) -2021 (finished units 7 & 8) - Jan-June (Complete unit 8) -July-Dec (Complete unit 7) -2020 (finished units 5 & 6) - Jan-June (Complete unit 6) -July-Dec (Complete unit 5) -2019 (finished units 3 & 4) - Jan-June (Complete unit 4) -July-Dec (Complete unit 3) -2018 (finished units 1 & 2) - Jan-June (Complete unit 2) -July-Dec (Complete unit 1)
And then individual months. In each month, you set the dates you want to finish an assessment or reading.
-2018 (finished units 1 & 2) - Jan-June (Complete unit 2) -Jan: Undertake personal study to prepare for start of unit - Feb: Start first unit and read first topic by 25th -March: Finish first assessment by 31st and start 2nd assessment
Even go into days if you want.
These small steps will add up over time to equal the achievement of your big picture goal. They establish and maintain your momentum. By the time you reach your goal, you will be able to smash through it and set further big picture goals.
Finally, position your written goals in a visible area, so that you can view them every day; when you physically see your plan, it will fuel your motivation to undertake it.
And obviously – start following your plan. Ensure to review it regularly and adjust as necessary.
Celebrate your achievements
Don’t forget to reward yourself along the way!! Reasonably!
Self-congratulation is a sign of maturity. Seeking congratulations is a sign of immaturity.
To make your goals comprehendible; relate them to areas that you excel in today. You may not realize that you have sub-consciously set goals to get where you are now.
Apply that mindset to your new goals.
For instance; I relate my academic goals to physical ones. If I can improve my squat, bench, deadlift, running times etc. Why not apply that mindset to studying? It is pretty much the same.
Now you have a distinct pathway to follow to achieve your goals. Defining exactly what you want and producing the steps to get there is a powerful way to achieving your dreams. Once you have hit your goal, repeat the process for your next achievement.
Don’t just read this, feel motivated and not do anything. Grab a pen and get started.