Updated: Jun 30, 2021
You have heard the saying, “failure to plan is planning to fail”. A goal without a plan is just a dream. So how do we properly plan and set goals?
1) Set ambitious goals. I'd rather set an ambitious goal, not hit it, but be further along in the process. I personally set three ambitious goals and two safe goals every year.
a. Reading goals
b. Finance goals
c. Travel goals
d. Weight loss goals
2) Set up a way to track yourself. I started off by checking in every two weeks. This would allow me to see if my workout routine, for example, was working or not. If it wasn’t I could readjust. If I waited two months to finally check in on my progress, I would probably be discouraged and have given up.
3) Share you goals. Whether it be friends, family, or a significant other, let someone else hold you accountable. It helps when you hold each other accountable. I started off with five accountability partners. (Remember we are an average of the five people we hang with most)
Now you have goals written, understand how to track and have accountability partners - so how do you get started? Let’s talk about the power of creating habits.
First, when doing anything in life we must always remember our minds are our only limitation and you are what you think.
This is probably one of the hardest things we do in life. Starting something new. Habits are no more than small life changes that, over time, have a big impact. If you had a penny that doubled in value every day for 30 days, at first you wouldn’t think much is happening. But about halfway through you can start to see a real impact!
There are many ways we can accomplish starting a new habit. Some say it takes 30 days to create a habit while others say it takes 90. Me personally, I try by doing something every day for a prolonged period. For example, when I wanted to become a reader, I would read ten pages a day. When I wanted to become a writer, I went to a coffee shop to write once a week.
1) Don’t set time limits. For me it was very easy to get distracted. I prefer running a mile a day, reading 10 pages a day opposed to running or reading for 30 minutes a day.
2) Make it easy for yourself. I wanted to wake up early in the morning but always hit snooze. I went out and bought an alarm clock that rolls away from me, so I have to get out of bed.
3) Feed your mind positivity. It is easier to stay on track when you are thinking good thoughts. When thinking negatively it will be that much easier for you to derail. For me this was simple. I had a book of motivational quotes I would read every morning.
4) Go to new places to start off. It is much easier to plan times in advance because all I must do now is show up. I wanted to become a writer, so every Saturday morning at 7AM, I go to a local coffee shop to write. Every day during the week I know I go to the gym at 5AM.
5) Take away distractions and put yourself in an environment to succeed.
6) I challenge everyone to do something every day for 30 days straight, no excuses. If you do something every day you will eventually get better at it.
Goals are good but goals have end dates. In the en d, we want to create new lifestyles.