You have your “Eureka” moment – the one you’ve been waiting for, all this time! You come up with an idea that’s going to make your life a hundred times better for yourself and everyone else too! You KNOW this is what you’ve got to do and you decide to set off….
Before you know it, a few days have passed. Then, a few weeks. Even so, in the blink of an eye, a few months have gone by and suddenly you’re not sure where you are… but it’s certainly not where you wanted to be with relation to your goal, at this point.
Does this feel familiar?
All too often, we land up finding ourselves in this seemingly endless cycle. Don’t believe us?
Here’s another example: We took the liberty to ask a bunch of teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 – 24 and asked them what percentage of all their goals they think they have achieved so far in life.
The result? Nearly 70% of the group said that they have achieved less than 50% of the goals they have wanted to achieve so far and less than 10% of the total group said they have achieved more than 85% of all the things they have wanted to achieve.
When we probed a little further, we realized that more than any other single reason these young adults had to share with us, “It’s hard to make a plan that we can stick to” won, all the way.
This is why we’ve put together some steps that we hope will help you ace literally ANY reasonable, achievable goal you have!
Ready to crush your next goal? Here we go!
Step 1: Write down your goal as SPECIFICALLY as you can
This will help you stay in focus on what you want to achieve and if there is nothing else you can think of, include details of how you will FEEL when you finally achieve it. This will also help you stay on track with WHY you are doing what you are doing.
Step 2: Set yourself a deadline
Why a deadline? Simple: without a deadline – it’s not a goal, it’s a dream! Setting yourself a deadline also serves the psychological purpose of helping you feel a little bit of pressure to keep you serious about your task, without really becoming a burden for you.
Step 3: Make a List of WHAT to do and HOW to do it
You ask why and we say: because if you have what to do and how to do it (this step takes a little bit of research – but despite that), you are more likely to feel confident on days when you’re feeling a little low – that you’ve already done enough to keep you afloat! Makes sense?
Step 4: Take Action According to Priority
So… you have a goal. You have a deadline. You have a list of things to do and how to do them. But what do you do first? The easiest? Hell no! You do what’s most important and most time sensitive, first. Again why? Even though the smaller tasks are easier and make us “feel” better faster, ignoring the most important tasks is one of the most common reasons for why goals aren’t met.
And yet on the flip side…. Getting done with the most important parts of the task / goal is a happiness rush like no other – so who doesn’t want that, are we right?
Step 5: Do Something towards your goal: Everyday
This is the part that most people seem to forget: consistency is key. One Minute? One Task? One Page? One Question? One Plank? Doesn’t matter – but do it, without fail, every. single. day.
…… And, before you know it, this time around, instead of nothing that happened for weeks and months, you’ll be closer to your goals (or might have even achieved them!) in no time!
Good luck!!! Oh – and don’t forget to let us know if this works for you too!