An Effective Method for Goal-Setting
There are two reasons why you might not achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself: either you didn’t strategize correctly, or you set the wrong goal. Poor strategy leads you astray no matter how much you want the goal. And if the goal doesn’t feel right to you, even excellent strategy won’t help you stay focused or motivated.
Take a brief moment to discover a more effective method for goal-setting that will give you momentum to achieve even more goals.
Brain dump and consider different goals
First, sit down and make a list of different potential goals you have for yourself. Just dump the ideas out in front of you without overanalyzing or worrying about whether they’re attainable or not. Aim to have at least seven to ten options ready. For the dreamers, you might have twenty or thirty. It doesn’t matter. Just dump it out.
Decide one goal for momentum
Now that you have your list of goals ready, pick one goal – just one – that you can complete in 45 days. Pick something which will give you momentum to complete other goals when you see the results from the first. For example, maybe the goal can be to lose ten pounds in the next 45 days. Or you could decide to finally finish decorating the house, update your resume, or launch a website.
Visualize the end result
Reward systems works really well for everyone. It’s part of our human nature, the way our brains are wired. Take advantage of that, and start visualizing your life after you’ve completed that goal successfully. See yourself going shopping and fitting into a smaller size of jeans now that you’ve lost weight, and let yourself feel the sense of satisfaction and pride that naturally shines through because of your achievement. Do this every night before bed.
Work backward and create goal markers in segments of 15 days
You have the end result in mind, and you have 45 days to get there. Now, unless you set goal markers in-between that period of time, you might feel tempted to procrastinate. Don’t delay. Plan it out. Go to the gym 5 times a week and meet with a trainer. Exercise for 30 minutes in the first 15 days, 45 minutes in the next 15 days, and one hour in the last 15 days, as you build up your strength and stamina. It’s up to you to decide what these goal markers will be. Just make sure they’re are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based (SMART) goals.
Do something every day to get there
Your mini goal-markers should already have you taking action on a daily basis, but regardless, schedule in some time every single day toward achieving that goal. Even if it’s your ‘rest day’ from the gym, go take your dog for a walk or cycle to work instead of taking the subway. Every little action adds up and can go a long way.
No matter what you do or where you are, you can use these steps for effective goal setting, finding momentum, and winning life – one day at a time.
Now, it’s your turn
Open up a fresh document or pull out a notebook. Dump all your ideas onto the page and watch what happens in 45 days as you gain momentum in your life.
– Mike Acker