There really shouldn’t be an argument anymore. Written down goals that harness your emotional energy and that you commit to achieving is one of the most powerful actions you can take to achieve the success you want.
But many people fall at the first hurdle. They want to set goals, talk about setting goals but fail to follow through and take the action of setting goals.
Others set goals, but they’re not emotionally connected to the end result. The goals are not compelling enough to really take action on and often fall by the wayside.
Then there are those that have goals in their mind but they’re not written down or committed to. They have no clear measurable outcomes and deadlines to achieve the goal in so other things take priority.
There is a better way. In this article you can discover 8 ways some of the most successful people set and achieve their goals:
1. They Visualise Their Ideal Future
For me, goal-setting starts with seeing something in the future that doesn’t currently exist. It is a future you that is your ideal, across your business and life.
To get a true perspective of what this future looks like visualise it in as much detail as possible.
Get a sense of what it looks like, what it feels like. Then be clear with yourself on what needs to happen to make that vision a reality.
Once you create a picture of this ideal future, this is where your mindset kicks in. The more clarity you have around the details of what you want to achieve, the more your mind will take ownership of the result.
A goal helps you gain clarity on your direction of travel. They will help you build a picture and articulate your biggest desires. They are an anchor that you can continually refer back to, ensuring you are heading in the right direction.
When you write the goals down be clear on exactly what you want. Be clear on when you want to achieve them by. Ensure you have clear measurements in place.
Your goal-setting process becomes the framework for creating the kind of future you are looking to achieve. They are your goals. They are not created or defined by anyone else. They can become the foundation of your personal growth and freedom.
2. They Know What They Want To Achieve
If you don’t know where you’re going how will you know when you get there? Some of the most successful entrepreneurs will build a business and personal vision 3 years into the future, 5 years into the future. Sometimes 25 years into the future.
They lay out exactly what they want to achieve and then work backwards setting specific goals that are timely and measurable.
In my experience setting quarterly or 90 Day goals is the key to success. They are a clear ‘stepping stone’ towards the bigger vision but feel very achievable. Many of the clients I work with will have 5 specific ‘outcome goals’ they want to achieve in 90 Days.
This will be a mixture of financial goals, strategic goals, relationships goals, personal goals, goals to free up more time etc. but they focus the mind. Once achieved, a new set of goals are set for the following 90 days.
3. They Write Down Their Goals
Do you still use a pen and paper to make notes or write down your latest idea?
People who actually write down their goals are more likely to have success getting to where they want to go. There is a personal commitment at play when we physically write down our goals.
A goal is embedded in your mind and subconsciously your brain is looking for every opportunity to work on achieving the goal.
The written goal also gives you a place to refer back to if you are having a challenging time. This can help you reset, get more focused and motivate you to push on towards achieving the goal.
4. They Set Clear Deadlines And Metrics
Following on from the above point, it’s essential that you set realistic deadlines and metrics to measure success.
Your mind needs a realistic deadline to take the goal seriously. It also makes you more accountable to actually achieving the goal you’ve set.
Otherwise you may feel “you’ll get to it when you can” and you won’t be properly emotionally invested in the outcome or result.
The deadline you set for each goal should be challenging, exciting but also feel achievable. Think about the impact of achieving each goal will have on your business and personal life.
5. Them Hold Themselves Accountable
This is a big one. If you work by yourself or feel the weight of total responsibility on your shoulders, then holding just yourself accountable can be difficult.
From my experience as a Coach of working with successful business owners I understand that accountability really is the key to success.
Working to achieve your goals with a coach or sharing your goals with peers, your family or team members provides real incentive and motivation to push forward, do what you say you’ll do and really take action.
You really feel accountable and committed. It also motivates you to up your game still further and reach for things you didn’t think were possible.
Being held accountable pushes you further and gives you the added incentive of making things happen. It also pushes your creativity. You will come up with new ideas, new thinking because you’re surrounding yourself with someone or people you trust and respect.
6. They Take Big Goals And Break Them Down
We all know that goal setting is just the start. It is not the end result.
The process of working to achieve a goal should be enjoyable, stimulating and drive you forward every day.
On the journey to goal achievement you should learn something new about yourself, should push yourself further. You will learn really important lessons.
The more powerful your goals and the more emotionally invested you are in achieving them, the greater the end result.
Your progress gives you the ability to transform every aspect of your business and life based around your desired outcome.
If one of your goals is to leverage your time to focus on bigger activities, then you can tangibly measure progress towards the goal every day. You will see the transformation in every area of your life.
7. They Own Their Future
We are personally responsible for our future and must take ownership of what we can become and have belief in creating the ideal future.
If you are not in control of where you spend your time and what you want to focus on others will happily distract you.
By setting goals you are clear on what has led you to this moment. You understand your past and have learnt lessons, both positive and negative.
You also have a vision of your future desired results so become more in control of where you are right now. In this present moment.
By sitting in the present with a clear view of your desired future you can take complete control of every aspect of your life. As a result, you’ll have more freedom in every area of your business and life.
8. They Use Goals For All Areas Of Their Life
Goal setting is not just about your business. They can be the fuel for achievement in every aspect of your life, be that health, finances, relationships, fitness or personal growth.
As we have discussed the key to goal setting is to understand your motivation and desire for achieving them. Why are they important? What will it feel like when I achieve them? How will it really make a difference?
When you understand this it will play a significant role in aligning you with your goal and getting you to change some habits that are required to fully realise the goals.
About The Author
Mark Pettit is a Business Coach and Consultant. He works with entrepreneurs and business owners who want to achieve growth in every aspect of their business and life whilst expanding their personal freedom.
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