It’s not easy to set goals and achieve them consistently, if you’re setting BIG goals…
So what’s the secret of goal-achieving ninjas who seem to be able to do anything?
Well, you’ve got the traditional approach:
Step One: Set Goals
Decide what you want and write it down.
Step Two: Create Accountability
Tell someone the goal you’re working towards so you are accountable.
Step Three: Break it Down
What steps do you need to take to reach your goal?
Step Four: Step by Step
Do step one. Then step two.
Cross off all the steps/pieces and you’ve hit your goal.
Step Five: Reward Yourself
Celebrate – mission accomplished!
Except when it’s NOT.
There are three KEY THINGS most people are missing – and these are the real secrets to hitting your goals.
Forget the goal, focus on this instead – and you’ll start knocking your goals outta the park!Click to tweet
Secret #1: Surround Yourself with REAL Support
It’s more than just someone asking, “Hey did you get this done yet?”
Accountability is key and exponentially increases the chance you’ll hit your goal.
But any goal worth achieving will be a fight.
There will be moments where you’re frustrated, confused, or feel like you’ve fallen down.
You need support around you who “get it” and who can not only encourage you, remind you of why you’re working towards your goals, AND help you strategize the smartest approach for your goals.
Support for me includes my business friends, my community, my family, my coach and my mastermind group – they all fill different pieces of the support I need.
I love my family, but if I go to them asking how best to market my membership programs because I’m stuck on messaging or technical aspects… well, that’s not going to solve my problem.
And I love my coach, but if I need a shoulder to cry on and someone to remind me of my purpose, my family or a close friend is a better choice.
When you’re stuck or discouraged, stop and think – what kind of support do I need right now, and who is best to help me?
If you’re not in a mastermind group or working with a coach and you keep finding yourself frustrated… you might be looking for some types of support like strategy or mindset in the wrong places.
Secret #2: Grow into Your Goals
You’ve got to not only believe you can and will achieve your goals, but become the person capable of the goal you’ve set.
It’s about mindset.
Who do you believe you are?
What do you believe is possible?
Don’t be afraid to set big goals that motivate (and require) you to grow!
Be okay with knowing that reaching your goals is a long-term game.
And remember to surround yourself with people who are what you desire to be. Find the circles where they hang out. Figure out your way in.
How bad do you want it?
Secret #3: Forget the Goal, Create the System
Wait… what did I just say?
Forget the goal.
Create the system.
There’s a system, a process, that will get you to your goal.
When I decided to get healthy and set a goal for myself of going from 200+ lbs (at barely 5 foot tall) down to a reasonably healthy weight… sure I could have written down “lose 80 lbs” and then said, okay I’ll lose 2 lbs a week for the next 40 weeks.
But how frustrated and discouraged would I have been attempting to achieve my goal that way?
Instead, I looked at what it would take, what habits would I need to create, to get there.
Daily exercise. Daily choices in what I ate.
And then I attacked those habits. Those were within my control.
I hated exercise (seriously, gym was the only class that screwed up my perfect A streak in high school… okay, and Jr. High… and maybe elementary school too where I got a dreadful “S-” more than once).
So I had to find a way to create a system where I could love the process. For me? Watch movie on my Kindle while I was on an elliptical machine–and no movies/TV any other time. If I wasn’t on the elliptical, there would be no Star Trek happening. Motivation? Check.
And when I lost enough weight and could change my system, I adjusted to hitting the gym daily. Now I lift weights.
Because you’ve got to create your system, but keep it flexible.
Know your goal, but keep your focus is on the system.
The daily actions. The step by step. What you CAN control.
Every day wins.
Not just the future focused feeling of “I haven’t hit my goal yet, I’m not there yet, I’m not good enough yet…”
You’re on your way – and it’s about the journey, about each step forward.
When I decided to set a goal of 100 new members in my Insider Club… right as I was coming back from a 2+ year break in my business… oh boy. If I’d only focused on “100” I have gotten discouraged.
Instead I looked at the actions it would take to get there.
Reach out to at least 3 people every day with an invitation.
Send one email a day to my list.
Keep. Making. Offers.
Find a way to add more value every day.
I focused on the actions that I knew would lead to achieving the goal.
And I did it.
Because that’s how you achieve the goals you set.
What might you adjust or change as you think through what I’ve shared here?
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