5 EASY Steps to Achieving Your Goals

Goals.  We all have them.  Things we’d like to do or accomplish or have.  We think of them regularly.  Perhaps daydream about what it would look like if they actually happened.  We talk about them to others.  We write them down….oh, wait.  Well, we don’t “write them down” exactly, but we know what they are.

So what’s your goal.  The first one that comes to mind.  Mmmm hmmmm, I see.  And how long have you had this goal?  1 year? 3 years? 5 years? 10 years? MORE???  I understand.  It’s just life has been busy, right?  Kids, relationships, careers, parents.  Sure, I get it.  But someday.  Once life settles down a bit…

See where I’m going with this?  Thinking about it is not enough; fantasizing about it is not enough; dreaming about it is not enough.  You need to BE about it.  Make it happen.  ACT on it.

It’s not a GOAL if you aren’t acting on it.  It’s a thought.  And we have about a kazillion of those a day.  Regardless of whether your goal is to get a better job, house, body or relationship, it isn’t going to happen if you don’t start putting more energy into making it happen.

 

STEP #1 – This is both the hardest and the easiest step: Write it down.  Specifically.  With a reasonable deadline.  By reasonable I mean not overly optimistic, but still a little aggressive.

STEP #2 – Now that you wrote down the Goal, write down all the steps that have to be taken towards achieving it.  So, for example, if you’d like a nicer home, list all of the tasks you have to complete to prepare your current home for sale.  If you’re looking to get in shape and lose 20 pounds, you might list tasks such as: eliminate all tempting goodies from the cabinets, get a gym membership, etc.

STEP #3 – Create a calendar and mark check-in dates and what you should have accomplished by that point.  So again, if you’re looking to purchase a nicer home and your Goal Accomplished date is one year from now, you could do a check-in date on the 1st of every month with a list of tasks you should have completed by that point.  This will keep you on track and allow you to pat yourself on the back at each milestone.

STEP #4 – Get Going! Start taking action on your plans.  And DON’T fall into the “I’m being patient” trap.  Patience, when exercised properly, is still action.  It’s slowing or pulling back, strategizing and planning, not shutting down all cylinders.  Start accomplishing the tasks and milestones.  Skip that TV show and do some research, create a Visual Board with pictures that motivate you to achieve this Goal. (You can do this through Pinterest and Polyvore, just Google them.)

STEP #5 – Post your goal all over the place.  Make it the screen saver on your smart phone, I-Pad, Laptop, Desktop.  Put it in your car, in your frig, in your medicine cabinet, in your desk drawer and anywhere else you can think of.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!! This step will be what gets you through the process when the initial excitement wears off.  Publicize your intent with anyone that will listen.  Use the people in your life to help you achieve it.  NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR GOAL! (I’m not yelling so much as speaking with excitement!)

I will leave you with a great quote:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”  -Napoleon Hill 

Now tell me in the comments section…what is your goal?

Comments

  1. April I love #5 because I write my goals on my journal and I don’t always have it with me. My phone on the other hand is ALWAYS with me and I look at the screen at least 10 times a day. Great idea to put my goals in there. In fact I will put my goal for this month as a reminder to not fall into any traps.

    Great post.

  2. Great post April! The action + follow through are sooo important! Question: do you know of a good resource for an online goal planning software to track steps, etc? And/or online vision boards?
    Thanks again – keep up the great work 🙂

  3. “It’s not a GOAL if you aren’t acting on it. It’s a thought. ” Great line! So true!

  4. excellent and timely article for me, april! i read this: “And how long have you had this goal? 1 year? 3 years? 5 years? 10 years? MORE???” and thought . . . uh oh. guilty. i am happy to report though that i have been TAKING ACTION since the beginning of november. and it feels amazing. i love #5 – i need to incorporate this into my action plan. (thanks.)

  5. Ah! This is a perenial reminder!! It’s so easy to say, yet how often do we act on it- I mean the writing down, writing action steps and plastering everywhere?! With the year winding down, its good to take stock of those goals from a year ago and reflect on their progress 🙂 I keep a journal and much prefer it to anything digital and can really measure success that way! Thank you!

  6. April, what a lovely piece full of wonderful inspiration and actionable tips to keep us on track. I love all the steps you included, but I especially loved #5. I have posted my goals all over the place and even made some of them my passwords to sites and login password to get onto my computer. That way I have to type those goals out all the time and I can’t easily forget about them. It keeps them at the forefront of my mind. Good stuff, my dear! Thanks for sharing.

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