Goals are said to be dreams with deadlines.
You’re all familiar with goals. You’ve likely made many throughout your life, both personally and in business. I’d even wager that you know what it takes to reach your goals, things like focus, motivation and consistency.
Many of us know what it takes, yet we don’t practice what we know.
You’ll probably read some things here that you’ve heard before. Maybe you’ll discover something new. If nothing else, I hope this serves as a reminder that you can achieve your dreams with the right tools and enough motivation.
Consider this a reference guide to some of the best goal setting advice I’ve heard from the likes of Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, and Lewis Howes, to name a few.
If you’re like a lot of other people, you might know how important it is to set goals for yourself in just about anything you do. In addition to setting goals, it’s important to make sure that you do everything you can to achieve the goals you have set for yourself as well.
When it comes to the goals, you’re going to find that the goals you set for yourself can relate to just about anything you want, but a lot of the goals people set for themselves are fitness goals. However, you’re going to find that most of these goals are going to apply to almost all areas of your life, so realize that they can all be applied in most situations. The following are some of the most important things you need to remember when it comes to setting and achieving your goals.
One of the biggest problems that people have when they try to set a fitness goal is they tell themselves they’ll start next week or after the holidays or after some other date they have set in their mind. The truth is, that is not going to end well for you if you continue to set a goal to start at a future date. If you want to have the best results and the best chance at succeeding and achieving your goal, then you should make sure that you start your goal right away.
If you realize that you want to reach a certain goal, make sure you start working towards that goal right away. The best way to make sure you start your goal right away is to write down exactly what you are hoping to achieve when it comes to your goal. Take paper to pen and list out every step of your goal and what you want to do. This is going to be incredibly helpful for you while you are on the path to reaching your goal because it gives you something to look back on.
Another key factor that you need to keep in mind when it comes to setting a goal is to figure out exactly what you want out of the goal. For example, you can’t just say that you want to lose weight or that you want to build up more muscle mass. You can try and test yourself to be more specific with your goals. If you say you want to lose weight, come up with a final goal weight that you want to eventually end up at. If you want to build more muscle mass, define how much muscle mass you want to be able to build up. Setting these specific goals will help make it easier for you to reach because the goals are defined specifically.
In addition, you don’t have to set just one goal for yourself! You can go ahead and try to set a couple different goals for yourself that are related to one another. For example, if you want to lose weight, a couple goals to go along with it might be to try and eat healthier and to try and lose weight. If you accomplish one of these goals, then you’re going to find that the other goals line up perfectly with this one.
This acronym is going to important for you to keep in mind and it is something that you need to apply to every single goal that you set for yourself. This acronym stands for Measurable, Achievable and Timed.
Measurable means that you are going to be able to measure your goal at some point in time. Whether this is going to be by weighing yourself, testing your body fat or doing some other sort of evaluation on yourself, you need to be able to measure your goal and keep a journal of each measurement along the way to your goal. It might sound like a lot of work to you, but you’ll appreciate being able to look back and see the success you achieved along the way.
Achievable is the part of the acronym that says you need to make sure your goal is attainable. One of the best examples of this is that if you are 40 years old and out of shape, chances are good that you aren’t going to be able to play in the NFL. However, you could make a goal to get yourself into better shape so that you can train your kids.
Lastly, timed means that your goals should have some sort of a deadline to them. Push yourself to reach your goal by a certain date. As long as you make sure that the time is specific and realistic, it should push you to help you achieve the goal.
If you have read anything having to do with setting goals and Tony Robbins, then you know that one of the biggest things he talks about is making sure you are creating S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself. This particular acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Frame. If you recall from what we talked about in the point above this one, this particular acronym is similar in the fact that it contains the same three steps: measurable, achievable and timed. However, Robbins takes this a step further and adds two more acronyms to the list.
The S in this acronym is going to stand for specific, meaning that you need to make sure that your goal is going to be incredibly specific so that you know exactly what you are trying to reach for when you try and achieve your goal. If the goal is not specific enough, you’re going to have a harder time achieving it.
The R in this acronym stands for realistic. This particular part of the acronym is similar to what you are going to find when it comes to the achievable acronym because you want to make sure that you set for a realistic goal that you can actually achieve in the time frame you set for yourself. If your goal is unrealistic, then you are going to instantly set yourself up for failure.
Understand the Challenges
No matter what goal you are going to get for yourself or what you want to accomplish with your goal, it is so important for you to understand that not everything is going to work out perfectly for you. I’m sure you are going to find that you will encounter challenges on your way to the goal and it is important to make sure that you don’t let these challenges derail you. If anything, you need to make sure that these challenges just build you back up and propel you even further to get to your goal.
In order to understand the challenges and work through them, you need to know what are your weakness and what personal or professional barriers have stood in your way that have prevented you from doing it up until this point. Make sure you eliminate all of the excuses you usually use to get out of something so that you can correctly and appropriately reach your goal in the time you have set for yourself.
Depending on what you are hoping to achieve with your goal, chances are good that you’re going to have to make some sacrifices along the way to help make sure you hit the goals you are planning on hitting. In a situation of weight loss, you are obviously going to need to cut out some of the junk food that you would normally eat and you will also need to make some sacrifices when it comes to finding time to go to the gym as well.
While it might seem like a lot when you think about what kind of sacrifices you are going to have to make, you’re going to find that this sacrifices are simple to make since they are going to help you reach your goal. If you set the goal in the first place, then you should be more motivated to make the sacrifices you need to make to reach towards the goal.
Share Your Goals
One of the best ways for you to make sure you stay on task with your goal and you don’t fall off is to make sure that everybody knows what you are doing and what your end goal is. One of the ways to do this is to post it on social media for all your friends to see! If they know what you are working to, then they’re going to encourage you every step of the way to make sure that you stay on task. Additionally, communicating with your closest friends and family that you see on a daily basis will be helpful because they can motivate you in person every single time you see them.
One of the other things this is going to do is help make sure you know who is on your side and rooting for you to cheer and who is doubting you and thinking that you will not be able to succeed. This can be incredibly beneficial because if they are going to doubt you and give you the bad energy, you can avoid them throughout your journey to your goal. Surrounding yourself with those who support you and give you positive energy are the ones you want to be around when you hit your goal.
Take The Right Steps Every Day
If you have noticed any sort of pattern throughout all of the different points mentioned above, it’s that every single goal you try to achieve needs to be done in little steps at a time or else you are going to be overwhelmed. Once you set a goal, whatever it might be, make sure that you take a step in the right direction working towards that goal every single day. Even if it is the smallest step in the right direction, any sort of positive movement towards your goal is crucial to your success.
As soon as you set the goal for yourself, you need to ask yourself what is the first thing you can do right away in order to get on the path towards achieving your goal. Every single small daily step you take towards your goal is going to be key momentum towards reaching your end goal.
Keep It Simple
Tim Ferriss is the author of three different bestselling books, an investor in Uber, Shopify, Facebook and more and he knows a lot about setting goals and reaching them. Taking his advice is one of the best places to start because he knows what he is talking about and can help you reach the goal you set for yourself. In this particular point, Ferriss recommends that you should do your best to keep your goal as simple as you can.
Even if the goal is set simple enough and you need to set the bar seemingly incredibly low, that’s not a problem! Even some of the simplest goals are going to be perfect because they will allow you to reach your goal easier. One of the questions that Farriss always asks himself when he goes to set a goal is, “Am I making this harder than it needs to be?” This is a very important question for you to keep in mind because many people make their goals to difficult to achieve so they never end up achieving them. By keeping your goals simple, you’re going to find that you will have a much easier time achieving them and stay on task.
Break Down Your Goal
Looking at another goal setting technique outlined by Tim Ferriss, you’re going to find that another effective way for you to reach your goals is by chunking them up into smaller pieces so that instead of looking at one big goal, you’re looking at a lot of little goals that will help reach your biggest single goal. Trying to reach for one big goal can be difficult because you might feel very overwhelmed. However, if you are reaching for little goals, then it won’t seem nearly as overwhelming and you’ll have a much easier time reaching that goal.
When you break up the big goal into smaller goals, make sure that you are still treating those goals as if they are standard goals. Make sure that you are creating timelines for yourself and that the smaller goals are still realistic for you to obtain. As an example, if you want to lose weight, you can break up that goal by first starting to eat healthier, then cutting your favorite junk foods, then starting to workout and then paying attention to your weight. Once you have all of these things under control, then your larger goal of losing weight is going to look easier to obtain.
No matter what goal you are trying to achieve for yourself, it’s important to make sure that everything you do is going to help take a step in the right direction towards reaching that goal. The most important thing to remember is that you are not in this alone and there are plenty of people here that will provide you with the support you need. By breaking down your large goal into smaller goals, sharing your goal with the public and understanding that challenges will arise when you work towards your goal, you will find that you will have a much easier time setting and achieving your goals.
What goal are you working towards?
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Here’s to an amazing life!