So what sort of tips do we recommend when setting goals? Check them out below!
Write your goals down!
If they aren’t written down, and all you do is say them, that won’t have the same effect. There is something about the human mind that internalizes things better when we write them down. Remember taking notes in school? That is a proven way to help you remember something better!
Write your goals as if they have already happened!
Instead of writing “I want to earn a million dollars per year” write, “I earn a million dollars per year”. This act of talking about your goal as if it has already come to pass can literally change your mindset. This is optimism at it’s finest and by being positive and confidently saying that you have achieved your goal, it breaks down mental barriers that could slow your progress down or make you quit.
Post your goals where you can see them every day!
A whiteboard works great! Or a notebook that you look at every day when you wake up and every evening before you go to bed. Dry erase marker on your bathroom mirror. Make a poster or a vision board of all your goals and aspirations and put it by the door.
Tell everyone about your goals!
This will keep you accountable. Tell them to your spouse, your boss, your family. Later on, they’ll ask you about your progress. Ask them to follow up with you too! The more people you tell, the more driven you’ll be to get it done!
Set unrealistic goals!
Ask yourself, would you rather set a simple, easily attainable goal? Or would you rather set a goal that is impossible to achieve but you’ll get close to or even attain it? Setting easy to reach goals won’t help you be your best. An unrealistic goal will help you stretch to be a better person and even if you come up short, you’ll get more done than you would with that other wimpy goal. If you’re going to get something done, go big or go home!
Put in the Maximum effort!
It seems common sense, but you can’t achieve your goals without execution. Most people don’t achieve their goals because they underestimate the amount of effort and actions required to get the job done. Plan on needing to put in more work and actions than you originally think.
Don’t plan, just execute!
Yeah, you could take time to put together a game plan and make nice calendars with deadlines and milestones, but why not spend your energy taking the first actions! Make those phone calls, write up and send those emails to get the ball rolling! Start practicing your training classes right now! Many times I find myself putting so much effort and time into creating a schedule and game plan when I really should just go for it. As long as you keep the end target in sight, you won’t derail or get distracted or take an action that won’t help you get there.
What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.