How To Set & Achieve Goals As Fast As Possible (A Goal Setting Process)
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How To Set & Achieve Goals Step 1 :Where To Start
Setting & Achieving your goals for the coming 12 months starts with brainstorming the top 5 goals you want to achieve.
You don’t have to wait until New Years Day to do this you can start as soon as you’ve read this blog post.
Think of 5 utterly amazing things you want to achieve in your life in the coming year and write them down.
Choose one goal as you priority goal.
Your priority goal is the ONE goal that when you achieve it will make at least 3 or 4 of your other goals happen almost by default.
(Clue! It is usually a financial or income goal)
This becomes your priority goal and should be the one you focus on.
You can achieve anything you want in life.
Whether it’s losing weight,
Buying a new home or car,
Running your first half-marathon,
Or starting your own million dollar business from your kitchen table.
All you need to do first is to sit down and plan out as many of the steps you need to take.
As you piece them together step-by-step you will automatically achieve your goal.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know or can’t see ALL the steps at the start,
The rest will appear along the way.
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As long as you have a starting point (POINT A)
And a goal in mind or destination (POINT B)
You just need to focus on the bit in the middle and make it happen.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get about setting & achieving goals is:-
“Can’t I just manifest things by using the Law of Attraction?”
Now obviously it is way more fun to dream big,
Create a beautiful vision board,
Visualize your goals every day,
Repeat positive affirmations,
And manifest it all simply by using the Law of Attraction,
(I do it all the time by the way.)
Ask – Believe – Receive right?
But is that really how it works?
Or do you need to create a plan,
Do lots of hard work,
And then see things start to develop around you?
Goal Setting And The Law Of Attraction
The Law of Attraction is a universal law that is working all the time.
Whether you choose to believe it or not.
BUT it can’t simply JUST replace taking positive action steps every day towards achieving your priority goal.
For example you can’t simply manifest yourself a slimmer body.
You have to change your eating habits,
Take regular exercise and lift weights.
But when you are aligned and in the same vibration of having already achieved your goal you feel good about it.
Then the Universe will respond and deliver inspired ideas,
People, tools & resources to help you along the way.
That one thunderbolt idea can literally be the catalyst. It can spark a sequence of events that have the power to transform your life so pay attention to them!
But obviously you can’t just expect something to literally fall out of the sky and appear in front of you as if by magic.
(you are way too smart for that)
Making things happen and setting & achieving your goals is something that takes hard work,
Consistency and action of the right kind each and every day.
A vision board will act as a constant reminder of what your intentions are.
And remind you of why you need to keep going when you hit a bump in the road.
Review it daily to imprint those images into your subconscious mind now.
Visualize that dream life daily like playing it out like a movie in your mind.
Then when you’ve had all the fun of dreaming bigger,
Creating your vision board.
And setting your goals in concrete,
It’s time to roll up your sleeves and go to work on making it happen
How To Set & Achieve Goals Step 2 : Begin The Goal Setting Process
I’m not one for setting realistic goals for myself.
I like to SET AUDACIOUS GOALS and the bigger the better.
If goals do not excite you enough you won’t prioritize the time and effort needed to achieve them.
Big goals are just a set of little goals reached strung together.
So even if you set BIG GOALS break them down into small bite-sized chunks that build into your big goal piece by piece.
And they also need to stretch you.
There’s a beautiful quote that captures it:
"When you want something you've never had, you must do something you've never done. Set a goal."
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Let’s say you want to drop 50lbs of excess body fat.
Within the next 12 months.
That’s your goal made in concrete.
You create a vision board full of all the wonderful ways in which your life will be amazing after you reach your goal.
This is your visualization tool.
Now write down as many ideas as possible that you can think of that will help you achieve your goal.
- Hire a personal trainer for 6 months.Research vegetarian lunch ideas.
- Find nutritious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinners to make it easy to make the right choices every day.
- Research the benefits of eating vegan.
- Research how many glasses of water is recommended daily.
- Find an app for your smartphone to help you track your calorie burn and food every day.
- Join a gym.
- Find a jogging buddy.
- Get new workout clothes.
- Upgrade trainers.
- Create a YouTube video playlists of workouts you can do anywhere.
- Research cost of hand weights, treadmill or exercise bike for using at home.
- Create a budget to buy hand weights or treadmill.
- Create a gym playlist on your smartphone.
- Plan new cycle route to work.
- Get a fitbit or tracker to track daily steps.
- Set up an Instagram account to photograph and track what you eat every day.
The more you can add to your master to-do list at this stage the better. .
To set & achieve goals quickly and effectively planning is a key step in the goal setting process.
So many people skip this step so don’t let that be you!
My guess is you are a #projectlifestyle seeker just like me and that instantly makes you an achiever.
How To Set & Achieve Goals Step 3 : Write Everything Down
Whenever you set & achieve goals you enter into a constantly evolving goals setting process that is going to be organic.
Every action you take has the power to either take you one step towards.
Or further away from your goals.
As you start to take daily action steps towards achieving your goals you begin to change everything about the future version of yourself.
Or your life so each step is as important as the next.
My business mentor once told me a story that I’ve always remembered about achieving goals.
“Imagine you are going to be climbing a mountain.
You are standing at the bottom of the mountain looking up to the highest point.
And you have a ruck-sack full of all different shapes and sizes of rocks on your back.
Every time you take a step up the mountain you can throw out a rock.
The question is which one of those rocks will get you to the top of the mountain the fastest?
The answer is .. any one of them."
So my friends, you have my permission to stop beating yourself up.
When all you could manage in a day was one small step forwards.
One small step forwards everyday,
Will eventually move you from the bottom of the mountain to the top.
The real secret to setting & achieving your goals is to start and don’t stop.
But unless you have a goal setting process in place,
It's tricky to manage.
And you will start deviating or getting distracted along the way.
Which is likely to delay you from reaching your goals.
A to B is the quickest route to setting & achieving your goals.
But finding the best way to stay on track is the secret sauce.
How To Set & Achieve Goals Step 4 : Set Yourself Up With A Daily Action Step List
I’ve been a fan of Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 Day Challenge for years.
It’s a complete goal setting process.
It's designed to help you set & achieve your goals fast.
One of it’s many features is the ability to focus in your Daily Action To-Do List.
These are your priority action steps each day.
You should aim to take between 1 and 5 steps further towards your goal each and every day.
If your goal is a side-hustle of any kind,
(for example starting or building a new business in part-time hours around your day job) ..
Then you might want to aim at 1-2 steps per day.
If you are able to focus more of your time on your goals then aim for a maximum of 5 and then plan the next day.
Within Gary Ryan’s Blair 100 Day Challenge program you will find an easy way to do this.
Simply watch the daily video,
Or listen to the audio.
Commit to what you are going to do that day.
And either email your daily action steps to yourself or print it out & cross them off as you go.
Every video is only a few minutes long.
But they will challenge you to think more successfully and create a winning mindset.)
I've been a huge fan of everything to do with personal development over the years.
Yet I found the daily videos one of the most rewarding aspects of the 100 Day Challenge.
Gary Ryan Blair’s ability to frame each component part of the 100 Day Challenge with an inspiring or thought provoking story,
Is something that will stay with you long after you complete the 100 Day Challenge )
You can watch one of the videos from the 100 Day Challenge below.
This one is all about. …. EXCELLENCE
(this will be your new standard once you complete the Challenge)
Creating a daily habit of managing your task list is an essential part of setting & achieving your goals.
Add new steps and ideas to the Master To-Do List you created in step #2 and then select your daily tasks from that list.
Obviously some tasks will take a shorter time than others.
It is good practice to create an approximate time it will take to carry out each daily task next to the task itself.
You will then want to prioritize the most important one.
This book is utterly brilliant by the way if you have any tendencies to procrastinate :-
You’ll quickly discover that taking action on your goals brings you good energy.
This allows you to feel in a good vibration,
And make the whole process of setting & achieving your goals even easier.
How To Set & Achieve Goals Step 5 : Do Whatever You Can To Keep Visualizing Achieving Your Goals
One of the best techniques for managing your time and staying focused came from a course I took several years ago.
But it’s still as good today as it was back then.
Work in time blocks during your day.
It's one of the best ways to manage all your business orientated tasks without overwhelm.
As a business owner you already know there are many “hats to wear”. “Balls to juggle” or “plates to spin”.
You might be a solopreneur where you are literally every department of your business.
You are sales, Marketing, Business development,
Production, Customer services, Social media manager and more.
So managing your time effectively is an important part of achieving everything you need to do.
As the great saying goes, we all have the same 24 hours in the day it’s just how you manage your time.
Tip! For combining block management, your visualization tools and your smart phone try this:-
- Use blocks of time of 40-45 minutes as your standard.
- Allocate focused time blocks to your tasks to complete for the day.
- Set your smartphone for 45 minute reminder / alarm.
- Work solidly for that focused time.
- After 45 minutes get up.
- Take in some exercise.
- And carry out your visualization of reaching your goals for the next 15 minutes.
- Rinse & repeat the steps above for maximum productivity.
- Spend time focused on productive tasks.
- Adjust as necessary for the available hours you have dedicated to achieving your goals.
The 15 minutes break you take every 45 minutes will help feed your mind and body.
This will keep you in an optimum performance state where you will ultimately achieve more and faster.
How To Set & Achieve Goals Step 6 : Write Your Goals As If You Have Already Achieved Them
To achieve your goals in the fastest time possible you will need to create a paradigm shift in your thinking.
I think Bob Proctor is the best in the world at explaining this,
So I’ve added his video on it right here so you can watch & listen for yourself.
Whether you are just starting out,
Or have been trying to achieve an elusive goal of yours for some time,
It is impossible to think the same and expect a different result.
By reprogramming your subconscious mind in the right way you can "trick" it into believing you have already achieved your goals.
And that you are already the person you need to become in the future right now.
Sounds a little “woo woo” huh?
One of the easiest ways to trick your subconscious mind is to start writing your goals out as if you have already achieved them.
Instead of writing “I will earn an extra $100,000 in the next 12 months”
I am so happy & grateful now that ..
I am earning an extra $100,000 a year working part-time hours building my business.
Instead of writing “I will lose 50lbs of excess body fat within the next 12 months”
I am so happy & grateful now that I am in the best shape of my life.
And enjoying all the benefits of healthy eating and daily workouts.
How To Set & Achieve Goals Step 7: Ask Yourself “How Can I Achieve This Goal?”
This is one of the phenomenal tips from Brian Tracy about setting & achieving your goals.
And it’s also one of the most counter intuitive things you could possibly do.
Which is to ask yourself how you are going to achieve your goal?
Now you are probably reading this & thinking,
“Well Diane if I knew how to do the thing in the first place I’d have done it by now!?!”
But what if it makes the difference between reaching those big audacious goals or not it’s definitely worth a try isn’t it?
The secret according to Brian Tracy is to ask yourself the question and then write down 20 answers to the question.
I’ve found this only works with absolutely zero distractions (or people) around you.
(yes, even the cat)
So look at the priority goal you have set yourself and ask yourself how can this goal be achieved?
For example:- If you were to ask yourself this question:-
"How could I create $1,000 in passive income each and every month?"
You might come up with answers such as:-
- I could create a new ecourse that sells for $97,and sell 10 of them per month on my website.
- I could write a great affiliate blog post and promote it on Pinterest or Facebook.
- I could increase the price of my current best selling product by $10.
Your mind is an amazing resource to tap into.
Whether you think you know the answer to something or not.
Chances are you will instinctively come up with something that will be exactly the right thing to do next.
Or you may find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with the most brilliant idea.
So make sure you have a pen and paper by your bedside once you start asking yourself how you can achieve your goals.
Lightning bolts of brilliance frequently come to you during the night.
Because that's when your subconscious mind is working on solving problems.
How To Set & Achieve Goals Step 8 : Review, Track & Adjust Your Progress Weekly
Once you make the decision to turn your can’ts into cans and your dreams into plans you will want to monitor how you are doing.
And measure your progress along the way.
Inside the Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 Day Challenge dashboard is something he calls his After Action Review worksheet.
Or AAR for short.
It’s been proven that people who take action quickly on their ideas are more likely to achieve their goals.
And achieving goals can become totally predictable.
When you put all these steps into place as you plan out how to set & achieve your goals.
At the end of every week review how much progress towards your priority goal you have actually made.
It's a necessary step in the goal setting process.
This benefits you in several ways:-
- You will see that are making progress and feel good about it.
- You will also see where further improvements can be made and make any necessary adjustments.
- You can eliminate ineffective strategies.
- Stop everything that simply isn't working.
- You can brainstorm new ideas based on your progress and efforts so far.
- And add them to your Master To-Do List for prioritizing during your time managed blocks.
Once you become involved within the goal setting process you begin to create an organic framework of constant and never ending improvement.
This is often referred to as personal development.
Within Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 Day Challenge program you become part of that organic framework of members who are united in the pursuit of excellence.
You can’t help yourself!
It’s a mindset challenge that will put you to the test in new ways you would never have thought possible.
Give yourself the best chance possible of achieving your goals,
- Setting & Achieving your goals for the coming 12 months starts with brainstorming.
- Set your top 5 goals you want to achieve within the next 12 months.
- Big goals are just a set of little goals reached strung together.
- Whenever you set & achieve goals you enter into a constantly evolving goals setting process that is going to be organic.
- If your goal is a side-hustle of any kind (for example starting or building a new business in part-time hours around your day job) then you might want to aim at 1-2 steps per day.
- Working in time blocks during your day is one of the best ways to manage all your business orientated tasks without overwhelm.
- One of the easiest ways to trick your subconscious mind is to start writing your goals out as if you have already achieved them.
- Ask yourself how you are going to achieve your goal?
- At the end of every week review how much progress towards your priority goal you have actually made.
For a world class one of a kind program designed specifically to help you set & achieve every goals you set yourself in the fastest possible time check out Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 Day Challenge today.
(Remember quick action takers become the highest achievers)
To your goal setting success!
Diane Cossie, Creative Online Marketing