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Making that Goal Happen!

Making that Goal Happen!

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Making that goal happen.


So, a couple of weeks ago we spoke about how goal orientated we humans are and how to go about setting your goals.  We found out  how important it is to write down your goals as we are eight times more likely to achieve things if we write them down.  Well, this week let’s look at achieving those goals now that you have set them down.

The first thing to do is to look at what you’ve written down.  Have you got SMART goals?  No, I don’t mean are they clever in that sense of the word.  SMART is one of those acronyms we all love to hate, but it does help us to remember stuff.  What does it stand for then I can hear you saying?  Well, it’s pretty simple really, and if you set your goals according to this you’re another step on the way to making them happen.

Specific – Try to be as specific as possible with your goals.  But remember the subconscious needs some leeway to allow for changes on the way.  Identify what you want to accomplish and what you require to achieve it.

Measureable – If we can see success happening we are more motivated and more likely to continue.  The best way to achieve this is to set a goal which allows us to measure our success along the way, preferably with lots of small successes to celebrate

Attainable  – Set doable steps.  Ensure you have the correct self image and belief to achieve the goal.  Set these first. Look at your attitudes, abilities and skills.  What do you need to improve to reach the next step?  How will you create the financial environment if necessary?

Realistic – It must be an achievable goal that you are willing to and able to work towards.  Aim high and challenge yourself.  Have belief in yourself and mission. Exceed your reach but not your grasp.

Tangible/Time  –  Make sure you can experience the goal with all your senses when you visualise it.  Make the vision Vivid.  Specifiy and visualise clear action steps.  It should have a set time/deadline.

So you have your goal written down and you’ve made sure it’s SMART.   Now for the tricky bit – getting started.   How many times have you decided to change something and then just put it off.  Probably because there always seems to be something else to do.  Or Facebook to check out, an email to read, anything but get started.

So how do you get round this? The simplest and the best is just to get started, on anything, even the smallest change or task.  Because once you make a start on one bit of it you’ll be surprised to find out how well it can all start flowing.  Want to write a novel?  Sit down with the typewriter, computer, old fashioned pen and paper and just start.  Doesn’t matter what you write first, just go.  Be prepared to change and not be perfect initially – it doesn’t matter.  And here’s the next tip, don’t expect perfection or all your dreams or things to go right straight away.  They rarely will.  But if you accept that, and don’t see anything as failure but accept it as feedback towards the next step, it suddenly becomes even easier!  Set yourself deadlines or timetables.  People tend to like working  to some sort of structure, so give your goal a structure.  Make it your structure and fit it into your week.

Finally, chunk it all down.  Our brain can sometimes find it difficult to face up to a big goal.  Great if you’ve set where you want to be and what to do, but sometimes setting off to do that can be a bit daunting – where do you actually start.  The best place to start is to take that goal and work out exactly what you need to do to achieve it.  Then break down those parts into smaller parts.  Do this as many times as you need to, until you have loads of small achievable goals sitting in front of you.  Things that are  easy to do, not insurmountable tasks.  And even better, when you do it in small steps which  are measureable, you can congratulate yourself on each one you’ve completed.  Suddenly you are achieving and all your achievements are leading somewhere – to your big goal.  Imagine how motivating that is, how much easier it becomes to reach your ultimate goal.  You can enjoy the process and your progress.

So, hopefully you now know how to set your goals and get started on them.  Yes, there is a little work to be done, but you know how to do it now.  Do the thinking and the planning. Write it all down. Make that timetable.  Be accountable, even better, find an accountability partner!

Well, what are you waiting for?  You’ve got your first goal already! Work out what is it you really want to do – your true goal, and do the planning.  Your future awaits……..