I’ve always liked the idea of resolutions and goal setting in general but for the longest time I didn’t know how to follow through with them and make them happen. I’d write down my general goals and then set that list aside and forget about it until the end of the year, then I’d make another list (endless loop of unproductive doom). I’ve finally figured out a way to get out of that loop!
Today I’ll be sharing with you my system for setting goals and although this is certainly not the only way or system to write down goals and plan for success, it’s something that might help you on your way to reaching and living your dreams by making your ideas into an actual plan with steps to follow along the way.
It’s all about the little things
breaking your goals down into small steps.
It doesn’t matter what your goal is, gain two new clients, loose twenty pounds or get a promotion. Without breaking it into smaller, more attainable goals and having a plan, I can almost guarantee you it won’t happen.
To maximize our chances of success we must break our goals down into smaller more attainable steps.
Think of your big goals as destinations
Say your goal is to be to lose twenty pounds. That would be your destination. But you can’t just wake up one day and have it be done just like that. Your goal, has got to be your starting point in this exercise. Just like on a road trip you need to figure out where you’re going first. Once you’ve established what your goal is you’ve got the green light to start thinking more about how you plan on achieving it.
Understanding Your Why
Your Why is your reason for wanting to achieve a particular goal. Writing out your why will keep you motivated in those times where you want to give up, and you will have those times.
Set an ETA for your goal (estimated time of arrival)
This – I think – is crucial. Setting a deadline for your goal not only lets you plan your smaller goals more effectively, but it injects a little sense of urgency and is the little “umph” you’ll need to add to your try to make your destination.
Plan your pit stops to success
Now that we know our destination, we need to map out our route. How will we get there, what steps will need to take to get to our destination? If looking twenty pounds is the goals, consistent meal prepping might be a pit stop, steady work out regimen might be another.
Take a buddy
You can always travel alone, but it’s safer and much more enjoyable to have a friend. By this I mean, have a support system. Having an accountability buddy makes increases your chances of success.
ENJOY the ride
Most of all, have a good time! Enjoy every step of the way. Don’t get too caught up in the big picture and forget to live your life. Do what you need to do, but don’t forget to do what you want to do!
To make your goal setting process a little more fun download I created a free goal setting worksheet.