5 Easy Steps for your goal getting plan
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Do you also struggle with reaching your goals? Is procrastination and distraction preventing you from sticking to your plan most of the time? Do you end up setting too much goals at once and getting lost rather than completing them?
If your answer to one or more of these questions is yes, then this article is exactly for you. In the past, I made several mistakes when it came to goal setting and goal getting but I learned how to reach my goals and have fun with it. Now I reach my goals and get a lot of cool things done. Because I am familiar with all the problems that occur while trying to get your goals, I provide you an easy to follow 5-step guideline for getting your goals.
1. Smarter Goals
You’ve probably heard about creating SMART goals. The acronym means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, Time-Bound, and it was created by management-pro Peter Drucker a few or more years ago. It is a good idea to set smart goals because it works, believe me or not. The clarity and the timeframe gives a cool guideline and the chance that your goals get beyond the state of a wish is much higher. There are several books on the market how to create your goals smarter, so I won’t stress this topic too much. Additionally, there is some other impact that affects and influences your path towards reaching your goals.
Make sure your goal is relevant for your own purpose and your personal lifestyle not the one of other people.
Keep the goal attainable or otherwise, you set yourself up for failure. For example, if you want to loose 15 pounds in one week, you won’t achieve your goal with a high probability. If you know anyone who did it and is still alive, tell me! If you set your goal for losing 2 pounds per week, it gets attainable which is good for your motivation. Reaching small goals sets you up for success.
A specific deadline helps you staying on track and creates a good pressure for you to get your stuff done.
2. Define Your Why
A very important step for goal-setting is to define why you want to attain your goal. Ask yourself questions like: what is the benefit of reaching my goal? How will my live be better after I reached my goal?
This helps you to overcome the hard parts of the process and sets your mind up for the positive aspects in the future. Focus on the good results rather than on the obstacles that appear on your way and its more likely that you stick to your goal.
3. Plan ahead for goal Getting
Good planning is always helpful. I like to reverse plan my goal from a fixed date. Break down the process for reaching your goal into small tasks. This helps you to decrease overwhelm and motivates you. Don’t forget to plan buffer time if something unpredicted happens (and it will!). Use whatever planning tool or model works best for you. I love to plan with Gantt-Charts because they provide a good overview, which I need for planning but you may want to use other cool tools.
4. Hold Yourself Accountable
The best plan or goal is nothing without a binding commitment. Hold yourself accountable and set up a consequence that hurts. This can be anything which is hard to do or unpleasant for you (e.g. cleaning up the whole flat or eating no chocolate for one week). Mark the day when your goal should be reached and add the consequence to your journal or calendar, so you can visualize it. Tell others about it, then the commitment is stronger and cheating isn’t so comfortable.
5. Celebrate Milestones and Reward Yourself
If you read my blog on a regular basis (which hope you do!), you know that I’m a fan of celebrating the completion of small steps during a process. It motivates you and the positive vibes set your brain up for success.
Rewards are also a great tool for increasing motivation. The rewards don’t have to be big but help increasing your interest and focus you on staying on track. It’s a nice thing if there waits a small piece of chocolate or a day off at milestone 3. You are worth rewarding yourself for your success, even if the success seems small. It isn’t small. Many small milestones lead you towards your big goal and there the big win is awaiting you.
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