How many times have you heard yourself say you want to do something, but never follow through on it? How can you achieve your goals when you break so many promises to yourself, you start disbelieving every statement of intent you make?
This is a problem a lot of us have, we want something – but we don’t take the action necessary to achieve it. It’s simple enough to achieve your goals, once you get into the right mindset. However, it’s finding this mindset that can be the biggest stumbling block for people.
Making a choice to change something in your life and achieve your goals takes a special kind of commitment. It’s the kind of decision you make where you just feel something click.
Like the kind of decision smokers make when they finally quit for good. Or when people who want to get fit make the commitment that gets them out of bed and exercising every day.
It feels different to the other kind of commitments you make to yourself.
But how can we make these kinds of commitments so that we can achieve our goals every time? What can we do to make sure we’re serious about what we set out to achieve?
There are certain things you can do that will enable you to make these life changing decisions and stick to them.
The following is a 5 step process designed to make sure you achieve your goals every time you set them.
Identify What You Really Want
The first step the achieving your goals is to really identify what it is that you want.
Not some flippant “I Wish” just because someone else has it – what you truly want.
Matching up your wants with your interests is a good way of finding what you’re most likely to achieve. It means you’ll find it easier to put in the time it takes for the reward.
Once you’ve got your goal firmly in mind – write it down, and then write down the steps you’re going to take to achieve it.
Make sure you break larger goals into the smaller goals it will take to get there. Doing this prevents us from getting too overwhelmed at achieving the end result by clearly seeing the steps we need to take to get there.
Constantly Review and Adjust
You need to review your goals on a daily basis. It keeps the desire burning and your mind focussed.
As time goes on, things will change and you’ll need to make adjustments to your goals and tick of the steps you’ve taken to achieve them. Reviewing this allows you to keep on the path to achievement.
It also helps to keep you motivated. Seeing progress and being able to tick it off is going to give you a constant sense of accomplishment as you physically see yourself marking off the tasks you need to do to achieve your goal.
It’s a good idea to add your reasons as to why you’re doing this as well. This is a helpful boost on the days you feel less inclined to work.
Remember, these are the days that are most crucial. If you start slacking off on these days you’ll make it easier to give up completely. Even if you don’t feel like it, at least do something small that contributes to your success.
Evaluate Your Progress
Once your goals and steps are written down, this doesn’t mean they’re set in stone. It takes the ability to adapt and move with change in order to achieve goals. In fact, sticking stringently to a plan even though it’s not working, is one of the main reasons people experience failure.
Taking time to look back over what you have achieved allows you to spot potential patterns and opportunities ahead of you. It also reinforces the fact that you are doing will and constantly making progress towards achieving your goals.
Again, this is really useful on the days you feel unmotivated. Look back at what you’ve achieved so far.
You’d be foolish to stop now!
Deviate and Experiment
Moving on from the point above, you should try different tactics and experiment. If something seems to be working then add that to your plan.
It’s always a great idea to test the waters before diving right in, and that’s the same with your goals as it is with anything else.
“The road to success is never a straight line. The diversions and detours I had often found so frustrating had actually created more stable and solid businesses. On the other hand — and without exception –each time I had raced directly at a target with high velocity, I had failed.” – Rich Christiansen from The Zig Zag Principle
Most of all, the key to achieving your goals is to really commit. This means not just doing it on the days you feel like it, but doing it on the days you don’t. It is these days that are the most important to your success.
The common denominator amongst all successful people is their determination and perseverance. Failing doesn’t matter, it’s the ability to keep moving forward that truly determines if someone will achieve their goals.
Commitment becomes easier when you build confidence in yourself and your abilities. This can only come from feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride in your achievements.
It’s a cycle and you need to get start for it to continually improve.
The Secret to Achieving Your Goals?
It’s as simple as that. It is much easier to set out to achieve something when your track record points toward you being successful.
It doesn’t matter if y0u haven’t managed it before, if you follow the process above you will start making achieving your goals a habit.
You’ll have confidence in yourself when you set out to achieve something and this increases your focus.
Get started today and start building your confidence in yourself. This will allow you to constantly improve and achieve greater goals and successes in the future.