“A goal is a dream with a deadline”. I’m not sure who said it originally, but you were correct.
Dreams are wonderful, but it’s even better to make them a reality. Setting goals is great because it can make you feel inspired and motivated. However, if you fail to reach them, it can cause negative feelings.
The end of the year (or the start of a new year or month) is a great time to set goals, but we want to help you actually achieve them. Read on to learn how to achieve the goals you set for yourself this year.
When setting goals, consider actions
When you first set a goal, think about the outcome often and use it to motivate you. Things like losing 30 pounds, paying off $ 10,000 in debt, increasing your income to $ 5,000 a month, or taking a dream vacation, all sounds nice.
In order to achieve these goals, you need to take certain actions. Neither can you expect to be in complete control of what is happening in your life while trying to make progress.
For example, let’s say your goal is to make $ 5,000 a month with a side business. You cannot control how many customers or customers buy your product or service. You also have no control over how many people come to your website or choose your business.
However, there are other actions you can control, such as: B. What types of services you create and how you market them. Put most of your focus on working on the actions you are in control of to achieve your goal.
Don’t just focus on the outcome and think that if you want it hard enough, things will happen. You have to be very strategic and often work backwards, starting with the outcome but then narrowing down the specific actions you can take.
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I don’t mean literally because I’m sure you are already smart. SMART is actually an established, systematic approach to achieving goals. It is an abbreviation for: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. Let’s break down the acronym.
Specific: How can you achieve your goals that you set yourself this year if you don’t know what they are? Set goals that are important, yet simple. Being too abstract can prevent you from figuring out how to achieve them. What do you want to achieve? Why is it important? Where does it take place? Will it affect anyone else?
Measurable: Measurable goals provide a picture of what you will see (what is performance like?) Knowing where the finish line is can help keep you motivated. It is beneficial to set measurable goals as they will help you track your progress. This also adds to the clarity that helps with focusing.
Reachable: One of the reasons people don’t achieve their goals is because they were unrealistic to begin with. Having big dreams and visions is great, but none of these matters without the ability to be carried out.
Here you take into account the variables involved (all costs associated with the goal, the time you have available, the effort required, your resources). If you want to set a goal that doesn’t match these variables, you should check it again at a later time.
Relevant: Is that goal something you actually want? I will be honest; Sometimes I set goals for myself because of other people. I call it the “Keeping Up with the Jones” effect. I would see glamorous pictures on Instagram and set myself goals like “owning a yacht”. The truth is, I don’t even like boats (I suffer from motion sickness). Evaluate your reasoning and desire for goals before committing to them. Look at things like timing and “worth it” to make sure those goals are relevant to your life.
Time bound: As the quote said, you need a deadline. Set goals on purpose and give yourself a realistic schedule to achieve them. When planning your timeline, consider all other SMART steps. Just don’t make the timeline too rigid, as this will make you feel like you’re racing against time.
How To Achieve Goals With RPM
RPM is a goal setting method developed by life coach Tony Robbins. RPM stands for “Fast planning method”. Despite the name, RPM has more to do with your thinking than with time. To set goals, start with three questions:
What do you want? What is my purpose What’s your massive action plan?
With these questions answered, you can begin your plan.
Step 1: Record (write down)
There are several purposes in writing your goals. First, you can visualize. When you see them written down, they become real to you. It enables you to organize your thoughts. It helps “disappoint” your mind. Most of the time we all have too much on our minds. This can lead to stress which can lead to mental blocks.
Think of the human brain as a computer. We can only focus on so many things at the same time. Writing down your thoughts is like freeing up space on your hard drive.
Step 2: chunk
This step isn’t as strange as it sounds. “Chunking” is the process of grouping your thoughts into categories. By capturing you can clarify what is most important (goals). Chunking arranges your “musts” and tasks / steps that you need to accomplish. Start by recording your goals for a week and then dividing them up. Your categories can be health, relationships, and anything else you need to make them a priority.
Step 3: build RPM blocks
Once you have set the goals and know how to prioritize them, create blocks of RPM to achieve them. Take each goal (starting with the most important) and list them under a category. Write down the results you want for the goal. Then write down the purpose behind the goal. Finally, write down the actions or steps it takes to achieve the results you want. Create blocks for each of your goals that you focus on. The blocks optimize your goals by visualizing the beginning to the end.
Another acronym-based goal setting method is SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Using SWOT analysis, you can set goals that can be achieved through realism.
Evaluating them based on these criteria allows you to consider the positive, not the positive. If you find that your strengths and opportunities are equal to or below the weaknesses or threats, then this may not (at this point in time) be your goal.
Goals That Will Help You Grow
Sometimes when it comes to setting worthwhile goals, you have to go in the right direction. These common but effective goals will help you to create positive impulses in several areas of your life.
Get organized and manage your time
Your time should work for you, not against you, and far too often we have big intentions but let things slip because we don’t have the right tools. The Living Well Planner will help you get all your activities and tasks in order and provide daily inspiration, help plan meals and break down all of your goals!
Become a Master Chef
Learning to cook and prepare meals is a fantastic way to gain more confidence in the kitchen while keeping your finances in growth mode. I love freeze cooking and meal prep plans to make it even easier. $ 5 Meal Plan and My FreezEasy are great ways to get you started with cooking ideas that will save you time and money!
Get your finances in order
It’s never too late to learn how to get out of debt and put your finance house in order! Having guidance on taking the right financial steps is always helpful, and my Love Your Budget course is the perfect help. It is designed to help you set financial goals, create a successful budget, change your mindset to include budgeting and abundance, and much more.
Increase Your Investment
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced investor, expanding your knowledge of the world of investing is always a great goal. Check out the Investing For Beginners Masterclass if you’re just getting started or the Invest With Teri-Pro Trader course if you’re ready to take your investment to the next level.
Earn extra income
The online area offers countless opportunities to increase your income. From affiliate marketing to running your own business, it is always a good idea to increase your income by doing sideline jobs. Two ideas that you may not have thought of? Baking with Pooch and Freelance Writing! Learn more about this profitable idea in the Diva Dog Bakery Course and Freedom With Freelance Writing Course.
Save money on clothes
Shopping doesn’t have to break your bank account this year. Thred Up is the world’s largest online mail order and used goods store. You can get great deals on new clothes and even accessories, handbags, shoes and more. Designer brands without a designer award are always a win!
Action starts with you
Goals mean nothing without action. What has prevented you from achieving goals in the past? It is important to identify this so that you don’t repeat the same mistakes. If the problem was bad habits (like procrastination or overspending), you won’t successfully change goals until you’ve solved them. While old habits die hard, it is necessary to get rid of anything that prevents you from succeeding.
Focus on developing healthy habits. You don’t have to do a full overhaul in a day. In fact, you can start by making one change per day. If you’re a procrastinator, try breaking things up into smaller tasks and setting alarms to act as deadlines to keep you updated. Once you’ve set a deadline, offer yourself an incentive. Make sure you’re ready and willing to take action before setting goals for the next year.
How can you achieve the goals set this year?
Be intentional, realistic, and ready to take action. Try any of the goal setting methods listed above and you’ll be one step closer to achieving those goals.
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