People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.Earl Nightingale
The goal setting process can often become complex and confusing. Crush Your 2021 Goals in 4 Simple Steps simplifies goal setting making it easy for you to set and achieve any goal.
Step 1 – DREAM
Whatever you dream about you can become.A. L Williams
Start by taking some quiet time to dream away from all the noise and buzz. This is the key first step. Your dreams will become your goals so take some time to dream about what you want to achieve.
Next, ask yourself, “What ONE dream gives me a sense of achievement and success – and gets me really excited?” More income? Landing a big client? Finding a new job? A new home? Taking a vacation? You get the idea.
Now, create a mental picture of your dream. Allow yourself to really feel the satisfaction and happiness you’ll get from achieving it.
This clear mental picture – your visualization – together with these strong feelings, creates the focus for setting your goal.
So start dreaming for 2021 … then turn your dream into a goal with Step 2.
Step 2 – SET
There is no substitute for tried and true fundamentals of clear goal setting, systematic measurement against these goals, and rewards and recognition when goals are achieved.Ken Blanchard
You chose your dream for 2021 in Step 1. Let’s turn your dream into a goal with these actions in Step 2, Set.
State your goal out loud. Be as specific as you can. For example, if your goal is more income, state exactly how much more: “I will increase my annual income by X thousand dollars.”
Time your goal. When will you achieve it? State the exact date: “I will increase my annual income by X thousand dollars by X date, 2021.“
Write your goal just as you’ve stated it. When you put your goal in writing, you make it more memorable by internalizing it.
View your goal. Post your goal where you’ll be sure to view it every day. Make it visible, and make time to look at it regularly and often.
Your dream has now become a goal. You’re ready to take action to achieve it with Step 3, Act.
Step 3 – ACT
Achieving goals is simple. Once you decide on what you want, put on the blinders and move full speed ahead. Don’t listen to anyone else. They’ll only tell you why something can’t be done.Unknown
You’re displaying your goal visibly and viewing it often every day. That’s a great start.
Now it’s time for action. Without action, your goal is just a wish.
Step 3 Act drives goal achievement. And it’s this step that can be the most challenging … it’s always easier to think and plan than it is to act.
Try these 3 tips to help you act on your goal …
Nike has this right: Just do it! Do what? Do whatever action or actions help you achieve your goal. For example, if your goal is to find a new job, updating your resume and starting an active search of job boards are 2 positive actions. If your goal is to improve your putting, getting to the putting green X times a week is a positive action.
You want to check your actions to make sure they’re on track toward your goal. How will you know? Ask yourself this question, “Will this action move me closer to my goal?” If the answer is no, stop. Shift to one that does. Putting this question in writing and making it as visible as your goal will keep your actions on track and focused.
Keep Acting and Checking
Taking the right actions consistently and repeating them again and again will achieve your goal… it really is that simple.
The Dream, Set and Act steps are ready to go. On to Step 4.
Step 4 – TRACK
Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon … must come to pass.Paul J. Meyer
Tracking your goal shows you how you’re doing and helps guarantee you’ll achieve it.
You can track your progress with a simple handwritten form, Word table, Excel spreadsheet or an app.
Use whatever works best for you. Be sure it’s visible and includes:
- Your goal
- When you’ll achieve it
- Actions you plan to take to achieve it
- Completion date for each action
- Check off for each action when it’s completed.
When you check your visible tracker regularly, you’ll quickly see how you’re doing … and if you’re taking the right actions to achieve your goal.
One final thought …
Even with the best planning, our goals can sometimes go off track. Life gets in the way; a pandemic hits; other demands pull us in different directions; people disrupt our plans; emails, texts and phone calls keep coming.
We get distracted from going after our goal with the result we don’t achieve it.
So what’s the solution?
Focus is the solution.
Work on keeping your goal clearly visible, checking the “why” of every action, and staying with that action despite disruptions and distractions.
Focus takes a lot of patience, effort and practice, but it always works.
You now have a complete and simple 4 step goal setting process: Dream, Set, Act, Track.
You can use it to achieve any goal … and get the results you’re looking for in 2021.
Here’s to your success!