In my work as a Life Coach, I help clients from diverse walks of life to set and achieve their goals. It sounds so simple right? Just make a task list and check it off! But unfortunately my life and coaching experience has taught me that it's not that easy. Even successful individuals lack the determination, focus and time management skills needed to meet their personal goals.
Today I am going to share four steps that have helped me achieve my goals and I hope they help you too!
1. SET a goal
We all know what we want, right? Or do we? Perhaps one of the reasons we don't achieve our goals is because we don’t understand the motivations behind that goal. For example, you say you want to lose weight – but why exactly do you want to do that? “To look pretty” – might not be sufficient motivation for someone who is already comfortable in their skin.
An important question to ask yourself is ‘why do I want to achieve this goal?’ Why is it important to me? What will I gain from achieving this goal? If you are not sold out on why this goal is important to you than it’s unlikely you will push through the challenges required to achieving this goal. So take some time to be honest with yourself and ask, ‘what do I really want and why?’
2. What CAN you do to achieve your goal?
Once you have set your goal it’s time to brainstorm everything you can do to achieve this goal. Pull out a notepaper and pen and start writing. List everything that you can do to get yourself from where you are to where you want to be.
For example if your goal is to find a relationship than some of your brainstorming solutions might be, set up an online profile, ask friends to set you up on a blind date, initiate conversation with a stranger at a party etc. List as many things as possible that you can do to achieve this goal.
3. What WILL you do to achieve your goal?
Now it's time to get specific. You have brainstormed some possible ideas, now it's time to choose the ones you want to make actionable. The key to successful goal setting is to have SMART goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
For example, the goal ‘to start online dating’ is too broad. A SMART goal would be, ‘this week I’m going to join this specific online dating site and initiate conversation with a specific number of people’. This goal is specific and time bound. The more specific the better.
4. GET practical
Without planning how you are going to achieve your goals they will always remain vague concepts just out of reach. The key to making them a reality is to write tasks in your diary. If your aim is to go to the gym three times a week, then diarise when you will go to the gym and do it! Spend more time planning and following your diary and the inevitable outcome will be you achieving your goals.
Do it now. Set a goal and write in your diary the first step you are going to take to achieve it. All the best for your goal achieving journey!