The secret to success isn’t much of a secret at all. We all know what it takes: positive thinking, action, knowledge, persistence, focus, innovation, dependability, an analytical mind, good communication and proper goal setting.
The later is what I want to talk about today.
At this point if you are working on a challenge much like my own (writing a post a day for the entire month) you may be coming up with less enthusiasm for your month long goal. We’re only five days in but chances are there are already a few people who joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge who are suffering from writer’s block.
It doesn’t just happen to those in the UBC either, perhaps those of you who are deciding to start a new fresh lifestyle for 2013 are losing your steam as well.
The problem may not be your lack of motivation, in fact it could be your lack of planning for your goal. Without a good plan, much like a business plan, your goals may falter.
Before we start working on a goal plan I would like to talk more about what a goal really is, and what it isn’t.
A goal is not the same as a dream.
According to dictionary.com a goal is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
… and a dream is a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie.
Do you see the difference?
A goal is something you work towards. However, most goals do begin with a dream, the problem is most people don’t turn their dream into a goal or perhaps don’t know how to.
Now that we know what a goal is we can work on moving forward to make our goal a reality.This is where our dreams can come into the picture.
To help in your plan you’re welcome to use my Goal Planning Work Sheet. You will need a sheet for each goal you set.
What do you want out of life? Let your mind wander, really dream up something that would make you happy. In order to do this effectively you need to decide what success means to you.
Is success a large house, nice car and good paying job? Or is it starting your own business? Perhaps it’s both, or neither. Maybe you would like to live on the opposite end of the spectrum, completely green and self sufficient living on your own land?
Define your Success
Whatever your idea of success is you will need to define it before you can properly choose a goal that will help you reach your ultimate achievement. Some general goals/values include: Family Life, Spirituality, Health & Fitness, Relationships, Career, Education, Money, Recreation/Fun, which appeals to you the most?
This choice, whether it’s Health & Fitness, or Money will become your ultimate goal.
Write it Down
Turn your goals into a tangible something! Write down what your goal is, how you will achieve it and what stands in your way. By creating a work plan that you can hold and go back to for reference you are making a stronger commitment to yourself than if you were to just say, “I’m going to lose weight.”
Look at Yourself
Before you can start working on reaching your goal you need to take stock of who you are right now, and where you are in your life. This needs to be a realistic look at yourself so that you can really see the work that will need to go into your goal.
If you want to lose weight the first thing you need to identify is how much you weigh right now.
Work on Smaller Goals that lead to a large reward.
If your ultimate goal is to become a millionaire this is the point where you break that goal down into do-able actions. HOW will you become a millionaire? What steps will you take to hit this goal … use these smaller goals to build up to your large goal.
This way you lessen your risk for failure. By setting smaller goals that will lead to a large goal you won’t be overwhelmed, or willing to give up.
On the goal sheet create a list of supporting goals that will help reach your end game. State how you will make this happen and when you want to complete them by.
For example, if you want to write a novel each supporting goal could be a chapter. If you want to finish a chapter each week you would set your completion date to the week after you started for the first chapter and so forth.
Then when you have completed your goal you put this date into your actual completion date.
Review Your Goal Sheet
Once all the data has been collected it’s time to review your goal sheet. This should be done often, a goal shouldn’t be like a toaster oven … don’t set it and forget it!
Did you finish on time? Use this to work on your next goal. Why didn’t you finish that chapter on time? Did you not have enough time in the day? Perhaps you need to change your morning routine to wake up early in order to get in some writing time.
No matter what the issue decide on a way to fix it. Remember, successful people handle changes in their lives with positive thinking and find the possibilities within change.
Many people think success comes to those who are lucky or smart, that they get a fast track to success. The truth is it takes hard work, it’s not an elevator ride to the top it’s a staircase and each stair determines whether or not you will reach the next.
Only you can take your goals and turn them into workable actions.
So I put this out to my readers, try to work towards your goals for 30 days. If you can’t last that long perhaps the goal you think you want to work towards really isn’t something you want, at the end of those 30 days take some time to re-evaluate your goals but remember the important thing about reaching them is to never give up.