Updated: Nov 14, 2020
Did you know that only 8% of people that set new years resolution goals actually follow through with them? That’s means 9 out of 10 people who set their goals for the new year give up! Now during the year is a little different story, with only 20% achieving their goals.
Why so little?
I believe it’s the lack of structure. If everyone took the time to set their goals the right way, we’d have a much better chance for success.
Too often I hear people say I started a diet today. I say great! What are your goals? They respond with “to lose weight”. So I respond with awesome, how much weight? Their response is usually the same.. Um.. I don’t know… maybe 10-15 pounds. Or maybe they say 30-40.
The point is most goals are just a quick thought backed by some sort of quick motivation. Whether it’s a new year, whether we see our idle and get that quick inspiration. Then we just mentally tell ourselves to do better.
Now, this is great! This is where it starts but we must follow a process to actually achieving our goals.
So lets just in to the 4 steps to setting goals
First thing is to separate your goal into your first week, your first month, the first 6 months and ultimately your end goal.
What this does is gives you your starting point and your destination along with micro goals (or targets) that you can feel your progress along the way.
Progress is a great source of continued motivation, which you’ll need to be able to stick with your goals. As you start progressing you’ll notice small wins that will help you build momentum. As soon as you start building momentum, you’ll realize that your goals are achievable and will feel a sense of purpose, power and direction.
Step two is to write down your goal.
When writing down your goal it needs to have 3 components.
First write it out as a statement of completion.
Be specific and concise of what you are accomplishing.
Make it measurable
On March 31st 2021 (my companies name) has $15,000 is revenue from our sales department.
On March 31st 2021 Jacob O’Brien weighs 165 lbs.
Then take a moment to close your eyes and imagine this. This is another source of motivation.
The process of writing your goals helps you clarify what you desire to do, understand the importance of pursuing them and commit yourself to making them happen.
The third step is to create your plan.
If you fail to plan then plan to fail.
“Our goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan.There is no other route to success.”-Pablo Picasso
Your plan is important because it's the foundation to help you plan your objectives and achieve your ultimate goals. Having a plan helps you define the full scope of a goal but it also helps you stay focused, set goals and objectives, meet deadlines, measure success of the goal.
If you have the plan in place you can see what you must do to achieve your goal. It makes it real and truly measurable. Make sure you have objectives or action items associated with the first week, the first month and the first 6 months.
The Final step is to take action NOW.
You now have what you need to be successful but even with motivation and a plan there must be action. So start NOW, not tomorrow, not on Monday. You must act NOW.
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. -Joe Sabah
I hope you found inspiration in this blog and start setting better goals and take the necessary steps in improving your life.