The world is full of intelligent people who have great ideas and great intentions; what’s the difference between those who have good intentions and those who actually accomplish their goals and make their dreams a reality? There are a lot of things that come into play like the right mindset or state of mind, the right network and the right strategies. Today I’m going to focus specifically on the strategy part.
Goals versus Objectives: Goals focus on the big picture or the outcome; objectives put the focus on the specific strategies to achieve those goals.
Great achievers have an image of what they want, they have their own definition of success and know exactly what it looks like to them. When they set a goal, they make plans and specific objectives to achieve in order to reach their biggest goals. This is what we call SMART goals!
Realistic based on the Resources you have now
Toward what you want
And remember, when setting goals, make sure that they align with every single area of your life so that the outcome in one area doesn’t contradict the outcome in another. Those areas are: Relationships, finances, family, spirituality, fitness and wellness, and personal growth and development.
What exactly do you want?
If a client tells me their goal and I can’t understand exactly what they are trying to achieve, then their goal is not specific enough. “I want to make more money”, “I want to lose weight”, “I want to be in a relationship” are not specific enough because you can make a dollar more, lose 5 grams or get into a crappy relationship but won’t feel like you’ve accomplished your goal. “I want to make an extra $1000 a month”, “I want to have this type of relationship (with details)”, “I want to lose 10 pounds or 5 inches” are more specific.
How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?
That’s where the measurable part comes in. You should be able to have benchmarks that show you the progress from now, to where you are going. A great example of that would be to take photos of how you look now so that next week you can measure your progress. Make sure to always reward yourself after each benchmark; it conditions your brain to stay motivated for the biggest reward.
Has someone ever achieved the goal you want to accomplish?
Was the person in your similar conditions? What process did it take them to achieve it? Modeling can help you achieve any goal and it’s important to understand that anyone that has ever achieved anything big did not do it overnight.
What resources do you have to accomplish your goal?
In order to accomplish anything, you need resources; whether it’s the Internet, books, a network of people, a mentor or life coach, more time, more money, etc. The more creative you become, the more options you will have to gather up as many resources to get you toward your goal.
Why do you want to achieve that goal?
What your mind focuses on is what it creates. If you focus on what you don’t want, more than likely you will attract it by accident. Your brain doesn’t understand grammar, it only understand intention. When you say “I don’t want to be broke, you give energy to the word “broke.” Instead say “I want to be financially free!” or whatever else you want to achieve in a positive sentence.
Lisa wants to lose weight.
She starts with the sentence “Today is (today’s date) and I want to be healthy!” (toward)
She writes down that she wants to lose 50 pounds (specific); she knows it’s achievable because she’s seen people do it on the Biggest Loser but she knows that she’s not going to do it in one week, so she has to set bench marks to celebrate her progress: the first 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 15, etc. (measurable); what resources does she have to accomplish it? First she decides to make time a priority by scheduling an hour 3 times a week for a workout; then she decided to get a gym membership, and while she’s at it, she decides to get a personal trainer or an accountability partner to help her stay on top of it.
Bonus: She finishes writing her goal with “Today is (future date by when she wants to accomplish it); I have lost 50 pounds and I’m healthy! (Your brain understand NOW better than tomorrow, one day or a future date because in the future there is also a future, so it never comes).
SMART goals inspire us for the long term because as we look at them on a regular basis for motivation, we remember exactly what we are going toward and why we are doing it. Not because someone defined it (success, happiness, health, beauty, an ideal relationship, etc.) but because we know exactly what we want for ourselves.
Write your goals down today! Having them in your head does not put them into motion; writing them down shifts the energy from an idea or a dream and tells your brain that it’s time to create.
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