5 Simple Steps to Achieve Any Goal in 2018
Highly productive people aren’t necessarily special, but they are usually very driven and have unlocked the secrets to achieving their goals. When you know how to attack any objective with the right approach, you too can become unstoppable.
The experience shows that good goal setting is easy to hypothesize about, but challenging to execute. However, there are some few steps that can help you move from being a goal-setter to a goal-archiver.
Here are five simple steps to help you achieve any goal.
1. Break it down.
The vision of the goal has to start out big, and even a little vague, but then you have to turn that into several of what I call “something smaller” goals. This transforms a big lofty ambition into tent-pole moments along the path that you can achieve in smaller steps.
By making small goal benchmarks to work toward, the goal becomes achievable overall because you made it actionable in smaller steps.
2. Make it believable.
A good goal is one that stretches you to the edge of your comfort zone, but not one that crosses over into fantasy. Everyone would love to make millions this year, but if that’s not a number you can truly wrap your brain around, start with a number that stretches you but is believable.
If you are making $1,000 consistently a month, then could bumping the year-end goal to $5,000 a month actually be something you could believe? It doesn’t get you to a million this year, but it bumps your goal to something that’s believable for you and thus, feels more achievable. Once you get to year’s end and $5,000 a month feels comfortable and realistic, you can bump it again.
These smaller, realistic goals feed into the first step of breaking big ideas into smaller actions, too.
3. Make it known.
A great way to achieve any goal is to get the right support for your journey. You want to tell people who will be supportive and involved in your success. That has the benefit of bolstering you during times of challenge, but also when you verbalize your goals you tend to follow through better. You hold yourself more accountable to goals you’ve shared with others and that can help you reach them.
4. Make it trackable.
Breaking goals into smaller benchmarks helps to create action plans to smaller events that will eventually have a cumulative effect toward the big picture. This is a great tactic in terms of actions, but also a good tactic to help you put some metrics and measurement into the task.
If the goal is increasing your earnings, how can you track what you spend, what money is coming in and how you will generate more income through reducing your customer acquisition costs? Furthermore, how can you track your progress along the way to see how your overall goal is progressing against your small milestones?
5. Make it fun.
As you meet your benchmarks, set up ways to celebrate or enjoy your victories. Make tracking the progress fun and meaningful. The more fun you can have along the way with your goals, the more successful you’ll be at achieving them.
The purpose of any goal isn’t just to achieve it, but often it’s to integrate it into your daily lifestyle, so learn to enjoy not just the destination but also the process of getting there.