Thought I’d do a quick post about hitting goals today. These will work not only for hitting financial goals but also for any goals you put your mind to. So whether you want to make $2000 a month online or want to lose 30 pounds of fat, setting your goals is done the same way.
So let’s get started!
Hitting Your Goals #1 – Write Them Down
Yes this is an obvious one but probably the most important.
I have a whiteboard on my wall right in front of me. It’s directly on the wall above my main computer. On the right hand side of that whiteboard are my long term goals (when I say ‘long term’ I personally use 3 monthly increments). These are what I want to achieve in the next 3 months. Each one has its own colour.
Then on the left hand side are the steps I need to take to reach each one. Again all colour coded so I know which steps relate to which goal.
I will then go through each step and when completed it gets rubbed off and a new step put in its place.
Then after 30 days I recap and see whether I’m closer to my long term goals. If I am then I continue with the same steps. If I’m not then I re-evaluate the steps and make some changes.
But all the time I make sure I’m getting closer to my long term goals. I find this is working great for me as it not only gives me clear steps to follow but also means I can reach goals by taking one step at a time.
Hitting Your Goals #2 – Don’t Keep Them Secret
Rather than keep your goals to yourself, try and tell the people around you what they are. Don’t be shy, just do it.
What this does is it forces you to take more action because you’re not only doing it for yourself now; you’ve got something to prove too.
When a doubt creeps in and you think about changing course or slacking off, you will instantly say to yourself ‘Oh I need to do it because I’ve told XXX that I’m going to do it’.
This will make sure you take the action required.
Hitting Your Goals #3 – Be Prepared
Writing down your goals is one thing but taking action is how they get done. To do that you need to get yourself prepared for the task in front of you.
So you should make a list of all the steps that you need to take to reach your main goal. Put them in a list that you can tick off as you go along.
Put them in order so you know what task to do next. Then allow yourself a set amount of time to complete the task. Don’t sit down unless you know what you need to do and how long it will take.
Completing these small steps is literally just like walking towards your main goal. At present it might look a long way away. But with each step it becomes larger and clearer. Before you know it you’ll be these and desperate to create a bigger goal.
Do It Today!
Tomorrow never comes. Whatever you put off until tomorrow, either never gets done or is often put off again.
Write your goals down today and start taking the steps required to reach them.
You’ll be amazed at just how near they actually are when you take focussed action.