I am sure you have heard it all before. You must sets goals in order to achieve a desired result. The problem is, most people don’t know how to properly set this in motion. The first thing you need to do is determine what your goal is. Not your spouse’s goal for you. Not your physician’s goal for you. Not your parents’ goal for you. Your goal. It needs to be your goal so you can sufficiently prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to do whatever it takes to achieve it.
I came across this diagram by Tony Robbins that outlines four ways to achieve results:
- Belief: Your belief in what you want to achieve is powerful. If you say to yourself, “I am going to find a way.” you are mentally preparing yourself for success.
- Potential: When you are in a state of certainty from your belief, you will then tap into your full potential to realize your goal.
- Action: When you are certain you have the potential to achieve your goal, you will take action.
- Results: When you take action (and believe in your goal), you will achieve your results. When you achieve your results, you will strengthen your beliefs. And when you strengthen your beliefs, you will gain momentum.
You are probably feeling all warm and fuzzy right now, and you are thinking, “this is so simple, a monkey could do this.” Do not be fooled. Just because something is simple, does not mean that it is easy. So let’s step back a moment and learn how to even set a proper goal. I want you to incorporate the S.M.A.R.T. method of goal setting:
- Specific: State exactly what your goal is.
- Measurable: Make it objective so you can definitively say yes or no to meeting your goal.
- Attainable: Set a realistic goal so you can achieve success.
- Relevant: Make the goal relevant to your life and what YOU want to accomplish.
- Time: Give yourself a timeframe to keep your feet to the fire.
Here is an example of a poorly constructed goal:
I want to lose weight.
Here is the same goal written S.M.A.R.T.ly:
While I have 53 pounds of body fat I need to ultimately lose, my first intermediate goal is to lose 26 pounds by October 31, 2012.
The goal you choose can be anything you want to accomplish. Once you have your S.M.A.R.T. goal, do away with all of the excuses. I mean it. Stop blaming your schedule, your lifestyle, other people, etc. Instead, set a positive mindset, set your priorities and question them, and write down the necessary steps for you to reach your goal. Write your goal on an index card and read it three times each day. Since this will be a step-by-step process, frequently reminding yourself of your goal will keep you motivated and focused.