: 8 Things You Need To Do To Reach Your Goals
8 Things You Need To Do To Reach Your Goals
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
Much has been said on goal setting in the past – a lot of that by myself.
You will often find many quotes floating around the internet telling you how important they are – much like the one above. But how many of us actually do goal setting properly? How many have a thorough plan that they can follow in order for them to reach their desired outcome? My guess is not many.
For many of us goal setting is usually the process of writing down a few ideas on a piece of paper with a rough idea of a date next to it.
“I want to be 2 stone lighter by June”
Apart from being ultra generic these goals don’t have any actionable plan to go with them. Which renders them fairly useless. For me, I’m a big believer in the Law of attraction,and it has helped me a lot in my life, but only when there is a plan to go with whatever it is you are trying to achieve.
So below I will share with the step-by-step process that I use to help me get towards whatever goals I am aiming for. This process can be used for your fitness goals, and your personal and professional goals, too. So now you will not only have a clear vision of what you want but also an actionable plan of how to achieve it.
1. Ask yourself what you want to achieve
Now is the time to get real with yourself. Write down what it is exactly that you want to achieve with your fitness goals, personal goals, and professional goals. Make it as specific as possible i.e. “I want to lose 5 kilos and reduce my body fat down to 12% and I will achieve it by January 1st 2015 at 12pm”, apply the same principle to your professional life, too. I.e. “I will become the leader of my team and earn X amount per year by ……”
2. Ask yourself WHY you want to achieve it
Asking yourself WHY gives you an emotional attachment to your goal, it makes all the more personal. Because deep down there is always a burning desire to why you have chosen it.
3. Ask yourself WHY again
We all bullshit ourselves the first time round when asking and don’t tend to get to the deeper cause. For example – My goal when I 16 was to increase my musculature. I asked why and told myself it was because it would give me more confidence. But if I was to be real and dig a little deeper it was really much more. Being bigger would give me confidence, yes, but it would give me confidence to do certain things.
I would be more confident in my appearance and have more confidence with speaking to girls. I wouldn’t be laughed at as much for being skinny or feel like I could be picked on.
Once you ask yourself these tougher, more real questions, you develop a sense of purpose to your goal and give yourself added motivation to achieve it. So start getting real with yourself and dig a little deeper for the reason.
4. Ask “What is it in me that is lacking?”
What is preventing you from achieving it? Is it lack of knowledge for a particular job position? Is it that you lack the discipline to regularly attend the gym on your own? Is it that you lack the experience necessary? Whatever it is, make sure you ask the question, and once you know you can now develop a strategy to overcome it.
5. Write down any additional skills that will be required
What skills are you going to need to help you get to where you want to be? If you want to move up in your company, then what are you going to have to learn in order to get to that next step?
6. Ask yourself whose help will you require to accomplish your goal
Following on from point 4, if your goal was fitness orientated, or it was that you lacked discipline to attend the gym regularly, then the help you would require would be that of a personal trainer. If it happens to be business orientated then maybe the help of a mentor would be the right path.
Write down a list of your ideal people who could help then give them a call or email and see what they can do. I know in terms of the fitness industry and personal training, asking someone in your gym for some tips will be welcomed and appreciated. And of course you can always CONTACT ME HERE
7. Write down a MAP (Massive Action Plan) and prioritise your tasks
Once you have developed your list of goals, it’ time to write down the list of things that need to happen next in order to achieve it. It doesn’t necessarily matter what order in which you place them, just write anything that comes to mind. Once you have thought of all possible steps you can then re-read them and place them in order of importance.
8. Visualise yourself achieving your goals.
This is where you can channel your powers of attraction and keep a strong visualisation of what you want. A vision board helps with this. Create a board at home with everything that you want out of life in it. It could be your ideal house, car, family, job, money – whatever. Just take some time to develop one as it will keep your vision strong and serve as a reminder for why you are doing what you’re doing.
9. Review them on a weekly basis.
You personally should review your goals on a weekly basis to see if you are on track. If you find that you haven’t been sticking to your plan as much then you can easily make adjustments along the way to ensure you get back on easily.
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