Create Your Path For Success In 2014
Ok last week I talked about the 3 Simple Steps for starting the year off right. If you missed it you can read about those steps here.
Now we want to build on that.
Today we’re going to get you pointed in the right direction and I’m going to give you the tools to make sure you stay on your path.
You’ve heard it a thousand times and you’re going to hear it again.
You Need To Set Goals!!
When it comes to ANYTHING you want in life – be it – losing weight to building a successful online business. You must set specific goals for yourself and then be single minded in your focus each and everyday to achieve these goals.
But the key is – you MUST be willing to put in the effort to achieve the goals you set for yourself.
If you’re not willing to put in the effort – you can set as many goals as you like – nothing will come of them. So don’t bother if you’re not going to put in the effort.
You Must Write Down Your Goals
You can’t just think about your goals – you need to write them down. I can’t stress how important this is.
Having a goal rolling around in your head is useless – but as soon as you write it down it becomes an intention and makes your goal more concrete.
Plus you’ve unconsciously set in motion the beginning steps of achieving that goal.
The other reason you want to write your goals down is so you can review them each day. So put your goals where you can see them everyday.
That means have them in your bathroom, on a sticky note on your monitor, on your smart phone – hell even have then on your refrigerator.
The point is have them where you can see them.
And read them out loud to yourself at least twice a day. This way you can keep your eye on the prize.
And remember like Yoda said “Do or Do Not – There Is No Try”
Now It’s Time To Get S.M.A.R.T About Your Goals
When setting your goals it’s best to use the S.M.A.R.T method.
S – Specific – Your goal need to be specific.
So a goal like – “I will get in shape” is a vague goal and is useless.
To make it more specific you would have a goal like this:
“I will join a gym and workout 3 times per week”
The more specific a goal is, the more you can find ways of achieving it.
And to help yourself get as specific as possible when setting your goal, make sure you can answer the 6 “W” questions:
Who, What, When, Where, Which, and Why.
So ask these questions:
- Who is involved?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Where will this happen? Identify a location.
- When will this happen? Establish a time frame.
- Which requirements and restraints will be part of the process? Identify them.
- Why am I setting this goal? Write down the specific reasons and benefits of accomplishing this goal.
So let’s expand on the goal “I will join a gym and workout 3 times per week” and make it more specific answering the 6 “W” questions.
“I need to live a healthier lifestyle because it will allow me to be more active now and when I’m older, reduce health issues and extend my life. And to achieve my permanent healthier lifestyle I will lose 50 pounds by May 1st 2014 by joining a gym, eating healthy and working out 3 times per week ”
Here’s the answers to the 6 “W” questions:
- Who – I (me)
- What – Lose 50 pounds
- Where – In a gym
- When – By March 1st 2014
- Which – Working out 3 times per week and eating healthy
- Why – Want to live a healthier lifestyle – more active, extend life and reduce health issues
Now that’s a great goal!!!
M – Measurable – You must have criteria that you can use for measuring progress towards the goal(s) you set.
When you measure your progress it keeps you on track and you can experience the small achievements along the way of attaining your ultimate goal.
So let’s use weight loss as an example again. Your ultimate goal is to lose 80 pounds in 1 year starting Jan 1st, 2014.
To measure your progress towards this goal you can have a smaller goal such as:
By March 1st 2014, I will have lost 20 pounds.
If you noticed in writing this simple smaller goal I pre-supposed my success. I said “I will have lost 20 pounds” not “I will”.
Try that with your goal – it’s very powerful.
A – Attainable – Goals should be achievable.
Your goals should defiantly stretch and challenge you and be defined well enough so you can achieve them.
You can reach any goal if you have the planed steps to do so and have given yourself the time to carry out those steps.
So if your 35 years old and you set a goal of making a Billion dollars within the next year and you have $500 in the bank and no plan.
That’s not a very achievable goal and you’re just setting yourself up for failure.
But if your already worth 900 million dollars at the age of 35 setting a goal like this is achievable.
But take that same 35 year old with $500 in the bank – who now has a plan.
Setting a goal like “I will create a fulltime income of $3000 per month with my own online business by January 7th 2015” is very achievable.
You get my point, just keep things in perspective.
R – Realistic – Your goals must be realistic.
So to set a goal like – “I will make $30,000 next month” is not realistic goal – especially if you have never earned that level of money before.
However setting a goal like “I will earn an additional $30,000 with my online business by December 30th, 2014 ” is a realistic goal.
A goal must be something that you are both willing and able to work towards. And only you can decide how high of a goal you want to set for yourself, again keeping in mind to be realistic.
Plus setting high goals usually are easier to achieve – because of the motivation and urgency attached to achieving that goal.
I also add and additional “R” in the acronym S.M.A.R.T.
I also think your goals must be RELEVANT to your life’s reality.
If you have a friend that you go to the gym with and they think your goal should be to train for a marathon – and you have zero interest in running let alone running 26 miles – choose another goal!!
T – Timely – All of your goals need to have a time frame.
Having a time frame sets a practical sense of urgency to your goals and even creates tension which will motivate you to achieve your goal.
Plus it also reinforces the seriousness of your goal in your mind.
So make sure your goals have times and dates. This also helps you measure your goals, and you can see if you’re falling behind or ahead of schedule.
So saying you want to lose 10 pounds with no time frame in which to do it is a waste of time. There is no urgency to this goal.
But to set a time frame to it changes everything.
“I want to loss 10 pounds by February 1st 2014”
This anchors things in your mind, plus you have subconsciously set things in motion towards achieving your goal.
To help you to constantly move towards your goals ask your self this question everyday:
What can I do today to be one step closer to achieving my goal?
So What Are Your Goals?
I hope you found this helpful. Let me know what your goals are for 2014 and if you have any questions or other comments please leave them below.
I believe in you!!