Hi. My name is Scott and I have a problem. Actually, let me correct myself – I had a problem. My problem was I didn’t have a system to achieve my goals. Yes, I had goals, but they were often unorganized, unknown to others, and not much fun to pursue. And frankly, I don’t think I aimed high enough. Sound familiar?
So, I decided to make a change. I aimed higher, organized my goals, and enlisted an army to help me achieve them. I also created the Ultimate Goal-Setting Worksheet and it’s the best one on the market. I know because I have tried them all out. It’s the best (and it’s free).
8 Steps to Achieve Your Goals
- Define your goal. Write down your goal on the top of the worksheet. It’s best to physically hand-write the goal so you commit to it. Make sure that your goal is SMART- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
- Set the date you’ll achieve your goal. Give yourself a deadline. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to reach the goal (but not too much time). If you don’t allow yourself enough time, you may not reach the goal and give up on your pursuit. If you allow yourself too much time, you may get side-tracked and lose focus. Make sure your date is realistic.
- Determine how you’re going to reach your goal. Develop a game plan. List the specific actions you need to take to reach your goal and the resources you need to complete these actions. Try not to get stuck on the thought of having to spend a few dollars to complete your action steps. In the end, you’ll get the most return on your money by investing in yourself.
- List your milestones. Your milestones are smaller goals within your larger goal. Think about what you must achieve to reach your goal. For example, if your goal is to get a new job, you need to schedule an interview first. Scheduling an interview is an example of a milestone for this goal.
- Identify an accountability partner. Choose someone to share your goal with that will hold you accountable. This is one of the most important (and overlooked) steps of the goal-setting process. Your accountability partner will give you an extra push to help you achieve your goal.
- Create a mastermind group. This is a group of experts who help you complete your action steps and achieve your goal. You can’t be an expert at everything. Focus on what you are good at and “contract out” the rest.
- Describe what your life will be like when you reach your goal. Think about what will happen when you achieve your goal. Ask yourself: “How will your life be different?” If you like the change, you’ve chosen an excellent goal to pursue. Go for it!
- Reward yourself. Remember to give yourself a BIG pat on the back after you reach your goal: a steak dinner, shopping trip, vacation, etc. Just make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy. This will give you something to look forward to. As Dale Carnegie said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
After you complete the Ultimate Goal Setting Worksheet, it’s imperative that you complete these 3 action steps:
- Deliver your goal to your accountability partner. Hand-deliver or email the completed worksheet to your partner.
- Post your goal in a public forum like Facebook, Linked-In, or Google+. Tell the world about your goal! You’ll be surprised by the number of people who will support your mission. Create your own cheering section!
- Post your worksheet where you can see it. Look at your goal every day. You’ll be surprised by the creative ideas you’ll come up with to achieve your goal.
Some Words of Encouragement
I’d like to leave you with a few words of encouragement: You can do anything you put your mind to. When you first set your goal, don’t focus too much on the “how.” Just write down your goal and commit yourself to it. The “how” will work itself out in time.
A few years back, I had an idea to start a blog. I wanted to create a way to help people in a massive way. I thought about it for a couple of years, until one day I decided to take action. At the time, I had no idea how to build a website or how to attract visitors. I just had an idea and a story I wanted to share, so I started writing and figured out the “how” along the way.
The fact that you’re reading this article is a testament to the belief that anything is possible. I committed myself to a goal that allowed our paths to cross.
I want to share with you a slideshow I created to capture the vision I have for my life and Margin of Excellence. Hopefully this gives you some inspiration to achieve the goals you have in your life.
The most important step is to START. Once you take the first step, you’ll naturally progress towards the finish line. If I can do it, so can you.
I’d love your feedback in the comment section below.
Thanks and have a great week!
Scott Mackes is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and founder of Margin of Excellence. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, former Division I collegiate athlete, U.S. Navy veteran, business leader, relentless entrepreneur, and proud husband and father, Scott’s mission is to help others identify their unique talents to live with incredible passion, purpose, and prosperity. Scott’s StrengthsFinder Top-5 are: Competition, Includer, Futuristic, Achiever, and Self-Assurance.
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