You are the secret sauce
Goals are powerful.
They are the necessary building blocks for the life and career you dream of. Without them, we would be like ships stranded at sea.
To meet your goals, setting goals can be helpful. Setting goals is like drawing yourself a roadmap and action plan to establish measurable objectives and the timeframes to help you attain them. Whether you are seeking financial freedom or want a healthier lifestyle, goal setting can help you achieve it.
Goal setting lets you see and focus on what is of value to you. If you don’t know what you want, you can’t truly have a clear picture of how to get there. Setting goals is the guiding force to get you to your destination.
However, merely having a goal is not enough. In order to truly be effective, use the SMART goal acronym (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Based).
So here are the 5 Powerful Things You Need To Accomplish Your Goals
Be clear on your ‘why’
First things first, write your goals where you can see them; in a personal journal or your phone’s note app. This cannot be stressed enough.
Writing your goals down helps you see what they are, where you are going, and the changes you will need to make–mentally and/or physically.
If you want to make your goals more powerful, align them with your values. What are they? Are they intrinsic or extrinsic in nature? What is the ‘why’ behind the goals you have established?
Knowing why your goals are important will give you the sense of purpose you need. It will be the glue holding you together when nothing is going right. The sense of purpose you get from your why will guide you when you are unmotivated or when you experience difficult times.
Get an accountability partner.
Think of it this way, an accountability partner acts as the co-captain of your ship. You need them to reach your destination.
In fact, research shows that 65% of people that have an accountability partner are likely to meet their goals. This increases their chances of success by 95%.
Having an accountability partner helps track your progress, they motivate you, and they even gently remind you when you are going off track.
Choosing the right accountability partner is a delicate balance. It entails putting your ego aside and choosing the person that will be equal part cheerleader and equal parts taskmaster. They are there to challenge you and keep you moving towards your goals.
To be part of the 95% of people that succeed, your accountability partners need to be;
- Invested in you
- Have respect for you and your goals
Patience IS a virtue
This will easily be the hardest part of your journey but anything worthwhile takes time.
You have heard the saying, Rome was not built in a day. As cliche as it sounds, it is true. However, that doesn’t mean being patient is easy. It will especially prove difficult when you encounter many setbacks on your path to meeting your goal.
This is where having a measurable objective is key. Having a measurable objective will help keep things in perspective when you think nothing is happening. To overcome this hump you will need the determination to remain hard-working, consistent, and committed to meeting your goals.
Your goals should inspire and scare you. They should challenge, engage and motivate you to be better and show up for yourself. Without goals, our personal and professional life will lack direction and focus.
Setting goals is pivotal in helping us create the future we desire. You don’t have to fantasize about reaching your goals. With the necessary tools and showing up for yourself, you too can be successful. The fulfillment we feel when we meet one of our goals is an endorphin boost and serves as a reminder of our capability. It reminds us that our dreams are worth chasing and we are better for it.