Think of your current life goals. How convinced are you that you’ll succeed? What’s stopping you from making that trip, losing that weight, learning that language, or running that half-marathon?
What about your business goals? What’s stopping you from writing that book, creating that online course, being more consistent with emailing your list, or outsourcing a task?
What if someone said you could accomplish your #1 goal in 100 days? That there is a formula that you can use to guarantee success? You can do it if you follow these five steps.
1. Keep Your Goals S.M.A.R.T.
Your goals need to be tight, focused, and concrete. Above all, they must be S.M.A.R.T.
Specific: Make your goal as focused and defined as you can. Vague goals lead to vague results.
Measurable: Keep your goals tangible, whether it’s running 10 miles or writing 500 words a day of your book.
Actionable and Achievable: Your goal should be challenging but not impossible. Check your emotional response to gauge this – do you feel excited or overwhelmed? And there needs to be a verb involved…something you can do.
Realistic and Relevant: Is your goal achievable by you? For example, yes someone can get to the moon, but can you? In addition, your goals need to speak to your heart and they need to move your life forward. Make them your goals, not your manager’s, or your friend’s or your partner’s or your parents’.
Time-bound: You want to shoot for a scope of 100 days or less. Anything farther in the future than that becomes part of a vision or long term plan and is less actionable as a goal.
2. Take Baby Steps Toward Your Goals
Keep focused on the small actions and steps that add up to achieving your big goal. Work out what you need to do to get there and in what sequence. Remember that your daily, weekly, and monthly actions all add up to success.
This is why it is important to set up milestones along the way to achieving your goal. They give you points to celebrate and keep you focused on the progress you’re making.
3. Check-in on Your Progress
Speaking of progress, you’ll keep your motivation high and your project on course if you regularly monitor your progress. You’ll be able to see if any aspect of your project is slipping and make course corrections early to get back on track. And when you set your milestones, make sure you include rewards. (Celebrate!) Keep that positive feedback loop going by rewarding success.
4. Be Accountable
Achieving your goal will be easier if you’re accountable to someone else. Ask a friend, coach, or mentor to be your accountability buddy and share your progress reports with them. Some people even use their blog or a social media platform as “in the public eye” accountability buddy.
5. Don’t Give Up on Your Goals Too Soon
Commit to yourself that you will keep going to achieve your 100-day goal. Everyone has bad days, and sometimes life can throw you a curveball, but it’s more important that you pick yourself up and stay on course. And keep this in mind, if you reach for the stars but only get to the planets, you’ve made it much further than if you hadn’t started working toward your goal in the first place.
Keep it simple and stick to this five-step formula and you’ll be on your way to accomplishing your goal before you know it! You can also use this approach to complete subsections of your major goal, whether it’s becoming a CEO, completing that triathlon or building your business. The same principle applies – break it down into smaller more achievable chunks and go for it!
Do You Want More Success and Happiness?
But even S.M.A.R.T. goals won’t work if they aren’t right for you. This is the missing piece in most goal-setting training.
Set the Right Goals for You provides you with a 6-step process that helps you choose the right goals, articulate them clearly, and create a plan of action that will move you toward your goals and keep you on track.
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