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3 Steps to Achieve Every Goal
It’s January and that means tons of people are making New Year’s resolutions. This means in March, tons of people will be breaking their New Year’s resolutions. While it’s great that so many people want to improve their lives, most people never realize their New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think this is because people are lazy or not willing to work hard. The problem is that most people have never been taught how to make and keep successful goals.
I’m a big goal setter, that’s how I’ve gotten to where I am today. This month, I’m sharing the strategies I’ve developed for setting and achieving my own goals.
1. Write down your Big Goal.
First, think about what your Big Goal is. Don’t limit yourself to just something to achieve this year. Ask what you really want out of life. That’s your Big Goal. Most people can only see bits and pieces of their Big Goal, and that’s okay! It might take some time to realize what you really want, but figure it out as best as you can and write it down.
2. Create 3 short-term goals that work toward your Big Goal.
Once you identify your Big Goal, create three short-term goals that help you move closer to your Big Goal. These smaller goals should be things you can accomplish in 60 days. Choose one goal to focus on and get them done, one by one, so when you reach day 60, you’ve done all three.
3. Repeat step two.
Once you’ve accomplished your three short-term goals, make three new goals you can focus on over the next 60 days. In order to achieve your Big Goal, you need to be constantly making and achieving new goals. As you accomplish your short-term goals, you gain momentum to keep realizing more goals in the future. Before you know it, it’s 2021, you’ve achieved all your 2020 goals, and you’re miles ahead of where you were in 2019.
Bonus: Put your goals where you’ll see them every day.
Write down every goal you make and put them someplace where you can see your goals all the time. Pin them up at your desk, tape them to the bathroom mirror, or make them the background wallpaper on your phone. The more you see your goals, the more you think about them and ask, “Am I doing everything I can to achieve my goals?”
I’ve found a lot of success by pursuing my goals like this. One thing I’ve learned is that what our Big Goal looks like can change as we move through life. My Big Goal is to achieve financial independence. When I was 24, I thought that meant having $1,000,000 in the bank. Today I know that’s not enough to be financially independent throughout my lifetime. This is what makes the short-term goals so valuable. As your Big Goal changes, your short-term goals shift to help realize the new image.
Now one of my short-term goals to reach financial independence is to drive a Rolls-Royce. This doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and spring for a new car suddenly. Instead, to realize this goal, I have to be at a point where I can comfortably afford to drive a Rolls-Royce as my everyday car. That will be a sign that I am financially independent and able to enjoy life to the fullest.
It’s so important to have goals. Without goals, we’re just dreamers, wishing for a better future but with no idea of how to get there. Goals are a road map, they give our lives direction and help us grow into the future.