Do you ever wonder what people would remember about you when you leave this world? I hope that my obituary will describe all of my life’s accomplishments and my major successes.
I am keeping the end in mind and working backwards. I am not going to change my life out of FEAR or DESPERATION, I am going to make changes to my life out of INSPIRATION.
A goal is something you aim to achieve and accomplish in your life. The first step towards this is to ensure the right techniques are in place to achieve your goal. An important question you should ask yourself is what your reason is for achieving this goal.
Here are 10 steps you should be aware of to help you achieve your goal:
HAVE AN ACTION PLAN – It is important to have an action plan for the achievement of your goal. Your action plan should be written in the present tense. You can then chunk down your action plan into separate priority action steps which need to be completed in order for you to achieve your final goal. Your goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
RESEARCH – Do your own research about the achievement of your goal. Do not rely on other people.
IMPLEMENTATION – Your goal will not be achieved if your action plan remains in your head, in your drawer or on your computer. You will only be motivated to spend time on your plan if your goal is consistent with your values.
SHARE – Share your action plan with others. When you share, opportunities come your way. Remember to be strong as others may discourage you or criticise your ideas.
MINDSET – Have the right mindset. It helps when you surround yourself with achievers and you have the right support network in place.
BE FLEXIBLE – Think about the end result and the things that will happen if you achieve your goal. Do not have an unrealistic expectation that your end result will be in perfect harmony with your action plan. You have to be flexible around the results and expect the unexpected. You will have challenges along the way, but you will have the support to balance this out. Any setbacks or failures are learning curves and you should be resilient to this.
BE GRATEFUL – Reward yourself for making progress in your goal. Be grateful when you complete each priority action step as each step brings you closer to the achievement of your goal.
RECORD YOUR PROGRESS – It is important that you write down your action plan, write down the details of your goals and the steps you need to take to achieve your goals. Writing a list keeps your mind clear, focused on your action steps and keeps you inspired. There is nothing more motivating when you can tick things of your list. You could keep a journal or even create a blog!
BE ACCOUNTABLE – You are accountable for the accomplishment of your goal, no one else.
PERSEVERE – Do not stop until you get to where you need to be. This is why it is important to have contingency plans in place. You may find that your end result does not look like you imagined it to me. Be ready to adjust and do not be disheartened if this happens.
The key is to start somewhere, anywhere.