Here is a small piece of my upcoming book!
Setting unimaginable goals fuels your drive and ambition. It should be so large that the sensation of accomplishment would be unimaginable. It is extremely important that you only have 1 ultimate goal until you accomplish that goal or decide to change it.
This is your final goal. It should typically be far-fetched and highly-optimistic, however can still be achieved over time if backed with intense focus, strong action, and connected with smaller and more-realistic goals.
This is key because all of your other goals will focus on achieving this ultimate goal.
Your goal needs to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound. These goals ought to be clear, realistic, set inside a timeframe, and able to be tangibly measured. Ask yourself these questions while creating your goal:
- How will I be able to achieve it specifically?
- Can I actually achieve this goal with hard work?
- What is the aim for accomplishing the goal?
- When you need to own reached the goal by?
- How can I track my actions to achieve this goal?
Take your time to think long and hard about what your goal is going to be and make sure it’s large and specific. When you think you have it right, put it to this test:
First: Ask yourself if there is something that you can do right now to get yourself closer to that goal. If there is great, its specific enough!
Second: Ask yourself if you told someone that was your goal they would think you’re crazy. If they would then perfect, its large enough!
Actually use this strategy and create your ultimate goal right now!
Most importantly ask yourself, Why do I want this goal?
Knowing your why can help you achieve your goal especially when it feels like your falling behind. For example, if your goal is to become healthier, is your real why? Are you actually doing it for a more important reason? If you attach a passionate reason to your goals you are much more likely to actually achieve them.
At this point you should have a well-developed goal. Let’s say my ultimate goal is:
- Make my 1st million at age twenty five,
After ultimate goals you should develop achievement goals. These are the steps along the way to your ultimate goals. Staying in line with my ultimate goal of making a million by age 25 samples of achievement goals are:
- Boost my sales by 20% in 6 months
- Be promoted by Dec,
- Earn my post-graduate degree at age 23, and so on.
It is important that your achievement goals are very specific and have a time frame. If you have ambiguous achievement goals then you will never know how to obtain them. As you can see, the ones above are specific. “boost sales by 20% in 6 months.” Here it is specific because your goal is to boot sales by 20% and there is a timeframe because you have given yourself 6 months to make this happen.
Make sure to prioritize your goals in your journal.
- High priority – boost sales
- Medium priority – get promoted
- Low priority – earn post grad degree
These measure the regular and scheduled actions you are taking to meet your achievement goals. Staying in line with my ultimate goal of making a million by age 25 samples of actions goals are:
- Acquire 10 new clients
- Attend seminars and workshops to accumulate new information and learn new skills associated with your niche,
- Apply to 5 schools
Action goals must be measurable and actionable. They are what you track to achieve your achievement and incredible goals. It is important to start with your end goals first and then work your way back with your action goals. This is because when you know where you want to go then you have a better idea of what you need to do to get there.
Think of your action goal as things you can do right now to take a step forward to achieving your end goals. They are the building blocks to getting what you want. Note that you can and should prioritize these.
Personal development goals
Personal development goals, like action goals should all help get you closer to achieving your end goals. Most of the time, the reason you did not achieve what you wanted to is because you are not the person that can achieve those goals yet. That means you need to develop yourself further before you can accomplish that goal. Maybe it is self-discipline, or learning a new skill. Whatever it is, you should document those goals as well. Examples include:
- Exercise half-hour daily,
- This will help give me energy and self-discipline to help achieve my ultimate goal
- Write down your thoughts on your
- This will help me stay focused on achieving my ultimate goal
- Take a cold shower every day
for a month
- This will help me develop self-discipline to help me achieve my ultimate goal
Make sure you align these goals with your ultimate goals.
These goals assist you manage some time effectively. These could really fall under your personal development goals, but they are more for keeping you in line with the appropriate behaviours for accomplishing your end goals. Examples are:
- Pay less than $250 monthly on personal needs,
- Go to bed before eleven PM nightly,
- Only eat out once a week
Make sure that all of these limit goals are in line with your ultimate goals such that if you stick within these limits you have a better chance to achieve your end goal.
These assist you establish the items that you just won’t do because they hurt your chances of achieving your end goals. Examples are:
- I will not play video games until I have finished work
- I will not use Facebook until I have finished work
- I will not watch tv until I have finished work
These are extremely important and writing them down helps keep you accountable.