It’s mid-November … do you know what your goals are for the coming year? Have you even given them any thought? Well, now’s the time to start contemplating what exactly you want to achieve in 2016 and how you’re going to do it.
A lot of people start scrambling on New Year’s Day trying to come up with a list of goals. They haphazardly pick things like losing weight and eating better. Most of those goals, though, end up falling by the wayside within the first few weeks of the year. You can tell that this is true by how busy the gym is at the beginning of January and how it slowly empties out more and more come February and March. Don’t let this be you. I’ll show you how I set my goals and what I do to make them effective.
Step #1: Make a list of you what you want to achieve over the next year. Sit down and brainstorm. Decide what’s really important to you.
Step #2: Determine why each goal is important for you to accomplish. This is called your “why.” Write down your “why” next to each of your goals. Writing down the reasons why you’re working so hard toward something will make your plan a lot easier to stick with when the going gets tough. It will motivate you and also help remind you that you have a deeper purpose when working toward your goals.
Step #3: Break your goals down into timeframes. You can have things you’d like to accomplish within the next 30 days, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and beyond. Many motivational experts say it’s even a good idea to plan out your 5-year and 10-year goals.
Step #4: Finally, make a list of action steps necessary to reach each goal. For example, you might write, “I will jog 3 times a week and lift weights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.” Make it as detailed as you can so that all you have to do is follow the steps in order to be successful.
Step #5: Now, for the most important step of all—taking action! Pick out the goal that is most important to you and choose an action you can take today—right now—and do it! It doesn’t matter if your plan’s not perfect; you’re aiming for action in the right direction with a purpose. Get started now and adjust your goals and actions as needed as you go along.
Just by thinking about your goals, you’re ahead of most of the population. Writing down your goals with timeframes attached will catapult you into the top percentile of successful people. Taking action on your goals now? Well, there’s just going to be no stopping you in 2016!