New year comes with lots of new resolutions, goal setting, and renewed energy. However, just after a few days, weeks or months, most people are back to their old routines.
So, what happens.
What differentiates people who set goals and achieve them and the ones who set goals but don’t achieve them?
Note, I’m not addressing the people who don’t set goals. If you don’t set goals, then you have no clear direction on where you want to go.
I’m addressing the people who already have goals in place and have written down your goals.
According to a study conducted at Harvard, if you write down your goals, you are ten times more likely to achieve them compared to the people who don’t write down their goals.
So, what next after writing down the goals?
Here is my model for goal achievement.
Note, this model is inspired by listening to Michael Hyatt. He is the author of the best selling Best Year Ever and also my go-to coach when it comes to goal setting.
- Goal Setting
As I said, I will not get into the mix of how you set a goal. Instead, I will tell you about one of my goals for the year, and we can use it as an example as we move along.
Goal: Build my Brand- Bonniey Josef- The Email Psychologist. To build my brand as the go-to Psychologist for email copywriting and personal development blogging so that I can command five figures in six months.
After having set your goals, you need to come up with the Action Plan. Which actions are you going to take to ensure that you hit your goals?
- Write two blog posts for my website every week
- Publish on LinkedIn every day and at least engage with at least three other contacts daily
- Write at least three ultimate guides
- Pitch for guest blogging on popular websites
- Promote my posts on all my social media accounts
Goal setting and planning are the most fun part of the process. However, execution is the most crucial part of the process. It neither matters how beautiful your goals are nor how many podcasts you’ve listened to so that you can fine-tune your goals. If you don’t do the work- you are nothing but a dreamer.
The first stage of execution is breaking down your actions into monthly, weekly and daily goals and tasks.
So, what are your monthly goals? From your monthly goals, what are your weekly goals? And finally, what are your daily goals? What should you DO today to accomplish what you’ve set for the week so that you can hit your monthly target?
Mine, writing this blog post today.
As seen on a SlideShare on The 15 Most Critical Metrics For Entrepreneurs And Marketers, Peter Druker says “If You Can’t Measure It You Can’t Improve It.”
Michael Hyatt advises that one should have quarterly, monthly and weekly meetings to evaluate their progress.
During the meeting, some of the questions to ask yourself are:
- Did I accomplish the tasks I had set out to achieve that ….?
- What challenges did I face when executing the tasks?
- How can I overcome those challenges in the coming …?
- Which tasks/goals should I set for the next…?
Bonus Point 1: Daily Visualization.
We said that execution is one of the most challenging parts of the process. It is normal to get exhausted and wake up without the motivation to pursue the daily tasks.
Daily Visualization is a Neuro-linguistic based hack that can help you to always get your motivation back as you approach the day with vigor and excitement.
So, imagine that it’s in the future- in my case-6 months to come and you have achieved your goal.
What can you see?
What can you hear?
How are you feeling?
In my case:
I can see myself waking up to emails from prospects who are interested in my work.
I can hear my wife telling me how proud she is for buying her something she has been wanting.
I’m feeling so happy that I’m working with the best brands and clients, impacting lives, doing what I love and getting paid handsomely to do it.
*Damn! I can feel the excitement as I write those realities. My heart rate is elevated, and I have this wide grin on my face*
You see, when you get your emotions excited your brain will have no option other than to focus on what you need to do to bridge the gap between now and your desired future.
Bonus Point 2: Vision Board
Let me take you back to your younger years. After visualizing your goals present them physically. You can do this by creating a physical or online dream/vision/goal board.
Here is a 5-minute Youtube video by Jack Canfield about Vision board.
“ Once you give your brain the positive affirmation and images of your vision, it will work tirelessly to make your vision a reality” by Jack Canfield.
Okay! So there you go.
Don’t just set goals.
Don’t just plan!