As of the date this article was posted, there is one day remaining in February 2014. Can you believe two months of the year have already gone by?
If you are like most people, you set some goals for this year. Maybe things have come up that have prevented you from moving ahead with the goals that you set on New Year’s Day. Maybe you’ve decided that the goals you set are no longer important to you and you want to set some new goals.
You can just as easily change your life today as you can on the first day of the New Year. If the year hasn’t gone how you planned, it’s time to hit the reset button.
“New opportunity is a matter of choice not calendar.” Dan Kennedy
To some degree we all have the desire for more. It is normal for people to want to improve their lives. Yet even with having these natural human desires most people don’t know how to attain them. Some people know that they want more but they are not really clear on what more is.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, don’t feel bad because it once described me. I went for years, wondering from job to job feeling unsatisfied and knowing that I wanted more. Yet, I wasn’t really sure how to define or describe it.
Now as I look back over my life, I can say that I was blessed to have had some really cool jobs and work with some amazing people. But at the time, I thought that if I only found the “right job” or if I worked with the “right people” than I would be happy.
The day I realized that I wanted to become an entrepreneur, I honestly felt more confused. You may be wondering how that is possible. Once you figure out your passion and purpose you should be happy right? Well not me!
At the time, I didn’t know what it meant to be an entrepreneur. Heck, I didn’t know what I needed to do to become one. Knowing that you want something but not knowing how to achieve it can be scary and frustrating.
Here are the steps, I used to achieve my goal of becoming an entrepreneur. Now I use these steps to accomplish every goal I set for myself and you can too.
Seven Step Goal Setting Process
Step 1 – Decide what you want. So many people let life happen to them rather than create the life they want.
I was working with a client and she had been out of work for awhile. She was actively job hunting and when I asked her what kind of jobs she had been applying to her response was “any and everything.” This surprised me because she told me how she hated her last job and was somewhat happy when she got laid off.
Then I asked her, what type of job she wanted and she couldn’t answer the question because she had never taken the time to think about it. All she thought about is that she needed to earn money.
Knowing what you want is not only an important step to achieving a goal. It is also necessary in order to truly be happy in life. So the first thing you must do in order to achieve any goal is to get a clear picture in your mind of what you desire. In other words, you must decide what you want. I wrote a blog on this called “Begin with the End In Mind” you may want to check it out.
Step 2 – Write it down. I once read that only three percent of adults write down their goals. Sadly, the average person will take time to write out his or her grocery list every week but won’t take the time to write down his or her goals.
Putting something on paper makes it more concrete. It gives you something to refer back to. I once worked for a boss who believed that if something was documented, it never happened.
Feel the same way about your goals; if they aren’t on paper then they don’t exist. Write your goals on paper. First, decide what you want. Second, write it down.
Step 3 – Set a deadline. Your bills have due dates. You can’t say, “I will pay the light bill whenever I have the money.” You could but you may find yourself in the dark.
Everything in life has an order to function properly. Deadlines and due dates which many people hate allow for things to function in the proper order.
Having a goal with no deadline is just a wish. There is no Jennie in a bottle to make your wish come true. The only thing that can turn your goal into reality is hard work and action. Setting a deadline to achieve your goal will force you to get moving and get to work!
Step 4 – Make an action plan. This is very important. Many people get stuck when trying to achieve their goals. I often use to.
Have you ever felt like your goal was unattainable? If so, rest assured any goal can be achieved with small steps.
For example, if your goal is to buy a house. What will you need to do in order to close on a house?
First, you need to decide where you want to live.
You need to decide what price you can afford to pay for a house?
You need to decide if you will hire a Realtor or if you plan to use online resources to find a home.
You need to check your credit.
You may need to save money.
You need to find a lender.
See where I’m going with this?
All these little steps, must take place before you can achieve your goal of buying a home. Your action plan is your road map.
Step 5 – Decide where you can begin. Once you have your action plan or road map. Now you need to decide where to begin. There maybe things you cannot do right away. Therefore, start with one thing that is easiest for you to accomplish.
If you are planning to buy a home, you many need to save money for your down payment and other expenses. Let’s say you need to save $10,000. It may take you a year or longer to save this amount of money.
But deciding where you want to live, finding a Realtor and checking your credit are all things you could do now while you’re saving money.
Step 6 – Take Action. This may sound simple. But if it where most people fall short. Even I use to suffer with this. I got really good at deciding what I wanted. I would quickly write down my goals. I would even set a deadline and plan out all the action steps that I needed to achieve my goal. Yet, I would sit back and do nothing.
Sometimes, I would even repeat steps 1 – 5 just to delay getting started. The Bible says “faith without works is dead.”
The worst thing you can have is a good excuse! Excuses allow you to procrastinate. If you don’t take action, you can never move from where you are to where you want to be. You will never achieve any goal that you set.
Step 7 – Do something every day to achieve your goal. How do toddlers learn to walk? By taking one small step at a time. This is the same attitude we should have when working towards a goal that we’ve set for ourselves.
Nothing happens overnight. You’re goals may take time. But I know from experience, every small step you take will move you in the right direction and in time the small steps will turn your dreams into reality. I promise if you commit to improving yourself everyday your life can and will be everything you’ve ever dreamed of and so much more.
You cannot hit a target that you can’t see. This simple seven step goal setting process will help you hit the reset button and make the most out of the ten months we have left in this year.
Follow this seven step goal setting process, to achieve your goals and move from where you are to where you want to be -
- Decide what you want
- Write it down
- Set a deadline
- Make an action plan
- Decide where to begin
- Take action and do something everyday no matter how small to achieve your goal.
This basic seven step goal setting process is an easy and surefire way to get from where you are to where you desire to be.
Friend, don’t settle where you are! It’s time to step up and become all that you were meant to be.
I would love to hear the goals you set for yourself for this year. Please share below.
Your Success Partner,