How to Conquer Your Goals
You have so many things that you want to accomplish in your life. Let’s be honest though, life can get in the way and keeping up with improvements can be a challenge.
When we are goal setting a couple of common things happen. It can become overwhelming and we can get caught up in all the new tasks that need to be done. We could even become stuck with how to get started.
I’ve been a dreamer and planner for years. But, without proper goal setting, a lot of those dreams didn’t have a chance to become reality. It wasn’t up until a few years ago that I got more serious about looking past the dream I had in my head and into the details of how I was going to get there.
We want to help you get out of the cycle of living the same life year over year! This post is going to help you get specific on what you want and need to achieve in your life to reach your goals. You are going to be able to:
- Clear your mind
- Know what and where to focus your energy next
Bonus! Download our 30-day Goal Setting Workbook to follow along with this post. Use it to jump start your new goal setting journey.
Setting Your Goals
The first step in this workbook is to get your whole list of dreams narrowed down to the top three. These three will be the goals you are going to focus on. Three goals can be a lot to tackle at the same time, so be honest with what you can do.
It is helpful to get super specific on what you need and want to achieve over the next 30 days so you know where you should be focusing your time, energy and resources.
When you are creating goals, try to be as specific as possible so you know when you hit your goal. Also, important, you will have a better idea of where to start breaking down your goal and reassessing if you are running into a tough time getting there.
My favorite example of a specific goal is the difference between a goal of being healthy and a goal of walking a mile three times a week and stretching every day. The first goal doesn’t provide any end to the goal and isn’t descriptive to help you know you are getting to where you want to be. The alternative wording to that goal lets you measure your progress every week and gives you an idea of where you are thriving and where you need to give more of your energy.
As you narrow down your goals, keep in mind whether your goal is clear and measurable. This will make the process easier.
Creating Action Items That Work
Congratulations on getting down the goal(s) you are going to work on!
The next part is the fun part! We are going to spend some time identifying the action items needed to complete your goal(s).
Come up with 3 – 5 action items you can do to get closer to achieving each goal.
Sticking with the walking and stretching goal, some action items could be to start waking up 15 minutes earlier everyday to stretch before getting ready for work, creating a time with the family for everyone to join in on a walk or putting on your calendar, three days you are going to walk each week.
There is space in the workbook for all three goals so you can always keep your list handy!
Creating Accountability Matters
Accountability is so important when it comes to accomplishing great things. Accountability will keep you focused on pushing forward with what you have set out to do.
I know this piece is so important for me because if I don’t have something in place, I am usually left scrambling near the deadline. I’ve seen this happen with others as well and it just isn’t pretty.
I am a huge advocate for either finding accountability with a friend or mentor or establishing something like deadlines, whether they exist or not.
Use this time to brainstorm how you are going to build accountability into your goal setting. This should be something that fits in with the other pieces of your life and will keep you motivated and on the path of what you are trying to accomplish.
Track & Review Your Progress
The next steps in creating a system for your goals is tracking your progress along the way and doing a review at the end of the thirty days. These two important steps will help you see where you still need work, and what processes have been working and which ones may need tweaking.
The first step is tracking your progress weekly. The workbook has you focusing on the wins and the challenges you experienced. So be ready to think about what worked well for you and why it worked well, and what challenges you faced and why.
Whenever I am going through this step, I notice that I start to get motivated again if I have fallen behind somewhere along the way. It helps to call out where I have been feeling stuck or going slow and realizing what the barriers have been. Once I tweak my plan in the right areas, I feel like I’m off again!
Be totally honest with where you are at during each check in. You will get so much more benefit from picking up where you are at.
The second piece of the process comes at the very end of the 30 days. You have probably noticed a lot going on in your life as you have progressed through the month and now it’s time to do a review.
During the month end recap, you are going to focus on what you learned from this process to carry forward and what you want to improve upon as you move forward.
You can use this workbook and method again and again every month, this is what I do to get through everything I need to do. The review portion will help set you up for the following month because you can be mindful about what kind of action items to set up to make the most progress.
Achieving Your Goals
You have now had a chance to skim over the steps it takes to make your goals and dreams a reality. These steps will help you get closer to living the life you want to live.
Hopefully, you have had a chance to download our 30-Day Goal Setting Workbook. You’ve now been able to use it to identify your top three goals, make action plans to break down your big goals, discover how to build in accountability in your life and review wins and challenges.
Be aware that as you embark on a new journey, it is completely normal to not accomplish every single goal that you make. I don’t, but I learn and accomplish so much anyway, and it’s always aligned with my overall plan.
You now have a framework and resource to use to help you keep moving forward which is the foundation that you need to do great things.
What is a goal that you want to accomplish soon? We’d love to know so share with us in the comments. Don’t forget to share this workbook and post with your friends so they can accomplish great things too!
Brandon and Cristal