Tips to Achieve That One Stubborn Goal in Your Life
There are a few things to look at when you have a goal that you’re not achieving. There is no reason that a goal can’t be achieved; you just need to make sure your goal is set up correctly.
Here is Jane’s Goal:
Jane had a dream to run her own business. She started a garden center in her home town, and just before the opening, she set a goal to make her garden center profitable.
Within 30 days, Jane’s business became profitable; she was earning about $40 profit a day. Her goal was achieved because $40 profit a day, is profitable, not a lot of profit but profitable.
What Jane really intended was to make over $500 a day in profit. Because her goal was vague, she received vague results. Your goals must be specific to get specific results.
Here Are Some Tips To Help You Define Your Goal:
1. Is Your Goal About You?
A lot of people make the mistake of setting goals that involve someone else, e.g., your goal is for your boss to give you a 10% raise. Well, you can’t set a goal for someone else. In this example, you could only set a goal that you will position yourself to be eligible for a raise, to get a raise. The goal can’t be about someone else.
2. Is Your Goal Clear?
Your goal must be clear, and you must write it down! Once you do that, then read it to yourself out loud. Does it make sense? Can you memorize it? Keep refining your goal until it makes sense and is crystal clear.
3. Is Your Goal Realistic? Is It Achievable?
Who decides if your goals are realistic? It should be you. If you have a goal that you believe is unrealistic, then you are right and won’t achieve it. On the other hand, if you have a goal that’s unrealistic to others, but it is realistic for you, you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve. Your goals must be realistic for you.
4. Is Your Goal Measurable?
You have to know when your goal has been achieved. If you don’t know what it’s like to have accomplished the goal, you’ll never know if you met it.
You can’t say I want more money. Here’s a buck, now you have more money, goal achieved! You have to say something like, I want to have an extra $15,000 in the bank in my rainy-day fund.
5. Is Your Goal Cluttered?
Cluttered or multi-step goals need refinement! You may have a goal that needs to be split up into smaller goals.
For example, your goal may be to create a new product line.
A goal like this involves multiple steps, e.g., Goal 1: research the market; Goal 2: find the suppliers for the raw materials; Goal 3:setup production, etc.
If your goal can be split into smaller, achievable goals, then do it by all means. You’ll be able to move quicker, you’ll be clear, and you’ll move ahead with precision.
6. Do You Want Your Goal Badly Enough?
Are you confusing a goal with a wish? A wish is something you’d like to have, but you may not be willing to do much to get it. A goal is something that should be looked at in an entirely different manner.
Here Are two questions to help you clarify your goal:
1. Will you do anything in your power to achieve your goal?
2. Will you spend as much time as necessary to fulfill your goal?
If you can’t answer yes to the above questions, then you need to rephrase or redefine your goal to allow yourself to answer yes to the above.
7. Are You Taking Action Toward Achieving Your Goal?
Although all goals begin with a thought, taking action toward achieving the goal is an important step. You can’t expect to win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.
8. How Do You Feel About Your Goal?
When you think of your goal, what feelings emerge? Do you have feelings of doubt or anxiety? If you do, then these feelings can hold you back.
Find out why you’re feeling this way, then change the goal to feel good and confident.
If your goal doesn’t feel right, then something is wrong. Refine your goal until it sounds right and feels right to you, and you’ll see things start to happen.
Although there are many approaches to achieving your goals, these tips will help you stay on track and eliminate issues blocking your goal achievement!
That’s the way I see it.