Goals are what makes life. Some goals we are aware of, some not. Most people get through life without consciously setting goals. But they are missing out on so many opportunities!
Before we talk about how to systematically reach every goal you will ever set in your life, let’s look at 5 reasons why setting goals is so important:
If you don’t set goals for your life, chances are you are living your life achieving someone else’s goals. The saying, “If you don’t have a plan you will be part of someone else’s” is true.
When you are setting your goals it gives you clarity on what you ultimately want. It makes you crystallize and articulate your true desires. It ensures that you are focusing your time, energy and efforts on things that really matter to you.
2. Inner Drive
Your goals are a reflection of what motivates you in your life. When you set goals you are usually very connected with an inner source of motivation. Having set goals allows you to access the part in you that really motivates you. You can use your goals as a constant source of inspiration when things are not easy.
When you have clear goals, you are able to pinpoint your focus and attention. In that sense goals are different than a life purpose. A purpose gives you more of a broader framework from which you make your decisions. Goals on the other hand allow you to pinpoint your focus on what exactly to spend your time and energy on.
Most people spend a big portion of their days doing random activities – they respond to whatever gets thrown at them. These activities really do not matter in the larger scope of life, but if you don’t have your own goals you are not aware of that fact.
Having goals makes you accountable. Rather than just talking about what you want and not taking concrete action; when you set goals you are now obligated to take action. Setting a specific goal gives you clarity on whether you are living up against what you committed yourself to do. This kind of accountability is accountability to yourself, not anyone else.
5. Be The Best You Can Be
Goals help you achieve your highest potential. Without goals, you operate by default in a way that makes you feel safe and comfortable. Operating from this place is the enemy of growth. It keeps you small, predictable and sluggish. It keeps you from becoming the best person you can be. It denies you from tapping into all that potential inside of you.
When you set goals you have a target to strive towards. These targets make you try new things, look at things from different perspectives, get out of the box, which puts you into growth mode. They make you stretch beyond your normal self and reach new heights.
5-Steps Goal Achievement Strategy
There are many reasons why people have difficulties achieving their goals. Some challenges occur when people have to change deeply ingrained routines and habits. Others occur when hidden beliefs manipulate your actions. But before you even get to that level of work, it is important that you operate within the right framework. You have to have a strategic plan. It is difficult to accomplish anything without a strategic plan, whether it is loosing weight, growing your income, or launching a new product or service.
A powerful strategic plan that I want to share with you is the 5-step Goal Achievement Strategy. It is simple in its outline, yet it is mighty powerful. With this 5-step strategy, you will be able to achieve your most ambitious goals. Motivation and determination can take you far, but they can only take you so far without a proper strategy to hold everything together.
The strategic approach to successful Goal Achievement consists of these 5 simple steps:
1. Establish your goal
2. Develop Key Strategies
3. Create a Plan based on your Strategies
Each step of this Strategy is an art in and of itself and requires an unique approach. But if you understand, implement and master each of these five steps, you simply cannot fail at achieving your goal.