Is it possible to set goals you can always achieve?
First, consider this. You don’t want to set the bar so low you can step over it with ease each time, but you don’t want to set it so high you need a spaceship to get there. So what is the right way to set goals and actually achieve them?
When it comes to goal setting I have probably read every single book on the subject. I spent the last 15 years of my life studying achievement, personal development, and especially goal setting.
Today I’m going to share with you what took me 15 years to learn. The key lessons, the three secrets about goal setting. That’s 15 years of experience distilled into the 15 minutes or so minutes it takes you to read this..
You can still go and read all those books, but this is what I’ve found that works for me.
Watch this video about the right way to set goals and achieve them.
1 Reverse Engineer Your Goal
When it comes to goal setting, number one, you have to be very specific, not vague. Now, what do I mean by that? For example, making money, that’s a wish, that’s a dream. On the other hand, a goal is “I want to make $100,000 in income by the end of the year or in the next 12 months.” That’s a goal.
A goal has to be very specific and very precise.
Let’s take money as an example because it’s the easiest to quantify. Let’s say your goal is to make $100,000 in the next 12 months. What you want to do with this objective is the very first secret.
What I always do is I reverse engineer what I want to achieve. Whatever goal that I have I say, “How can I break that down that goal into what do I need to do? What do I need to focus on? What skills do I need to upgrade?”
Usually when you set a goal, you need to upgrade your skills or upgrade your mental capacity to get to your goal. Chances are, whatever that you’re capable of right now, wherever your skill and mentality are right now, you won’t get the results you want.
If you want to get to that next level, you’re going to have to be better and learn more. Reverse engineer that goal into a 12 month timeline.
On a monthly basis, what do you need to do? If you want to make $100,000 a year, divide it by 12 months, then divide each month into weeks. What do you need to do each week to hit your monthly income goal?
Then when you have your weekly goal, break it down further into your DIG, your Daily Income Goal. I explain this in a lot more detail in my book, F.U. Money. If you have not read it, you can get it on Amazon for $20 or you can go to fumoney.com and download it for free.
Have A Daily Income Goal
When you have Your Daily Income Goal you don’t need to wait till the end of the year. You know how people always make their New Year resolutions in January. They want to lose weight, be more successful, or write a book. They resolve to do something in January and then by February they’re losing momentum.
By March they realize a quarter of the year has passed them by. In December, around Christmas time or year end, they realize they didn’t accomplish their goal. They didn’t do what they said they were going to do.
That’s why you need D.I.G. If you’re not hitting your daily income goal, you’re not hitting your weekly income goal. And if you’re not hitting your weekly income goal, you’re not hitting your monthly income goal. So it won’t be a surprise at the end of the year if you’re not hitting your main goal.
Every single day, you can just focus on what you’re doing day to day. You can ask yourself questions about how you can achieve your goal. Do you need to reach out to somebody? Send an email? Do a marketing initiative? Learn new skills? Start reading that book?
Each day, ask yourself, “What am I doing today to move a little closer to that goal?”
Check You’re Hitting Your D.I.G.
I’ll give you a perfect example of reverse engineering. At one point, I hadn’t been practicing martial arts in a long time so I decided to get back into it. When I joined the class I sucked. I was rusty. My skills, my reflexes, my speed, just weren’t like when I was younger. I wasn’t what I used to be.
I joined a class and decided that in 12 months I wanted to be the top student in the class. At the time I was at the bottom.
I broke down my goals so I was very clear in terms of what I needed to achieve for skill, speed, and everything. Then I asked myself what my goal looked like on a monthly basis. I planned what techniques and skills I needed to master. After that, I broke it all down into a monthly basis and then a weekly basis and finally a daily basis.
Every day, I needed to practice 200 punches. I needed to do certain exercises, and every week I varied my routine to make sure I sharpened those skills. Suddenly I felt like I was rising from the bottom, the worst of the class, to the top.
People with five years more experience than me could feel that we were equal or I was slightly better when we touched hands. I became faster, stronger, and more powerful. It got to the point where last week, my sifu (teacher) said, “Your kung fu is getting pretty damn good.”
My sifu never says that to anybody.
That’s how I reached the top of my class. That’s the very first secret. You reverse engineer your goal. Then, you set goals in the four major areas of your life. That’s also the second secret.
2. Set Goals In 4 Major Areas Of Your Life
To successfully achieve goals in your life, set goals in four major areas of your life.
Once you have those four areas, here’s what happens. When you’re trying to create success out of these four areas, I can almost guarantee you, you will fail.
You can’t put equal emphasis, 25%, 25%, 25%, and 25% into all four. You’re trying too hard to balance things and human beings do not live balanced lives.
For the majority of people, it’s virtually impossible to have time with kids, pursue your passions, make a lot of money, and have an ideal beach body or athletic body.
As human beings, we need to focus on one thing at a time. So ask yourself, out of these four areas, what is the one goal that you can accomplish that will help you accomplish everything else?
Prioritizing Your Goals
In my case, in my early twenties, my goal was very focused on finance because I needed to support my mom and pay the bills. I couldn’t focus on personal passions or make contributions.
What area you focus on depends on where you are in your career. If you’re already successful, obviously you want to focus more on other areas of your life, but in the beginning you want to pick one area where you put 80% of your effort.
Once you get that taken care of, then you can spread out your effort into other areas. After that, use the four step formula to accomplish your goals.
3. Achieve Your Goals Automagically
No, you are not seeing a typo. You can use a very simple four step formula to achieve your goals automagically. Not automatically.
It happens automagically as if they come true like magic. Try it. It’s very very simple.
The Four Step Formula
For the first step, you need to set your goals. Not in your head, not on your phone, but written down with a pen or pencil. You actually write them out. Be very specific about what you want to achieve in the four areas.
Second, you need to see it. After you set your goals, don’t just put them away. Don’t put them in a journal that you don’t revisit for a whole year. No, I put mine in front of me, in my office. I look at these goals every single day.
When I wake up in the morning, those goals are the first thing I look at because wherever your attention goes, energy flows and results show.
Sometimes I look at my goals multiple times a day. I see them, I read them out loud, I focus on them.
Then for step three, I live my goals. What does that mean? It means you don’t just see the goals intellectually, you need to experience them.
For example, students from my High-Ticket Closers ™ program will go test drive their dream car. They will sit inside the car and experience it. Smell the leather. Touch the car. Live it.
If they want to own a dream house, my students will go look at an open house. Walk into the kitchen, sit in the living room and vividly picture themselves living in that house.
How To Manifest Your Goal
Many years ago I had a dream that I was driving a red Mazda RX-8, so I set a goal. I actually cut out the car from a magazine and put it in my home office. I looked at it every day. Then I lived it. I saw myself driving the car, turning on the engine and listening to the roar. I lived it many, many times until I shared the goal.
Now, you might say, you don’t want to share your goal with people you know. If you don’t accomplish your goal, you’ll look stupid. But that’s the problem!
That’s why you don’t accomplish your goals. You don’t even believe you can accomplish them. You’ve got to share them with people. Let the world hold you accountable. In my case, I even take it a step higher. I don’t just share my goals with people I know, I share them with the whole entire world.
I share my goals with you on YouTube. For example, I told people I was going to hit a million subscribers. That’s when I had hit 100,000 subscribers. Less than a year later, I had a million subscribers. I share my goals with the world, so I have the world to hold me accountable.
How I Got The Car
So let’s go back to my Mazda story. I would go test drive the car at different dealerships. I had to go to different dealerships because after I test drove the car, I couldn’t go back to drive it again. The salesman would catch on and know I wasn’t buying anything.
Anyway, I test drove the car multiple times. Eventually, I knew exactly what it felt like to drive that car. I could hear the engine, I could sense when I turned the key. I knew exactly what features I wanted. A sunroof. Upgrades. I knew the cost.
I reverse engineered the money I needed to get the car, and shared my goal with my friends. We’d be walking down the street and I would see a red Mazda RX-8 drive by. I would tell my friends, “Hey, that’s my car.”
“What are you talking about?” they said. “That’s not your car. You’re driving the Mazda 3. That’s not your car.”
I said, “You don’t understand. That’s my car.”
When I made enough money, I went to a dealership and I told the salesman, “I want that RX-8 in red.” The salesman asked, “Would you like to test drive it?”
I didn’t need to test drive it, so the salesman offered to show me all the features and upgrades. I just wanted to buy it.
Later the salesman told me he had never closed a sale that fast in his entire life. I just got the key and turned on the engine. And drove the car off the parking lot.
Now you might think, “Isn’t it awesome that you achieved your lifelong dream? How do you feel?”
There was no excitement. No jumping up and down. There was none of that. The only feeling that I had when I drove the car off the lot was, “This is my car.” It was déjà vu. It was mine.
That’s what I’m talking about. Set your goal, see it, live it, and share it. That’s the right way to set goals and accomplish them.
Live your life as if all your dreams have come true, and then you challenge your reality to catch up.
What’s your big dream? Comment below.