When it comes to the very important topic of goal setting, I have probably read every available book on the subject, and I’ve also attended various courses and seminars on the subject. I have spent the last 15 years of my life studying achievement and personal development – especially the arena of goal-setting. You don’t have to wait until the beginning of a new year to set goals. You don’t have to wait for January to roll around to set New Year’s Resolutions. Goals can be set at any time, as long as you know how to actually achieve them.
Today, I’m going to tell you how to set big goals and actually achieve them. I’m going to share with you the 5 major secrets about successful goal-setting that took me 15 years to learn.
Be Very Specific
If you want to achieve a goal, you cannot have a vague idea of the goal. Goals should be very specific, not vague. Know the difference between a goal and a dream. Dreams tend to be more vague, such as “I want to be a millionaire.” A goal, however, is something more like “I want to make $100,000 in the next 12 months.”
Reverse Engineer Your Goal
Reverse engineering your goal involves breaking down everything involved or required in achieving the goal. For example, you’ll break it down to figure out what skills you need to acquire or upgrade, and figure out what you need to focus on.
Chances are, whatever you’re currently capable of in terms of your current skills and mental capacity, is only getting you so far. If you want to get to that next level, you’re going to have to learn new skills and upgrade current skills.
Once I reverse engineer a goal of mine, I’ll figure out what I need to do on a weekly or monthly basis to achieve the goal. Even better, I’ll break down what is required of me on a daily basis. Your D-I-G is your Daily Income Goal, which is something I explain more extensively in my book F.U. Money, which can be downloaded for free for a limited time by clicking here.
If you’re not hitting your daily income goal, then you’re not hitting your monthly income goal, and ultimately you won’t reach your goal. That’s what reverse engineering a goal is all about. It’s about figuring out what you need to do today – and every day – in order to reach your goal.
Have Daily Goals That Move You Towards The Big Goal
Every single day, you should be doing something to move closer towards your goal. Whether it’s reading a new book, trying out a marketing initiative, meeting with a mentor, pitching a new client – whatever it is, each day you must do something. Know your daily tasks. It’s all about not wasting a single day. You need to have a daily goal in order to reach the big goal.
Set Goals Within The 4 Most Important Aspects of Your Life
Your goals should fall within the most important categories of your life such as health-related goals, personal goals, financial goals, and growth goals.
Without health, you have nothing. Without good health, you can’t keep up your daily goals. Personal goals can involve spending more time with friends, family, more golf, more vacations, etc. Financial goals fall under business goals, and involve things like the amount of income you want to earn per year, the number of clients you want to land, etc. Growth goals are similar to contribution goals, which means you have goals on how many people you are impacting. This
could include a goal such as a number of YouTube subscribers you want to gain this year, or the number of mentees you want to help this year.
These are the 4 categories your goals should fall under. However, I’m not suggesting that you try to focus on all 4 of these areas equally when you are setting your goals. It’s better to focus on one thing at a time, which is why you should ask yourself which of these 4 categories hold the goal that will help you the most. In my case, in my early 20s, my number one category of focus for my goals was financial. I was focused on making money, because I couldn’t pursue my passions or contribute to my family without money. So, money and financial goals were going to help me the most, and money would help me achieve my other goals.
If you are already wealthy and successful, you can probably focus on a different category for your goals other than financial. Just remember to focus on one category at a time.
Follow The 4-Step Formula
The 4-Step formula is one of the best secrets to achieving goals. Step 1 is to set the goal. This means you get out a pen and paper, you get very specific, and you write down the specific goal. Step 2 is to see the goal. Preferably, you’d put the piece of paper with your goal somewhere visible such as on your refrigerator door, or pin it to the bulletin board in your office. Put it somewhere where you’ll see it, notice it, and pay attention to it. Wherever your attention goes, energy flows and results show. Step 3 is to live it. You don’t just want to see a goal and understand it intellectually. You have to experience it. For example, if there’s a dream car that you want to own, go out and test drive it. Live it. See yourself driving that car and smell the leather. If there’s a dream home you want for yourself, go to an open house. Sit in the living room. Walk through the kitchen. Stare out the window at the view. Know exactly what you want, and know exactly what it feels like, smells like, etc. You have to see yourself living that life, vividly, and this helps motivate you to achieve the goal. That’s why some people have vision boards with photos of what they want. It works. Step 4 is to share your goal. If other people know what your goal is, they might help remind you, motivate you, support you and keep you on track. Let other people hold you accountable to your goal. Let them believe in you, and they’ll help you believe in yourself.
I’ll leave you with a bonus tip: Live your life as though all of your dreams have come true. Drive that dream car hundreds of times in your mind. Picture yourself sitting in the living room of your dream home, with that million-dollar view. Live your life as though all of your dreams have come true, and then challenge your reality to catch up.