Raise your hand if you struggle with staying committed to your goals. Raise your hand again if you’re guilty of making the same goal over and over again and never accomplishing it.
Many people struggle with completing their goals because they’re approaching goal setting all wrong.
They have wishes not goals. They have fantasies not goals.
A goal is simply something you want to get done. A goal is written down. A goal has a plan. A goal is specific.
Your goals should align with your purpose. Your goals should be specific to what you want for your life.
4 mistakes people make when creating goals
- The goal is not specific - You say to yourself, I want to lose weight. That’s too vague. Instead say I want to lose 10 pounds by October 1st.
- The goal is not written down and visible - Your goal is only in your head and no one knows about it, but you. Your goals come to life when you write them down on paper and place them where you can see them often.
- The goal doesn’t push you out of your comfort zone - You play it safe and avoid taking risk by making goals that don’t challenge you. Set goals that will WOW you when you accomplish them.
- They don’t believe they can achieve the goal - You operate in fear and self doubt. You don’t think you have what it takes to really see your goal become your reality. In order for you to reach your goal, you have to believe in it more than anyone else.
When creating goals, ask yourself the following questions:
(1) Why do I want to accomplish this goal?
(2) What will it mean to me once I complete this goal?
(3) When do I want this goal to happen?
(4) Who will this goal affect?
Creating SMART Goals
Smart goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely
Clearly define what you want to get done and why. Think about why your goals are important and what it'll mean to you, once you accomplish it.
When creating SMART goals, make sure they line up with your values and align with what you want for each area of your life.
Let me walk you through an example on how to create a SMART goal.
Goal: You want to lose weight
Specific: What do you want to get done? + Why?
You want to lose weight so you can have more energy and be physically fit
Measurable: How will you know when you accomplish your goal?
Your goal is to lose 20 pounds by January
Attainable: How will you accomplish this goal?
You’ll change your eating habits, workout 3-5 times per week and keep a food journal
Realistic: Is it the right time for you to achieve this goal?
You look at your schedule and decide the best time to work out and is it really feasible for you to lose your desired weight in the time frame you set for yourself
Timely: How long will it take you to accomplish your goal?
You will lose 5 lbs. every month for the next 4 months in order to reach your weight loss goal.
Makes sense? Use this approach whenever you're setting goals so you can see clearly how you're going to accomplish them.
After you’ve made SMART goals, now it's time to find an accountability partner. You need someone in your life that will help you stay committed to your goals. When you're the only one who knows what you're working on, it's easier for your to quit when something doesn't go as expected.
An accountability partner will check in on you to make sure you're staying on task, they will push you when you feel like quitting and they will encourage and support you on your journey.
I've shared with you before that having people in my life to hold me accountable has been a game changer for me. I've been able to achieve a lot in a short amount of time because I have people in my life that I check in with on a regular basis.