5 simple ways for achieving your biggest goals that everyone should be doing
Goal setting is super important when you want to level up and change the status quo in your life.
After all, if you don’t set goals, how would you possibly know what you need to do in order to change your life?
I know I always set big lofty goals for myself, especially at the beginning of a new year. While new year’s resolutions can be helpful, they are only a wish if you don’t create an actionable plan.
The simplest form of goal achievement is getting out of your comfort zone and putting in the hard work to achieve what your heart truly desires.
But what can you do to ensure that you are doing everything you can to reach your goals? Let’s first talk about Stephen Dubeier’s Ted Talk.
Stephen Duneier’s TED talk
Stephen Duneier, who is a Guinness world record holder, hedge funds manager, author, outdoorsman, the list goes on and on (literally), gives this really powerful TEDx talk about achieving goals.
To recap the video if you don’t feel like watching it is that it’s all about making marginal improvements to increase your chances of the outcome you desire.
It’s not about reaching that big goal but rather taking the small steps it takes to get there.
He starts out by showing you an image of Brad Pitt and claims that he can show you how to draw that image in 15 seconds.
It ends up being a technique done by artist Chuck Close, who is a very successful artist that draws pictures using squares. So Duneeier claims that you can draw the picture of Brad Pitt by just focusing on one gray square at a time.
While this is a bit dramatic and easier said than done, he has a good point.
It’s all about Marginal adjustments
You have to take action and decide what is going to move the needle forward. These marginal adjustments to your daily routine can lead to big results.
So what can you do today to break down those big concepts and those ambitious dreams?
5 ways to achieve your big ambitious goals
1. Write your goals down
The first step is identifying those long term goals and writing them down. This sounds like an easy step to skip but writing down your goals is so important.
It makes it real and it allows you to hold yourself accountable. When you have some accountability, the odds of success are much higher in reaching your big goals.
I have a whiteboard in my office where I write down my goals. That way I can see it every day and remind myself to find ways to take one step toward those goals.
I also like to have 3 goals for the day and I have to complete those three things before I go to bed at night. I tie these short-term goals into my long-term goals so I’m always making progress toward my dream life.
If you want to get really creative, you can make a vision board. This is where you cut out images from magazines or print them off the internet that represent your own goals and dreams.
For example, if you want to travel the world, you would put pictures of different countries on your vision board.
Creating a vision board is a fun way to get yourself excited about your goals and it’s also a great way to keep your goals top of mind.
So figure out what works best for you and write your goals down and put them somewhere you can see them!
2. Identify your Why
Once you’ve determined your goals, now it’s time to determine why you even want to reach that goal in the first place?
Is it to make more money?
Is it to have more free time?
Is it to be able to help others?
Whatever your reason is, make sure it’s a good one.
Your why should be something that gets you excited and motivated to achieve your big goals. It should be something that you are passionate about.
If your why isn’t strong enough, you’ll find yourself losing motivation and giving up on your goals when times get tough. And believe me, you’re definitely going to hit a bump in the road and want to throw in the towel.
3. Break down your goals into manageable tasks
What is one thing you can add to your daily routine to make meaningful progress?
You need to find a way to break down your goals into manageable pieces and identify what is going to get you the best returns on your time.
For example, if your goal is to write a book, you need to sit down and figure out how many words you need to write each day to reach your goal.
It’s important not to overwhelm yourself so make sure you give yourself some wiggle room. So focus on sitting down every day and writing. Writing is what is going to move the needle forward. Not researching or brainstorming so make sure you’re choosing tasks that will actually help you gain some traction.
Those tiny little decisions are going to lead you to that big ambitious goal of writing a book.
It’s also important not to make your goals too small.
You want to find a happy medium where you’re pushing yourself but not setting yourself up for failure.
Creating a Roadmap
One way to ensure you are heading in the right direction towards your long-term goal is to create a roadmap of sorts.
If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever get there?
This is where you’ll take all of the pieces of your puzzle and put them together to create a plan. Try to be as specific as possible. A good way to do this is by creating SMART goals.
If you don’t have a plan, you’ll find yourself wandering aimlessly and never reaching your destination. Your roadmap doesn’t have to be perfect but it does need to exist.
4. Eliminate Distractions
This is really a productivity hack but if you want to get something done, it is extremely helpful to eliminate distractions so you can focus.
This can be anything from getting off social media, turning off the video games, or putting down the remote control to working in a quiet room with no distractions.
If you have trouble focusing, there are even apps you can download that will block certain websites so you can’t access them while you’re trying to get work done.
The goal is to eliminate anything that might take your focus away from what you’re trying to accomplish.
5. Be Willing to Change the Course
When you set these huge goals, you may not always know how you’re going to achieve them. That’s why it’s important to take a moment on a regular basis to evaluate how you’re progressing and what you need to change in order to be successful.
The right approach is probably not going to be the first tactic you try. You are probably going to have to learn new skills and form some good habits to achieve your goals. But that’s okay, it’s all about the process.
Remember, it’s all about making a minor adjustment on a daily basis to make a big impact.
The bottom line is that you are an active participant in whether or not you’ll reach your difficult goal. You need to be constantly making small tweaks and changes along the way so you can eventually achieve your goals.
If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change the course. There is no shame in admitting that something isn’t working and making the necessary changes to get yourself back on track.
In the long run, these types of decisions where you’re breaking down your goals and re-evaluating your progress are going to lead to significant results.
Creating and working towards goals is how we achieve our dreams. But it’s not always easy to stay motivated or know how to get started. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving anything you set your mind to!
Do you have any tips on how to achieve goals? Share them with us in the comments below!
Until next time,
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