I talk a lot about goals in life, but do you know how to actually set achievable goals that you will actually complete?
It’s so easy to sit there and say “I want to lose 30kg”, “I am going to wake up at 4 am every day” or “I am going to sell 500 ebooks”. Achieving these things is an entirely different story.
How to set achievable goals – Creating your goal
There are 4 key steps when creating your goal that will help you kickstart your road to success.
1. Know your why and set your intention
Knowing your why is a huge reoccurring theme throughout my blog, and for good reason.
If you don’t know what your why is, then you will never be able to fully achieve all of the things in life that you want to achieve.
Once you know your why then you can set your intention.
Setting your intention basically means that you are visualising how you want your day to go.
For example, when you want groceries, your intention is to get into your car and go to the supermarket. Your intention is what drives you from A to B.
Knowing your intention will also be the motivation you fall back on when things look like they are too hard.
You wanted groceries, but your car had no fuel and it’s raining outside.
Instead of giving up, you remember why you need groceries and you grab a raincoat and stop by the petrol station.
So, put on that raincoat and let’s keep on going!
2. Evaluate your situation
Before you set any goals, it is great (if not, essential) to evaluate your current situation.
Do your goals fit in with your lifestyle, or are they goals for the sake of having goals?
Do you want to lose 5kg, but all of a sudden you weigh yourself and you’ve already lost 4kg?
Assessing your current situation gives you greater awareness of what you want your goals to be, and the path you have to take. On top of this, you can also see what you already have in place to achieve your goals.
3. Get S.M.A.R.T and set H.A.R.D goals
This is the best part of the process – this is when you get to set your goals and start getting excited about your future.
There are two common methods used when setting goals, you can go with whichever suits you the best.
The S.M.A.R.T method
The smart method is my personal preference of the two, but if it doesn’t work for you then that is fine!
- S – Specific
You really need to be specific about your goal to greatly increase your chance of achieving it.
For example – saying “I want to lose weight” is not enough. However, saying “I want to lose 5kg” or “I want to lose 3cm from my waistline” is much more specific. It allows you to bring your focus to what your goal really is.
- M – Measurable
Making your goal measurable is a great way to see what is working, what isn’t working and motivate yourself to continue down the path to success.
The measure can be a weight-loss chart, savings tracker, step targets, blog count – whatever suits your Specific Goal
- A – Attainable
Your goal needs to, obviously, be attainable/achievable. As well as have actionable steps that will allow you to reach your target.
Creating an impossible goal is damaging for your mental health, will deter you from trying to hit future goals and generally frustrate you.
So make it achievable!
- R – Relevant
Is this goal relevant to your overall goal in life?
Will losing that 5kg help you to live the life that you envision for yourself?
If the answer is yes, perfect! If it’s a no, then you should probably go back to step one and find a goal that is relevant to you, your lifestyle and your overall goal.
Going back a step or two is okay! This is about setting your achievable goal, and sometimes we need to go back before we can go forward.
- T – Timeframe
Set a specific timeframe/deadline for when you want this goal to be achieved.
Again, we need to be specific. Saying “oohhh I guess I want to lose some weight before my wedding” is not specific.
Saying “I want to lose 5kg by the 11th of May, 2020” is specific.
Setting a specific timeframe will allow you to drive yourself towards your goal, giving you the motivation and momentum you need to succeed.
Once you’ve set a specific date, stick to it!
The H.A.R.D Method
This method works, I believe, on a deeper level when you are goal setting. It allows you to connect deeper within yourself to achieve your goals.
- H – Heartfelt
When creating your goals, make them heartfelt.
This simply means something that is important to you, you have an emotional attachment to and that will bring you closer to your ideal life.
The idea behind the H is that the closer you feel to your goal, the more likely you are to achieve it.
- A – Animated
Animated is about visualising your goal and envisioning the benefits it will bring to your life.
This can be done in any way that suits you, you can set up a journal, vision board or even something bigger like a YouTube channel. Get yourself attached to your goal and become animated about it!
- R – Required
Make sure that your goal is a requirement of the lifestyle you are ultimately aiming for.
Do you need to lose 5kg to fit into that dress?
- D – Difficult
Your goal should challenge you. It should not be so easy that you can do it without even lifting a finger.
As humans, we love a challenge (even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time!) and with challenges come new skills.
For example, my blog has been a huge challenge. A lot of struggle and tears have gone into it.
On a difficult journey, it has also been incredibly rewarding because I now have new skills that I will take with me forever. This is my “Difficulty” of my blog goals.
Which method should you use?
Both the S.M.A.R.T and H.A.R.D method are great for achieving your goals, and it can be wise to draw on both when creating your goals. You will very quickly work out which method works best for you.
Remember – there is no right or wrong, these are your goals!
4. Envision your goals as if you’ve already achieved them
Once you have set out all of your goals, it’s time to start working towards them.
Envision your goals, this can be through a vision board or simply daydreaming about your fantastic future.
Living as you’ve already achieved your goals gets you in the “swing of things”. It allows you to live the life you are aiming for before you even get there.
Want to live a healthy lifestyle that allows you to lose weight? You are now a healthy eating, exercise loving powerhouse!
Want to save enough money for a house? You are now a money-conscious, frugal living budget queen!
Once you have your goal, live it as if you’ve done it, and then everything will fall into place much easier.
How to set achievable goals and succeed
We all know how the saying goes – If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Plan and execute your goals with as much clarity and determination as you possibly can.
These are the best ways to achieve your goals
Deadlines are incredibly important for goal achievement.
Set your deadlines, and do everything you can between now and then to achieve your goals.
Plan out your weeks, even your days, to do at least one thing that will take you a step closer to your goal.
Write it down
Write down your goals in an easy to view spot.
This could be your work diary, calendar, an online program like Trello – whatever will keep your goal in your physical focus.
So many times I have set goals and failed to write them down, after a few days those goals slip by and a month later I sit there thinking “oh, that’s right. I was meant to be rich by now!”, but I have failed to do anything to work towards my endgame.
So write down those goals and keep your eye on them!
Look at your goals daily
Once you’ve written them down, look at your goals daily.
Plan your day out and include your goals, even when days things get hard, try your best to incorporate your goals.
Life is a fickle mistress, it can change at any moment. Planning your goals and viewing them daily can make it much easier to adjust your mini-goals to suit the changes you are faced with.
Remember when we looked at the S.M.A.R.T method, and it mentioned measurable goals? That is where this comes in.
You want to track as much as you possibly can, so you can see what is working for you, and what needs to be fine-tuned.
This could be tracking your measurements, tracking your profits, tracking how many times a day you drink a glass of water – whatever your goal is, track it.
Another benefit of tracking is that it allows you to see when you have had days where your goals have slipped. So you can always stay on top of them!
We have financial, business and health trackers in our store, an excellent way to start your journey off the right way!
You can check them out here.
Observe & Re-evaluate
As your goals get closer, your methods will become more refined.
3 weeks ago it may have been too hard to get out of bed and go for a walk, now you are doing it almost on auto-pilot and that means it’s time for a re-evaluation!
When you are ready for a re-evaluation, you will know.
Remember that you want your goals to be something you work for, and the harder you work the more you will achieve.
Now that you are walking with ease, you can step up your game and start jogging or add weight training to your routine.
Constantly observe your current situation and re-evaluate them, grow with your goals.
Live for the ongoing lifestyle
This is my final bit of advice for you today.
When we work towards goals, so often do we achieve those goals and then forget everything we have learned in the process.
Instead of achieving and forgetting, take everything that you have learned and continue to use them daily.
You will find that your overall lifestyle habits will improve and things like losing weight, saving money or kicking ass in your business will become much more natural and you will continue to notice amazing and positive changes.
For more motivation on living a healthier lifestyle, check out our blog post Benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
What is your biggest goal?
We all have goals, and no matter how big or small they may seem, they are all awesome!
Let me know what your biggest goal is in the comments, and how you plan on working towards them.