Creating Attainable Goals

How to Set Attainable Goals

In December of last year, I started to really evaluate where I wanted to be in life and what I wanted out of life and most importantly I started to think about how I was going to go about getting there.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, little by little becomes a lot. Anything in life is ultimately made up of a million little pieces. Each piece builds to make a result. Small accountable actions are what get you to where you land.

Say you have a degree from a certain university it wasn’t as simple as deciding that you are going to that university 4 (or 5 years ago), it was the years of doing work in high school, filling out the application, the community service you did, the recommendation letters, the late nights once you got to college, the papers you wrote, the exams you took… all of those little actions and decisions that added up to that achievement.

That’s how you need to think of any goal.

I started my monthly goal segment last December to start setting small, yet obtainable goals to get me to where I wanted to be in my business and life.

Divide and conquer

Not everything should be on the same list, by separating the different parts of your life you can better provide attention and focus to all of them.

Instead of having on large to do list thing about the different areas and what needs to be done in them…I don’t too much worry about actively putting them in order because anything urgent or pressing you know is a priority.

  • Do you have a full-time job
  • Social responsibilities
  • Side hustle or blog
  • Kids
  • Household duties

Break these down and figure out what you want from each area in life. Do you want to spend more time with your family? Do you want to grow your email subscribers? Do you want to save $5,000?

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Think of the steps.

Do you want to lose 20 pounds? Don’t just put “Lose 20 pounds” on your goal list. You should put specific steps that will get you to where you want to be.

Maybe you decide to only eat 1300 calories a day and workout 4 times a week? If you want to lose 20 pounds total what is a realistic amount to lose in a month? What are the deadlines for these different steps to the goals you are creating?

Don’t try to tackle the goal to completion in one setting.

If you want to post on your blog 10 times a month don’t think you’re going to knock that out in one writing session. Figure out how long it typically takes you to write a piece and then decide when in your schedule you can sit down and write one and then when you can write the next and the next…etc

If you want to reach 1,000 Twitter followers figure out a way to gain more popularity on Twitter. Are you going to tweet a certain amount of times per day? Are you going to follow X amount of new people? Which hashtags will get you more attention?

Figure out what you need to do to reach your goal, specifically.

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Hold yourself accountable

If you’re like most people it is easy to tell yourself you’re going to do XYZ and then not do it. It is not easy to tell other people you are going to do something and then prove yourself a liar by not doing it.

Depending on your comfort level you may want to tell your best friend or you may want to tell the entire world, but tell someone! If you have to hire a trainer or a coach to keep yourself accountable, do it! If you want to tell all your followers your E-book will be done September 23rd, you better be damn sure it’s ready on September 23rd. If you tell your career coach, you are going to apply for 3 new positions a week you better have applied for 3 jobs.

You have to find the way you will stay motivated and accountable.

3 Sources for accountability

Money

For some people paying for a service like Weight Watchers or the 21 Day Fix holds them accountable because they put their money into it so they are more likely to stick with it.

I grew up in a household where we learned that money was hard to come by and to not waste it. Putting money into my blog helped me be accountable for it. I tried to start several blogs over the years, but it wasn’t until I spent money to buy a domain and web hosting that I had a larger sense of responsibility to stick with it and keep working.

Others

For some people, telling someone they are doing something makes them feel like they have to do it. If you tell all your coworkers you aren’t eating red meat anymore, you might be less likely to walk into the break room with a cheeseburger.

If you are in a mastermind group and you know the other members are expecting to hear about your progress on a certain project will you be more likely to do it?

Can you partner with someone to reach this goal? Are you the type that is more likely to let yourself down than others? Does knowing someone is depending on you to do something drive you to work harder?

Rewards

Will rewards keep you in line? Do you want to hire a VA? Maybe you should set the goal that if you complete and sell 5 of your e-courses then you can finally hire a VA. If you work out 4 times in one week you can buy yourself that new Michael Kors bag you wanted.

Make sure that rewards don’t take away from your goal. You see this a lot with weight loss goals… I lost 5 pounds so I deserve this bucket of ice cream…no it doesn’t work that way. Grab that 100 calorie ice cream sandwich mini instead.

To recap

In order for this to work, you have to decide what you want, what you have to do to get there in detail, how you will hold yourself accountable for those goals and how you will reward yourself or celebrate them.

So what is one goal you want to set for yourself you can follow these steps to obtain?

What accountability method works best for you?

Tell me in the comments.

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