The practice of goal setting has been broken down in various ways time and time again. Maybe you’ve heard about them needing to be S.M.A.R.T. Perhaps you’ve heard that it takes 21 days to make a habit that sticks.
If you have already established what your goal is, recognize that this is only the first step. Making it happen is an entirely different skill set.
So what are the three key things you really need in order to accomplish them once you’ve established that goal?
You Need to Take Action
It should come as no surprise that goal setting is just the beginning. Once you have it out of your head and on paper, you need to set things in motion.
Sitting and dreaming about your goal isn’t going to get you far. You have to make it happen since the only person who can do anything about it is yourself.
Make an action plan and set deadlines for achieving milestones and goal posts.
Plan at least one thing that you need to put into action every single day that will help you reach your goal, and commit to doing it. Make it non-negotiable.
Procrastination will only hinder your efforts so if you find yourself stalling, try 5-4-3-2-1. It’s a simple technique that is effective for snapping you out of procrastinating behaviors championed by Mel Roberts, and it really works.
Tell Everyone and Be Accountable
Goal setting is something that everyone does at some point, be it for personal or professional reasons.
A necessary thing to do is to share it with people. If broadcasting your goal on social media isn’t for you that’s okay. But at the very least you should tell a few people. This might be close friends, members of your family, your partner, or colleagues at work.
Why is this so essential? It makes you accountable. If you have set some goals and nobody knows about them, then the chance of you choosing to ignore doing the hard stuff that achieving goals takes is much higher.
Failing to share with anyone means you can avoid taking action and procrastinate. The thinking might be that you’re not bothered about failure because nobody knows about it.
And sure, failure can be scary. But it’s also a great motivator when you’re accountable to others.
Reset your Mindset
Another vital aspect of accomplishing your goals is to look a little deeper at your own mindset.
Negative self talk can creep in. When that happens, reset your mindset.
Feeling like a failure when you hit the inevitable stumbling block can take the wind out of your sails.
If you can acknowledge when things aren’t going to plan, regroup and move forward with a positive attitude you can continue to push towards the rewards.
Nail Down These 3 Keys
There are other things you can do to spur on your pursuit of your goals. Nailing these three things first will set you up for a successful journey.
So, go tell someone what you have in store for yourself over the next year, or even the next three months.
Just be sure to keep that mindset in the right positive can-do frame and take some action every day.