How I Set {and Achieve} Goals

On the first day of the year I always find time to sit down and set my goals. It’s an important ritual that my parents taught me as a child. 

I always get a fresh planner and put my goals in the notes. I have at least 15 planners from past years. I like to reflect back on them and think about where I was especially in the years when I didn’t know if it would happen.

Step 1: Speak it  into existence.

There is something to be said for simply saying what you want. I’m pretty sure this is “The Secret,” but honestly I haven’t read the book. I want to win hundred of millions of dollars. I’m not afraid to say that out loud. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a child. It’s not really a goal, but hey, I always add it to the list! 

I encourage you to dream and set BIG, SCARY goals…goals that you don’t know how you’re going to achieve. But start by just saying that you what you want no matter what it is.  

Step 2: Write It Down

Make a list. Get a notebook or a planner, or just write it into a document or note on your phone or computer. It helps if you write the big goals first to prioritize them. 

Step 3: Break down each goal and determine the steps to “move the needle.”

Here’s the part that make the goal happen. 

If I set a goal to make $1 million , I can break down that by realistic “needle moving” steps. If I sell an item for $1, I know that I have to sell 1 million  items… which breaks down to 83,000 monthly, 18,518 weekly, and 2,642 daily. I can change that variable by increasing the value of the item that I sell.  If the item is $1,000 that mean 83 monthly, 18 weekly, and 2 daily…much more manageable. 

With a time-based goal like working out daily, it may take an additional step to prioritize your time.  If you list every thing that you do in a week in order of priority, how much time that thing takes and then plug that into a week. You’ll see the things that you don’t want taking up your time and make the time for the things that you really want to do. 

I think my biggest secret to achieving my goals is simply believing that it would happen. I could see myself doing the things that I wanted to do. 

Allow yourself to believe that you can do it. 


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