“A goal is a dream with a deadline” Napoleon Hill
5 simple steps to achieve your dreams.
Dreaming is fantastic, we should all let ourselves dream and especially allow ourselves to dream big. Dreams won’t turn into reality though unless you take action. So action is required to get you to where you want to go and the best action is …….goal setting. So many people tell me that goal setting doesn’t work for them, but you just have to know how and get it into practice, then make it a habit. You will be astounded at how much you can achieve and how long held dreams can become real.
The following 5 simple steps will start the process for you:
Have the end result in mind – we need a clear vision of where we want to head, that’s essential. We need emotional buy-in to help us set the goals and keep to them. Find ways to constantly remind yourself of what it is you are working towards. If it is a really big dream, have reminders of it everywhere: when you wake, when you go to sleep, in front of your desk, on your computer screen, in your purse or wallet. Spend some time each day, seeing yourself achieving that big, beautiful dream.
Give it a deadline – give your goal a time by which you want to achieve it. One of my big, emotional goals is to travel to Scotland (my birthplace) this year. I am going to be there by June. Sounds simple, like all I have to do is book the flight. There are lots of things to be put in place first though, and that’s where good goal setting comes in. If I don’t do that, the goal of Scotland in June 2014 won’t happen.
Work backwards – this is the one time that it is ok to go backwards! Take your end result with the deadline, and work out what you need to do within the time frame to make it happen. For example, if it is an annual goal, you would work it out in quarters, within 9 month, 6 months, 3 months, then eventually 1 month, 1 week etc. This helps the planning process, but also makes it seem much more achievable, as it chunks it all down into small, achievable goals.
Share your goals – unless you tell others, who cares if you don’t achieve your goals? No-one need ever know that you didn’t get it done, the result of that is that it is more likely you will just let it slide. This is another way of making sure you stick to it. If you make yourself accountable, you are more likely to achieve your goals.
Reward yourself – this is the fun part! Set yourself little rewards for each milestone that you achieve. It should be something that is a real treat for you, that you normally wouldn’t do. It may be something like taking a weekend off and going somewhere special, whatever it is that motivates you and keeps you working towards that goal.
These are just some ideas to get you started. If you think this is all a bit much for you, remember it is just small steps taken persistently that will make the difference. Contact me if you want more individual help with goal setting or let me know if you would be interested in a group workshop on this. Let me know how you get on with turning those dreams into reality and post any comments you have about what works for you and what doesn’t. That way, we can all learn more. Happy goal setting!