What’s the difference between dreams and goals?
Dreams are something we really want and wish for, but without any plan on how to get them.
Goals involve action. They map out the journey through specific processes, so that you can achieve your dreams.
To accomplish your goals continue reading on as you’ll learn what steps to take to create a detailed action plan.
Did you know those who set goals tend to be more successful than those who don’t?
They know exactly what they want and focus all their efforts going after it. If something distracts or prevents them from attaining their goal, they avoid it completely.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
– Tony Robbins
Spend a few minutes visualizing yourself achieving your dreams. This will help to shift your thinking and you’ll see that you can actually fulfill those dreams.
Next, begin setting goals by clearly defining what they are.
They should be something you really want and desire, not what someone else envisions for you. If they’re not important enough, you might lack the motivation needed to see them through to completion.
By having clear and specific goals, you can map out a direct plan of action to achieve what you want in a set amount of time.
It’s similar to when you plug in a destination on your GPS. Through a detailed map you get specific directions on which roads to take and how long before you get there.
Writing Down Goals
The first step to achieving your goals is to write them down.
Do a mind dump and get everything from your head onto paper so your brain isn’t cluttered. This will help you focus your thoughts, so you can come up with different ideas on how to accomplish your goals.
A study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews from the Dominican University of California found that you’re 42% more likely to achieve goals if you write them down.
So, whether your goals are personal or business related, stop procrastinating any longer and take the time to write them down immediately.
The next section is especially relevant in giving you the 5 steps to help you reach big goals.
The acronym stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. You’ll find it extremely beneficial to use this system as a guide to setting goals.
Some common goals people have are to lose weight, write a book, run their own business or to become wealthy.
While all of these are great goals, they’re just too broad. They need to be broken down further.
For example, you might want to start your own business. What type of business will it be? What will you sell? How will you sell it? Who will be your customers?
- Ask yourself specific questions so you can fine tune the details about what you want.
You want to own a small bakery that only sells cakes and cupcakes. You plan on selling them through a retail storefront to local businesses and walk in customers.
Once you’ve finished defining the specifics of your goal, you can move on to the next step.
- Assigning some numbers to your goals helps you stay on track and makes you commit to having a due date.
Your goal might be to write a book. You establish that it will be a total of 450 pages and you want to complete your draft in 6 months.
Breaking down this goal shows that you need to write 75 pages per month to be finished on time.
Doing this step will allow you to see how well you’re progressing towards your goal.
- Is this goal something you can achieve?
It doesn’t make sense to set a goal of losing 20 lbs. in 1 day. That’s unrealistic and not safe to even consider. But, if your goal is to lose 20 lbs within 2-3 months that’s attainable. You might look at changing your diet, joining a gym, getting a trainer and anything else that will assist you in reaching your goal on time.
You should consider factors such as time, expense, and effort.
- Is your goal realistic and reasonable?
Think about why you want this and if it’s worthwhile to pursue. Does it align with your vision and is the timing right for where you are in your life at this moment.
For the goal of writing a book you can ask yourself, why do you want to write a book? What does it mean to you? Will it be worth the time you need to sacrifice daily to write it?
Make sure this goal is important to you.
- Attach a deadline to when you want to achieve your goal.
Give yourself a reasonable amount of time but don’t go to the other extreme of setting an end date that’s way out into the future.
If your rough draft of the book will be ready in 6 months, assign a date for when you want it completed and ready to sell in bookstores.
Break Down Your Goals
To be successful in completing any and all goals, break them down into smaller ones.
You can then take consistent action and see results sooner. It also keeps you motivated as you progress towards accomplishing your bigger goal.
While a goal of writing 75 pages per month might overwhelm you, try breaking it down to 20 pages a week and then an even smaller goal of 3 pages a day. It’s so much easier having bite sized goals that you can focus your energies on.
Try to track your progress daily on a calendar or white board. As you check off each day a task is completed, you’ll find that you’ve gotten into the habit of working towards your goal daily.
Take the time to celebrate your small successes along the way.
By setting clearly defined S.M.A.R.T. goals, you’ll find that you’re able to accomplish anything you envision and put your mind to.
What are some big goals that you want to accomplish?
How do you plan on accomplishing them?