In retrospect, there have been several times in my life where I:
– Set a goal
– Did not write it down or share it with somebody
– made excuses
– The target was "swept under the carpet" and was not reached
This happens to everyone. Sometimes we leave our apologies on the way to achieving great things. "I did not have time anymore." "I was stuck at work." "I'm too exhausted." What if you spent a few minutes writing down a few things that you wanted to achieve, and putting together a plan to hold you accountable? Sound boring? It must not be! I sat down to plan my own bucket list for the next year and came up with some ways to make targeting easy and effortless, and help you stay on track to destroy them!
Five Ways to Set Goals and Crush Them
) Write down goals that motivate you.
If you write that you want to run a marathon to lose weight, but you absolutely hate to run, then you make yourself doomed to fail. Focus on something that is important to you. Ask yourself why you want to achieve this goal. Here is one of my examples:
I would like to run a marathon because it was a long-standing dream to complete and raise money for a charity that is close to my heart.
Why? will help you to find the cause of your motivation. This in turn helps you stay focused as soon as you start.
2) Be specific.
The more specific you define what you want, the more realistic and achievable it becomes. When your goals are well defined and thoughtful, they provide a specific direction for the steps you need to take to achieve that. Take My Example Step 1:
I would like to run the NYC Marathon on November 4, 2018, to collect $ 4,000 for the Ellie Fund because my grandmother died of breast cancer.
Since I have defined which marathon I would like to drive and when this marathon takes place, I can now take the first steps in the planning:
– Reach Ellie Fond
– Start my training schedule to prepare for the race
– Register for the NYC Marathon 2018
– Plan my fundraising strategies for the Ellie Fund
3) Share your goal with friends and family.
Sharing your goals with those around you can be a motivational booster and a way to make yourself accountable. When you have reached a point in your plan where your goal seems out of reach, your friends and / or family can be a valuable source of support to keep going. For example:
Alysia, my co-worker: Hey, Dana, how's the marathon training going?
Me: I had a 13-mile run over the weekend. I'm not sure how to do it on 26.2 miles!
Alysia: Hold on tight. You have come this far! You're on "Wednesday" of your workout … you have to come over the middle hump to get to the finish!
Me: Thank you, Alysia. I had to hear that. The run of the next week will be better!
4) Start an action plan
This is crucial to keep in check throughout the goal-setting process. Start with the basic elements of planning and then immerse yourself in the more detailed aspects. Set appointments or "by-when" for each action item. Sweep things over when you complete them. List one of your friends or family members in a "who needs to know" column so he can hold you accountable at every step. For example:
Signing for the NYC Marathon
– By-When: June 8, 2018
– Who needs to know? Alysia
First Fundraising Event
– By-When: July 20, 2018
– Who needs to know? Alysia
Through an action plan you can feel organized and fulfilled on the way to your goal.
When you reach your goal, do not forget to reward yourself for your goal achievement. YOU DID IT! You have declared a goal, shared it with others, stayed with it and smashed it! Planning a reward for yourself in advance can be an important motivator that will help you cope just as well.
Ie. When I complete this marathon, I will treat myself to a spa day!
Treat yourself to a pat on the back. Achieving goals can be a challenge, so you need to take the time to enjoy your performance. What do you do when you have exceeded a goal from your list? Easy. You get ready to kill a new one!