You get a fresh notebook and turn it to the first page. Divide the page into two sections, ‘Completed Goals’ and ‘Incomplete Goals’. You jot down your powerful, audacious new year’s goals. They all fall in the ‘Incomplete’ section. Life will finally start in the direction you’ve envisioned when you hit these targets. And you visualize your goals in vivid detail.
But now what?
With your goals nicely written, how are you going to get there?
- You can start looking at YouTube videos on how to achieve your goals until your eyes bleed.
- You can go tell your best friend and feel proud that they’re proud you want you to do something… then forget about it.
- Or you can dabble a bit, then postpone your goals at the first hurdle.
This time, you’re here to win. In order to win, you need to start moving in the direction of your goals, while constantly calibrating and course-correcting like a plane. Follow these steps and put those goals where they finally belong.
In the ‘Completed’ section.
Step 1: Find Your Mentor
There is someone already where you want to be. That person could be someone you follow or someone in your community. Find out the path they took to get there. Consume what they consume. More importantly, reach out to them. Most persons will be willing to help others achieve their goals, even if it’s just some advice.
If that person is out of reach, for now, there’s someone in your social circle far ahead of you in your goal. Reach out to them and ask for a meeting. Work out how you can trade expertise, connections, or resources to help you get closer to where you want to be. You’re as strong as your mentors.
Step 2: Go all the way to the deep end
What’s the craziest thing you can do in relation to your goals? Go to that deep in now, for a month. It will be almost impossible to achieve. However, you’ll realize how resourceful you are, how little you need, and how achievable your goals are. For example, if you’re trying to save $500 a month, stash away $2000 this month. You’ll have to completely change the way you do things just to stay afloat and it will help you cut out the non-essential and improve your focus. When you recalibrate, you’ll be in a stronger mental space.
Step 3: Find Your Middle Ground
Now that you’ve tasted the difficult part, find the sweet spot where you can be challenged daily while still making significant progress. This will become your new norm once you keep being consistent.
Step 4: Join a community
There are like-minded people in your hometown. There are facebook groups you can join. You may have a Chamber of Commerce or government-assisted program that lines up with your objectives. You’re not the only one trying to do what you’re doing. Find persons who can help you, and who you can help. Watch your progress soar.
Step 5: Visualize daily
Get the goal top of mind every morning. Write your goal down every day. Visualize yourself at the top of the mountain. Behave like you’re the person you’re striving to be. In the book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, despite having no cash at the time, Rich Dad always said, “I’m a rich man, and rich men don’t do that.”
Pass every decision you make through the lens of the person you’re striving to be, not the person you are.
Step 6: Measure how far you’ve come
Your goal to buy your first house may seem far out of reach. But did you notice you’ve saved $10,000 in the last year? Don’t discount the amazing motivation you can get from viewing the glass half-full than half-empty.
Step 7: Lift someone else up
When you write your new year’s goals, carve some time out each week to help someone else struggling in the same space. Someone out there needs a buddy to keep them accountable. There is a friend that can use your advice. Which brings us to the next step…
Step 8: Learn through teaching
As you progress, you’ll be ahead of others just starting out. That’s a great opportunity to chronicle your progress. By documenting, you teach others. And by teaching others, you’re more inclined to learn more about what you’re doing so you don’t sound like an idiot. Try blogging, YouTube, or volunteering.
Step 9: Embrace Failure
You’re going to fail at some point. You may fall flat on your face. And that’s fine. What did you learn from it? What will you do differently next time? And are you ready to go again? That’s all that matters.
Step 10: Pump up your new year’s goals
You’ve got some momentum. Now it’s time to accelerate. Put some more time into what you’re doing. Invest more money. Invest more imagination. A $150 course would get you so far. What if you did a $1500 course? Or a $5000 retreat? The more you put in, the more value you would get out.
Step 11: Remember Your WHY
When times get hard, and failure hits left and right, we have to lean on the reason we set out to get this done in the first place. Was it for our kids? Was it to finally help our parents? Overcome anxiety or depression? Fall back on that reason as often as you need to.
Step 12: Celebrate Wins
We all like rewards. What’s the sense of hitting our goals if we don’t get to celebrate the milestones? Add small prizes at each step leading up to a big incentive at the end. Of course, make sure it’s not something that unravels the work you’ve put in.
Final Thoughts on new year’s goals
Anyone can write down new year’s goals. It’s what you do after is the important thing. Invest time and resources into your dreams. Operate from a space of success. Help others along the way, and create a community of like-minded people.
Are you ready to finally achieve your goals? Make the move from writing to doing, today.