The basic goal-reaching principle is to understand that you go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther. ~Zig Ziglar
Now that we are one month into 2015, how are you doing with your resolutions? Statistically only 8% of people actually achieve them (forbes.com), are you one of them? If not, chances are you weren’t successful in the goal setting process, a critical step. Whether your goals were to pay off debt, save money, lose weight, attain a professional certification or start a new career, the success lies in the goal setting process. If you aren’t in the 8%, don’t fear and don’t quit! Use these tips to get yourself back on track.
The main problem is that many of us don’t know where to start when setting our goals. We feel overwhelmed and often pick ones that are not realistic. According to Zig there are 4 reasons why people don’t have goals.
#2 Poor Self-Image
#3 Never Been Sold (Don’t Know Why They Should)
#4 Don’t Know How
So where should you start, how can you get past these reasons? Overcome the excuses, start brainstorming and dream big. Write down all of your goals, both big and small. Put them away for a day or two, then look over them again and ask yourself “why” each one of those is a dream or a goal of yours. Determining a strong “why” is what will keep you motivated, even when the going gets tough. If you can’t come up with a good why, remove that goal from your list. Maybe the timing isn’t right, or maybe it just isn’t a goal to focus on for now. Separate what’s left into three categories: Short-range (one month or less to achieve this goal), Intermediate (one month to one year to achieve this goal), or Long-range (one year or more to achieve this goal).
Where to go from there:
Identify the obstacles you might face, and realize you don’t have to do it alone. In the words of Zig, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” Helping others achieve their goals will in turn help you achieve yours. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for assistance, and be willing to help them in return.
What will the benefits of reaching your goal be? Will you finally be debt free? Will you finally be able to physically keep up with your active children? Write down all of the benefits you will reap from achieving your goals and dreams, and place them somewhere that you will be able to see it. This will be your motivation.
Finally, determine if there is anything else you may need to help you achieve your goals. For example, if you are looking to lose weight you may need to hire a personal trainer or visit a nutritionist. If you are looking to pay off debt you may need a financial adviser to guide you in the process.
Now you are ready to take the daily and weekly action steps that will take you closer to achieving your goals. Be selective. You may not be able to work on all of your goals at one time! Don’t over do it and get discouraged. Small, consistent daily steps are what will help you ultimately reach your goals.
Schedule, schedule, schedule. If you don’t plan time to do what’s necessary to succeed in your goal-setting plan, the necessities of every day life will always get in the way, and you will never make the time to get them done. Remember that a slip up is not a reason to quit. It is a time to readjust your deadlines or the “why” for your goals. I recommend using the Ziglar Performance Planner. Using this daily will maintain that discipline that we all need and will help you stay on track.
Now that you know your goals, have a time frame to achieve them, have identified who you can help and who can help you, and have a plan of action, you are ready to take on 2015! Proper goal setting will absolutely change your life for the better and you will inevitably build a stronger YOU along they way.
Still need more guidance in goal setting and achievement? I offer a workshop that can be delivered in a 30-minute keynote up to a full-day interactive workshop. Ziglar Legacy workshops are designed to be fully engaging with just the perfect blend of teaching and group activities to insure that what is learned in class actually gets used at work and at home. Contact me for more details.