Today I would like to share this little “achieving goals” guide with you. It will help you to achieve your goals more easily. The following ten steps will show you how:
1. Find the right targets
Take enough time to take a closer look at your life. What things would you like to change in your life? What is really important to you? Think about your career, finances, friends, family, health, fitness, etc. Write a short list of these things. In which area do you want to make the most progress?
2. Find the main objectives
It is almost impossible to work on all targets with the same power. Too many different goals make it difficult to reach a single goal in a pleasing manner. Focus on a maximum of three goals that seem most important to you in your life. With the right focus, you will make much better and faster progress in reaching your goals.
3. Adapt the goals to your performance level
The SMART–Method teaches us that we should not set goals that are too utopian. Because setting goals too high can quickly lead to frustration. There is a danger that you will no longer work towards your goal.
On the other hand, in his book “The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure“*, Grant Cardone describes that in order to be successful, you should set your goals much higher.
I think you can be successful in both ways and achieve your goals. In the end it is probably a question of personal attitude.
4. Write down your goals
When writing down your goals, you should be as specific as possible. Being successful as a freelancer is a great goal, but not very concrete. It would be better to write down the following.
“At the end of the next business year, my freelance business should cover all my living expenses and additionally generate a surplus of 1,000 EUR”
The more concrete the images we give our brain, the more efficiently it can work on problem solving. “If you can dream it, you can do it. Although the quote from Walt Disney has already become quite worn out in the founder scene, it fits in quite well with this passage. 🙂
5. Divide your goals into individual steps
Some destinations may still be far away. Because it seems almost impossible to reach this goal, many people don’t even try. You rarely become a millionaire overnight. Often it is a long way away. It makes sense to set smaller intermediate goals in order to achieve a big goal. The smaller goals form a path through which you can reach your big goals. Achieving smaller goals also helps you to build momentum. This keeps the flow going and you stay motivated.
6. Remember your goals
After you have written everything down neatly, your notes should not simply disappear into the school bathroom. Find a way to make your goals visible. There are many ways to do this. Here are a few suggestions:
- A wallpaper on your computer or smartphone with your goals
- Sticky notes or a poster in your study
- A notebook, calendar or diary in which your goals are noted
I personally use a table on my smartphone, which I call up several times a day.
7. Publish your goals
Tell your friends, family or business partners about your goals. You can also publish your goals on the Internet and tell everyone about them. This creates an immense pressure that can help you to reach your goals quickly and disciplined. After all, you don’t want to end up as a show-off. Rather, you want to impress the people around you with your energy. You can only achieve this if you keep your announced promise.
8. Achieving goals through discipline
A goal isn‘t reached automatically. It’s hard work and requires a lot of discipline. Therefore you should write down a few rules that promote the necessary discipline to achieve your goals. There are several ways to do this:
- You look for a partner with whom you can work together on a goal
- Times of day that you keep free to work exclusively on your goal
- Avoid activities that distract the focus from your goal. It is helpful to have a not–To Do List.
9. Record successes and failures
It’s worth recording your progress. Like the captain of a ship, you should always check to see if you are still on the right route to your destination. By regularly recording your progress, you automatically bring the memory of your destinations into your daily life. Every subgoal that you can chop off adds to your motivation. You also learn a lot about yourself and your performance: How fast can I reach a given goal? Can I set my goals higher in the future, or should I shift down a gear? Why am I no longer working on this goal?
You can answer many of these questions simply by regularly recording your goals.
Here too I use the table mentioned in point 6. Behind each target I enter a value in percent. This indicates how far I have already come in reaching my goal.
10. Don‘t stop
Reaching a big goal is a great feeling. Above all, you realize that all the hard work has really paid off. But you should not rest on your laurels. Repeat the work for an even bigger and more important goal. After all, you’re a professional now and you know exactly how to achieve goals.