1) Decide exactly what you want
If your precise about what you want, your brain will help you find ways to accomplish your goals. You’ll become more organised and better at spotting worthwhile opportunities.
Be as specific and decisive as possible…
Instead of saying “I want to save more money”, say, “I will save XXX amount of money every month”.
Instead of saying ”I want a better job”, say, “I will become a XXX“.
Instead of saying “I want to lose some weight”, say, “I will lose XXX pounds”.
2) Write it down
Once your goals are written down, they become something you can touch and see. This begins the process of turning thoughts, dreams and ideas into reality. It motivates you to start acting on your goals instead of merely thinking about them.
3) Create a plan
Make a list of all the tasks you’re going to have to complete in order to achieve your goal. These tasks can be seen as the mini-goals that need to be reached before you can reach your ultimate goal.
This plan is the road map which keeps you heading and the right direction and should be referred to on a regular basis. As you go along, cross off what’s been completed and add any new ideas you come up with.
All tasks should be prioritised appropriately according to importance and sequence. Decide what needs to be done first and what can be done later.
4) Set deadlines
Without deadlines, your projects are much more likely to go unfinished. You’ll find it easier to procrastinate since there’s no urgency to get things done.
You must set an ultimate date by which you want to achieve your ultimate goal. If necessary, you can even set mini-deadlines for your mini-goals.
5) Take action
Start working on your plan immediately. Do something right now. Anything that’ll help you achieve your goal is fine.
If you don’t have much time or you’re feeling tired, do something that’s quick and easy. If you’re not feeling creative, do something that doesn’t require much thinking but still needs to be done.
Just commit yourself to doing something that’s related to your ultimate goal every single day. Turn this activity into a habit. Dedicate a certain period of time out of your daily schedule and never miss a day.
Remember…A written goal, an organised plan and set deadlines make you far more productive and efficient than just letting your wants and wishes float around in your imagination. Once you start moving towards your goal, don’t stop. Keep pushing forwards and make any necessary adjustments to your plan along the way. An average plan executed consistently is better than a great plan rarely worked on. The decision to work on your goal every single day in some way will dramatically increase the odds and the speed of your success.