Another year is underway and the resonance of last year’s wins or loses run through the mind. You feel fresh and ready to get some new achievements, but once we reach the end of March, they may be forgotten or feel too difficult to achieve.
I’ve got a system that will ensure success. Use this goal achievement system to make it this year.
Get it on paper – Not just the goals but the specifics
Once you fix your mind on the goals you need to achieve, not only write the goals down but explain to yourself how you are going to achieve them.
You need to make a plan on how to reach each goal, what you’re going to give to get this goal and when you’re going to achieve it. Put all this into a statement. For example, if I wanted to run a marathon this year, but I’m clearly unfit but fixed the goal in my mind, my statement would sound like this:
“I will run x marathon on October 9th 2018 and will do this in 2 hours and 30 minutes. For me to attain this, I will do all the training that is required each day to complete this task. If there are is anything stopping me, I will overcome the hurdle.”
Reading this statement first thing in the morning and last thing before you go you bed will ensure your mind is in the best state to achieve this goal.
When writing your goals, get as specific as possible! If your goal is to save to buy a new car, write down every detail on the car, make, model, colour, engine size, sound it makes when you accelerate, the new car smell it will have, the feeling of the plush leather steering under your hands….I think you get idea. Get the detail in your plan.
Visualize the attainment
Visualize the attainment of the goals after you’ve read your statement. The more you visualize it, the easier it will be to do the work to attain it.
To supercharges this, engage the emotion of achieving your goal. If you add emotion, your visualization will become more vivid and subconscious will work on it in the background as well.
This is skill which can be developed as many athletes or other high performers use to imagine the process of achieving goals in their mind.
Have photos or word pictures of your goals in locations where you see it regularly. On the fridge, bathroom mirror of screen saver on your phone.
Create the routines and stick with them
Need to wake up for run, ensure you eat healthy every day or just need to work on your project at set times every week? Use a calendar and schedule what you need to do to get it done. DON’T deviate from the plan. Look at your calendar every day and draw the roadmap in your head.
If your plan has difficult things to do, do the hard stuff first. This paves a road with less friction for the next task on your journey.
Set reminders and notification so you don’t forget what your goals are. The more it appears in front of your face, the better chance it’s going to stick in your mind.
Change your behaviour to match your attainment
Fake it to you make it! Act as if you have got your goal and shift your identity. If you can imagine walking in the shoes of the person that has achieved it, you can change your posture to suit.
I have a friend who expressed to me achieving his goal of overcoming his public speaking fear. One of the core principal he used was the mind role play of the confident speaker and said he faked the feeling of confidence.
By creating a false sense of confidence, you can achieve the goal. Once you’ve done it, is it still faking it? It’s building your persona to match a new identity.
Confidence will create the persistence you need to make it all the way.
Following these four techniques will have you kicking your goals this year. Another cool tool available to help you track your new habits and ensure you stay on the path is an app called Momentum Habit Tracker. This free app boosts your willpower and helps you reach your goals.
Set yourself up for success with:
– Reminders (indispensable until your habits become automatic)
– App badge (shows the number of remaining habits for the day)
– Flexible scheduling (set weekly targets or specific days)
The free version lets you add 3 goals, you can upgrade to premium for unlimited goals.
Hope you smash your goals this year! If you have any goal setting tips, please leave them below.