The ability to set and achieve goals is one trait that separates highly successful individuals from the unsuccessful in life.
According to a study done on new year resolutions by the university of Scranton published in the clinical journal of psychology:
Only 45 percent of people set new year resolutions. Only 8 percent of people who set New Year resolution achieve them
Why do people fail miserably in achieving goals? I believe the reason most people fail to achieve goals is that they fail to act on their goals.
Many people are good at writing down their goals but fail to have the discipline to follow through on accomplishing them
The danger signs to watch out for when you set goals is when you start feeling overwhelmed, frustrated about your goals
The greatest mistake you can ever make is misjudging the extent of the effort you need to accomplish what you set out to achieve
The secret to achieving goals is to make them doable. That is you develop a process to make your goals easy to do.
In order to make your goals reachable you need to break them down into bite size chunks
Bestselling author and personal development expert, Brian Tracy often uses the metaphor of eating an elephant to explain achieving goals.
Brian says just like the way to eat an elephant is in small chunks…you should break down your goals into small tasks that are easy to do.
For example of your goals is to lose weight, you should break the goals down into smaller steps that will build up to your achieving it
Let me explain the process further with weight loss goal I decided to set a few years back…(I am actually looking at the goal list directly in front of me)
My Goal: I want to lose 25 kg
This was how I wrote it out…
Weight as at 1st January : 100 kg (220 pounds.)
Target weight loss: 25 kg (55 pounds.)
- Reduce calorie intake
- Exercise more
- Monitor weight loss
- Weigh weekly
Monthly weight loss goal : 2 kg (4 stones)
- Jog and walk briskly at least 30 minutes 3 times weekly
- Eat a balance of healthy organic food weekly
- Drink more water, no fizzy or processed foods
- Weigh in weekly
- Measure calorie intake (use my fitness pal app)
You can see that by breaking down my goals into small size steps it’s easier to lose weight
If you want to become very focused at achieving your goal, you must make it your top priority.
Here’s how you make a goal your number one priority…
You must make sure that you spend most of your time working on the goal
This means any time you plan your daily activities you must make sure that most your effort is directed towards achieving your number one goal daily
That’s the secret of achieving goals: you write it down then you break them down into small tasks that are doable.
Here’s how you do this:
I want you to take out a journal or create a word document on you laptop or tablet that you’ll write your goals for the next 12 months as I have written
I will leave you with this quote by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu “ the journey of a thousand miles starts with taking baby steps.”