How To Set Your Goals And Be A Champion?
Talent Is Not Enough. Having A Vision Is Not Enough. You Have To Have Goals and You Have To Commit To Your Goals. And Then Act To Fulfill Your Talent And Live Your Dream.
By Anam Tahir | October 15th ‘ 2016
“A vision without a goal is just a dream and a goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine De Saint
STEP 1 Part B
HOW TO SET GOALS AND ACHIEVE THEM
The difference between vision and a goal is that of what you want to do and what you can do. When you align your can with your want, that’s when your dreams become a reality.
“A powerful vision emerges when we couple our dreams with a set of clear goals.” – Lewis Howes
Realization of your vision is a result of The Three Principles of Success that we discussed in the last post. (insert link). And the first principle of success is “Defining Your Goal”.
Defining Your Goal – STRUCTURING GOAL STATEMENT
Brain is the most powerful weapon ever created for the use of mankind.
If used up to its true potential, your unconscious brain has the power to create wonders like you have never imagined. The world that you’re living in right now, things that you see around yourself, technology that you use in your everyday life, were first created in the minds of human beings no smarter than you.
Your subconscious part of the brain is 1,000,000 times more powerful than your conscious part of the brain. Your life is literally being run not by your conscious brain as you might think but by your unconscious brain.
You are who you are because of your unconscious mind. Which is a very good news as now you know that whatever you want to achieve is literally in your hands. All you need to do is train your mind!
The process of defining goal, as I call, goal structuring process, specifically deals with the unimaginable power of your subconscious mind. This process is meant to instruct your unconscious part of the brain to produce the results up to its true potential.
For your brain to function in a way that makes it possible for you to accomplish the desired results, it’s very important to have a clear goal statement of what you want and when you want so that you exactly know what to do in how much time.
Stuart Lichtman, in his book, How To Get Lots of Money for Anything Fast, goes into the deep layers of how to define your goal. The crux of it is as follows.
He says, your brain has four parts: The right brain, the left brain, the mid brain and the brainstem
1. The right side of the brain deals with the patterns of arrangement, rhythm and sound.
2. The left part of the brain deals with words and logic.
3. The middle part of the brain is made up of emotions.
4. And the brainstem communicates the language of the physical stimulus and response.
It’s very important to involve your emotions into your goal statement. Why?
Unless all four parts of your brain are in harmony you won’t be able to achieve your goal. You’ll experience a pattern what most of the people do: trying and failing!
Hence, it’s very important that your target, your goal must be structured in a way that brings all four parts of your brain in harmony and that’s when the functioning of your body and your brain will be in perfect alignment.
And when you reach that point of perfect harmony, you can achieve anything impossible!
Your goal must fall into all of the following categories
a. Be Extremely Desirable
- Do you fell excited about your goal?
- When you’re writing it down do you get pumped up and your body signals symptoms like: racing heart beat with excitement and happy thoughts?
- Are you filled with a sense of joy and enthusiasm as you write it and think about it as if you have already achieved it?
- Do you truly really want to achieve it?
- Rate it from 1 to 10 on the scale of desirability and see if it’s desirable or not. If it’s not falling between 9 to 10 then re-write it until you hit a 10.
b. Be Appropriately Difficult
- Is it easily achievable?
- Does it challenge you? If it doesn’t challenge you then re-write it and keep editing it until you feel that it is a challenging task for you to achieve.
- Does it lie between 8 and 10 on the scale of difficulty? 1 representing automatic and 10 representing impossible based on experience and logic.
- Is it accompanied by an inner knowing that somehow it’s right for you?
c. Be Time-Based
- Your goal should have a specific completion date and must be measurably achievable rather than a moving target.
- It’s very important to have a fixed reference point. Most of the people, most of the times are very casual about setting their goals. They are very vague about their targets.
- Specify a target date in writing.
- Test if it is the feasible date for your goal? Or is it too easy? Check if you gave yourself too much time – so much that it doesn’t challenge you anymore.
- Rate it on a scale of difficulty from 1 to 10.
d. Be both Specific and Comprehensive in defining what is desired
- The more detailed and specific your goal is the more exactly your brain will know where to go. And the more your brain knows where to go the more your energies are focused on achieving that one thing which gives rise to several new opportunities.
- Make sure that you include being happy in your goal statement. I’m sure you don’t want to be a miserable rich person, right?
e. Set a Lower Limit On Success But Not an Upper Limit
- Always keep a lower limit on your target.
For example, if you want to earn $10k this month then you must state that “I will earn at least $10k this month.”
Why do you need to do that? Because most of us are so unconsciously afraid of success that we unconsciously set our objectives to limit what we can achieve.
- Putting the word “at least” leaves a room for improvement.
f. Concretely and Measurably Quantify
- It should quantify what you want to achieve so that you can effectively monitor your success along the way and at the point where full success has been scheduled.
- Quantify what you want to achieve in how much time by using the units of quantification like: dollars, days, months, and so on.
For example writing a statement, “I’ll have enough money in the next month” is just not enough. It’s too vague. Rather quantify the amount and time by writing, “I’ll have at least $10,000 in the next 30 days.”
Why? Because the first one was a moving target. You’re not giving yourself a deadline nor are you telling your brain how much it should have at least.
- Rate your quantitative statement on the scale of desirability from 1 to 10 and add emotions.
State how you would feel when you accomplish it.
g. Involves Your Actions and Accomplishments Rather Than Those of Others
- Since only YOU are responsible for your own destiny and you are the only person who will create your success, it’s very important that in your goal statement you write about the actions that ‘you‘ need to take in order to get to your desired goal.
The reason behind this is to give instruction to your subconscious mind that it has to do all the work to get to the goal. It’s basically programming your mind for hard work to achieve your goal.
h. Be Clearly and Explicitly Framed in Writing
- Having a goal in your mind is just not enough. Your goals must be written down.
When you write down your goal, you mentally translate your thoughts into words that ensures affirmation of your goal to your own self. It makes you accountable to your own self.
This is why writing down your goal is so important.
- Once the goal is written down it is very important that you place it somewhere where you get to see it each and every day, as the first thing in the morning and multiple times during a day.
According to Jim Rohn, this is called a “Silent Seminar”.
By having it in a written form and having it placed right in front of you, you are passively instructing your brain to work towards the given target.
As you write, you send visual and auditory feedback to your unconscious mind.
i. Be Stated In Positive Terms
- Always incorporate the positive aspect of what you want in your goal statement. It will give you a positive reason to pursue your dreams. If your goal, your purpose is not positive it will give you a negative energy which will not just hinder your growth process but is self-destructive.
- Napolean Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich says, that the human brain has 7 strongest positive emotions and 7 strongest negative emotions.7 Strongest Positive Emotions
7 Strongest Negative emotions
These two types of emotions are worse bed mates. They just cannot exist together.
If you have a negative purpose in your heart such as revenge and at the same time you have the desire to be very successful, you will not witness progress. There are a few chances that you might but that emotion of revenge will consume you from inside and will create a never-ending self-destructive downward spiral.
j. Incorporate The Insurance Factor
- Write the following statement in your goal :
“It is to be achieved in ways that are in the highest good of me and all the others involved.”
– Keep editing your goal statement until you reach the final version where it ranks at the highest level on the scale of desirability and falls between 8 to 10 on the scale of difficulty.
– Give daily instructions to your mind. Read your goal each and every day at least twice a day.
Napolean Hill in his book Think and Grown Rich states that all successful people that he studied read their goal statement as the first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to sleep. It helps your brain focus all its energies on that one point and resolve any self-defeating unconscious habit patterns such as feeling sleepy, tired or body aches whenever it’s time to work towards your goal.
DESIGNING AN ACTION PLAN
REVERSE ENGINEERING YOUR GOAL
Once your goal is set, break it down backwards into action steps that you need to take in the following order:
> End Goal >> Strategies >> Tactics >> Action Steps
For your good understanding, I have represented the process in the following images.
If you break it down further into more details it will look something like this.
(Click on the image for a larger view)
Types of Goals and How to Deal With Them
Goals can take as many forms as you want.
– Minute by minute goals
– Hourly goals
– Daily goals
– Weekly goals
– Monthly goals
– Quarterly, yearly, 24 months, 36 months, so on
It’s always good to work with your daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly goals simultaneously and think in the long-term, for example, where you want to see your business in the next 36 months.
Many successful people have found that thinking in terms of the next 24 to 36 months gives them a very clear direction in their action steps.
But when it comes to defining our goals, usually we end up cramming our notebooks, sticky notes, spreadsheets or whatever it is with ALL the things that come to our mind that need to be done.
And how much you get done with?
What happens is when we have so much to do and we put on everything in our to-do-list, we get overwhelmed so much so that we end up doing nothing at all !
To avoid situations such as mentioned above you must prioritize your list of to-do’s.
Let me give you an example of what I learnt from this video of Ramit Sethi where he talks about getting things done.
It’s a common saying, “Show me a man’s calendar and I’ll show you his priorities.”
In another video, he said that for your weekly goals write down 3 major things to finish in that week. Just Three things. And those things must be at the top of your priority list and they must be the most income producing activities.
This idea really resonated with me and from that day I started chalking out my weekly goal plan with just three most important things in my plate.
For setting daily goals, I came across a great trick to getting the most out of your day in the book, The One Thing by Gary Keller. Gary writes that:
“All successful people work on their One Thing. The ONE Thing sits at the heart of success and is the starting point for achieving extraordinary results.”
He writes that in order to get the most out of your day follow the 80/20 principle. Start with a large list and then identify the top 20% of the things that will yield you the 80% of the results. And then keep narrowing your list until you get to the single most important thing. The ONE Thing.
The idea behind The One Thing principle is to think big but start small. In his book he writes:
Go small: Don’t focus on being busy. Focus on being productive. Drive your day with what matters to you the most.
Go extreme: Once you’ve figured out what are the most important things that actually matter, keep asking what matters the most until there’s only one thing left. The core activity goes at the top of your success list.
Say no: Whether you say ‘later’ or ‘never’, the point is to say ‘not now’ to anything else you could do until your most important work is done.
Don’t get trapped in the ‘check off’ game: If we believe things don’t matter equally, then we must act accordingly. You should not fall prey to the notion that everything has to be done, that checking things off our list is what success is all about. The game of “check off” never produces a winner. Success is found in doing what matters the most.
Doing the most important thing is always the most important thing.
Similarly you should have hourly goals as well. Time up yourself. When you’re working always time yourself up with a countdown timer. It helps a lot in staying focused on the task at hand.
Following the 80/20 principle as stated under The One Thing rule write down what you want to accomplish at the:
– End of week
– End of month
– End of Quarter
– End of year
Productivity Hacks For Getting With Your Daily Goals
Time up your work – gradually keep tweaking.
Take short breaks in between.
Group the tasks. Do the same type of tasks at one time. For example, do the writing part for your blog post in one time. Once you’re done with writing then start finding images and creating infographics. Do the editing at the end after you’re done with everything. Check emails at one time.
Tracking and Monetizing your peak energy times
Be watchful of the time brackets when your productivity is at peak, your energy level is the most and distractions are the least. Schedule the most important tasks during that time bracket.
Get rid of distractions
Switching off mobile phones or wifi while working or at least putting it on silent mode
De-clutter your work space
Keep your physical work space clean. Whether it’s your home office or your office in a company, keeping your surroundings tidy. Keep minimum things on your desk.
Also, you’ve got to keep your virtual workspace clean. If your business is online, then your desktop is your office. You have to keep it clean and organized. Don’t just ramble things on your desktop. Put them in folders and keep minimum files. It prevents your brain and eyes from getting stressed out.
Set a daily schedule – Have a routine and set your calendar. Keep time slots for each task
Write your things to do for the next day the night before
Plan at least a week in advance
Have a morning ritual. Listen to something positive each day for 1 hour at least the first thing in the morning – it determines the spirit of the day.
Do not check emails as the first thing in the morning – it stresses your mind and hampers your productivity.
Do not check your mobile devices for at least first 1 to 2 hours of the day. Checking notifications, messages and emails as the first thing in the morning stresses your mind and lowers your efficiency.
Track your progress. See what works best for you and then make that your ritual.
TAKE YOUR POSITION AND GET SET
A man should think of a legitimate purpose in his heart and make that the central point of his thoughts. Keep telling your mind day in and day out that it’s possible. Affirmation is very important.
It’s very common for us to think that we can’t do this. But when we say that, it’s not because we’re not capable of doing that but because it’s our subconscious mind kicking in and telling us that we can’t do this.
To make your mind believe in your target you must train it.
The training of your mind is done by consuming positive content each day. It can be in the form of books, audio or video. Whatever it is, just devour it each day as the first thing in the morning and multiple times in a day.
For how long? Until your faith kicks in.
But you don’t stop there or your subconscious mind is very good at playing tricks on you. It will revert back to its old state very soon. So just make it a ritual to consume positive content each day. There is a ton of free positive, motivational content on YouTube. Watch that. Read mindset-development books. Keep a target of 1 book a month.
Once you start doing that you’ll not just feel but see your life changing.
That’s the power of your brain.
Having a goal helps your brain to organize its efforts and it’s the power of organized efforts that will get you through it. But remember,
Visualization Without Execution Is Hallucination. Goals without a plan is just a wish and a plan without action is a mere piece of paper.
Once you have a goal and an action plan, you must take action each day that brings you closer to your goal.
So what is your goal for the next 36 months? I know it’s difficult initially to think in the long-term but push yourself ! And let me know in the comment box below. I’m waiting.
If this was of help to you then please don’t forget to share with your friends, family and acquaintances and help them set their goals too.
Coming Up Next
Tomorrow you’ll learn about how to identify your niche and build your customer avatar.
Stay tuned. Until then, take care. 🙂