Years ago Scranton University did a survey and found that as high as 92% of people who set their New Year resolutions fail to accomplish them. Only a small 8% of people managed to achieve their resolutions. Why is this so?
Everyone wants to be successful and accomplish their goals; unfortunately, most people fail to do so. And this article is going to show exactly how you can turn your goals into reality.
7 Steps to Achieving Your Goals In 2017
You are going to learn the 7-step strategy that you can use to improve your chances of hitting your goals greatly:
Step #1 – Create the Intention
The first step you need to do is to create the intention. Most people fail because they are not taking any action, or they forget about their goals.
In other words, they never have the intention in their mind. Thus, if you want to achieve what you want in life; build the intention by constantly thinking about your goals.
Successful people are successful because they cannot get their dreams and their goals out of their mind. They constantly think about what they want and what they want to accomplish.
When you think about what you want, you will activate the Law of Attraction and build the intention; hence, you are more likely to take action.
So what do you think about most of the time? Do you think about your goals and what can you do to achieve them all the time? Or do you think about what to eat for dinner, which movie to watch or what you should do over the weekend?
Action Steps: Create intention and reminders for your goals. Practice daily goal setting by writing down your goals every day. You have to review and visit your goals from time to time to program them into your subconscious mind.
Step #2 – Make your goals tangible
The next step you need to do is to make your goals tangible. For instance, you can use affirmations, creative visualization, and a vision board to do this.
You want to make your goals as real as possible. This is why a vision board is so powerful because whenever you look at the things that you want, you remind yourself and consciously think about them.
Most people’s goals are just too vague and they cannot tell if they have achieved them. For example, if your goal is to be happy, or to get rich, how can you measure it?
If it is not measurable, it is not tangible. If your goal is to get rich, how much money do you need in order to become rich? Make it specific and make it tangible.
Action Steps: Make sure your goals are something tangible that you can actually perform and measure. Make your goals actionable.
Step #3 – Practice the ‘Big 5’ Strategy
What you need to do here is to take 5 action steps that will move you toward your goals. No matter how big or small the steps, you must do it.
Action is the bridge that connects what you want and your reality. Without taking action or doing anything, there is no way you can manifest your dreams and your goals.
The action can be as small as making a phone call or sending an email. If you follow this method of doing 5 little things each day, within a year, you will have accomplished 1825 small victories.
Never underestimate the power of consistency. What you do every day is more important than what you do once in a while.
If you take small but consistent action each day, you will eventually reach your goals, as long as you never give up.
Action Steps: Create your plan and milestones to hit each month and each week. Write down the 5 things you need to do the following day the night before.
Step #4 – Improve Your Skills
Abraham Lincoln once said;
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Sadly, most people never spend any time to improve their skills or knowledge. Most people never read a book after their school days.
Imagine if you read 2 books a month, after a year you will have read 24. And if you can learn something new and improve your skills by at least 1% from a single book, you will become the best in your industry within a few short years.
Why do you think successful people are able to produce remarkable results in their lives? It is through hard work, persistence and their will to constantly improve on what they do.
Action Steps: Commit to reading and learning for at least 30 minutes a day. If you can’t find time for this, just wake up 30 minutes earlier. By just investing 30 minutes into reading, you will have read about 2 books in a month and 24 books in a year. Can you see how this can positively impact your life?
Step #5 – Make A Public Declaration
One of the main reasons people fail to reach their goal is because they are not committed to it. They say they want to build an internet business at night, but when they reach home after working, they choose to watch TV and waste time on Facebook.
When you are interested, you will do what is convenient, but when you are committed; you will do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.
So make a public commitment so that you will be more committed toward your goals. You don’t have to shout to everyone and share your goals with everyone. Choose to share them with those who will support and inspire you.
You can share with your spouse, your friends, colleagues or even your boss. Put yourself on the line so that you cannot fail.
Action Steps: Identify at least 3 people that you would like to share your goals and progress with. You have to create some form of commitment and accountability to put yourself into action.
Step #6 – Tracking Your Progress
This is a very important step that most people never do. They think that goal setting is a one-time job, and they forget about their goals a few days after they set them.
Never let this happen to you. You must consistently track your progress. Create a scoreboard for your actions and the results you are getting.
You should do this at least once a week. People who keep score on their goals are more committed; they know their standings, and they know what they need to do to hit their goals.
When you switch on the TV to watch a football match, the first thing you will check is the score. Imagine the football players playing without the score; do you think they will play as seriously?
When you know your progress and your score, you will understand if you are making progress or are you lacking behind. Your score will motivate you.
Action Steps: Create a scoreboard to track your progress each day. You just need to use a simple spreadsheet for this. It should be something easy to understand and simple to update.
Step #7 – Review Your Results
What happens when you take action but never get the results you want? And what happens if you don’t manage to reach your goals by the deadline?
This is where most people will give up and quit. Please understand that the main reason you set a goal is so that the goal can direct you and tell you what to do and where to go in your life.
If you fail to reach your goals, it does not mean that you have failed. As long as you are taking action and doing something to progress toward what you want in life, you are much better than when you first started.
The key is to make progress. Thus, if you did not reach your target, simply review your goals and create a new one.
Maybe you overestimated your ability or the time frame you set wasn’t reasonable. Review your goals and set out to accomplish them again.
Action Steps: Review your results each month or every quarter. If you hit your milestones, congratulations and keep moving forward. If you fail, do a post-mortem and find out where you can improve to get better results for the next term.
Achieving your goals can be something challenging especially if the goals you set are high. It doesn’t matter what your goals are. The most important thing is to make it challenging and make it fun.
Follow these 7 steps above and build a fool-proof strategy to achieve the things that you want in life.