09 Jan 5 steps to achieving goals in 2018!
5 tips for achieving your goals in 2018!
Are you the type of person, who year after year, sets goals yet never achieves them? You might be making some critical errors with your goal setting process. Below I have set out a 5 step process, which will help you finally achieve these goals in 2018!
Check it out…
1 – S M A R T goals
Ok, first things first, if you have never heard of SMART goals before, I’ll give you a really quick overview. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable (or achievable), Realistic and Timely, so basically it is a way of making sure that the goal you are setting, is actually good!
Here’s an example; if I was looking to lose weight and get fit in 2018, then a BAD goal would be: ‘I want to lose weight and increase my fitness this year!’
To make that a SMART goal, it would look like this: I want to lose 5kg’s of bodyweight by the start of April, and I want to be able to run 2km’s in under 10 minutes by the start of June!
Can you see what has changed here? We have gone from a really vague and undefinable goal, to something that is very Specific, can be easily Measured, is Attainable and Realistic, and has Time attached to it.
So your first challenge, before you even think about achieving your goals, is to make sure they are SMART!
2 – Short, Medium and Long term goals
Now that you have your SMART goals sorted, it’s time to look at the duration of each goal!
The reason that this is so important, is because if you have a goal that is more than 6 months away, it becomes really easy to lose sight of that. You can quite easily lose motivation and focus, and before you know it, you are further away from your goals than when you started!
That’s why, I believe, it is really important to have short, medium and long term goals. Now the length of time you use for each category is really up to you, but I like to have my short term goals, really short, usually 1-2 days (some people even use hours). My medium goals are usually monthly, and then my long term goals have a few different categories, 1 being 3 month goals, or my quarterly goals, I then have 6 month goals, 1 year and 3 year goals.
So what I want you to do, is look at each of the SMART goals you set, and decide whether they are Short, Medium or Long term goals. It doesn’t matter what time frame you set, or where they sit, all that matters is that you know what they are. Your next question should be, ‘well how do I achieve a long term goal then, if I am not going to remain motivated?’
The answer is simple, you create short and medium term goals, that contribute to you achieving the long term goal, and that’s it! You repeat the process for any of your long term goals, and make sure you have a specific focus for each day, week, month, quarter etc. that way, you can tick things off along the way, and the sense of achievement you get from that, will give you the motivation to continue!
3 – Small changes add up
Ok, so we have our SMART goals, and we have broken them up with short, medium and long term goals, now it’s time to put it in to ACTION!
A lot of people right now, will be really motivated on their ‘New Year’s Resolution’s’ or alike, and will be looking to make drastic lifestyle changes. They might be starting a new diet or training program, and THIS time, they are going to stick it out..!
The facts are, that these people who make the drastic changes, will often crash and burn after a month or so, as the changes they have made were not SUSTAINABLE!
Instead of doing the above, I would encourage you to make some simple, small changes, and then continue to adjust those changes over a LONG period of time. It’s the classic example of the Tortoise and the Hare, instead of being the hare, and going at 100mph from the get go, try and take the tortoise approach, the slow and steady approach.
It will take you longer to get to your goals, however, when doing it this way, you are much more likely to stick it out for the long term and KEEP your results.
Here’s an example, if you are someone who has been doing little to no exercise, then you might simply park your car 1km from your work, and walk for 10 minutes before you start, or, if that’s not practical, instead of getting in to work early and spending 20 minutes scrolling through Facebook, get outside and walk. You might work in a high-rise, and instead of sitting in a lift for 30 seconds, you could take the stairs.
There are so many ways that you can make small changes in your life that, when multiplied over a number of days, weeks, months, YEARS can add up to a BIG result!
4 – Consistency
This right here, is what I believe, to be the biggest thing holding people back from achieving results, whether it be health and fitness, or life!
Everyone reading this, would be able to stick to a diet or exercise program, or job etc. for a short period of time, however majority of people won’t be able to remain consistent over a long enough period of time, to really see the benefits or change!
The reason that a lot of people fail to remain consistent, is because it is hard, but if it wasn’t hard, then everyone would do it!
5 – Lifestyle
Ok, so let’s recap. By now, you should have set some SMART goals, arranged them in order of Short, Medium and Long time frames, looked at some ‘small’ changes that you can stick to long term, and learnt about the number 1 thing holding people back!
Now it is time for the secret to all of the above, and the secret is: it’s all about your LIFESTYLE!
If you are going in to this process, and you aren’t willing to change your lifestyle, then I will save you some time right now and say DON’T BOTHER!
You have to be willing to look at the whole picture when it comes to your goals and this includes Family, Partners and Friends. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result!
Without CHANGE, none of your goals will be achieved, so I implore you to look at yourself, look at your lifestyle and who you choose to be around, and ask yourself, ‘is my environment setting me up for success or failure?’
I hope you enjoyed reading this, and if 1 person can take something away from this and be inspired to make changes in their own lives, then it has served its purpose!