If you’re, well, human, you have goals in mind for your life and your business. Think of any of your current goals – how convinced are you that you’ll succeed? What’s stopping you or holding you back? How big are your goals? Are they big enough to motivate you? Are you playing small?
I just finished reading 10X by Grant Cardone, and it’s been really insightful. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking to level up their life.
In the book, Grant talks about one of the big reasons people don’t stick to goals or fail to accomplish them – it’s because they don’t set them high enough at the start. Think about it this way – if you set a mediocre goal that doesn’t really excite you, what’s going to push you to do it? His philosophy is if you don’t think big, you won’t act big. As much as a big goal might be scary or intimidating, if you set too small a goal it will be easy to put it off or aside, because it’s not that important anyway.
Another tip from 10X (and one that I’ve seen elsewhere as well) is that when you’re writing down your goals, word them as if you’ve already accomplished them. Make a list of all your goals, but write them in present tense – “I have two finished zines printed”, etc. Look at your list every day, and add or revise as needed.
Follow these steps to set and achieve your goals:
1. Keep your goals SMART
Your goals need to be tight, focused, and concrete. Above all, they must be SMART.
- Specific: work on keeping your goal as focused and defined as you can
- Measurable: keep your goals tangible, whether it’s finishing a script or creating your first 10-item line of jewelry.
- Attainable: keep your goal challenging but not impossible. Make it something that pushes your limits, but not to unreasonable degrees (check your emotional response to gauge this – do you feel excited or overwhelmed?).
- Relevant: set goals that speak to your heart and will move your life forward. Make them your goals – your goals are for you and no one else.
- Time-bound: SMART goals need a timeline of 100 days or less to completion.
2. Small Steps
Keep focused on the small actions and steps that add up to achieving your big goal. Work out what you need to do to get there and in what sequence. Remember that your daily, weekly, and monthly actions all add up to success. Breaking your big goal into small chunks will make it easier to see progress and movement, and will make it feel less overwhelming.
3. Check in on progress
You’ll keep your motivation high and your project on course if you pause for regular progress checks. Every few steps, step back and take an objective look to see if any aspect of your project is slipping, so you can make adjustments to get back on track. And when you set your milestones, make sure you include rewards! Finish a full comic page? Treat yourself to a fancy mocha. Send your chapter off to the editor? 30 minutes of your favorite video game. Create and keep that positive feedback loop going by celebrating and rewarding each small success.
4. Be accountable
Achieving your goal is easier if you’ve got a friend, mentor, or business partner to be accountable to. Ask someone you trust to be your accountability buddy and share your progress reports with them (and encourage them to check in if they haven’t heard from you!).
5. Don’t give up!
Commit to yourself that you will keep going to achieve your goal. Everyone has bad days, and sometimes life can throw you a curveball, but it’s more important that you pick yourself up and stay on course. When the bad days come, give yourself grace and compassion, and then dust yourself off and get back on the horse. Pauses, breaks, and steps back do not equal failure unless you choose to let them.
Keep it simple and stick to these tips and you’ll be on your way to accomplishing your goal before you know it!
Remember, it’s a journey, and all goals require work. The most important thing is to keep taking action and moving forward, no matter what the pace.