While you’re still in planning mode for the new year, I want to make sure you really set yourself up for big-goal-rocking-high-achieving-awesomecizing success!
So you got big goals eh? You wanna not just change but actually transform yourself into a better version of you so that you can achieve those big goals?
What’s on your list? Eat more clean foods, write that novel, travel to South America with the fam, get that colonoscopy (okay, maybe that’s not desired but you gotta do what you gotta do to maintain your health right?!).
But as we all know, doing new things is hard; stopping things we are already doing is easier, a sort of UNResolution if you will.
And even though the latter helps, we still need a plan for our big goals.
The average person struggles with big goals because they are more difficult. Difficulty requires more effort, focus, time, and discipline and, ultimately, a different strategy.
6 (not-so-secret) Ways to Achieve Big Goals
- Set sub-goals and measure your progress. Sub-goals, otherwise known as process goals, are mini-goals you set for yourself to keep going in the right direction. Big goals take time, and it’s easy to become discouraged if you don’t do this step. It’s also common for most of the results to occur near the end of the process. You could be working away at something and not see much progress but you must persevere. Perseverance is critical! For instance, take inch loss. It’s not something you see daily. But when you take those weekly/monthly photos, you really see the difference! Additionally, maintaining an awareness of your progress – or lack of progress – will allow you to change your approach as needed.
- Make your big goals a priority. How many times have you set a goal only to forget all about it in a week? Remind yourself of your goal each day. At the very least, read your goal once per day. Consider reading, writing, and visualizing it at least twice per day. If you can’t visualize the achievement of your goal, it will be very challenging to achieve.
- Get rid of mental garbage. Your mindset can be your biggest obstacle. A part of you clenches when you think about accomplishing much more than you’re accustomed to accomplishing. This discomfort is a sign from our subconscious that it’s not entirely onboard. So figure out what’s stopping you from feeling like you can have what you set out to achieve. What barriers are preventing you from realizing your big goals? Identifying those barriers are key to getting the results you want.
- Focus on your habits. What success habits do you need to implement to make achieving your goals automatic? And stop thinking that major success is the result of a single, spectacular action. Small changes in behavior and focus provides the best, impressive results over time.
- Be patient. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it’s not fair to expect something amazing to happen in an instant. Set a reasonable timetable and relax. Big goals are marathons, not sprints. Read biographies of those that have accomplished awesome things. The time and patience spent by them are impressive. Note: Practice patience by learning to be patient in everyday situations. We all have plenty of opportunities. Waiting in line, sitting in traffic, or waiting at the doctor’s office are just a few examples. Just relax and breathe.
- Only choose goals that are highly meaningful. A goal is much easier to achieve if you passionately want it. Some people bite off more than their motivation can chew. A big goal requires commitment, sacrifice, and time. Avoid goals that aren’t worth the cost. You’ll only be wasting your time. The way you find out if it’s meaningful to you or not is to identify your purpose behind it. Why is it important to you? What would it mean to achieve it? Get to the root of why you desire your goals and keep asking why. Then you’ll get to the real reason why you want something. 🙂
Over to you…
Big goals are exciting and life changing, but people often avoid or abandon them because of the likelihood of failure. There is a process to making significant changes in your life. Be clear on your objective and create habits that bring you closer to that objective every single day.
What’s the alternative? Not taking action but that will only leave you in the same place at this same time next year!
How do you set out to achieve big goals?