HOW TO CREATE AND ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO SETTING AND ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS
PICK YOUR GOAL CATEGORIES
There are several Different Themes of Goals that cover different categories that feed into our lives. The first step in creating your goals is to understand where needs attention. For example, you may be doing really well at work, and have a stable relationship, whilst these are things that you want to continue, you may not need to have big long-term goals around these categories. You may also look at this list and be inspired as to what area of your life either needs the most attention or would make the biggest difference in your overall contribution to your happiness. When doing this exercise remember that the goals you work on should INCREASE YOUR HAPPINESS. You have to turn up to this exercise authentically, don’t make assumptions on what you want to achieve (money, relationships, possessions, promotions) think about what would actually make you happier once you have achieved them than you are now. This isn’t for anyone but yourself so be honest with what you want. Once you have identified what would increase your happiness, pick your top categories that will form the basis of your goal setting.
IDENTIFY YOUR LONG TERM GOALS
SENSE CHECK YOUR LONG TERM GOALS
⭐ S – Specific (or Significant).
⭐ M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
⭐ A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
⭐ R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
⭐ T – Time-bound (or Trackable).
WRITE THEM DOWN
There are many reasons to write down your goals – here we talk about eight specific reasons to write down your goals but simply writing them down is the next big step in creating and achieving them. Whatever Long Term Goal you have decided on, write it in RETROSPECTIVE language.
For example, instead of: I want to get better at my finances and invest my money
Try rewriting to: I actively invest in multiple products which increase my money by 18%
This does two things, it’s using positive language which has been shown to help aid goal achieving, but it also creates a certain mindset, by writing retrospectively you can propel yourself to a years time where you have completed your goal and help build even more of a picture of how that achievement will feel, increasing clarity and forming more of what state you are working towards improving motivation.
SET YOUR STEPPING STONES
WRITE THEM DOWN
PICK YOUR PROCESS GOALS
SET UP YOUR TRACKING
ADJUST WHERE NECESSARY
Whilst your Long Term Goals should be pretty much set in stone (aside from massive life events or sudden changes in circumstance if you have followed the process properly your goals should remain important and relevant), everything else is a journey. Start small with your daily process goals, revisit your stepping stones. Make sure you have enough flexibility to both overachieve and adjust when you aren’t quite hitting the mark. The end goal is what’s important, everything else moves around to help get you to where you need to be.
KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
We’ve been writing everything down for a reason because to achieve goals you have to track them. Our notion template is the culmination of years of experience in goal setting and tracking and includes Long Term Goals, configured with stepping stones and feeding into a daily process so that you can track everything that you are doing. Make your daily process goals easy to achieve, and we mean REALLY easy. So if one of your process goals is to read about investment, make it one page. Just one page a day. Our brains love to win, so being able to complete this easily will bring a sense of achievement that can be built on. As you have set up SMART goals, you will have a date for each stepping stone and Long Term Goal, so input this into your tracking as well. Use this DAILY. Literally every day you should be checking your process goals off.