MY GOAL SETTING PROCESS
Did you know that if you write your goals down and review them regularly you are 95% more likely to actually achieve your desired outcome?
And did you also know that only 3% of people do that?! It’s such a simple process that takes just a few minutes daily to (almost) guarantee your success!
In this post I’ll be sharing my goal setting process that I’ve refined over the past few years. It’s what works best for me, and could be a great system for you to follow also!
If you’d prefer, you can watch the video version of this post below:
Now I don’t care if you believe in the ‘law of attraction’ or whatever, but whatever you focus on – you will attract. The above statistics have been proven time and time again. It doesn’t matter ‘why’ you believe it works, just know that it does.
For some reason, I’ve always been a goal-setter. It’s not something I learned from school, or from my parents. Oddly, it’s just something I’ve done ever since I was young.
I think I may have inherited the trait from my philosopher/preacher grandfather who was constantly scribbling ideas in notebooks, writing to-do lists, and studying/quoting successful people throughout history.
No matter why I did it, I just know that I have for as long as I can remember written down what I wanted, looked at it regularly, and changed/modified it regularly.
And time and time again, I’ve managed to achieve the things I’ve written down. From fitness goals, to academic goals, to financial goals, to the massive goal of being able to quit my job. All have been achieved over time, albeit with lots of trials and tribulations along the way – all have manifested themselves.
These are all things I’ve consciously decided to achieve. Luck is bullshi*t (but that’s for another blog post). I didn’t achieve these goals because of luck – I achieved them because I set out with the intention to achieve them.
Now I haven’t achieved all of my goals. But the ones I have achieved have been the ones I have had a deep desire for, a powerful reason for why I wanted them, and ones that I constantly visualised and focused on.
So before we get into my actual process for setting and reviewing goals, make sure that the goals you set are bigger than you. They must be meaningful to you, and you must have a deep desire for them. Without that, you’ll simply give up on them at the first roadblock or unexpected challenge – and trust me, there will be a lot of those!
Now, onto the actual process of goal setting.
Step 1: Long-Term Goals
I like to start with setting long-term goals. Some people will recommend 5 or 10 or even 20 year goals for the future.
For me, that’s too much.
I have a general ‘vision’ for how things will be, but life changes too much for me to know exactly how things will pan out over that time period.
I instead prefer to start with yearly goals. Now, if you review these regularly you will realise that even these will change and need editing and refining as you go.
If you follow my monthly progress reports, you will have noticed that I have changed, varied, added, and removed different goals as 2016 has progressed.
I like to split these up into different areas such as:
– Fitness & Health
– Personal Finance
– Material Purchases
I’ll create goals about what weight I want to be, how much I want to be able to lift, the quality of my health I want to achieve, how much money I want to make per month, how much I’d like to have invested, what businesses I’d like to create, what purchases I’d like to make, what I’d like to give, etc.
Really make sure that you dig deep on these goals, and choose things that you REALLY want. Visualise them and imagine how it will feel once you’ve achieved them. If when you do that, you feel extremely excited – it’s a good goal.
Also, get specific. Don’t just say: ‘I want more money’. Say ‘I want to make $8000 per month by February 2017’.
Being specific makes the image that much more clear, and gives you a specific target to strive for.
Step 2: Monthly – Quarterly Goals
In this stage, I like to break down my long-term goals into smaller targets.
Hopefully you’ve set yourself some big and challenging long-term goals. They may even seem a little bit daunting, and almost a little bit impossible.
That’s good. You should think big.
But, it can also make it easy to feel overwhelmed and that causes a lot of people to give up prematurely.
I break my goals down into smaller portions, usually of 1-3 months in duration.
For example, if my yearly goal was to lose 30kg, that goal can seem a long way off.
My quarterly goal might be to lose 8kg. That feels a lot more achievable.
Do that with all of your goals, until you have some medium-term targets to strive for.
Step 3: Weekly Goals
Every Sunday night, I write a review my progress of the previous week’s goals, and then write down my goals for the following week.
As you can probably guess, these weekly goals are a further breakdown of our medium-term goals. These usually are much more practical as well.
For our weight loss goal of 30kg for the year, and 8kg per quarter, we can break this down further.
8KG divided by 13 weeks = approximately 0.6KG.
So, our weight loss goal for the week would be: lose 0.6KG
Then, we would have some practical goals for actually achieving that.
These will be things like:
– Exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days per week
– Stick to my diet plan
– No alcohol
– Only 1 cheat meal this week
– Get 8 hours of sleep per night
You can do this for all of your goals. Following those small tasks each week isn’t that difficult, and it’s also surprisingly satisfying sitting there on a Sunday night and ticking off all of the things you’ve achieved for the week!
It becomes addictive, and you’ll soon be hooked on the feeling of achieving.
Step 4: Daily Goals
Now it’s time for the daily goals.
I review these goals every single night, and also write the goals for the following day. They are a breakdown of the weekly goals that I have set out.
For our fitness goal, our daily tasks may look like this:
– Go to the gym for 30 minutes
– Stick to diet plan
– Get to bed by 10pm so I can get my 8 hours of sleep
Those goals don’t seem too difficult to achieve do they?
All of a sudden, our massive goal of 30kg for the year doesn’t seem too hard.
The key is breaking down your big goals into milestones and steps, and then consistently taking the action.
With almost any big goal, there is no secret bullet.
It comes down to consistent, daily action.
Step 5: Read & Review Your Goals
Every single morning, I read my goals. I start with my big, yearly goals. Then I read my medium-term goals. Then, my weekly goals. Finally, I will read my daily goals.
While I’m doing this, I also take a moment to visualise myself achieving my tasks, and try to really ‘feel’ what that will be like.
Every evening, I tick off my daily goals and review my progress for the day. I then take a moment to write my goal list for the following day. I highly recommend doing this at night – not in the morning!
Every Sunday, I review the week’s progress and write some goals for the following week.
At least once a month, I will review my medium-term and longer-term goals. Usually, there are 1 or 2 tweaks to be made to refine my goals based on the progress I’ve made, and the opportunities/roadblocks that have arisen.
I’ll also do this when I get the feeling that I’m not progressing, or am losing my motivation.
In my experience, there is nothing more motivating than setting high quality, powerful goals.
To Sum It Up
That’s it. That’s my process.
It seems simple, and that’s because it it. It only takes me 10-15 minutes per day and gives me a much higher chance of success.
If I write down a goal of wanting to save $10,000 in a year, break that goal down into monthly, weekly, and daily targets, and create an accompanying plan for achieving it, I’ll be a lot more likely to achieve it than if I tell myself ‘Hmm, I’d like to save some more money this year’.
It’s so simple and obvious how it works – yet almost nobody does it!
I urge you to take 10-15 minutes of your day to focus on your goals. Perhaps spend an hour or two to start with to dive deep into what you really want, and write your long-term goals.
If you stay consistent in your goal setting and reviewing process, you will be amazed at what you can achieve in just 1 year.
Now… It’s time for me to go and work on today’s goals!
Until next time,