Have you ever set a big goal that you were really excited about, only to have it fade over time until you just give up on it?
There are a lot of reasons that people give up on big goals. But that can change with a plan.
So, here’s my advice on how any of us can take our goals and dreams and make them a reality… no matter how big
Step 1: Begin With the End in Mind
As Stephen Covey said, begin with the end in mind.
Obviously, you have to have a goal to begin with.
What is it you want?
Who is the future self you want to become?
Go through the process of setting your goals.
Then identify your ‘why’ or purpose for each goal.
Then, determine what you need to do to achieve those goals.
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Step 2: Reverse Engineer the Process
It’s important to know where you are going and to be able to visualize the goal, but now you need to figure out what you need to do to make it happen.
Begin by breaking it down monthly. To reach your big goal, what mile markers can you create? What do you need to accomplish month by month?
Rather than putting all of your focus on the big goal which may seem so far away, each month you have a smaller outcome to focus on.
As you consistently achieve these smaller monthly goals, they will compound and help you achieve the bigger end goal.
Step 3: Important vs Urgent
This is a big step. This is where accountability comes in and I strongly encourage you to get an accountability partner or join an accountability group to help keep you on track.
Most of us have a task list a mile long and we are adding to it daily.
It’s very easy to spend all of your time focused on those urgent tasks.
The important tasks are the ones that are going to help you achieve your goals. But the urgent ones often push the important ones to the back of the line
In our accountability groups, each day we commit to one main thing that will get us closer to our bigger, monthly outcome. Regardless of how many urgent tasks we have to deal with, the important one comes first!
In the Mindset Journal, each day has an area to list your tasks. Above that area there is a space for your Top Priorities. Whatever you said you’re accountable for each day, that should be listed as a Top Priority.
Next, move your Top Priorities to your calendar. Things on your calendar with a date and time tend to get done.
Finally, each day report to your accountability partner or group if you achieved what you were accountable for the day before and make a new daily commitment.
So, that’s how you achieve your big goals through daily commitments and achieving smaller goals along the way.
As my accountability coach always says, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”
Let me know if this helps you to be more productive and make progress on your bigger goals.
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