Need to Reach a Goal? You Need a Strategy


A few weeks ago a lot of the north was in some degree of the deep freeze. And there was a lot of talk on social media—and in coffee shops all over. People wishing they could move to a warm place. Or at least spend the winter in one. There was a lot of “maybe someday…” 

You probably heard it too.

We do so much daydreaming about what we want, and feel frustrated that we’re not there yet. Maybe we want to be more fit, have more clients, want to travel or have more time with the people we love. Maybe we want to write a book or move to a new place where the environment lights us up.

But very few people go to the next step. That is, making that plan to make it happen.

Even a loose plan.

It shocked me when an entrepreneurs companion shared as of late that she'd never at any point pondered arranging around her ideal way of life. She's making each day, however not making the correct things–that would lead her to what she eventually needs throughout her life.

In the event that you can relate (I realize I can), the missing piece that will assist you with making your most significant business or way of life objective truth is this: A straightforward arrangement. Furthermore, a straightforward arrangement, however one that LEADS you to your ideal objective.

A simple, aligned plan.

You can even start right now. On any piece of paper that’s in front of you.

Really, why not? Let’s do this.

What do you want your life to look like in say, 3 to 5 years? 

Knowing that end result you want, what has to happen in the next 365 days to lead you to it?

Scribble that down in one sentence — on a napkin if you have to. (Many great achievements in the world started on a napkin, right?).

Start with: “My biggest goal for the next 365 days is ____________.”

Allow yourself 5 minutes to picture this, envision what it is you ultimately want (the big picture goal).

Then under it, write down 3 simple steps you could take in the next 2 weeks toward getting there.

Now break each step down so it’s as tiny as it can get.

Make them so easy you can’t not do them. 

Would it mean saving more? Then a tiny step might be to save a dollar a day.

Do you want to get in shape? Then a tiny step might be doing one pushup a day.

In fact, write down what could make these steps even easier to do.

Next, ask yourself 'What is the one little, reasonable advance I can take every day that pushes me ahead? (It's astonishing how quick even minuscule advances can make genuine change).

Get that progression onto your schedule. The objective is to make it a non-debatable meeting with yourself.

An intriguing thing may occur. Like you may begin accomplishing a greater amount of that thing than you'd arranged. Simply the choice to begin doing it, and making one little stride, may give you the energy you have to get farther than you suspected quicker than you suspected.

I can share for a fact this can work even on large objectives that appear to be inaccessible, in the event that you stick to it. (Have you ever heard that adage 'It's inconceivable until it's conceivable? I realize I have thought objectives were unimaginable until I was 95% to the end goal).

In the event that you make that everyday stride, I accept you'll think back in twelve months and be astonished at what you achieved.

Making a plan gives you a better chance of reaching your most meaningful goals.

You’ve probably found, as I have, that there can be a huge gap between what you believe is possible and what is actually possible. But it all starts with a plan. Where you think through (1) what you need to do to get there, (2) what’s holding you back, (3) what you can do to overcome any obstacles, (4) what other obstacles you might encounter, and (5) the resources you will need.

Then you’re going to be more prepared.

So if you have a goal that’s meaningful to you—be it a lifestyle, financial, and/or business goal—I’m suggesting you write it down. Then, at very least, take a mini-step. And another. (My favorite tool for making sure you take one step a day toward your goal is is Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ method). That can help you gain momentum, and you can adjust the course as you go. Be flexible and forgiving. Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction. Think about how it will feel knowing you’re no longer just wishing and hoping. You’re making those important goals happen.

What big or small goal would you love to make happen (or make progress on) in the next 365 days? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

If you found this post helpful, please share, and help inspire others. As always, thank you for reading. 


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