Are you someone that wishes you could get to a certain point or just look at others achieving things and wonder how they do it? Stop wondering and take action today, it all starts with setting a goal. You need to set a goal that gets you excited, wanting to jump out of bed in the morning and matters to yourself, it should be just outside of your comfort zone to push you. We are going to break down step by step what you need to do to create a goal and set you up for success. You need to be ready mentally and committed to your goal and completing the steps required to achieve.
Setting your Goal
What to set your goal as?
Not sure what to focus on? Goals should improve your life and make you happy, go through this quick life assessment to get a better idea of where you currently are and what is important for you to improve. Mark each category of your life out of 10 with how happy you are currently 1 being miserable and 10 being could not be any better.
This is a good tool to use on a monthly or even weekly basis to do a quick assessment and make a plan on how to improve each category.
Now you have an idea of your current situation, brainstorm ideas that would make you happier in each category or where you would ultimately like them to be. Write these down.
Look over what you have written down and pick what gets you excited; you feel motivated to tackle now. You can pick multiple ideas especially if they relate to each other, but we recommend no more than 3 at one time.
Writing your goal
This is where we write your goal down in a sentence and make sure it is SMART, place it just outside of your comfort zone to push yourself and give yourself a challenge, give yourself a reasonable timeframe to complete. Using the SMART goal framework sets boundaries and defines the steps you’ll need to take, resources necessary to get there and milestones that indicate progress along the way. With SMART goals, you’re more likely to achieve your goal efficiently and effectively.
EXAMPLE: I want to increase my upper body strength by being able to complete 10 unassisted chin ups in a row in 3 months’ time that will assist my pole moves and success rate at learning new skills.
Achieving Your Goal
Now you have the final goal written down it is time to make yourself accountable!
• Place your written goal in a prominent place where you will see it every day, good places are on your mirror, back of toilet door, your phone lock screen.
• Tell people about your goal, this will give you the feeling you are letting them down if you don’t achieve the goal, also talking to them in general conversation they can check in with you and check how you are going.
• Set passwords that relate back to your goal this will help keep it in the front of your mind.
• Place pictures, quotes anything around that will inspire you all around you.
• Set reminders in your phone for your time limit on your goals.
Steps to Achieve
Now you have a goal, how are you going to achieve it? Creating an action plan with steps for you to complete daily, weekly that will get you closer to your goals. A good way to work out what needs to occur is a method called backwards goal setting start with your end goal and work the step below that and so on and so forth. You may end up with smaller goals you need to achieve before your final goal can be completed, these are great to help you feel motivated and accomplished on your way to your final goal.
EXAMPLE: For the chin up goal, steps would be varied depending on your current level of upper body strength, you would need to have weekly upper body training and chin up attempts.
Set yourself up for success by removing barriers and distractions that will hinder you achieving your goal. The most common barrier for people not achieving their goal is fear of failure, we should not fear failure as we all fail at times but learn and grow to better our chance of success next time.
* Identify what could become a barrier and distraction.
* Remove anything you can, this could involve unfollowing anything that does not benefit you.
* If unable to remove create a plan how you will limit distraction.
Last step to your goal journey is to review them, we don’t want to set and forget, these should be at the front of our mind in all our daily decisions. Depending on the timeline set on your goal is you just complete this step at your deadline or give yourself checklist points to complete a review and better your chances at success.
• Did you achieve your goal?
• If not, what was the main reason for not completing the goal?
• Were the action steps correct or do they need to be modified?
• What worked well for this goal?
• Did you have all the resources for the goal?
• Are you still motivated to complete this goal?
Once answering these questions go over all the above steps again to adjust your goal as required, if you did not meet your goal learn from this attempt and try again.
We are all individuals and will find different techniques work for you, alter the above steps as needed to get the most success. To achieve great things you first must make a first step and even just reading this article makes you one step closer, you must have an interest in making achievements by choosing to read this and we hope you take it a step further and make you goals.
Good luck and remember to reach out to your local studio if you need assistance in making your action plan.
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