Updated: Jul 14
“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.” ―Winston S. Churchill
Statistics have shown that over 90% of people have a job they do not enjoy! How crazy is that? Why is it that so many of us fall into a career we do not love?
In the eight steps that follow, we will be showing you how to successfully create and stick to a goal so you can transform your life. But, be sure to remember these three things throughout:
dream constantly, believe in the dream constantly, and work on the dream constantly.
1. Create a SMART goal.
Goal setting is used daily by all successful people. It allows you to hold yourself accountable for the given task. SMART goals come in at this point.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timebound. For example, instead of writing I want to be a business owner someday, my S.M.A.R.T. goal says I want to create a business that has an annual turnover of at least £100,000, then measured by selling £8,500 of produce a month by December 2021.
2. Your mission statement.
The WHY behind your goal. Having a clear mindset as to WHY you need to achieve your purpose will encourage you to get things done. Ask yourself the following when planning this statement; Why do you have to this goal? What will go wrong if you don’t? What are the stakes? How will you improve the lives of others?
3. Live the Vision.
Envision your success, take a step into your future and write down what your life will look like now you have surpassed your goal. How do you feel? What do you see? How many lives have you improved because of your success? What does your bank account/house/daily schedule look like? Make sure you write all of these points down.
4. Resources to get started.
What in your life right now can you use to get started? A lot of the time, and without knowing, people have everything they need to start pursuing their goals right now. What do you have access to that you are yet to drill into? School? Work? Family?
5. Do the Research.
Find out the successful methods that worked for other people, and assess those strategies to see which ones you can try now. For example, if my goal is to start my own business and earn seven figures within the next three years, I can hop on Google.com and follow the paths of people who have accomplished this foot.
After looking through the options, I decide the strategies that interest me are the real estate market or by starting my own online business.
Real estate requires a bunch of qualifications that I don’t currently have. So that doesn’t work for me. But for an online business, I need less than £1000 and a validated idea to start. With my current resources, option two is the strategy I can try right now.
Research what strategy you can take using the resources you have to hand.
6. Create an action plan.
Break your strategy into a 90-day action plan (30-day for shorter goals) and create specific waypoints to reach that will build up the bigger picture. For example, if my goal was to build an online business, I may aim to have a website created and running in 15 days and the first client signed by the 30-day mark. The slow progression will also provide an encouraging pace to keep you moving forward.
7. Get Started.
At some point, you will fail, everyone fails, and this is statistically certain. But failure is also the first step towards success as this is where new opportunities blossom.
Embrace failure. Learn from it. Reflect on it and think about what you will do better. Then forgive yourself and move on. Don’t wallow in it for two years keep pushing forward.
8. Rinse and repeat.
The faster you accept the inevitability of failure, the easier it’ll be to keep living your purpose. Pick a lesson up from what went wrong, then apply that lesson to the next action step.
Remember, this is not a sprint, but a marathon. The way you make your goals a reality is one step at a time. That’s it.
If you do not quit, you will hit the finish line.