Knowing what you want is simple but actually doing and putting it into action seems the hardest.
You want to make this year big, so here are 4 easy steps to help you get more done and achieve your goals this year and the future.
- WRITE DOWN your goals on paper. This is probably the most important step you can take to achieving your goals. This simple idea of having your goals down on paper makes it more tangible. It becomes sort of like a written contract to yourself. In addition, describe your goals down as specific as you can and set a deadline for each goal. Here’s an example:
It’s not “I want to lose weight”, it’s “I want to lose 5 kilos by the end of June, 2013″.
Instead of “I want to buy a house”, it’s “I want to buy a house in (location) for $XXX,XXX by December, 2013″
Additionally, you want to write goals down for all areas of your life – Financial, spiritual, relationships, health, career/business, personal,etc.
- BREAK DOWN your goals into bite-sized chunks. The reason why a lot of people don’t achieve their goals or resolutions is because they try to bite off more than they can chew. Here’s the secret. Go through each goal and break it down into small, bite-sized sub-goals.
An easy way to do this task is to ask yourself: “In order to achieve this goal, what would I need to do?” This task will give you a blueprint to achieving your goals. It’s as simple as following through with it.
Let’s use the “buying a house” as an example. Here’s how you would break this goal down:
* Research for properties everyday by browsing online.
* Get a loan approved for $XXX,XXX.
* Attend inspections of potential properties.
* In the mean time, I will keep saving and stop splurging. More deposit upfront means less interest for me in the end.
* Move in with family by the end of January to save up more.
You get the idea. So for each of your goals, break it down like the above example.
- The next step is to DO IT, REWARD and CELEBRATE! It’s not enough to just to set your goals and sub-goals, you have to celebrate the achievement of each step. Give yourself a pat on the back. Reward yourself for completing a sub-goal. This will help build momentum and develop a good habit.
- VISUALIZE your goals everyday. You mind needs to be aligned with your goals. Writing your goals down is one thing, but actually picturing yourself having achieved your goals is another. Imagine you have already achieved your goals. Feel the excitement, pleasure and pride of this fulfillment. Put your goals down in front of you where you can see it easily.
As Confucius once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Make that first step and everything else will magically follow.
Good luck and embrace the year ahead and the future!