Episode 39 - How to Successfully Plan Goals
In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about goal planning.
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This episode is all about goal planning. Because if you don’t have a plan, you don’t have a goal, you have a wish.
And if you don’t know where you are going, you will end up someplace else!
You may have a goal in mind but if you don’t have a plan in place to achieve that goal, and I'm talking about all the steps and everything you need to do to achieve that goal, then you may not reach it. Let's take a second to be real with ourselves.
I mean, Just think about 2020. That was an unprecedented year that no one expected. We may have started out with goals but with everything that happened that year, your goals may have taken a hit.
Instead of being strategic about your time, we all turned on our survival modes and had to deal with things we never had to deal with before. I know that was totally unexpected but so is life.
Having a child sick, you getting sick, having more work to do, dealing with daily life... I mean things happen! We get busy. Moral of the story, if we want to achieve our goals, we need to be strategic in our actions and take control of our future. Aka have a plan!
Without goals, we can drift from one thing to another resulting in a feeling that time has been wasted on things that are irrelevant, irresponsible or just unimportant.
Having goals, we get to choose the direction of our lives and create our future. Goal setting gives us something to look forward to. I don’t know about you but I get excited when I have things I want to achieve.
One thing that I especially love about goal setting is that it triggers new behaviors or habits, helping guide our focus and helping us sustain that momentum in life.
I think the most important thing to note here is that the process of working on our goals makes us happy. We are for sure happy when we achieve our goal, but it's the pride in ourselves that we actually did something we committed to that lights us up.
Just take a moment and think back to a time where you wanted to do something and you actually did it. How did you feel? Amazing right?! Well I want you to feel that again because that’s exactly what we're doing this week!
OK so let’s get into it!
Now that you have your goal down and it is SMART and gives you a SPARK, I want to show you the process of planning your goals.
First, take your top goal you identified and set a date for how long it’s going to take you to achieve. Maybe it's to lose 20 pounds so you decide you want it to take 6 months.
Second, I want you to break that down by monthly milestones. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds in 6 months, how much do you need to lose each month to lose 20 pounds? Around 3-4 pounds.
Then for each month, write down what it would take or look like to lose 3-4 pounds. That's a pound a week! What do you need to eat each week, what exercises do you need to do? Take all the guesswork out!
You can even be extra and write down what you will eat each day and when you will work out. That will for sure set you up for success.
And the same goes for a life goal.
Say you want to write a book and you say it will take you one year. OK, well, where do you need to be at 9 months, 6 months, 3 months, etc., in order to complete your goal?
Now it depends on how you want to break it out. Maybe the goal is to write a chapter per month. Then what do you need to do each week in order to complete that chapter?
Maybe it's to have the book completed by 6 months and then have it edited by 9 months so it is finalized by month 12. Whatever the case may be, take your goal and figure out how long it will take and then break it down by month and then by week!
The important thing is that you know what you need to do each month and then know what you need to do each week! Sometimes we don’t know what to do and that stops us so planning it out ensures that you know exactly what action to take and when.
The way I do it is to take a couple sheets of paper (you can use the computer) and then I write down my goal and the milestones I need to hit underneath it.
I then have a page per week (or you can do a page per milestone) and I write down what I need to get done that week. Then when I make my plan for the week (when that week comes up), I know I need to figure out when I am doing that activity (if I hadn’t already).
A great tip is to block the activity or time off in your calendar like it is an important meeting you can’t miss. Now that you have that plan and it's scheduled in your calendar, it is real.
And once you have that all in place, create your accountability plan to stay on track. What happens if you get off track? What will you do? Will you join a group? Work with a coach? Etc.
And after about every 4-8 weeks, you should access your goal plan and see if anything needs to be tweaked.
As easy as it sounds, the hardest part about doing this is actually taking the time to actually do it! Sounds silly but it is! So take the time now and set yourself up for success!
And don’t forget to celebrate. It’s not just the goal, but the journey you’re on! You may not be exactly where you want to be yet, but acknowledge yourself for how far you’ve come!
With that said, get to work. Get it done if you want to see real changes in your life. And if you have any questions, you know you could always reach out time. OK? See you next week!
Stay Inspired and Live Powerfully,
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