With a new year comes new opportunities. You get a fresh start, and if you undertake to plan out your goals, you can achieve amazing things this year. Goal setting and New Year’s resolutions are popular topics, especially at this time of the year, but here’s my take on how you can really make this year different and move closer to your true and most profound dreams.
Depending on whom you’re talking to, goals can either be a positive or a discouraging topic. Some people thrive on talking about goals and can easily visualize the dream life. Some people around you may get negative and feel uncomfortable talking about their personal objectives. This is likely due to past failures and experiences.
For me personally, I don’t mind talking about goals, both my short term ones and the bigger picture for my life. It feels good to internally talk about where I’m going to myself and also to those around me. And studies have proven that when you record, verbalize or you tell your friends your goals, you are held more accountable to the success of the goal. But sometimes I’d rather just go out and get to it, and let my actions do the talking. I love setting goals for myself and I think about them all the time.
No matter how you feel about goals, we all want our dreams to come true. And at the end of the day, it is goals that will push us forward and propel us to take those necessary and tenuous first steps. Having goals is an empowering thing; it’s good to have a purpose and a direction. And regardless of where you’re at, you should strive for the great potential within you.
So how should you set your goals?
First, forget about New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’ve even forgotten about them already. They usually don’t work because people don’t expect them to. Why should January 1 be any different than any other day or time in your life? They’re more like temporary goals that people don’t take too seriously. Sadly, the truth is most people don’t back their resolutions up with a plan or a strategy and so they never amount to anything.
Really successful people tend to focus on just a few goals at a time. It makes sense. Having too many goals will distract you from your primary goals. Achieving extraordinary success takes extraordinary focus and a willingness to let all of your other wants take a backseat… at least for the time being. Don’t complicate things with too many goals.
Here’s a great strategy: Take your goals and 10X them. Yes, that’s right. Find out your ideal result and simply 10X that target. For example, if you want to add a hundred dollars to your savings account every month, aim for adding 1000! Then make a calculated plan for how you can achieve this bigger goal. This way, if you fall short on the 10X goal, I’m sure you will at least reach your ideal result and then some.
The man behind this concept is @GrantCardone so you might want to check him out. This will excite you, and motivate you to push harder and produce more than you’ve ever thought was possible.
How often should you write your goals down?
Another reason why New Year’s resolutions don’t work is because it’s typical to write them down once a year and then forget about them. To reach your goals, they have to be at the top of your mind at all times and planted in your subconscious. You should write them down as much as possible. Post them! Get out the sticky notes and put them everywhere…your bathroom mirror, on the fridge, on your car dashboard, dangling next to your computer screen, everywhere! Let your subconscious absorb them!
The more often you write them down, the more laser focused you will be on your targets. Write them down at least two times a day. That’s what the billionaires and the real hustlers do, and so that’s what you should be doing as well if you want to achieve a top performer level of success.
Set your goals, make a plan and get going!
If you haven’t already, take a moment to reflect, and figure out what you really want to achieve. Think big. It should be something that excites you, and in different areas of your life where you want to grow.
Choose a few goals on which you want to relentlessly focus. Find out your ideal result and then 10X that target. Build a plan, put it in motion and add the skills necessary to accomplish the goal.
Write your goals at least two times a day. No excuses.
Remember, reaching big goals will never be easy. It takes a lot of hard work and persistence. Sometimes you might want to let your emotions take over, but don’t quit and never give up. Keep moving!
Let’s move forward…
– Casper Stang