How to Reach your Goals - A Simple system you can use

Everyone wants to be successful and reach their goals, but very few are willing to put in the time and effort to do so.  At the same time, many people are highly motivated, but are unable to get the results they want because of bad habits.  

Here are some bad habits people have regarding goal-setting and achieving their goals:

1.  Ambiguous goals

If you were to ask people what their goals are, their answers would include "More money, better health, better relationships".  While these are noble goals, these answers are super ambiguous. What exactly does "more money" mean?  Do you want $100 more dollars by the end of this week, or by the end of the year?  How about better health?  Do you want a six-pack, or do you want bigger biceps?  There is far too little specifity and definition in these goals.  As a result, people don't know exactly what they're aiming for and when they want it by. 

2.  Poor Planning 

Given how many people don't have specific goals, they don't know what to focus on.  In the case they do know what they want specifically, a lot of them don't get around to setting a specific plan of what they're going to do that year, month, week, and day to get closer to their goal.  Instead, they try to rely on their "feelings and intuition" to guide them to the right action, and hope that they'll achieve their goals.  And why do they do this?  Well, partly because they're unwilling to put in the time to plan effectively. However, they're also scared that if they put in all the necessary time, they won't achieve their goals. 

In order to reach your goals, do the opposite of the above.  Here's what you should do:

1.  Define your goals

Be very specific and focused.  What exactly do you want in terms of wealth, health, your relationships, etc?  When do you want it by?  For example, it's not enough to write: "I want a six-pack".  Write out: "I want a six-pack by X-date".  This makes the deadline more real.  For wealth, don't write out: "I want more money".  Write out: "I want to make $7000 more dollars each month by X date".  When you are specific, you make your goals far more focused and measurable.  Now you know exactly what you're aiming for. 

2.  Plan Effectively

When you have your goals, break down the steps you need to achieve your goals into manageable steps.  I personally recommend setting yearly goals.  From there, I write down the progress I want to make each month leading up to the deadline.  In addition, I write out my weekly goals I want to achieve for each month.  These weekly goals compounded together should add up to your monthly goals.  Not surprisingly, what you do daily should help you achieve your weekly goals.  If you can plan out what you do specifically each day, week, month, and then year, then your goals become more measurable. This helps unfold the progress right before your eyes.  

Here's an example of what I might write out:

Yearly goal: Make $7000/month by August 1st, 2012

Monthly goals:

  • August 2011 - Make $500
  • September 2011 - Make $1000
  • etc.

Weekly goals:

  • For the month of August 2011
    • Make $50 in the first week
    • Make $100 in the second week(I'm at $150 here)
    • Make $15o in the third week($300 total so far)
    • Make $200 in the fourth week($500 total)

Daily goals:

  • Let's say I'm in the first week of August 2011, and I'm a salesperson
    • Monday
      • 80 new cold calls
      • follow up on 20 new leads
      • send out 50 flyers
    • Tuesday
      • etc.

Do you see my point?  Knowing what you specifically want, and breaking down the steps to getting there and making them measurable is what will help you achieve your goals.