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In today’s episode, we are going to talk about creating specific and actionable goals so that you know exactly what you’re working towards. You’ll create a clear focus and a clear plan of action to bring them your goals to life.
Make it Specific
First off, when you’re creating a goal, you want to make sure it is specific. You don’t want to be vague here and say something like “I want to be successful”. Clients come to me all the time and say “I want to be successful”, “I want to have a successful business”, “I want to make a full time income with my business”. But that is not specific enough because then you’re never going to know when you actually reach your goal.
Make it specific so that you know exactly what you’re working towards. Whether that’s, $50,000 a year, $100,000 a year, a million dollars a year. Have that specific number so you know exactly when you’ll hit it.
See yourself in the goal
You also want to see yourself in the goal, so when you close your eyes and visualize that goal, you want to be able to see yourself hitting that goal. Visualize what’s going on around you, what is happening around you, what do you hear, what do you see, what do you feel? You want to be able to see yourself in that picture so that you can really bring it to life and feel that goal and associate to it and know what it’s going to be like when you reach it.
You also want to make sure that your goal is measurable. How are you going to know when you’ve reached your goal? Like I said, if it’s super specific and it’s a certain amount of money, you want to make a certain amount you want to make from a launch, you want to make sure it is measurable.
So if your goal is to have a $10,000 launch, then write down I just had a $10,000 launch. Make it measurable so that you know exactly when you hit it so that when you see that number pop up, you know you hit your goal.
And you want to make it really meaningful to you. So you know, you don’t want to just create a goal to create a goal. You want to feel excited about your goal. This way you’re excited to get to your desk, open up your laptop and do the work because that’s what’s going to make you feel really fulfilled in your business and your work. Then you can show up in an amazing way for your clients and your audience when you are working towards something that really means something to you.
Act as if you already have it
As you are writing down your goal, act as if you already have it. Instead of writing: “I am going to make $100,000 by December 31st” you would write, “it’s December 31st, 2020 and I just made $100,000”. Write this statement down every morning, every night so that you are drilling that goal into your mind.
You’ll find that you’re laser focused on what you are creating and what your goal is so that every time you open your laptop or sit down at your desk, you know exactly what you’re working towards.
That’s how you’re going to stay focused and see what’s really important to spend your time on. You’ll start to only focus on tasks that are going to help you reach this goal. When you are laser focused on that goal, you will start to realize that maybe spending 20 minutes tweaking my Pinterest posts isn’t really helping me reach this goal, but doing an Instagram story to share some information and share about my services is definitely going to help me reach the my goal.
Make it achievable
Let’s say you’ve made $0 from your business and you haven’t booked any clients yet. I’m going out on a limb here to say it’s probably not realistic for you to make $1 million by the end of this month. Yes, you want to make goals that stretch you and help you grow as a business owner and a person, but you want to make sure that they’re realistic and that you really can achieve them. This way you don’t set yourself up for failure.
Stretch yourself and push yourself to reach your goals, but don’t set crazy goals that have you working 24/7 and you’re not able to spend time with your friends or your family and you’re constantly stressed out.
Make goals that feel really good to you when you achieve it and you don’t have to sacrifice your life and your sanity to make it happen.
Add a timeframe
Make sure there is a timeframe around your goal. So if you went into this saying I’m going to launch a new program in the spring and your goal is to make $10K when you launch it. You have to set a specific date because when you don’t have a specific date mapped out for your goal, you’ll push it back and push it back, and then launching in the spring becomes launching in the fall. You need the timeframe to keep yourself on track so that you know how to time everything out and plan for your launch.
Having that timeframe will push you and get you really focused so that you know what to focus on. You know when you’re doing everything, and that’s how you can create an effective project plan, because you’re not just going to wing this. You’re not just going to hope for the best. You are creating this goal so that you can create a plan to reach it.
That’s the only way you’re going to reach your goals is having a plan to reach it and creating that step by step plan. So choose the date that you’re going to reach it and then start to create your plan on how to reach it from there. This way you can see what you’re working on every month, every week, every day, and that you know that you’re on track to hit that goal.
You’ll be able to keep yourself on track to reach that goal and you can track your progress every month and every week.
Create a goal that moves toward what you want
Always make sure that when you’re creating your goal it’s focused toward what you want. You never want to write a goal that is bringing you away from something. For example, you wouldn’t want to write a goal that said, by April 1st I want to have paid off my $20,000 student loan debt. That’s not something we want to have a goal for because we don’t want to move away from something. We want the goal to be focused toward something. So how can we make that goal toward what you want? You can say by April 1st I’m going to have $20,000 in my bank account. Then you can focus on having that $20,000 to pay off your student loans. You never want to focus on the negative, you want to train your brain to focus on the positive.
Specific + actionable goals
There are your simple tips to create specific and actionable actionable goals so that you know exactly what you’re working towards! Don’t forget to write it down every morning and night as if it’s already happened and visualize yourself reaching that goal.
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