Step One: Specify the Goal
In order to achieve any goal, you have to first know exactly what you’re trying to achieve. And you must be SPECIFIC! You’ve heard the saying, “What you Focus on, Expands.” This is that. Until you know what you want you will never see the opportunities that present themselves for you to have it.
Most of us make the mistake of being vague with our goals. We say things like:
- I want to lose weight.
- I want more money.
- I want a better job.
- I want to be happy.
That’s like going into a restaurant and telling the waitress, “I want something to eat.” (I refuse to feed kiddo when he says he’s hungry. I make him reframe the question to include what he actually wants. #toughlove)
You’ll need to be a LOT more specific when you set your goals. Each goal you set should include this information:
- Whom (if others are involved or affected)
Here is the brief explanation of each point:
- What: this should identify the “meat” of your goal. What you want to accomplish.
- Where: location, if applicable (like getting a job in your local area or moving to a new area).
- How: you may have a preference as to “how” events will unfold (this may not always be within your control, but a having a general expectation is good).
- Whom: if your goals involve others, you’ll want to highlight your expectations.
- When: a general timeline for the fulfillment of your goals.
- Why: your reasons for wanting to achieve your goals. Be very specific on these reasons and try to focus on the BENEFITS (the positive gains), not just the avoidance of what you DON’T want. Instead of saying, “I don’t want to be broke anymore” you should word it more positively: “I want to have an abundant flow of money.”
WARNING: Do NOT proceed with the rest of the steps unless you are very clear about what you want to accomplish. Clarity is vital! A vague idea will not cut it; you’ll just end up wasting your time. Not only will you be confused about how to accomplish such a vague goal, you also won’t be able to generate the level of motivation and tenacity needed to see it through.
If you’re having trouble figuring out what you want, take the time to find out.
Think about every area of your life and ask yourself what you would change if you could. What would you ADD to your life, and what would you TAKE AWAY? This line of thought will lead you in the right direction for creating better circumstances.
Once you are crystal clear about what you want to accomplish, put it into a neat, concise statement:
- I want to achieve _________ [what]
- at _________ [where]
- by __________ [how]
- by __________ [timeline]
- with _________[other persons]
- because ____________ [why].
That looks a little confusing with all the blanks; let’s use a couple of examples:
I want to obtain a job as a bank teller earning $50,000 per year in my city of Arlington by July 30, 2017, by showing my potential and drive to the manager(s) and convincing them I am the best person for the job. I want this job because I am passionate about finance and I know I would enjoy a job in banking, while earning a good salary and providing for my family.
I want to lose 25 pounds by reducing my consumption of junk food, eating more fruit and veggies and starting a simple workout routine that is easy to stick with. I want to lose an average of 2 pounds per week for approximately 12 weeks. I want to do this because I will gain a better quality of life, increased energy and a sense of pride about my body.
Notice that these examples are very DETAILED; follow the same format and write your statement.
When you’re done, move on to –> STEP 2
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