This time of year it's normal to hear New Year's resolutions and goals discussions everywhere you go. But, the main problem is most people approach goal setting with the wrong mentality and without ANY intentional planning.
This is why most people entering into 2020 will unfortunately give up and never come close to hitting their goals.
"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes." - Andrew Carnegie
If you have a vision of where you want to be 5 years from now and truly want to get there, the journey begins by doing the initial work for your goal setting in 2020.
Having a 5-year plan starts with the small incremental goals and milestones that sets realistic expectations and connects who you are today with the vision of your goals.
Start by becoming aware of where you are today with your life goals and then ask yourself some key fundamental questions such as the following:
- How confident am I today with my finances?
- How happy am I with my career?
- How I feel about my overall health?
- How do I feel about my overall purpose in life?
It's extremely important to be realistic about where you are in terms of personal, financial, and professional growth. For me personally, I constantly check in with my four pillars of success in my life; Health, Wealth, Love & Happiness.
Where are you today is just one place you've gotten through thousands of incremental steps and milestones.
By being fully aware of your current growth, you have set a starting point from which to measure the time and effort it will take to reach your long-term goals.
Keep reading as I'm going to share 3 key steps to set your goals, stay on track, and ultimately crush the goals you set.
1 - Set Clear & Purposeful Goals
Simply saying you want a lot more money than you made the previous year isn't a purposeful long-term goal. Although we all want to make more money, but just merely wanting more doesn't keep you motivated.
Let's say you currently make $50,000 but you want to increase your income to $75,000 in 2020. This is a quantifiable goal which gives you a clear view of where you are today and where you want to be.
Setting this type of goal forces you to ask yourself some key questions:
- What do I need to do differently to earn $25,000 more?
- Who do I know that's already making this type of money that I need to connect with?
- What additional knowledge do I need to acquire?
- Should I pursue the same career path that I'm on now?
By answering these questions it will put in your execution mode to start identifying the key tasks drawing you closer to your goals.
The most important initial step is setting clear and purposeful goals that forces you to have the take action mindset.
2 - Connect Your Goals to Your "Why"
One of the tried-and-true ways to make your goals a reality is to write them down and connect them with your purpose.
Given the initial example of increasing your income from $50,000 to $75,000 it's important to ask yourself a key question. Why is it important for me to increase my income $25,000?
By deeply asking yourself this question it forces you to think about your "true" goals and "why" you want to increase your income:
- Need to get out of debt?
- Help you better provide for your family?
- Save for your dream vacation?
- Increase your retirement savings?
Most people that set goals don't ask themselves "why" it's important they achieve their goals. By starting out disconnected from your purpose decreases the chances that you will sustain your motivation to achieve your goals.
When you connect your goals to your purpose and why something magical starts to happen. As you face various challenges while pursuing your goals you'll want to keep going.
The more connected your goal is to your purpose the better.
3 - Share Your Goals
There are multiple reasons why sharing your long and short-term goals with friends and family can prove to be of great benefit.
On the one hand, relating your life path with others takes it to another level. People will naturally circle back and check-in with you about progress.
Sharing your growth can inspire others to achieve their goals along with yourself.
Knowing people are interested can help to improve daily motivation because you will want to demonstrate that you can achieve.
Another primary reason that sharing your goals may prove beneficial is that you never know who will help you along your journey.
There are wonderful people all over the world who are interested in things that we're not aware of. Someone connected to your life could emerge as a life-change in becoming the person you envision.
Start with the foundational steps that I've laid out for you in this article. From there, identify what you most want to achieve in 2020.
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