Achieve your goals in 5 steps
You achieve your goals in 5 steps by creating a navigation system to reach your goals.
Before the advent of highways and air routes, sailors navigated by stars, sextons, and compasses. Today, we use google maps and obey – we do what the route planner tells us to.
To achieve your goals, you need to create your equivalent of the google maps that takes you where you need to go.
Like the old navigators, the first step is to determine your direction. It would help if you determined the worthwhile destinations you’re headed to.
What is a worthwhile destination?
A worthwhile destination could be your ultimate goal.
As with all travel, we start with the destination in mind.
Achieve your goals the right way and turn the direction of change to your advantage.
Sometimes, we get lost on our journey, and crises and storms throw us off course. With a long destination, it’s easy to lose sight of where you’re going.
The solution is to break the journey into manageable chunks.
So you can reward, rethink and recalibrate – taking into account current circumstances.
You can use a formula to break the journey down into smaller parts to ensure you have the best chance of reaching your goal and succeeding in your objectives.
We make it easy for you with our 5 step process.
Five steps to reach your goals
Below is a simple and straightforward methodology for you to follow :
- Set your top goals
- Identify your three most important goals
- Decide how much time you need
- Postpone or downgrade goals and actions that do not align with these goals.
- Defend your decisions to yourself and others
The best map, the best intentions and the best of luck will do no good if we don’t commit to setting the process in motion. Planning is about allocating time in real-time to complete the planned sections. Recalibration points keep us on track. The time required for these recalibrations should also be plotted on the graph.
The 5 step approach to setting and achieving your goals
1. Set your top goals
Goal setting starts with the goal in your mind. Determining your goal is the key to getting anywhere. The same goes for setting goals and achieving them. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you start.
- What is your desired goal and timetable?
- What outcomes do you want to achieve?
- Why are you doing this project?
- Is it a place you really want to go?
- What is your ideal end game?
- Why are these outcomes important and useful?
Is it something that will help you get what you really need or want?
Given the other priorities in your current situation, is this realistic and desirable or overly optimistic in terms of time?
Are you looking forward to the trip or just the destination?
If you think your answers are sufficient to motivate you to take action, you should state your goals in simple, direct language that describes the goal clearly enough so that you can feel what it would be like to get there.
2. Identify your three most important goals
When everything counts, nothing counts. Over-fragmenting is the enemy of achieving your goals. To achieve your goals, you need to have a quarterly conversation with yourself and ask yourself one simple question.
What are my top 3 priorities in the next 12 weeks?
3. Decide how much time you need
Every minute of every day, we decide how we spend our time. The Time Management Matrix tests the relationship between time and the value of our performance.
Every minute of every day, we decide how to use our time.
Often we look back on our day with great satisfaction, sometimes with frustration that we were busy all day and nothing happened.
The temptation to get caught up in the whirlwind of small things of little value can
- your plans
- your reputation
- your achievement
- your self-esteem.
Eisenhower can help – he developed a test to determine how time and our production value are linked.
The time management matrix popularized by Stephen Coveybelow distinguishes between Urgency and Importance.
The quadrants below depict 4 scenarios:
- Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
- Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
- Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
- Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).
4. Postpone or downgrade goals and actions that do not align with these goals.
Answering emails, dealing with conflicts, constant interruptions, the demands of daily life – all of these and more keep you from doing what’s most important. There are two types of activities that take you off your game.
- The onslaught of information and incoming communications
- Up and coming important priorities
5. Defend your decisions to yourself and others
Effective time management is about working smarter in the direction of your greatest priorities. Just because you have a good schedule doesn’t mean the demands on your time will stop. There are challenges at work, at home, at college and in all online environments. We must learn to manage these conflicts of interest well.
The art of goal setting is a science. It starts with SMART goal setting (based on good goal-setting theory) and using appropriate goal-setting templates. But that’s not all; you also need a time commitment to achieve your goals, meaning you need to translate what you want to achieve into time commitments on your calendar.
A formula for setting goals
There is a formula for goal setting tested on thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide. This formula for success can be summarized in a short acronym.
Read more on the SMART goal-setting theory here.