The secret to getting what you want out of life  

The secret to getting what you want out of life

We might call this a “secret” that’s hidden in plain sight.

Innumerable studies have shown the positive impact written goals have on our performance and results. 

But I believe the biggest benefit of goal setting lies in this quote from Jim Rohn:

"The real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The acquisition of the things you want is strictly secondary. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them." ~ Jim Rohn

Yet, many people have had the experience of setting big goals, only to be disappointed when they don’t achieve them.

In today’s article, I’m going to share some tips for how you can more effectively set goals to help you get what you want out of life.

You may have heard this popular saying:

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. 

Goals are a critical planning tool. 

There are 3 steps to effective goal setting and achievement:

1. Begin with the end in sight

2. Create Order

3. Install Accountability

1. Begin with the end in sight

Stephen Covey tells us to always start with the end in sight. You probably do that when taking a road trip. 

You also need to do it with your life.

Goals give you direction to where you are going. 

Write down your goals – using the SMART format:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-limited

Then revisit them regularly.  

A research study by Dr. Gail Matthews found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams simply by writing them down on a regular basis.

2. Create Order

You may not have considered the role that order plays in achieving your goals.

I believe that order is critical to humans because all of nature is based on certain rules and principles. 

Without order, there is randomness and chaos, which makes us uncomfortable, irritable, and restless. 

On the other hand, having order puts us at ease. 

Consider your experience when walking into a room that is a mess versus walking into a 5-star hotel room. 

You instantly know the difference: the hotel room is clean, and quiet, and everything is in its place. In other words, it’s orderly.

"Order in our lives helps us relax, think, and plan creatively. We tend to be more serene and hopeful when there is order rather than chaos."

Create an order for your goals by making a step-by-step plan to achieve them.

3. Install Accountability 

No matter how important your written goals are, for most people willpower alone will not be enough to achieve your wishes.

Research conducted by the University of Scranton reveals that only 8% of people who make New Year's resolutions will actually fulfill those goals in a timely fashion. 

The likelihood that you'll transform your desires into reality goes up when you share your written goals with someone who will hold you accountable. 

If you’re serious about achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself, you might want to consider working with a coach.

Here are 5 things a coach can help you with:

  1. Choosing and setting the right goals for yourself
  2. Keeping score of the key metrics
  3. Creating a structure of accountability
  4. Overcoming challenges that show up as you work towards your goals
  5. Inspiring seriousness in your actions and values

If you are interested in getting serious about your goals and success, I am confident I can help you achieve your dreams. Your first step is to book a confidential complimentary session by clicking the button below. 

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