Most of the time we see the goal as this final point. Things like “I’m going to lose 10 lbs by a certain date” are a great start but then what??? Go back to how you were before? Is that really what you are trying to achieve, to go through all the effort of achieving a goal only to lose the progress after you have hit it? If you are looking to find success in your goals I would like to humbly offer you a different method for you to learn how to achieve your goals. This little tip that propelled me to achieve way more than anything else I have tried in all of my years of setting and achieving goals. So if you are looking for a new way, consider this is how to achieve your goals.
How to Achieve Your Goals
By now you have probably had some success and some set backs in your goals for this year. This is all completely natural, though it may not feel like it when it happens. Hey! Nobody’s perfect, cheer up!
So if you want to succeed in any goal, you need to think like the person who has already achieved your goal.
What does that mean?
Let’s use the goal of losing weight… If I want to be 165 lbs by March 30th, I can do a lot of things. I can starve myself, go on a diet, exercise everyday etc…
If I hit that goal it’s great, March 30th I can walk around proud knowing that I did what I set out to do.
But what happens on April 1st? The goal has come and gone. I’ve either hit it or missed it. Without a plan to go forward, I’ll go back to my old habits. Trust me I’ve done this a few times… I’ll fall right back into the old lifestyle I had and never improve.
By the end of the year I’ll be in the same spot I was the year before (and the year before that) wanting to be 165 lbs.
The problem isn’t the goal, it’s the day after the goal and every day after.
Dig a little deeper into Why
There is usually a reason why you want to achieve any goal. There is some sort of emotion behind it and if you can figure it out, you will be better off.
Digging deeper into the goal, for me, and my goal of achieving 165 lbs, it’s not really about a particular number on a scale (even though it seems like it).
What it’s really about is being healthy, and feeling great. Just like having a net worth of a certain amount, isn’t about that number, it’s about being better with money, or having peace of mind.
Here’s a better way:
Something better than the goal… a new lifestyle
Ask yourself if you can be the person who lives this goal day in and day out, for an extended period of time (like say forever). What are the traits of this person who is better with health (or money)
Ask yourself does a healthy person have good health habits or bad ones? Good ones of course. Healthy people:
- Get a good nights sleep
- Exercise at least 3 times a week
- Eat healthy
- Consume less calories than they burn
- so on and so on…
- Eat a whole box of cookies at 1:00 am because they can’t sleep because they had a late night coffee and binged watched Netflix for hours
Can you start incorporating these habits. Doesn’t that sound better than being 165 on March 30 and 180 two weeks later because you didn’t really change who you are or how you behave?
Ask yourself does this person that you want to become have good money habits or bad ones? Good ones.
What do they do? Well for starters they:
- Save more than they earn
- Keep an eye out for good deals
- Track their Net Worth every month
- View Money as a tool and use it accordingly
- so on and so on
- Buy a tv, because this one is newer with fancier things and I know the Visa is maxed, but I can probably get a store credit card and go that route…
You get where I”m going with this.
The Key Is To Live The Life of That Person
Living the life of a person with good money habits is way better than saying:
“I’ll save an extra $1,000 a month” only to spend it on something you don’t really want or really need.
So here’s the big question:
What are the habits you will need to adopt, or let go, to make this goal/habit your new reality?
Think about what you will have to do, to meet that goal and maintain forever.
For me it’s figuring out if I can be someone who maintains a weight of 165, this will mean better exercise and diet. Not just now but forever most likely.
Think beyond the goal.
How will you measure it and how will you maintain or exceed it
Goals need to be measurable, that’s a given. Decide before you start how you are gong to measure your goal.
If it’s investing, what will you need to do daily to be successful? Read more? Take notes? Sign up for an online course? It’s entirely up to you.
If it’s getting control of your money situation and taking control of you finances, what will you do? Budget? Track down every penny spent? Work more hours to get your debt paid down?
What it really boils down to is this:
Live the lifestyle of a person who has already achieved that goal. I’ll repeat: LIVE THE LIFESTYLE OF A PERSON WHO HAS ALREADY ACHIEVED THAT GOAL. If you can do that you will be way better off in life. Because you will have ultimately changed your life. That my friends is how to achieve your goals.
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Let’s make this the best year yet. The year we live as a better version of ourselves!