What are the 5 Steps to Goal Setting Success? Hey everyone, I hope you are well. Before I talk about today’s post, I want to say a huge Thank you to all your beautiful word of encouragement my previous post, Letting Life Happen. In today’s post, I will be sharing five steps to goal setting success. Goal setting is the real secret to success in any area of life. But although setting a goal may seem simple, achieving it is usually another question altogether.
Why is that?
Because you will never achieve your goals unless you:
- Know precisely what you want
- Are passionate about your goal
- Have a solid, realistic plan of action
This is what marks the difference between nebulous dreams and wishes – and truly achievable goals!
Many obstacles and challenges will fly right in your face when you’re going after a goal. Here are five time-tested methods that will help get the success you deserve.
5 Steps to Goal Setting Success
Know precisely what your goal is
Your first job is to discover precisely what your goal is. What will achieving that goal look like? Be as specific as possible about exactly what your desired result is. Your success will be a measure of your clarity – since an achievable goal plan cannot be created around a nebulous “dream.”
If your goal is to create a more successful business, what will that look like? Are you thinking in terms of simply hiring someone else to give you more free time? Are you looking for a particular monthly profit? Or can your goal be best expressed in terms of a particular lifestyle?
Regardless of what you want, the best way to get it is first to clarify exactly what you want in as much detail as possible. This can be hard work. But without a clear mental picture, you’ll never have the focus required to achieve your goal.
Be willing to pay the “entry fee.”
Success takes dedicated planning and effort. In a way, it’s like building a house. In the beginning, all you have is a rough concept. Then you develop a complete set of plans – and you immediately move closer to success. The same is true of creating a better lifestyle or a more successful business.
But there’s always an *entry fee* to be paid for success.
The entry fee?
Creating more success in your business may mean less recreational time. Writing your book may require less TV. Being closer to your children may need adjusting your work or social activities.
It’s the “full glass” deal. If your life (your time) is already full to the top, there’s no room for something new. The entry fee is carving out the time to create that something new.
Focus on your goal every day
I’m sure you probably want to achieve your goal as fast as possible. That’s why clear mental focus is so essential.
Consistent daily focus is necessary to “burn-in” the new neural pathways you need to create your original goal. Without daily stress, the old mental habits that have kept you from your plan will continue to take over.
This happens automatically – since these old habits replay 24/7 deep in your subconscious mind. The only way to override subconscious anti-success messages is to consciously focus on what you DO want – and build new neural networks!
That’s why success is an every-day event.
Re-commit to your goal every day. Don’t let your plan take a back seat to the daily tasks and distractions that will try to take over. Life WILL try to get in your way. Just call, and stay, on course every day. Focus on your goal and success!
One of the most powerful tools in your “success toolbox” is having a real passion for your goal.
Because the intense, passionate desire for your goal will help you burn in those new neural pathways even faster. Many, many scientific studies have shown that intense emotion (passion) is an essential success tool.
PLUS (and this is a *big* plus), intense passion will also help you rapidly override any inappropriate old “failure messages” stored in your subconscious mind.
Take consistent action
In many ways, taking action can be the most challenging step. Successful goal achievement is built by taking one small action after another.
The word is ACTION!
If you commit to taking at least one small action each day, your actions WILL add up and make a difference. So avoid sitting back waiting for that big second when everything will magically “just happen.”
Let me end this post by reminding you all that You CAN create whatever you want in life. The secret is to determine precisely what you want, then pursue it passionately. But remember — in the end, only action counts! You can’t just dream about it! You have to DO IT!