In this blog post, you’ll discover the number 1 reason to set goals. Furthermore, we’ll go into how we set goals in life and why. Goal setting is to me one of the biggest reasons to why we’ve succeeded with two out of three business ventures. I say succeeded because we’ve reached our goals, but one of the successes lead to being miserable.
A big part of why we were able to reach a lot of our goals in life was first and foremost that we created them, and we did it the right way. Yes, stupid it’s obvious that you created them if you reached them. Yes, I know, but here is the interesting part. Research that has been done on goals in life show that not more than 3 percent of Americans have written goals. Well, there you have it! Just by setting goals and more precisely, writing them down, we were a lot more likely to succeed with them! As the saying goes, you can’t hit a target that you can’t see. Do you think Neil Armstrong landed on the moon by accident? No, he made a deliberate choice to see the goal being achieved in his mind before he ever landed on the moon.
Figure Out Your Goals In Life
So, the number one reason to set goals is that you can’t hit a target that you can’t see. Well, this is also true: you can’t hit a target that you don’t know exist. Therefore, figuring out what you want is a vital key to success with goal setting. Get a pen and paper and we’ll soon write down ten goals. Now, there are a few criteria’s that you have to fulfil when creating your goals. You don’t just want to write something like “I want to be rich.” That’s not how this works. We’re working with the subconscious mind, so we need to be very specific. Okay, let’s go over the S.M.A.R.T model for setting goals in life.
Your goals need to be very specific. You’re doing this to program your subconscious mind. You want your subconscious mind to work on solutions on how to reach your goals while you’re awake and while you’re sleeping. Okay, let’s say your goal is to become financially free. Write down exactly how much income you want every month. You’re looking for a number. The same goes with everything else. Are you looking to gain or lose weight? If so, write down exactly the number of pounds you want to gain or lose. If you want to find a partner, write down exactly what qualities your dream partner would have.
Now, this is critical. You want to answer one more questions before we jump into the next letter in the S.M.A.R.T model. Write down specific reasons to why you want to achieve this goal. For us, the reason why we wanted to reach our aims was related to pain. Two things motivate us, humans. That is either pain or pleasure. Pain being the dominant one so if you can connect your reasons to pain, then go ahead and do so. Our reasons to achieve our goals were that we didn’t want to go back to working in factories. We were tired of having someone telling us what to do when to take a break and especially doing something that was repetitive and unfulfilling. There was a lot of emotion connected to that reason. Write your reasons down and revisit them whenever you feel like giving up.
As stated above, your goals need to be specific and that tie into it being measurable. Write down a number, if it’s possible. You’re doing this because you want to be able to measure your progress. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight. Week 1, you check your weight, and you’ve lost one pound, week two you’ve lost two, and so on.
Having an achievable goal mean that you must be able to answer the question of how. Now, you don’t need to know exactly how to achieve it yet. I’ll release a blog post tomorrow on how to achieve your goals but make sure that you believe that it is possible. For example, if I were to write down, I want to make 1 billion dollars tomorrow. Well, then that’s not achievable to my mind. You want to respect this process because if you start to set unrealistic goals, then your mind will justify why goal setting doesn’t work. Goal setting works, it’s been proven time and time again. You just need to set your goals the right way.
Our first goal with publishing was to make $1. That feels achievable, don’t it? Yes, it does, and when we achieved it, we got a dopamine rush. Then our goal was to make $100 with publishing. We achieved it and got a dopamine rush again. Then it was $500, $1000 $1500 and so on. Don’t set your goals just yet; you first need to discover two more criteria’s.
Relevant or Realistic
The R seems to stand for two things. I don’t know which one is correct but make your goal realistic and relevant. I don’t like the word realistic because I think you should aim higher than what is “realistic.” But what I can give you is that you should set goals that are attainable to your mind right now. For example, you might not think it’s possible to have $10 million in your bank within six months. But that might be possible to you in ten years? Instead of writing $10 million within six months, write I want to make six figures within one year. I want to give thanks to Bedros Keuilian for creating this video. When I heard him saying “it shouldn’t take more than six months to a year to reach a six figure income” it all clicked for me. That’s was all of a sudden realistic. I will explain more about this in the blog post tomorrow but for now, just take the R into consideration.
You’ve already seen me mentioning things like “six months” “ten years” and so on. Well, this is crucial. Your subconscious mind needs to know the time that the goal needs to be achieved. Just like it takes you 2-3 hours to fly from Sweden to Greece, it should take you x number of hours, weeks, months or years to reach your goals in life. Again, make it realistic for you. I would recommend that you set daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and yearly goals. This concept brings us to the next point.
Process and Result Based Goals
I’ll take an example from the second business that we started. I was setting daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and yearly goals. My goals were both process based and result based. I’ll show you what I mean:
Daily Process Goal:
- I’m going to make 100 phone calls today.
Daily Result Goal:
- Three companies will have signed a contract with our business today.
As you can see, the goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. Did I always reach that goal? No, I didn’t. But sometimes I would exceed the target as well. So don’t stress too much if you don’t reach your goals every time. Let’s continue:
Weekly process goal:
- I’m going to make 500 phone calls this week.
Weekly result goal:
- 15 companies will have signed a contract with our business this week.
There is no need for me to continue and show you the monthly and yearly goals; I think you can figure them out yourself. But you see, you break everything down. As another saying goes: You lay one brick at the time and eventually you will have built a wall. Focus on making today perfect. As a matter of fact, focus on making this hour perfect. Live in the now and reaching your goals will be inevitable if you’re actions are aligned with your goals in life.
My Challenge To You
Write down ten goals in life that you want to achieve within the next twelve months. Write them in the present tense as if they’ve already happened. For example:
- I’m making $8 000 every month and today’s date is 2017-08-05.
- I feel grateful for every day and today’s date is 2017-08-05.
- I’ve read ten books within the last 12 months and today’s date is 2017-08-05
- I drive a black Volvo XC from 2015 and today’s date is 2017-08-05.
- I live happily with my wife and children every day and today’s date is 2017-08-05
- My weight is 170 pounds and today’s date is 2017-08-05.
- I’m waking up at seven a clock every morning with a smile and today’s date is 2017-08-05.
- I remind myself every morning that this could be my last day and today’s date is 2017-08-05.
- My business is growing 20% every month and today’s date is 2017-08-05.
- I visit the blog freedombasedbusinesses.com every day and today’s date is 2017-08-05.
Writing your goals in the present tense is also something that the subconscious mind wants. Put a circle on the goal that you want to achieve the most. The goal with the circle should be the target that will have the biggest impact on your life. Now, I want to give credit where credit is due and say that most of these ideas come from Brian Tracy. I recommend that you check him out if you haven’t already. Thank you for reading and tomorrow I’ll release the blog post that can further help you to achieve your goals.
P.S did you see the subliminal message on goal ten? I recommend that you write it down! Thanks again, see you tomorrow.