I am a strong believer that goals are essential to success…and in order to achieve goals you have to create daily habits that will propel you towards them. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to create a habit…so this blog post is timely. Let today’s post serve you as a swift kick in the butt, in case you’ve forgotten about those goals you committed yourself to on the 1st.
The Zelaya New Year’s Tradition
The Zelaya family has a tradition of ringing in the New Year by spending time discussing our goals for the upcoming year and then proceeding to write them down and create a vision board that will help us visualize the goals as if they are already a reality.
Over the past 5 years we have made this a habit and the results have been amazing! Year after year, we have been able to systemically check off several of those goals that we’ve set. Of course, goals aren’t always static and they change but if you commit to writing down your goals and constantly reflect upon them, I assure you, that you too will get similar results. In this post we will share goal setting tips we’ve discovered that will help you optimize your goal setting so you can maximize the chances of achieving those goals.
Here are the Zelaya’s Top 5 Tips To Optimize Your Goal Setting for 2013
1) Write down your goals in the present tense.
Instead of writing “I want to lose 40lbs” write down “I am so happy to have lost 40lbs” The purpose of this is to trick your brain and subconscious to act as if it’s already a reality. Since your brain is already thinking “I’ve lost 40lbs” your body then kicks in to try to catch up to what the brain has already perceived.
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.”–Mark Victor Hansen
2) Apply the SMART Principle to your goals
S = Specfic – The more specific the better, what EXACTLY do you want to achieve?
M = Measurable = Add numbers to your goals – Ask yourself how can an outsider confirm that you’ve reached the goal?
A = Attainable = Make sure that the goal is realistic and something within your capabilities. You want the goal to be a stretch but not extreme, otherwise your brain chalks it up as B.S and completely sabotages you from reaching the desired outcome. The “A” also helps you start think of the appropriate “Actions” to start taking. In other words, what steps will you be taking in order to reach the goal?
R = Relevant = How is this goal relevant to you? The more relevant the goal is, the more passion you will feel and therefore the more likely you will develop a burning desire to achieve the goal you’ve set. If the goal doesn’t really resonant with you, then chances are that it’s not of importance and therefore you will fall short from that particular goal.
T = Time Bound = What’s the deadline for the goal? Deadlines help us stay on track, if you are able to give your goal a deadline, you build the urgency needed to ensure that you don’t procrastinate and therefore plan the appropriate steps to make sure you reach the goal by that specific time. In setting goals for 2013 – maybe realistically you can’t reach that goal in 2013, well then outline how far you expect to get in 2013, in other words what specific steps will you accomplish and how will it be measured?
“Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”–William J. Bennett – The Book of Virtues
3) Review your goals daily
When you write your goals down, make sure to put them somewhere you’ll see them everyday. Put it next to your bed or on the mirror in the bathroom. Some of my friends even put them on their odometer so they can be reminded of their goal every time they get into the car. Keeping your goals top of mind, helps your mind create those daily habits that will create the momentum that you need to reach your goal.
“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Benjamin E. Mays
4) Share your goals with others
Some people are afraid to talk about their goals, I used to be one of those people. I felt like my goal was private, or if I tell someone about it, then what happens if I don’t reach it…I’ll be embarrassed. However, once I started telling people about my goals, I seemed to attract the right circumstances and situations that I needed to reach that goal. For example, telling my friends about the goal of reaching 10 paid speaking engagements in one year, helped me out because since my friends were aware of my goal, when they came across a possible speaking opportunity…guess who they thought about first? Telling people about your goals helps build a good kind of pressure, activates your network to help you to reach this goal and it keeps you accountable.
“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”–Robert L. Schwartz
5) Create a Vision Board
Humans are very visual and like to not only hear or read things but they also like to actually see pictures of them. Creating a vision board helps you “see” your goals better. If there is a dream car that it’s your goal to have…cut out a picture of it and put it on your board…if you can get to the dealership and actually get the dealer to take your picture behind the driver seat then you’re creating even a stronger vision for your board. A vision board helps take your goals and make them more than just words on paper…you can now start really imagining, visualizing, envisioning and really feeling what it’s like to achieve that goal. Creating that feeling..that passion and burning desire is what eventually will help you achieve your goals for 2013.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”–Mario Andretti
Now, it’s your turn. Share with me in the comments below:
What is your New Year Family Tradition?
What are some ways that you stay on track with your goals?
Emma & Jeff Zelaya
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