When I started state, I had no real goals for it, I obviously wanted it to be successful, but what did success mean? How would I measure it? What goals would I need to reach to make it successful?
But once I started setting goals, and implementing a few of the methods Im about to talk about, everything changed
I got total clarity on what needed to be done and how I was going to do it, I was able to measure how successful state was, I could see where I needed to improve and I became way more motivated when I knew exactly what I wanted
So, here is a few methods I used for my goal setting, to not only know exactly what needed to be done, but that helped keep me motivated and focused
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS DAILY
This might seem a little excessive, but this is what I did for 50 days. I wrote down every single one of my goals everyday for 50 days, and I can tell you, hand on heart, that anything that was within that 50 day limit was achieved 99% of the time, and I can flick through my journal and look at almost everything in there, and it is now a reality
You might not believe this, because of how crazy this statistic is but people with goals are 10 times more likely to achieve them, than people without any goals.
A Harvard business study looked at a sample group of people and found that
- 83% of people don’t have any clear goals
- 14% had a plan, but their goals are not written down
- 3% had their goals written down
The study found that the 14% who had goals were 10 times more likely to achieve them than the 83% without any clear goals
But the 3% who had them written down, were 3 times more likely to achieve them compared to the 14% of people who had a plan.
Clarity affords focus and from my experience, focus gets results
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS DAILY
When you write down your goal, I want you to make it as clear and as vivid as you can possibly imagine, you can even include pictures or drawings if you’ve got room and the reason I want you to do this is because of something called 'Encoding'
Encoding is the process of getting information into the memory of the brain, and writing down your goals significantly improves this encoding process
With strong encoding you will solidify your goals in your mind. And the clearer the goal is, the more it is solidified in your brain, and when you can picture the goal, it makes you 1.4x more likely to achieve it - So make your goals as vivid as possible
SET FLOW GOALS
Flow state, is something that you might have heard of before, it’s a termed coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, and it’s basically when we are in a state of total immersion in whatever we’re doing
Now the way we get into flow is when we’re doing something that we enjoy and something we’re skilled at, but whatever we’re trying to do is still challenging for us
What I always try to do for my goals is to set something I knew was currently inside my ability, but something that would challenge me, something that would get me to push a little more, and when I did that, I would get in flow, just making me so much more productive and I could get so much more work done, helping make my goals that much closer to being achieved
And these are what I like to call, flow goals.
Flow goals aren't just a walk in the park for you, but they're not goals that are totally unachievable, they're in-between something that is just outside your current skill set, this is the type of goal you should be setting so you can be totally immersed in what you're doing
And there you have it, there are my three tips for goal setting, these are the biggest things that I used to help make 95% of the goals I set a reality, and I know you can do the same,
So get out there, and get after it