Among the stress that comes with countless obligations, it’s often tough to make significant progress on your own personal and professional goals. Months and even a full calendar year can pass by before we realize that we’ve grown stagnant in our goal achievement process. In this episode of The Success Talk Show, I walk you through a step-by-step process that will allow you to avoid distractions and work towards achieving your ideal reality. You don’t want to miss these top seven tips, so be sure to listen!
Make a list of your top goals and identify the common themes
It’s impossible to start making changes in your life without first identifying where you want to go in the future and what goals you want to pursue. I encourage you to complete an exercise that involves projecting your thoughts one year into the future and thinking about what you want to achieve in the upcoming 12 months. Those visions can become reality! Start by making a list of your top 100 goals – large or small. Then group these goals into broader themes and categories. Prioritize them according to your lifestyle and focus, and select your top three major goals. From there you can begin to plan your implementation structure. Be sure to get all the details on this process by listening to this episode.
Documenting your goals and evaluating the variables will ensure peak productivity
After you have identified your three major goals you need to ask yourself a number of questions. Do these goals have a set deadline? Are they specific and measurable? How can you break them into smaller objectives and tasks? Write down the answers to these questions in a goal achievement plan that you will refer back to periodically. Part of this documentation process also involves honestly evaluating how much time you are able to commit to focusing on the goal. And remember, studies have shown that if a goal forces you to stretch and grow you will feel more fulfilled after accomplishing that goal.
Building accountability into your goal process is critical to success
Seeing your lifestyle visions become your new reality is tough to manage solely on your own, which is why I encourage you to find a source of accountability. This can take the form of hiring a coach, finding a personal accountability partner, or signing up for a course that can teach you a skill and help you improve on your weaknesses. Being incredibly self-aware and knowing what systems and schedules work best for you will help streamline the process as well. Be sure to hear all about my experiences with a long-term accountability partner in this episode of The Success Talk Show.
Track your progress for reflection and growth
Reflecting on your accomplishments to-date and building in timeframes to work on other sections of objectives is key. Whether you prefer a paper planner, digital apps, calendar organizers, or another method of tracking, using a tracking tool is a great way to see how far you’ve come and where you need to go. There is a multitude of options available so I encourage you to take some time to determine which system works best for you and your operating style. You don’t want to miss out on the rest of these tips on how to turn your visions into reality, so be sure to listen to the full audio for this episode of The Success Talk Show.
Outline of This Episode
- [0:43] I introduce this week’s topic, how to stay focused to bring your vision into reality
- [1:32] Tip #1 – Make a list of ideas for your goals
- [9:13] Tip #2 – Select your top 3 goals for the next 12 months
- [10:39] Tip #3 – Write down your goals
- [13:23] Tip #4 – Write out the small steps that are contained within each large goal
- [15:02] Tip #5 – Decide on how much time you’ll focus on these goals
- [17:00] Tip #6 – Create accountability in your goal-setting process
- [24:06] Tip #7 – Track your progress and accomplishments
Resources & People Mentioned
- Book: The Real Journey: Find Adventure In Everyday Living
- Ep. 15: Emotional Intelligence: Managing Stress Effectively
- Ep. 41: Follow These Tips for Maximum Goal Achievement
- Evernote website
- Donna Ceriani on LinkedIn