How to Achieve Goals in 5 Steps

Tim Norton | 4th Jul 08 | 26,056 views | 8 Comments

1. Visualize life on the other side

If you want to achieve a goal, you’ve got to really see and feel the way life will be when its achieved. Goals define a point where things clearly change, a point in time where you know you’ll be able to do things differently because of the platform the goal has created. There are so many things that we should do, but there’s a reason we should but never do them, they don’t mean anything to us emotionally or we haven’t found how they get us going. Quite often there’s a scenario you can see in your minds eye that makes you excited and makes you smile, the way life could be if we could just get to this point, thats the gold! Get clear on what that point is, thats your goal, Put the scenario down in words, get a picture that reminds you it, write it down, and throw it into PlanHQ

2. Get Commitment

A goal is only as good as the people who are going to make it happen, so everyone needs to feel the love of the outcome and agree to when its going to happen. Ideally get as many people as possible involved in visualizing the outcome, different people will have different outcomes that make achieving the goal worth while. If you’re a team, the best goals are ones you all want. If you’re the main leader of the goal, then you would have been assimilating all the ideas and thinking of others in the team and set a goal that you know everyone will love.

3. Break it into bits, its action time

When you see the goal, the point in the future where life is that much cooler, think of all the things that lie between now and then. Throw down any that come to mind, add them as actions against the goal, and try and put in a realistic time that you can do them by. A goal is something big, and something that really gets you and you team emotionally charged up, but some of the things you’ll have to do to get there are less exciting, but have to be done, use the buzz of knowing that if you do them you’ll reach your goal be your driving force to get things don

4. Start Now and make constant Progress

We’ve all heard there’s no time like the present, and there’s a reason for this. There’s only one thing worse than not setting goals, its setting a goal and leaving it to sit in words and and idealand. When you’re charged up on your goal, use this energy to to do the first thing you can do. If you want to have that feeling that you will achieve your goal, then make some progress. Everytime you do one thing towards your goal, you send a clear signal to yourself, this goal is important and I’m already on the path to getting there.

5. Celebrate Success

Its too easy to keep adding more things into a goal, and to keep expanding it. This is natural, because as you make more progress, your mind will reward you by letting you see further into the future, as it trusts that what it shows you, you will do. But seeing the next step ahead is just one reward for making progress on achieving your goals, you also have to remember just how far away achieving the goal once was, when you first set it, and feel the gap you’ve closed. Acknowledge your success, you’ve all worked hard to achieve the goal, so enjoy hitting it and take some space to enjoy it!

8 people have commented on this post

  1. I like your post, good sense for entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur myself I know we sometimes fix goals in the future, which is a comfortable way to pretend we’re doing something. Only when we split the goals to smaller & closer actions we are really doing the stuff.

    Can we translate your post into french and insert it on our blog about entrepreneurship ? Of course attributing the post to you and linking back to your site ? Our readers would appreciate.

    Guillaume Besse | Jul 4th, 2008 at 11:45 am
  2. Merci Guillaume, Yes you’re welcome to republish this post on your site in French!


    Tim Norton | Jul 15th, 2008 at 4:22 pm
  3. Deliciously simple. Visualisation of achieving a goal is vital. Helps put your mind in the right focus for achieving it.

    Ben Young | Jul 29th, 2008 at 12:01 am
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  5. Merci Tim ! here’s the post of the translated article: PlanHQ on Enterprise facile

    Even if some say “french have no word for entrepreneur”, we have some entrepreneurs that will be very happy to read this :)

    Guillaume Besse | Aug 19th, 2008 at 8:19 pm
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  7. simply great:-):-)

    Deeksha | Mar 1st, 2011 at 6:33 pm
  8. great tips, I’ll put them to work

    obinna | Jun 22nd, 2011 at 9:03 am

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