Science says people who set goals are more successful. However, not all goals are created equal. How often have you set goals then not achieved them?
Why is that? Could be a little thing called LIFE.
The baby gets sick, the tire on your car blows out, your boss is unreasonable….I could go on and on. With all of the distractions in our day-to-day grind, it’s easy to lose track of our goals.
I have always had good intentions to achieve my goals, however I have consistently have come up short of my own expectations. Part of evolving as a person is development of self-integrity. This process involves taking a look at yourself and being honest in areas you have been inauthentic. It’s not an easy process but it feels good to be real and it’s exciting to conquer fear and accept new challenges.
Through my own personal process of setting goals for 2015, I realized what I was missing was being prepared enough to execute my process.
I’m sharing this because I don’t want you to fall into the same cycle as I did, because I truly care about your success and I want to share our successes together.
With that in mind, I offer you my 5 Steps to achieving all of your goals:
1. Identify your WHY – Take some time to understand why you REALLY want to achieve your particular goal. Another way to frame this question is to identify the pain you will experience if you do not achieve your goals. Example: Lose your house? Continue to be alone? Etc…
2. Write down your goals - Put them where you can read them daily. I have a journal that works well for me. On your bathroom mirror is another great place.
3. Focus on 4-6 goals using the SMART acronym - Many studies say the human brain can only effectively focus on 4-6 goals at one time. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timely.
- Specific- your goals must identify exactly what you want to accomplish.
- (NO) Example: More personal training clients
- (YES) Example: 5 new clients at 34 North in Santa Monica by March 1st.
- Measurable - Quantify the result. You want to know absolutely, positively whether or not you hit the goal.
- (NO) Example: Make more money than last year
- (YES) Example: Make 75k more than last year by Dec 31st
- Actionable – All goals start with an action verb (e.g., “Start,” “Dominate,” “Complete, etc.)
- (NO) Example: Be a better Trainer
- (YES) Example: Complete 2 new PT certifications in by Nov 28th
- Realistic - “When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.” ― Stephen Richards. Take this as an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone; however don’t shoot for goals that are not really achievable.
- (NO) Example: Chief Editor for Men’s Health
- (YES) Example: Write 2 blogs that are published in National Publications by Dec 2015.
- Timely- Every goal must have a date for accountability. When do you plan to deliver on that goal? A goal without a date isn’t a goal, it’s a dream.
- Lose 15 pounds
- Hire Kevin Atkinson, 34 North Personal Trainer and Lose 15 pounds by March 1st, 2015.
4. Review often - Set a daily or weekly reminder on your calendar or in your phone to read and visualize achieving your goals – “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” - Tony Robbins
- Share with trusted circle only – Only share with people who are 100% committed to helping you achieve your goals. This is crucial in your success. You can share your goals with your 5 closest friends, your mentor, mastermind group, or business partner. Set up a once a month meeting for review and accountability. Most importantly agree on a reward/celebration when you achieve your goals.
Are you feeling inspired? Prove it. Take action.
- Step 1: Set a 1 hour appointment for this week on your calendar to start your 2015 goals.
- Step 2: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your 2015 goals. If you do this I will make a personal commitment to you to check in with you to check on your progress. I will commit to accountability if you will.
Science says people who make consistent progress toward meaningful goals live happier more satisfied lives than those who don’t. What type of person are you?
Kevin Atkinson – Coach/Business Development at 34 North, BS Degree, Exercise Sport and Science, Oregon State University, NASM – CPT, Co-Founder at Renegade Roasting Co.