The Difference Between Setting Goals and Achieving Them (FREE Goal Planners)
There is a lot of buzz on new year's resolutions this time of year as we thank 2018 for its gifts and lessons and look ahead to what's next in 2019.
Every year, I check in with myself on where my goals are (and encourage you to do so, too).
Seeing where you are in regards to different life categories such as career, travel, health, happiness and more is the best place to start when you’re ready to make some shifts in your life.
You want to see where you are in relation to last year and where you want to be next year.
With the big goals I’ve made a reality (leaving my 8-5 office job to work for myself online, moving to California, working + traveling to 29 countries across five continents - not saying this to show off but instead show what’s possible), I’ve followed a clear system:
I’ve made them specific. I’ve gotten crystal clear on the visualization I wanted to add into my life and defined what I needed to do to change my lifestyle. Most importantly, I stayed positive, believed I could make it happen, and stayed accountable to the goals.
What do you do when you have those crave to make the lifestyle you dream up an actual reality?
What is the difference between setting goals and actually achieving them?
Here are three key differences that separate those who only set goals from those who follow through and achieve them:
The Difference Between Setting Goals and Achieving Them
1. Clarity and proper planning
This is first and foremost because if you aren’t clear on exactly what you want, how are you going to set up action steps to make it happen?
Lack of clarity equals lack of direction.
When you put an address into a GPS, it gives you step-by-step directions that get you exactly where you want to be.
If you don't have clarity on where you want to be, you can’t come up with the exact steps you need to take there.
Where does that leave you? Lost, confused, or stuck where you started.
Having clarity on what you want allows you to work backward and figure out what you need to do to get there.
2. You have to believe it to achieve it
Do you believe in yourself? Like, actually believe in yourself?
You have to believe you can make your goal a reality before you try to make it happen.
Because if you don’t, your actions will be careless, confused, or half-assed.
Stay positive and believe you can do it. You’ve got this. Get clear, truly believe it can happen, and then go out and do it!
3. Keeping your word
Last year I took the popular Four Tendencies personality quiz and read the book. The author said most people are “obligers,” which is a term for those who respond best to external accountability. (Note: I’m an obliger!)
For example, many obligers who want to exercise more will do best if they hire a personal trainer or sign up for fitness classes that charge cancellation fees - this means they’re accountable to external factors, and skipping a session means letting someone down (personal trainer) or losing money (fitness class cancellation fee).
Whether you’re an “obliger” or not, knowing how you respond to accountability is super important when you’re trying to achieve big goals.
Take real action. Tell someone else if you need to in order to keep yourself accountable. Whatever you do, keep your word and make it happen.
Make your best goals non-negotiable.
Do it for yourself - you deserve it.
Where do you want to be one year from now? What goals do you want to make a reality?
Be a goal-getter this year and download my FREE goal planner sheets.
These sheets will help you efficiently set goals, gain clarity, and be the goal-getter you really are.
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You’ll also receive a how-to guide via email that dives deeper into each section, ensuring your goals are clear (point #1!), you build out proper action steps, and you fully believe in yourself and the purpose these goals will bring to your life.
Remember: many people will settle for a life that's less than what they're capable of living, never reaching toward their big dreams or living the life they designed in their head.
I'm here to change that. To show you that it is possible. And that you're 100% deserving of the positive growth and lifestyle you crave to be your reality.