Goals are meant to be Crushed
You have been here before. You make New Year's resolutions, you constantly set out goals for yourself, and you fall short. Isn't that frustrating? Well, you can kiss those days goodbye because today we are going to break the habit of failure FOR GOOD.
Are My Goals Too Big?
There are so many people who honestly think that they need to scale down their goals in order to accomplish them because the goal is just "too big." Well, we are going to challenge that idea. Dream big. Make HUGE goals. But learn how to manage the responsibility of a HUGE goal. That is where this guide comes in.
Building the Foundation for your Goals
You will need to get the grounding together in order to crush your goals - of any size- this year. Meaning, you will need some essentials in order to get this ball rolling. Here we have broken down the process into the main categories that we will focus on to actually get things done this year.
Organization & Planning
Get the thoughts out your head and into action
Motivation & Accountability
Gather up the nerve to get your goals done 2017
Execution & Results
Doing action items that matter and see results.
You have an idea of what your goals are. Great! The next step is to organize your thoughts and start planning.
A great tool that we have found super useful to help organize thoughts, ideas, and especially goals is the app mindmeister. This app allows you to do some serious mind mapping and sync across your phone and desktop/laptop when you are conjuring up your concepts. It is available to both Apple and Android users and has a great user friendly website.
If you are more of a pen to paper type person, we still advise mind mapping. It will help you figure out what ideas you are serious about right now and tie ideas together so you can have a more focused goal for the year.
When you are getting your ideas on paper (or screen), be sure you are asking yourself these questions:
- How long does this goal take realistically?
- Will I need to learn new information to accomplish this goal?
- Do I know anyone who has already accomplished this goal?
- Have I had this goal in the past? What can I learn from my past mistakes?
- What ideas tie into one another? Can I accomplish multiple goals with one action?
Once you have a clear understanding of these questions and have your focused goals written down, you can start planning for how to get these goals accomplished. You next step is planning
Now that you have narrowed down your goals to focused ideas and concepts, it is time to get your plan on! Planning can be an excruciating process, but I have found some really cool ways to make it less painful. One of those ways is to use tools that help you stay focused on the road ahead.
My favorite tool is the website/ app Evernote. If you have not been introduced to Evernote, let me be the first to let you know it has been a heaven send.
If you have been using Evernote and you are familiar with some of the awesomeness, but have not found a rhythm with the platform, don't worry, all hope is not lost.
For both instances, I have done a video on some of the best features I have found on Evernote that have helped me get stuff done. Seriously. You can check out that video here.
I used to be overwhelmed by how much I could do on Evernote when I was introduced to it back in 2013, but now I don't know what I would do without it. So with that being said, I fully suggest that anyone who is trying to crush their goals use Evernote to do so.
Here is a screenshot of how I use my Evernote account to plan out a goal:
A little basic at first sight, I know. But let me explain how this works. The way I plan out a goal is to take the end result I want and plan backwards. Meaning, if I wanted to lose 12 pounds in 3 months, I would break it down into how many pounds I would have to lose each month to accomplish the goal. Then I would take it a step further and see how many pounds that equals in a week.
From here I can determine so much more about what I have to do in order to get the goal done on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. This way I can plan effectively to crush my goal and set some hard deadlines.
Don't worry, some goals require less research or extra work to plan. The major take away is to reverse engineer your goals so you can see the timeline and workload required to get the job done.
Oh! Before we move on let me share this little gem.
Another app that I use to save time in the long run is "Remember the Milk." This app allows me to set up reminders in my phone for all of the day to day tasks I need to get done for my goals. "Remember the Milk" has been a major helper in planning for my goals.
Here is a screenshot of what the app looks like:
Now that we have covered Planning, we are ready for the next step; Motivation and Accountability. The things that are going to really help you get stuff done in 2017
3. Motivation & Accountability
So now we have learned how to take our ideas and make them into focused goals, plan out our goals, and start to execute our goals, but the most important piece (in my opinion) is being able to keep the momentum after all of the initial work. The best way I have found (that has literally changed the way I operate in all aspects especially my goal crushing) is having an accountability partner.
An accountability partner is someone who will hold you to your word when you set out to crush your goals. This person is also very honest about what they see in your habits.
I have a quick checklist of what traits my accountability partner has to possess in order to be my accountability partner. If you need more details on this, check out my article on "How to Pick the Right Accountability Partner."
- The person has to be determined to reach their goals
- The person has to be honest & transparent
- The person has to be able to accept criticism
- The person has to be trustworthy
Conversely, I have to be these traits to my accountability partner as well. Remember, it should always be a mutually beneficial relationship.
After you speak with your accountability partner you will be surprised at how big a difference it makes when you can share your small victories with someone who is listening critically. The best benefit of having an accountability partner is having someone who can help you organize your thoughts and processes for achieving your goals.
Right now I have a weekly checkin with my accountability partner. Try it out on a weekly basis and see if you need more checkins.
In addition to having an accountability partner, it is important that you set your self up for success by staying motivated.
Keep yourself around motivating people, environments and situations so you can make sure you are constantly reminded of you goals. If you are looking for some motivation on social media, I have found the most motivating pages you can follow.
It is also a good practice to let your friends and family know that you are seriously pursuing your goals and get morale support. Sometimes our closest friends and family don't know that we have a masterplan so it is always good to give them the heads up.
4. Execution & Results
Congrats! You are now equipped with the tools to successfully CRUSH your goals in 2017! We now have turned our ideas into concrete goals, taken those goals and broke them down into actionable items by planning. We have recruited an accountability partner to help us stay on track and we have changed our environment to keep ourselves focused. Now we have to continue to execute and make it happen everyday so that 2017 can be the best year yet!
Just remember, you are well worth the results of your labor!
Still Need Help?
After your first deadline if you still need some guidance, feel free to reach out. We are here to help. In the meantime, check out our free "Evernote Guide for the Super Goal Oriented." You will find a ton of value in some of the tools we have mastered in Evernote.