How you set your goal is vital to determining if you’ll achieve your goal or not. So, what’s the best way to achieve a goal? You need to start the right way! Here’s how…
A quick online search for “how to set goals” gives you more than a billion results! That’s impressive!
However, when searching for “how to achieve goals”, the results are far less. Why is that?
Which would you rather do: Set a goal or achieve a goal? Obviously, setting a goal is just the starting point. It’s where you begin, but it’s doesn’t mean you’ll achieve the goal.
The truth is: How you set a goal determines if you’ll achieve the goal!
It turns out that there’s a proven formula to setting goals that you’ll achieve—and it’s hiding in plain sight!
Write the formula this way: “My actions to go from X to Y by When.”
If other words: “My determination to take the actions required to go from my current state, to a future state, by a specific date.”
A properly set goal states:
- Your intent to take action
- To go from where you are now
- To a future state
- By a specific deadline.
For example, let’s look at a common goal: “I want to lose weight.”
Is that example set correctly?
Nope. Right now, that’s a dream, or a wish—and even though it’s a great dream, it’s not an achievable goal. Not yet.
Now, let’s restate it as a goal that you can actually accomplish:
I want to combine a healthier diet and more exercise (those are my actions) in order to go from 200 pounds (where I am now) to 180 pounds (where I want to be) by October 1st (a specific date).
That’s powerful! It’s a statement of determination to take the actions required to go from a current state, to a future state, by a specific date. That’s a goal you can achieve!
The next time you set a goal, remember the secret formula for success: “My actions to go from X to Y by When.”