You’ve heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) and setting that kind of goals a good start. But how do you make sure that you set yourself up for success in goal-setting?
Set No-Fail Goals
No-fail goals are goals that you know you can and will achieve. These goals can be S.M.A.R.T. but they also should follow a few other criteria.
If you are anything like me, you have a list a mile-long of goals and things you want to achieve. I get it, you’re ambitious, but when it comes to no-fail goal setting, you need to prioritize that list.
Keep your goals but rank them on a scale from 1 to the end of your list. 1 being the most important and the last number being the least.
After ranking your goals, take your top 5 and focus on those goals, and only those goals, for the next few days, weeks, months etc. until you’ve achieved them. Once you’ve achieved one goal, you may replace that goal with the next prioritized goal.
Doing this allows you to give attention to the goals that are really important. Thus, allowing you to take focused and dedicated action towards those goals.
Now that you have prioritized your goals, break down each goal and figure out what are the barriers that are stopping you from achieving these goals.
This will help you identify limiting beliefs, beliefs that are subconsciously stopping you from moving forward. If you believe something to be true about yourself or your project, you will make it a reality.
So, if deep down, you are afraid of failure, if you think you’re not worthy or good enough, you set yourself up for failure. Where on the other hand, if you think you can do it, you set yourself up for success.
Make a plan
Once you identify barrier and limiting beliefs you can build a plan of attack.
What’s causing you to think these limiting beliefs? What will make you feel better and able? What are you doing now that is already setting you up for success down the road? What can you do better?
For example, say you have a goal of building a loyal blog following. You’ve decided you’re going to measure this through newsletter sign-ups and you decide you want 100 followers.
When identifying your barriers you found that you are worried that you are interesting enough to grow a following that big enough. How are you going to tackle this?
You might try to figure out how to ensure you’re interesting. Research how to write engaging content. Figure out your ideal customer and write about what they want to read. Decided that when writing blog posts, you remember to write for your readers, and not just for yourself.
You might ensure that you do all this by doing market research, writing up a list of blog posts that appeal to your ideal reader, writing a checklist for you to follow to confirm your posts are engaging and optimized. etc.
Formulating your plan is where you really make sure that your goals are no-fail. This is where you decide how you will handle each barrier you’ve identified so that you will be 100% successful.
Once you’ve made your goals, identified barriers, and created a plan, now you need to follow your plan. Make sure that you are honoring your goals by checking in and making sure your taking the planned out steps for success.
You might consider for this step to set up a system of accountability. Perhaps this involves attending meetups with like-minded individuals or attending mastermind sessions where you share your goals and progress for help. Alternatively, perhaps your accountability is a checklist you check in with daily. Whatever it is, make sure you set yourself up for unconditional commitment.
If you don’t think something is working, don’t be afraid to adjust your plan as needed. Flexibility is important and addressing problems as they arise is vital in being successful in achieving your goals
Lastly and most importantly, make sure you offer yourself self-compassion as you work towards your goals. Ditching guilt and being self-compassionate is vital to your success.
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