How to Achieve a Goal

By Sean Stevenson – Latest Revision March 21st, 2021

How To Achieve A Goal Successfully

Many people attempt to achieve their goals through a more “seasonal approach.”  That is to say, they only strive to accomplish their objectives in spurts, rather than taking a long-term and sustained approach.

In truth, this is counter productive.

According to Forbes, approximately 92% of people fail to achieve their goals. 

This is a striking statistic when you consider that everyone has at least some kind of objective in mind for the near or long-term.

Here are some refined strategies, to help you beat the odds and learn to achieve your own goal(s).

Make a Plan Beforehand

Setting ambitious goals is an exciting time.  Likely, you will feel inspired by the possibilities ahead of you! The big difference they can make in your life is certainly something to get excited about.

No matter how “big” or “intense” your goal may be, you will definitely want to plan out the details of it well in advance.

The ideal way to do this is to create a “step-by-step” plan, which will ultimately simplify your process.

Try to sit down in a quiet place by yourself -or with others if you have a team- and brainstorm how you can best go about achieving your goal.  Ideally, you may even consider creating multiple renditions of this plan, so that you can compare them and find the best version. 

If your goal is complex, be sure to break it down into a series of smaller goals.

Example

When I wrote by first e-book, I knew I had to write dozens of pages. 

Rather than making this a complicated process, I instead chose to eliminate as much of the “guess-work” as possible.

I started by creating each category I would write about.  Then, I wrote them down in a sensible order as different “chapters.”  Then I did my research in each category and filled each chapter with important facts I could use to help me convey my ideas.

This gave me a guideline to go by.  It made writing my e-book a snap.

I’ve learned the more you can prepare yourself beforehand, the easier your process will be.

Try it!  Make a detailed -yet simple- plan for achieving your own goals!  You can even use a similar template like the one below for reference!

The Triple-A + Triple-R Format:

How to Achieve a Goal

Using a simple format such as the one depicted above will help you define and understand your own method.  Use this to make better decisions and save yourself time!

Don’t Let Others Dictate How You Achieve

Letting others tell you what you should, can, or can’t do, is a recipe for failure.

Never limit yourself to what others say about you.  Moreover, don’t let others dictate or modify your goals. 

By setting your own goals and committing to them, you will gain an important sense of ownership.  This helps you stay accountable over time.  Moreover, setting your own goals allows you to tailor them to your own needs. 

Setting your own goals will help you keep your perspective.  You’ll recognize the important and positive impact that achieving your goals will have on your life.

However, letting others assist you in defining your goals can be helpful.  Just bear in mind that you must believe in what you’re doing.  If someone is setting the bar too high, or making you uncomfortable, it’s time to move on by yourself.

Keep It Simple

Often, we tend to overcomplicate things or make them more difficult than they have to be.  This has the adverse effect of wasting both our time and energy on frivolous pursuits that often yield little in the way of results.

Avoid that.

Instead of making things complex, break them down point by point, so that you can structure an effective way of achieving your goal. 

Try breaking it down over and over.  Each component of the goal you want to achieve will suddenly become clearer to you.  You’ll find different approaches or ways of thinking that can help you create success.

In fact, the further you can break it down, the better.  Make it so that when you revise the structure of your goal, it stands out as a simplified step-by-step process.  This will make it both easy to understand and easy to complete.

By keeping the structure of your goals simple, you’ll find you can complete tasks efficiently.  You may even find yourself naturally “adding on” to already existing ideas as your perspective grows.

Set Clear And Achievable Goals For Yourself

Making sure that your goal is specific and clear is key to any achievement. 

However, being specific is often something lost on people.  You should never simply say, “I need to increase this metric in my business by 10%-100% in this fiscal year.”

Rather, be more nuanced in your approach.  Start with a “lower bar” of 10%.  Once you’ve achieved that, tack on another 10%.

By keeping your process simple and setting attainable goals, you will find you can grow your success more rapidly.

Whenever attempting to achieve any goal, you should ensure you clans remain clear and simplified in this manner.  This will greatly heighten the odds of you coming out on top.

Write Down Why Your Goal and Achievement Matters

Many people set arbitrary goals.  They don’t take the time to reflect on their importance (much less about how to go about achieving them!).

Don’t make the same mistake.  Take the time to write out why your achievement of a specific goal matters.

This not only creates important context for you on a personal level, but it will help to keep you motivated when difficult times arise.

Inevitably, there will be bumps in the road on your journey towards success.  Preparing ahead of time gives that “reinforced armor” to be able to deal with important challenges.

Furthermore, try to consider what your goal will teach you.  Are there:

  • Management skills you’ll have to learn?
  • New technologies you’ll have to embrace?
  • Marketing tactics you’ll get to practice?
  • Assets you’ll create for the future?

All of these should be considered.  They help to give you a sense of what you’ll gain.

Ideally, when all is said and done, you’ll walk away wealthier or having learned powerful new skills.

Sharpening your talents is one of the most useful things you can do to improve yourself.  Consider this carefully when you attempt to understand the underlying nature of your goals.

Track Performance As You Achieve Goals

Ensuring you measure your own performance is a great way to gauge your progress.

This gives the ability to better devote your efforts to areas that matter most.  Moreover, you’ll get a sense of where you are and how far you still have to go towards achieving your goal.

Personally, I find huge motivation in tracking my success.  Every time I get a new project complete, I track the metrics that led to its finality.  This gives me measurable items that I can then use to determine what I’m doing well, and where I need to improve.

Plus, it’s very satisfying to add more things to a “completed checklist.”  A sense of stirring pride while looking at a long list of victories is something that should be cherished!

Again, this will help you to remain committed during difficult times.  If you have a team involved, you’ll collectively see the “finish line” even as you struggle together. 

Regardless of whether you are alone or with others, be sure to celebrate milestones!

Use a Vision Board

Perhaps one of the greatest -and most underrated- way of achieving any goal, is to visualize it.

Using a vision board is an awesome way of modelling your success.  Being able to visually comprehend your own ideas is a huge asset.  In fact, many of us are visual learners.  This makes seeing the path to achieving your goals far more powerful -in many cases- than simply writing it down.

Try obtaining used magazines or other media that nobody wants.  Cut out pictures that comprise your ideas for achievement.  Then paste these to a sizeable board that you can place somewhere prominent in your office.

I guarantee you that seeing your own vision board everyday is a huge motivator.  In fact, when I first tried this practice, it was something I came to do every single day.

Simply seeing my own thoughts come to life in this way, helped me to stay determined and accountable.

However, if vision boards aren’t appealing to you, a simple white board like the one below can easily suffice!

How to Achieve a Goal

Using a white board can offer an easy way to reference your performance over time!  You can also use it to track important details!

Find Similar-Minded People That Achieve Goals

Being able to speak to other people about achieving goals is a great way to become better at what you do.

As driven people, we always want to announce our intentions to a receptive audience.  This can often help us to cultivate our ideas, or improve upon existing ones, through constructive dialogue.

Finding similar-minded individuals who will offer positive or constructive feedback is a huge asset.  If your idea or product has issues, they can help you quickly identify them.  This will grant you the insight needed to make changes early on.

Remember that you need to be willing to suffer uncomfortable moments of criticism.  While they can be withering, it is very important to bear in mind that these moments are crucial for your own development.  You should even go so far as to thank the person or people offering these critiques, as you’ll be able to use that wisdom to troubleshoot any existing issues.

It is also highly recommended to share any setbacks you’ve suffered.  It can be very therapeutic to discuss your trials and tribulations as you strive to achieve your important goals.

More than likely, the problems you’ve faced will resonate with others on some level.  They’ll probably share their own moments of difficulty, and what they did to alleviate their own issues.

Treating these important discussions as a learning experience is one of the most important things you could possibly do to further your own practice. 

How to Achieve Goals – Conclusion

Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a business owner, or a jack-of-all-trades, you can always learn how to achieve your own goals.

Trial and error is certainly one way to do so.  In fact, I know some people who prefer it.  Yet it seems more practical to take the time to use the aforementioned steps.

Create your plan, use important context, do you research, and find like-minded people who can help spur you to new heights.

The art of achieving any goal in my experience, always comes down to the finite details.  By mastering them, you’ll make others join your network in time.

After all, everyone wants to be a part of a success story!

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