The Simple Way To Be Successful = Reverse Engineer
To be successful you have to set goals.
It is essential. It is the optimal benchmark for comparison that can be used to monitor progress over time. Whilst goals amongst individuals often appear similar, they should ultimately differ in aim, in scope and in process.
There are many variables that need to be considered, but the one constant that should remain is the overall premise, which should always remain the same:
It is the process of Goal setting that everything you aim to achieve stems from.
Each goal will have a time frame, established against a date, deadline or event;
Where the Goal = Italic, the Date = Underlined.
You want to lose weight by next summer,
You want to build muscle by the end of the winter,
You want to earn a promotion at the office or get a raise within the next year
And so on and so forth.
But how will it be that we achieve these goals? How do we go about the process of arriving at the end destination? This is where the majority of people get it wrong.
They begin to work on their goals and their journey to success, but usually with the wrong motivations and wrong thought processes.
Perhaps they have set their goal due to an external motivation, such as the desire to change after a comment by somebody else. The likelihood of this goal being seen through to completion is weakened. There is no internal motif and the moment the external motivation subsides, so too will the continuation of the goal.
Perhaps the goal was not considered properly, or that the goal setting was not completed with enough detail.
Perhaps the goal was not set at a suitable length; way too far our or way too close to achieve.
Perhaps the goal in itself is never really achievable, or that current or future situations will prevent this goal from ever being achieved. The approach could be flawed or faulty.
No matter how the situation presents itself that prevents a goal from being completed, if a goal is not achieved, you are not succeeding.
There is however a better, more simple way. It tackles the barriers outlined above:
The solution to these two common problems is that you reverse engineer the process:
You must be as specific in your goal as possible; exactly what it is that is to be achieved – exactly
You set your goals with a realistic time-frame, understanding what is feasible and possible
You complete your due diligence, and understand the environment that you will be up against.
In this way, the example goals as set out earlier in this article can be re-framed:
You want to lose 12 pounds of fat, losing minimal muscle in 1 year,
You want to build 3 pounds of muscle, whilst minimising fat gain in 6 months,
You want to earn 1 level of promotion in the same team at the office or get a raise of $5000 by 2017.
See how more actionable they are? They have more specificity, more detail. You can see exactly what is expected to be obtained, and there are benchmarks to discover by the end of the timeframe whether the goal was actually reached.
From here, the goals can even be adjusted, tailored or streamlined even further.
Say that you want more specificity, so you know EXACTLY that you need to do to achieve the goal. This can also be added. What calorie intake will you need to meet, what will you eat, what reports or networking needs to take place at the office?
Say you are ahead of the deadline, you can alter either of the goal or time parameter. If you expect that you are not going to reach it, you can also tweak.
Notice that by employing these methods you are actually moving in the direction in that you want to be going in; even if progress is not going as positively as initially hoped. If the overall goal was vague, the likelihood of you moving in this direction is highly unlikely.
Goals should also be set with a relatively short mind-set. A 5 year goal for example, whilst providing long-term trajectory focus, is unlikely to bear fruit as so many aspects of life can change in that time. Just imagine how you thought 5 years ago, or even just 1,2 years ago. Just think of how the market has changed in five years, and how many new variables there are to play with now than in years prior.
Short term goals, in the 60 day to 1 year time frame are much more practical.
A great approach would be to have a yearly goal, broken down equally into 12 parts of 60 days goals. Continuing the weight loss example as used throughout this would simply be:
Lose a pound of fat a month.
From a motivational perspective, it is also far more likely that the yearly goal is met and that there is enthusiasm throughout the 12 months. Moreover, even if one was to get to month 6 and start to fall off the bandwagon, 6 pounds of fat should have been lost at this point. Taking this back to the “lose weight” unspecific goal at the beginning, this would theoretically have been achieved.
Time to reassess:
At the end of timeframe of the initial goal, it is also important to reassess and reset the goal towards the next time period. These ‘new’ goals should appropriately follow and they should be devised in such a way that enables continued success.
Using the fat loss example, you would want a follow up yearly goal to be weight maintenance at the new level so that you do not head back in the direction in which you came. You can use the feedback from the 60 day goals, and use the take-away learned lessons to help in this process. By now for example, you should know what kind of calorie intake is needed, and what foods serve you best for satiety.
Ultimately, goal setting is the key to success. The more specific you are in your goal setting the far more likely you will reach success. It’s about leveraging a goal setting process and a goal achieving process. The more you goal set, the better you will become; both in discovering where you want to go, and achieving the desired results.