Achieve Your Goals

Goals without action become nothing more than dreams and frustrations however goals with action become reality.

So how do you make sure you achieve your goals in a world filled with so many distractions?

This is Part 2 of my last blog How to make next year your best yet, go check it out now if you haven't read it yet.

4 Stages To Achieve Your Goals

1. Visualise

See it, hear it, feel it – sense all of it, the good, the bad, the hard, the easy and the success.

Were many people go wrong with visualisation is they only focus on achieving the end goal. Yes that’s part of it but when you focus on the complete journey you will be better equipped to overcome the hurdles. There will undoubtedly be low points along the way, and if you have visualised yourself making the tough decisions, sticking with it and fighting through then when it comes to reality you’ll be better prepared.

Your Plan vs Reality

Visualise Reality – You'll be better equipped on your journey

2. Know What You Need

Open Books for ResearchOnce you’ve set your goals find out everything you need to achieve it. Research, read, think, question those that have gone before you, understand and plan.

Word of warning. Don’t get stuck in this stage, you’ve probably heard of that thing called analysis paralysis or people that get stuck in the learning phase and never implement. That’s not what this is, this is find out what you need and move on to stage 3.

3. Take Action Every Day

Everyday signpost

Do Something EVERY Day

This is really straight forward. Do something every day that is going to move you closer to achieving your goal. This is all about working smarter. You’ve visualised your path to your goal, you’ve done your research so you know what needs to be done, now it’s time to do it. (After the 4th stage you’ll find 3 ways to prioritise, which will help you with this.)

4. Accountability

Working towards your goals can be a lonely path to travel, so it’s important that you find others that understand where you’re heading that are willing to offer constructive feedback. It could be a coach, a mastermind group, just be sure it’s someone worthy of listening to.

There are plenty of people that will try to sabotage your growth, these aren’t the people you want holding you accountable.

Keep Your Goals Top of Mind

We see and act on what is right in front of us, so keep your dreams and goals front and center – top of mind. This is why it’s imperative you know what you want, so you can prioritise your time effectively.

How to Prioritise

The following 3 takeaways are something I learnt from Brendon Burchard and they have made a huge difference to my output and achievement.

1. Stop Prioritising Easy

Stop Doing EasyI used to believe that if I started my day with something easy I’d start the day off with a win and forward momentum, and it was true to a point. What I didn’t realise until I listened to Brendon was that by starting with easy I was less likely to do the things that were really important. Sure I was busy every day, but I wasn’t working towards achieving my goals.

What should you do instead?

Prioritise Progress – Prioritise tasks that will move you closer to your goals. You’ll know when you’re doing this because your work will feel meaningful and significant.

2. Stop Prioritising False Emergencies

Red Emergency PhoneLet me start by listing some of the more common false emergencies :
– phone calls or text messages,
– emails,
– social media,
– other peoples last minute requests.

These should give you a clue about how to avoid the false emergencies. Begin by prioritising and working on your goals first. You have the controls to set your day out as you need to, if you see clients then obviously they come first but even they need to be managed, don’t let their lack of planning become your problem – unless it’s a life threatening emergency. If it was important to them they would have planned it better.

What you can do

a. Set specific times each day to check and respond to your emails – preferably not first thing as once you start it’s difficult to move on. Close your email program all other times – those notifications are impossible to ignore.
b. If you can without it being detrimental to your business turn your phone off or put it on silent for part of the day – this way you can focus 100% on the task at hand for a set period of time (I use 50 minute blocks)
c. Block your customer appointments into days or time slots. This has a two-fold effect. First and foremost it will save you a lot of time, and secondly it will portray an air of busyness to your customers.
d. Learn to say no, saying no kindly to others is saying yes to yourself.

3. Start Prioritising You Time

Prioritise You TimeWhen was the last time you had genuine you time? You know took the day or afternoon off to get a massage, have a nap or read a novel, whatever really, just you time.

You really are the architect of your life, so choose what you do with it wisely. Set aside time each day or week to meditate, exercise, or learn a new skill and when you do allow yourself to thoroughly enjoy it. Don’t let guilty thoughts creep in and spoil it, it’s your time and you deserve it.

One Final Tip

Let me leave you with one final tip.

Be mindful of who and what you surround yourself with. This can be people you spend time with in person; groups and people you interact with online; what you watch, listen to and read. Why? Because all these things influence your thoughts, your thoughts lead to feelings, your feelings dictate your actions and your actions are ultimately what generate your results.Process of Manifestation

You’ve got this!

Go forth and make your goals happen.

About The Author

Elly Hurley

Elly is a Co-Founder of Nudge Marketing, a marketing training company owned and run by women showing small business owners how to grow their business by driving traffic, generating leads and building automated marketing funnels to sell their services and products. As a Certified Digital Marketing Professional, Ontraport Certified Consultant and an NLP Trainer, Elly offers a holistic approach to business - possessing both the technical and behavioural knowledge required in this digital age. Visiting Facebook HQ and signing the wall is on her Bucket List.

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