How To Set Goals For Success + Achieve Them Consistently
Goal-Setting Is HUGE
If you are looking to uplevel your life, if you look around you and know that you want MORE, then goal-setting is the quickest way to change your life. At the end of the day, if you don’t know where you want to go, how on earth are you going to get there!
You need to set goals that lead you towards that dream life. That kind of lifestyle where you can’t wait to wake up in the morning and you feel fulfilled and inspired by what you’re spending your time on.
Goals are basically the stepping stones. They are the gaps to lead you from position A – where you are right this second, to position B – the ultimate life of your dreams.
This is such a huge topic, whether it’s in personal growth and lifestyle building, or whether it’s in business, your career or any other area of your life.
In today’s post, I want to share my top tips for setting goals made to help you succeed and how you can set about actually achieving those goals. They’re no good to you if you are never going to want to actually achieve them or put in the work to get there.
I hope you enjoy!
1. Work On Your Ultimate Dream Life Vision // What Does Success Look Like To You?
How can you be successful if you don’t even know what success means to you?
It’s really important to get complete clarity on what success means to you, how you would recognise success. Because once you know exactly what it looks like, it becomes tangible.
And this means you can set about making a plan to get there.
You’ll know when you actually get there because you have such a strong visualisation of what you wanted!
For example, go ahead and answer the below questions, write them down and keep a note of what your dream life looks like. Be really detailed about each area, and more if you can think of anything else to add. The detail is really important, and the feelings/emotions involved.
- What do you do to earn a living? Do you have your own business or career? How many hours are you working? What kind of work are you involved in? How does it make you feel? Are you fulfilled?
- How much money do you have? How much money are you making each month? Do you have any debts? How do you feel about your finances? About investing in yourself and your life?
- Where do you live? What kind of home do you have? What furniture and decor is it filled with? What belongings do you have around you? What does it feel like? Smell like?
- Who is around you? Do you have a partner? Are you married? Are your family there? How does it feel? Are you supported? Challenged?
- What are you like? How do you feel? What have you learnt? What kind of skills and qualities are you developing and nurturing?
By regularly going through these questions and understanding that vision, you start to get complete clarity on what success looks like to you.
You have a success blueprint to aim for. It’s literally so freaking important to have this. It’s the basis for everything else moving forward!
Spend some time getting this nailed.
If you need help with this, let me know! It’s sometimes useful to have direct guidance as you do this, especially if you don’t usually work in this way.
2. Using The SMART System To Create Goals
The SMART system might seem like something only corporate businesses use to set sales goals. Of course, a lot of them still do!
But they’re a great system for creating goals that are built for success for anyone. I use this system all the time for my own goals and I know how much more effective it makes me.
Below I’m going to teach you about the SMART goal system in case you haven’t heard about it in detail before. It’s really useful and stops you setting goals that you are unlikely to succeed in (which is not the way we wanna move girl!).
The SMART goal system stands for:
This means things that are a simple yes or no when it comes to whether they have been achieved or not. They are detailed and clear on exactly what you are expecting to achieve.
An example goal would be: “Go to Lisbon, Portugal”. Have you done this – yes or no?
There’s no middle ground. You either have or you haven’t!
This means that you are clearly able to measure the goal, and keep track. Rather than being vague and using a goal that is up for interpretation and people might see differently, settle on a figure or percentage.
Again, this helps determine yes or no on whether the goal has been achieved.
For example: “Grow my business to £2,000 per month”, “Increase my workouts to 3 x per week”.
You are using figures and can easily determine whether or not it has been succeeded, and measure your progress as you go.
Of course, we want to choose goals that are realistic and achievable!
If you are consistently setting things way out of your scope of reality, then you are setting yourself up to fail. And this is not the way to goal-set successfully.
Say you have £10,000 in debt that you would like to completely pay off.
It would be unrealistic to say you could pay this off in a month’s time, most likely, based on average circumstances (of course if you can do that, amazing!).
So what would be an achievable, slightly challenging but realistic, to say you could pay this off in 12 months. This would be much more achievable and this means you’re more likely to strive to do it!
Setting relevant goals comes back to whether or not the goal actually relates to what you’re trying to accomplish and what success looks like to you.
When you answered all the questions in step one, you got complete clarity on what your dream life looks like, on what success looks like to you. This is unique to you!
So, when setting the goals to create this dream life, the goals need to be relevant to this vision.
They need to support that ideal situation as much as possible.
The final stage of the SMART system is that the goals need to have a time-frame.
It’s no good setting a goal of: “Lose 7lbs”.
This is very much left for interpretation. Great, it’s specific and measurable. It’s achievable. It might also be completely relevant to your dream life.
But you need a timeframe because otherwise, you’ll never set proper plans in place to make it happen. When do you want to lose 7lbs by?
Give yourself a set time frame, based on what you know and what you have learnt about losing weight healthily.
By setting a time-frame, you have a plan to work towards. There is a deadline in place and this gives you the motivation to get it done.
Now that have worked through how to set goals, it’s time to start doing it!
Let’s move into creating the goals that will guide you towards that dream life.
3. Write Out The Ultimate Goals List
So now that you have the vision in place for your version of success, for your dream lifestyle, you can write out a specific list of goals. I would say around 10 would be plenty!
These are the high-ticket goals that you would live and die by. The ultimate markers of success.
It’s almost like a bucket list – it’s those non-negotiable things that you MUST achieve in your life. The kinds of things that would leave a big mark on your life and maybe others around you.
Use your vision and the above answers you wrote down to generate this list.
Be bold and brave, think about the absolute vision and choose goals that light you up! That make you feel like life would be AMAZING!
A side note here: try not to let any limiting beliefs you might have hold you back from choosing the things that you really want and that matter to you. You might be thinking that you aren’t ever going to be able to achieve these things, and feel like you aren’t good enough. Firstly, you ARE. Right now, right as you are, you have everything inside you that you need. If you need support with limiting beliefs, my 1:1 coaching is open now, so send me a message to move through them and succeed in your goals.
4. Break Those Goals Down
So now you know what that dream life looks like in terms of around 10 specific goals.
The next element of goal-setting for success involves breaking those goals down and down into achievable, actionable tasks.
How far along would you like to be in one year? Five years?
I like to break things down into the next year and mostly focus on the next 12 months ahead of me.
If I have set goals for the whole year, then I can break these down into monthly goals, and weekly goals that support that yearly aim.
For example, you might want to get promoted in the next 12 months. That would be the 12-month goal. Then you could break this down into monthly actionable steps, such as take a certain course to improve your skills or take on additional responsibility within your current role.
Finally, you could then break down each of these into weekly steps that will help you work towards that goal. So for example, if you’re taking a course, then you could commit weekly you would complete one assignment.
It’s all about breaking each stage down into actionable steps, broken right down into achievable chunks.
You’re dramatically increasing your chances of success by doing this. Allowing yourself to really visualise the big picture and then break it down you are showing yourself the individual steps it takes to achieve that big picture, the dream lifestyle.
5. The Importance of Gratitude + Recognition
If you have followed me for some time, you’ll know how important I believe gratitude is, and how much it has transformed my own well-being.
For the longest time in my life, I didn’t do any form of appreciation for the things I was doing well, for the things I was pleased with or proud of.
I learnt about gratitude and the importance of gratitude practice by getting into the personal growth world. Reading books and watching videos, taking courses and learning about self-help teaches you about gratitude A LOT.
By trying out things in my own life, it’s made a huge difference in how I view things.
Of course, it’s a practice. When you start bringing in gratitude into your daily life, you will need to practice regularly doing the activities. And you’ll also have days where you don’t feel very grateful for where you’re at and what’s going on around you.
Bringing yourself back into the thoughts of gratitude and switching your focus takes time and dedication to the act.
But it brings such peace into your life.
By appreciating where you are at, all the things around you, and the rest of the journey you have ahead of you, you learn to feel good about everything you have accomplished and are blessed to have.
It allows you to feel good. And feeling good is the KEY to all of your happiness. It’s never going to a permanent one-stop-shop because at the end of the day, life doesn’t work that way.
There’s always change and variables around us that we cannot control.
But we can control the way we react to things and the way that we perceive these things. By helping our beliefs around our life become ones of gratitude and thanks, we start to appreciate everything on a whole different level.
6. Be Inspired + Live To Enjoy Your Life
At the end of the day, we all need to work ON our lives to live happily within them.
Nothing comes easy, even if people make it look like it!
I love that so many people have been coming out saying that their overnight success story is actually backed my however many years of hard work, effort, dedication, support, learning, failures/lessons etc.
It is such an important message, to remember that it doesn’t happen overnight, even if it appears that way!
Spend Time On Your Passions
It’s really important to do the things that light you up and give you life.
These are the things that you get lost in, that you forget all time and space around you and are completely zoned in on. For me, that’s writing. For you, it might be walking or playing music or reading.
The actual activities don’t really matter, it’s more about the feeling that it evokes in you.
How does it make you feel? What makes you lose track of time? What lights you up inside and makes you feel purpose?
These are really important things! Write a list of all the things that make you feel like that, the things that you enjoy the most. Write down as many as you possibly can! And then work to incorporate them into your life much more often.
Being intentional about where you spend your time and what you focus on is really key to aiming towards your goals and helping you achieve those dreams.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and leave feeling excited to start working on those goals!