With the new year comes new goals. And while creating goals is all well and good, achieving them is another thing altogether. The key to success is setting goals the right way while adding the actions needed to move you closer to achieving your goals each day.
But first, let’s look at a few reasons why we don’t meet our goals in the first place.
Why do you fail to achieve your goals?
- The goals don’t resonate with you. Our tendency as humans is to do the opposite of what someone else orders us to do. Goals imposed upon you by someone else don’t stick because you don’t see a compelling reason to achieve them.
- The goals are a bit hazy and unclear. When faced with uncertainty, the default action we usually take is to do nothing. Rather than risk expending effort on a task with an uncertain outcome, our brain tells us to just avoid it. You quit without even trying.
- The goals aren’t part of your daily life. If you have a goal but don’t develop the habits and actions needed to reach that goal, then it’s nothing more than a far-away fantasy that will never come true.
To overcome the roadblocks above, you can follow this four-step process which we’ve adapted from this video by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky.
Four steps that will help you achieve your goals:
- Know your VALUES. First, figure out your core values. What do you value most in life? Look at what you love doing and analyze your habits. Often, it’s your actions that will show you precisely what you value the most.
- Connect GOALS to values. Sometimes we make our own goals. Sometimes others impose their goals upon us. No matter the source, you just need to connect those goals to your core values if you want them to stick. If the goal goes against your core values, that’s a reason to rethink your involvement with that goal.
- Create PROJECTS for your goals. You don’t want your goals to remain dreams, so take action by setting up projects that will move you toward your goals. This also helps turn that lofty goal into something more concrete and doable.
- Match ACTIONS to projects. Begin the project with one action, any action. Create a plan, ask for help, or find a guide online: it doesn’t matter, as long as you take the first step. Then take the next step, then the next, doing something each day. Soon, actions turn into habits. Habits turn into progress, which then makes the work easier and more enjoyable.
With these four simple steps, you’ll find that working on your goals can both be fulfilling and fun. And if these steps worked for you, feel free to share them with others so that they might attain the same success as you.
If you think four steps aren’t enough, we also wrote about a 12-step program that will help you fulfill your goals.