3 Steps to Reach Your Goals Faster
In 1961, President John F Kennedy set a goal of sending a person to the Moon. Although many found it an impossible goal, it motivated Neil Armstrong to reach this goal in 1969. Goal setting costs nothing or very little, but if done well, it results in increased motivation and success. Without a goal, you’re just running around, doing your everyday tasks, and often end up frustrated by the lack of progress you’ve made. As Jim Rohn said “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Here are the three simple steps to help reach your goals faster!
Step One: Set a Challenging Goal
According to the study of Gary Latham and Edwin Locke, if you set a more challenging goal, you reach more success. “Challenging goals lead to higher performance than easy goals.”
For example, your goal is to increase sales by 5% next year. Why not set your goal at 20%? Even if it’s a nearly impossible goal for your business, at least you become more motivated to climb this mountain and get closer to your 5% target or reach even more. Make sure to set a target that doesn’t make you feel overwhelmed but more motivated.
Challenging goals lead to higher performance than easy goals
Step Two: Plan the Exact Steps
Today, you probably use GPS for navigation when you go to a place you’ve never been before. Similar to traveling, if you want to reach a goal you’ve never reached before, you need to define a roadmap to guide you there. In his book What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack talks about a study on how written goals and planning helped students to reach higher performance later on in their lives. Students at HBS in 1979 were asked: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The outcome of the study is shocking – The 3% of students that had written goals and a plan were making 10 times more than the rest of the class. So, if you want to increase your sales and income by 20% next year, setting the goal is not enough. Make sure to plan the exact steps you need to follow to reach it.
Step Three: Write the Steps Down and Track Them
Writing your goals down has many benefits. People with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve them according to a study from the UK. When you create a written plan, make sure to write your motivation and WHY you want to reach that specific goal. Ex. why is it important for you to increase sales? Do you want to be more successful? Do you want to help more clients? If you have your WHY written down, it’ll keep you more motivated during the journey. It’s also important to write your goals down to be able to track progress. Visit your plan every week and check if you made the progress you planned. If you didn’t, find out the reasons and do it better next week.
When pursuing your goals in business and/or life, remember to keep it simple and celebrate your wins along the way. Use this simple, three step framework to set goals and fast-track your achievements:
- Set a Challenging Goal
- Plan the Exact Steps
- Write the Steps Down and Track Them
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