Setting goals is probably the easiest thing to do, but also the easiest not to do. How many times did you say “tomorrow I’ll start doing this and that” but it occurred that maybe you did it once or twice and then stopped doing it? I know what I’m talking about because I did it too, and still do it sometimes. So, how to set goals and accomplish them? How is it possible to take action for real?
In this short post, I want to share with you a “technique” to set goals I discovered through an entrepreneur who has many things to teach us. This guy is named Mark Hutchinson, and he’s the founder of Falcon FX, a school/community of traders of all levels. This guy is brilliant.
So to make sure it is clear, everything that is written in this post, How to set goals and accomplish them, doesn’t come from me but from Mark. At the end of this post, I’ll share with you the link to his YT channel so you can take a look at his videos if you would like to.
If you have any questions, comments or experiences, please feel free to leave them in the comments at the end, and I’ll make sure to answer you as fast as possible. 🙂
Why Set Goals
Now, why would we want to set goals? What impact will this have on our lives?
Setting goals is not a complicated thing, so how come only a few people do it? Because discipline enters into play. You can set whatever the goals you want, but if you’re not disciplined, you’ll never accomplish them. And that’s where so many people fail: discipline.
Setting goals allows you to know where you want to be in the future, and what you will do daily to accomplish these goals. If you know where you want to go, it will be easier to take daily actions towards these goals.
Goals can be set for different periods; for example, it can be three months goals, six months, one year, five years, etc. Whatever the time you decide, you need to see yourself at this exact moment in the future. Visualization is essential. It will tell your subconscious, “this is where I will be in 3 months, and to do so, I need to do this”.
Taking daily actions toward your goals is what makes the real difference. It’s the small steps that make the difference. The best example to visualize this is someone who wants to lose weight. It’s impossible to lose 50 pounds overnight, but it’s necessary to train and eat healthy daily so that maybe after six months, this person loses 50 pounds.
It’s the same thing with goals.
The more you commit to your goals, the more you will accomplish them.
It’s so easy to do and so easy not to do, huh?
“Have”, “Be” and “Do”
Let’s continue with Mark’s technique on how setting up your goals.
Again, it is not complicated, but taking the time to do it seems to be very hard sometimes!
First of all, most of us, when we set goals, determine things that we want to have in the future, and we don’t focus on what we want to become as a person or do. We have a very materialistic vision, and our society could explain that.
So what if instead of setting only the “Have” goals, we would also set up the “Do” and the “Be” ones? Let me give you an example.
For the “Have” ones, let’s say your goals could look like this:
- Own a Ferrari
- Buy a high-quality laptop
- Own a nice house
These three goals are material ones. It’s things that you would like to own in the future. Now, let’s take a look at the “Do” ones.
- Run 5 km in less than 25 minutes
- Write one post per day for your blog
- Climb Everest
These goals are things you want to be able to do in the future. Finally, the “Be” ones.
- Be more generous
- Full-time online marketer
- More organized
These are things you want to become in the future.
Now, the main objective with these three categories is to list ten goals in each of them, so that you end up with 30 goals. You also must decide if they are six months goals, one year, etc.
Setting other goals than only the materialistic ones will give you a better global view of how you see yourself in the future other than with the things you will own. People often forget the power of personal development and think that with only material goals, they will become better persons.
Once you’re done listing your goals, let’s go to the next step.
The Top 3
I bet you think 30 goals is a lot? Yes, it is, and that’s the reason why we are going to do the “Top 3”!
In reality, it’s not a real top 3 because you’ll have more than three goals, but let me explain it to you, and you’ll understand.
So, in the three categories I showed you, you listed ten goals each. Out of these ten goals, I want you to choose 3 of them you want more to happen. You select three goals for each category, so you’ll end up with nine goals.
These nine goals now become your official goals. It doesn’t mean the 21 others are forgotten forever, just keep them for another moment. If the “deadline” you chose is six months, let’s stay realistic, 30 goals is a lot!
Now that you have your goals, it’s time to plan how to reach them!
5 Daily Goals to Reach Them
Good job, you completed one of the easiest task (but also the easiest not to do!). The next one is to determine HOW you will accomplish these goals. Easy said, but not easily done.
To do so, Mark suggests listing every day 5 goals that will help you achieve the main goals you chose. The kind of daily goals you can find are different from a person to another since the main goals will differ too.
Whatever you are working on, it can be your online business or your health or anything else, fixing daily goals to complete will definitely help you accomplish your bigger goals. Do you know why? Because it’s the small steps that count. And if every single day you complete the small goals you listed, you definitely will achieve the bigger ones.
We are not aware that doing daily actions truly makes a difference in our lives. We have this mentality to do everything now and think that everything will happen the next minute. That’s not how it works. Great things take time, be patient. Work daily to achieve your dreams!
Write Down All of Your Goals
One of the most crucial things Mark says is to journal your activities. Everything that you do write it somewhere. It is your evolution through time, and it can really help you to understand how you grow as a person.
Plus, you should write down your goals too. Put them somewhere you can see them so that your brain keeps them in mind. You’ll remember to take daily actions to make a difference in your life in the long term.
Writing is something that helps us to remember things. After writing it, read it over again and again and again. The more you tell your brain what you want, the more it will bring you on the right path to reach these goals.
So, the 30 goals that you listed keep them somewhere close. It’s the same thing with the nine goals you saved, but those keep them closed so that you see them every day. And all your daily goals to reach your bigger goals, write them down in a notebook or whatever, but right them.
Something I like to do is to keep a notebook with all my goals in it. This way, they are all in the same place, and I can reach them easily. 🙂
Thanks Mark for sharing this with me, so that I can implement it and see my goals become reality. I hope it was useful for you too, readers. Here is the video where he explains what I just explained in my post. Link to FalconFX YT channel (Mark Hutchinson).
Defining goals is not something hard to do, but still, not many people do it. And of all these persons who do it, only a couple of them actually commit to making them true. This is one of the reasons that “planning your future” can help you accomplish your goals.
I know that life isn’t always predictable, right, but the more you follow your plan, the more you are likely to go where you want to be.
So let’s recap quickly what I explained in this short post:
- List 10 goals per category, the “Have”, the “Do” and the “Be”;
- Out of these three categories, keep your top 3 goals for each of them (total of 9);
- Write down five daily goals that will help you accomplish your 9 top goals;
- WRITE your goals down so that you can easily keep them in mind.
That’s not complicated; in fact, it is very easy to do. But it’s essential to take the time to do it!
Keep in mind that what will make a difference is the daily actions you’ll make. Success doesn’t happen overnight; you must work for it daily. Even if it is only 30 minutes per day, you are 30 minutes of work closer to your dreams.
Don’t give up; I know you can make it happen!
I hope this post How to Set Goals and Accomplish Them will help you to plan your future and your goals. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below! 🙂
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