How to achieve your dreams (Goals)

achieving your goals and dreams

A while back I outlined a very simple but effective method for creating powerful goals. Hopefully, you’ll now have an inspirational list of a few well-worded goals, and now you’re wondering how to achieve them. Perfect.

The bad news is that the easy part is behind you, now comes the actual work. The good news is that the reward is permanent – even for an experience or something you use. ‘What?’ I hear you say. In achieving great things, it’s not actually the achievement that counts. What really matters is the person you will become through the achievement of your goals. That’s lasting. After all, life is not a destination (death?), it’s a journey. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the worthiness of the goal is paramount here, if it’s a real stretch, you WILL Grow as a person in striving towards it.

So, how do you make this “dream with a deadline” happen?

If you’re anything like me, planning is something you strongly resist. Breathe a sigh of relief; I’m going to use a different method instead.

So, steps are as follows:

  1. Take your biggest scariest goal.
  2. Get the why – write a list of all the benefits and outcomes from achieving this great goal. Consider who it will benefit, how and why. This is the thing that will put the fuel in your tank.
  3. List the obstacles – list down all the potential impediments that could derail you (lack of time – come on…, money, naysayers, procrastination, and lack of skills…).
  4. Now take one of those obstacles, and consider what you could do about it. Analyse the issue and develop a strategy for overcoming it. I.e. how could you acquire the necessary skills? Who could lend you the first $1000 to invest? What do you need to give up in your life to achieve it (here’s a tip – TELEVISION!).
  5. Repeat the above until each impediment has a solution.
  6. Help – now capture who can assist you in your quest. Your partner? Parents? Bestie. Colleagues. Management. Your mentor (do you need one?). This may be in the form of advice, emotional support or simply someone that you’re accountable to.
  7. Next steps – now, put some stages in place for the goal. What you will do by the end of the day – this is really important. Get into gear now. Then the end of the week, month, quarter, next quarter and so on.

You’ll have gathered, I’ve tricked you. This is planning made simple. Go get em tiger.

There’s a couple of additional tricks here;

  1. Discipline will get you across the line. Not procrastination. I know of research done into what separates the 1% from the 99%. No it’s not good looks or hard work (although the latter is pretty much always there). The consistent thread is discipline. The discipline to get up early, do something uncomfortable, not watch television, not to go out with friends etc, etc.
  2. Visioning is incredibly powerful. I want you to close your eyes, and see yourself having achieved this goal. What will your life be like? Where will you be? Who will be with you? What will you be wearing on this day? How will you be feeling? Be the director of your own movie. Rinse and repeat.

One of my goals last year was to ride around Lake Taupo. So when I started road biking last year 20 kilometres felt like an achievement, yet within months I was knocking out 100kms at a time. Through practice comes comfort, achievement and eventually mastery. But you need to pass through the pain barrier to get there. Pain is temporary. Defeat is forever!