Every year for the first 27 years of my life, I would make a list of goals for myself and by the end of the year, I’d inevitably fail at accomplishing any of them. 2016 was a different year however. I was focused, driven and committed to doing the impossible, accomplishing the goals that I set for myself. It’s a brand new year and I want to teach you how to do the same. Here’s 3 SIMPLE ways of accomplishing your goals in 2017.
WRITE THEM DOWN
The easiest way to not do something is to simply forget it. If it’s not on your mind, it’s not going to happen. While this sounds like pretty basic concept, I advise writing everything you want to do on paper. It’s one of the most practical ways of keeping yourself on track to success.
At the present moment, I have 3 ways of staying on track with my goals or simply getting things done and as I accomplish things, I remove them from my list. This does two things – the first is that it let’s me know what’s left to accomplish on my list and secondly, it reminds me that I’m not stagnant and I’m continually progressing forward.
1. Physical Notebook
2. Digital Notes
3. Whiteboard / Chalkboard
BREAK THEM INTO SMALLER ACHIEVABLE GOALS
You have to break down your goals into smaller chunks. Doing the opposite would be like saying, one day I’ll be a billionaire, without having a viable plan. It just doesn’t make sense.
Breaking down your goals into smaller segments helps you keep on track with what you're trying to accomplish by segmenting tasks into more manageable pieces. For instance, if you're trying to write a book, you don't necessarily just start writing. You first summarize the overview with a basic idea and title. From there, you write a summarizing paragraph. Then you can start breaking down the narrative into subsections to reach the final plot point or end chapter. You can even go further and break down each chapter into separate segments that reach the conclusion of that particular chapter.
Breaking down goals that way allows you to reach the final goal without feeling like the world is on your shoulders and every time you accomplish a smaller goal, it's like a mini victory. There's no better way to accomplish anything than feeling like you're winning along the way.
KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
I actively tell people what I'm looking to accomplish because I want them to hold me accountable. I love the pressure of being put on the spotlight because that's where I shine. You're more likely to do something when you have people behind you reminding you of what you said you were going to do, or when "haters" are waiting for the chance to laugh at your failures.
I personally have several “Accountabili-buddies” who I can call on when I need a kick in the ass to get things done. And visa versa, then can call me when they need the same.
Find someone to keep you accountable for your word and vice versa. Finding a dependable partner to keep you on your toes, whether it's a personal relationship or business relationship is tremendously important. There are many times as human beings where we'll doubt ourselves, questions ourselves and brush off are goals as unimportant and this is when finding an "accountabili-buddy" is important.
Here's the hard part: find the right person to keep you accountable. You don't want someone who is condescending, you want someone who is uplifting, motivating, and can be there to bounce ideas off of. Here's the caveat, the accountability doesn't have to be all positive. Constructive criticism is so important when you find the right partner. Maybe there's one angle you overlooked when strategizing your business goals. Maybe you have an email you received the wrong way and you're making a bigger deal out of something that actually isn't there. That's where a partner to keep you accountable works. They keep you grounded and motivated to do better.
Here's a personal example: I send Miguel social stats every week as a little nudge in case either one of us slacks off. This month, I spent more time off social media than normally and he sent me a text message to remind me that I had dropped off the face of the earth. Sometimes you need that swift kick in the ass to get things done.