Writing your goals down is only step one. You need a lot more than a piece of paper to make sure you actually meet them. It doesn’t matter if they’re your life goals, career goals or relationship goals, YOU are the only one who can guarantee that they actually come true. I know it seems overwhelming, but all of the best things in life do at first. Here are a few tips to help:
Paint A Clear Picture of Your Goals
Schedule a little bit of time out of every day to add more details to your goals. With one big picture it’s easy to stop short. When you have every detail planned out you can start with small steps and milestones to make sure you’re on the right track. You shouldn’t put more time into planning your two-week vacation than you do on your entire life.
Don’t let yourself get caught in the struggle for the end game. Identify short-term priorities that will help with your long-term goals. Start by figuring out what needs to be done by the end of the day and stick to your deadline! Schedule a few chunks of time to block out the world and just focus on what needs to be done. Turn off your phone, close your e-mail and lock your door. For that chunk of time you are in your own world and nothing will distract you.
Develop Successful Habits
Your bad habits WILL catch up to you, and so will your good habits. The hardest part about this task will be to identify what habits need to change and what opportunities there are to adopt new habits. When was the last time you added someone to your professional network? Start making one new, professional, friend every month. Think about what makes other people successful and figure out what they’re doing that you aren’t, then do it! Are you making common mistakes when setting your goals?