Last week, I asked my Facebook community (www.facebook.com/davidbach) what their number one goal was, instructing them to make it public and get it done!
Tons of you posted your goals on my Facebook wall ranging everywhere from getting back in shape to saving more money to relocating to a new state! To help you on your journey here are my 6 tips to achieve your goals. Enjoy!
1) Make your goals specific, detailed, and with a deadline. In order to achieve a goal, you must know precisely what it is you’re after. You want to take those vague ideas and thoughts about what sort of life you see for yourself and turn them into something concrete. Say one of your values in life is “Family.” You want to spend more quality time together and your goal is to have a vacation house where you can congregate. But don’t just write down your goal as “own a vacation house.” Ask yourself specific questions like: Where would I want this vacation home to be located? How much would it cost? What steps would I have to take to make this happen? When can I take action and begin working towards my goal? What’s a realistic time frame? If you answer these questions you turn your goal onto specific, detailed plans of action.
2) Put your goals in writing. I know it’s a cliché, but it also happens to be true. Studies have shown that the process of writing down your goals on paper does something to you subconsciously that helps make those goals more specific and real to you. When you write down your goals, you make the goals important.
3) Start taking action towards your goals within 48 hours. Writing down your goals is great, but it’s not enough. You MUST take action, the quicker the better. If you don’t get moving towards your goal now, you may never get moving at all. So, to help get you started, I ask that you write down your 48 hour action step for your goal. This step can be anything. All that matters is that you do something to bring yourself closer to your goal. For example, if your goal is a vacation home, you could go on the internet and start researching the housing market in your ideal destination. Remember, what you do in that first 48 hours is not as important as the fact that you do something. Because this action creates positive momentum that will help you carry your goal through to reality.
4) Enlist help. There is a huge myth out there that I would like to bust: the myth of the “self-made” person. There’s no such thing. No one ever reaches an important goal without some sort of help from some other person. It’s part of being human. So, when it comes to achieving your goals, stop and think for a second. Who can you turn to for help in achieving your goals? Consider your family members, friends, people you work or socialize with, or people with a specific area of expertise related to your goal. Include these people when writing down your goals.
5) Get a rough idea of how much it will cost to achieve your goals. You may come to find that some of you goals may have nothing to do with money, while others are all about money. Some goals will take almost no time to save for, and others may take a lot of time and investing to reach. Since it’s important to know which is which, you will need to estimate how much money you will need for your goal. So ask yourself: What is this goal going to cost? How much do I need to start putting aside each week or month to help me get there? Knowing the answer to these questions will enable you to do two things: (1) understand how realistic or (unrealistic) your goals may be, and (2) get you started on a systematic savings and investment plan to accumulate the money you are going to need to achieve your goals.
6) Make sure your goals match the values you share with your partner or family. Don’t keep your goals to yourself. If you have a partner or family, it’s important to make sure your goals reflect what they want too. By discussing your values and dreams with the people in your life, you help create your future together. In fact, you can work on a family list of goals that you all want to accomplish jointly.
It’s time to get started! Go get busy. And don’t forget to share your progress with me on Facebook!