Do you set goals? Personal? Professional? Do you achieve your goals?

Only approximately 20% of the population set goals and roughly 70% of them fail to achieve the goals they have set. 70% fail out of only 20% of the population! That is a huge failure rate. Why do you think that is?

There are many excuses people give as to why they didn’t achieve their goal: I got busy; the kids’ extracurricular activities; time got away from me; etc. etc. The list goes on and on. But let’s not focus on why people didn’t achieve their goals, let’s focus on how to achieve your goals.

Step 1: First you have to realize how important it is to have goals. Only 20% of the population even set goals. Goals help you get to where you want to go, whether that is to become your own boss, get that promotion, lose 10 lbs., or go on that magical vacation you have always dreamed of. Once you believe how important it is, it is time to set the goals.

Step 2: When setting goals I always make sure to set SMART goals.
(S)pecific
(M)easurable
(A)chievable
(R)ealistic
(T)ime
Rather than setting a goal of “I want to lose weight” the SMART goal would be “I will lose 10lbs by December 1, 2015.” Instead of “I want to grow my business” be more specific, “I want to grow our revenues 10% in 6 months.”

Step 3: After I figure out my SMART goals I write them down so they are in front of me all the time. Writing them also psychologically makes them more real and gives you a sense of commitment. Sometimes I tell people my goals. This way they hold me accountable and I feel like I am not just letting myself down if I don’t achieve them but I let my friends down too.

Step 4: Next I put together a step by step plan to get there. Depending on the goal, most times you can break the large goal into daily smaller goals within your plan. Should I go to the gym 4 times a week and eat 1300 calories a day? Should I adjust my marketing plan? What should I adjust in my marketing plan?

Step 5: Once my plan is put together I track the progress on a daily basis. This way I always know how close I am to reaching my goal. This step is typically one of the reasons people fail at achieving their goals. Many times people set their goal and then forget about it. When you ask how close they are at reaching that goal they are unsure. If you are unaware how close you are to your goal how will you ever reach it?

Step 6: The last step is hitting your goal, celebrating, and starting all over with a new goal.

Are you taking all the steps to make sure you achieve your goals? Or are you part of the 80% that doesn’t even set goals?

Most people claim to understand the importance of goal setting in order to attain a better life, but in fact, approximately 80 percent of people never set goals for themselves. This is especially prevalent among people who are not involved in some sort of business or entrepreneurial endeavor that promotes goal setting.

Even more surprising, of the 20 percent of the population that does set goals, roughly 70 percent fail to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

Set SMART goals by being Specific, making sure they are Measurable, Achievable and Realistic, and last but not least — give yourself a Time deadline.

Do you set goals? Personal? Professional? Do you achieve your goals?

Only approximately 20% of the population set goals and roughly 70% of them fail to achieve the goals they have set. 70% fail out of only 20% of the population! That is a huge failure rate. Why do you think that is?

There are many excuses people give as to why they didn’t achieve their goal: I got busy; the kids’ extracurricular activities; time got away from me; etc. etc. The list goes on and on. But let’s not focus on why people didn’t achieve their goals, let’s focus on how to achieve your goals.

Step 1: First you have to realize how important it is to have goals. Only 20% of the population even set goals. Goals help you get to where you want to go, whether that is to become your own boss, get that promotion, lose 10 lbs., or go on that magical vacation you have always dreamed of. Once you believe how important it is, it is time to set the goals.

Step 2: When setting goals I always make sure to set SMART goals.
(S)pecific
(M)easurable
(A)chievable
(R)ealistic
(T)ime
Rather than setting a goal of “I want to lose weight” the SMART goal would be “I will lose 10lbs by December 1, 2015.” Instead of “I want to grow my business” be more specific, “I want to grow our revenues 10% in 6 months.”

Step 3: After I figure out my SMART goals I write them down so they are in front of me all the time. Writing them also psychologically makes them more real and gives you a sense of commitment. Sometimes I tell people my goals. This way they hold me accountable and I feel like I am not just letting myself down if I don’t achieve them but I let my friends down too.

Step 4: Next I put together a step by step plan to get there. Depending on the goal, most times you can break the large goal into daily smaller goals within your plan. Should I go to the gym 4 times a week and eat 1300 calories a day? Should I adjust my marketing plan? What should I adjust in my marketing plan?

Step 5: Once my plan is put together I track the progress on a daily basis. This way I always know how close I am to reaching my goal. This step is typically one of the reasons people fail at achieving their goals. Many times people set their goal and then forget about it. When you ask how close they are at reaching that goal they are unsure. If you are unaware how close you are to your goal how will you ever reach it?

Step 6: The last step is hitting your goal, celebrating, and starting all over with a new goal.

Are you taking all the steps to make sure you achieve your goals? Or are you part of the 80% that doesn’t even set goals?

Most people claim to understand the importance of goal setting in order to attain a better life, but in fact, approximately 80 percent of people never set goals for themselves. This is especially prevalent among people who are not involved in some sort of business or entrepreneurial endeavor that promotes goal setting.

Even more surprising, of the 20 percent of the population that does set goals, roughly 70 percent fail to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

Set SMART goals by being Specific, making sure they are Measurable, Achievable and Realistic, and last but not least — give yourself a Time deadline.