Ready to achieve more of the goals that you set?  Here’s what’s working for me!

1.  Set Smart Goals that Depend on Your Actions

No, not just the measurable kind… though that’s important… but the kind that are within YOUR control completely.

Learning how to do this completely shifted the way I felt about goal setting.  (I learned this from Adam Urbanski in his Success Focus program, which I cannot recommend too highly!)

Instead of:

  • I will fill a workshop with X # of participants.

I’d set a goals like this:

  • I will write and publish a sales page for my next workshop.
  • I will drive traffic to that page by… (sharing it on social media, writing a press release, sending an email to my list, etc).
  • Every day for two weeks I will find one way to promote this workshop and invite at least 3 people personally to participate.
  • I will actively encourage my affiliates to help me get the word out by… (how I would do this).

See the difference?  The second list is completely within my control and doesn’t depend on anyone else’s decisions.  But if I achieve all those, think I’ll achieve the first goal?

It’s so much easier to stick to my goals when I know they depend completely on ME.  I’m not discouraged when I get a “no” or something doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped, I just go back to the drawing board for a new idea or move to the next thing on my list to promote!

2.  Find Your Motivations

You’ve got to find what works for you.  What motivates you?  What energizes you?

Is it rewards?  Accountability?  The goals?  The process?

How do you find that hyper focused “zone” that lets you get things done?

Think about a time you were able to stick to it and achieve a goal or complete a task.  What enabled you to do that?

3.  Create Accountability

A few weeks ago I was on the verge of totally missing a deadline I’d set for myself.  I didn’t want to do the work.  I wasn’t feeling inspired.

It’d have been so much easier to just throw myself on the couch, wrap up in a blanket, and watch an action movie.

But… I’d told my mastermind group I would make it happen.  And I know that the end of August I have to see them in person… I don’t want to be in the front of the room admitting I gave up!

That was the accountability I needed to jump in and make it happen.

Who do you have in your life that can help you be accountable for reaching the goals you set for yourself?  Find a friend or colleague, a coach or mentor, or mastermind group and help each other.

And add some sparkle!

Why’d I say “stick like glitter glue” instead of “super glue”?  Isn’t glitter glue more fun?!

Make your goals fun, too, by rewarding yourself when you accomplish them.

Today I’m sitting at Starbucks and I’ve been here for a couple of hours, writing blog posts for the next couple of weeks on my blog.  My reward to myself was two Michael Franti albums on iTunes I didn’t have yet.

For bigger goals, give yourself bigger rewards.  Acknowledge yourself for achieving the goals you set!  Because you rock.

Your Turn!

Here’s a bonus tip – keep a victory list of the goals you’ve achieved.  When you’re feeling less than motivated, look back over what you’ve accomplished to remind yourself that YOU CAN do it!

And here’s my question for you today… in the comments, would you share a goal you’ve set that you achieved?  :)