Powerful Goal-Setting Tips for Creating Your Extraordinary Life

Goal-setting is an absolute must for people who want to succeed, find their true purpose, and create joy in their lives. Without clear goals, you will not have a clear direction on where you're heading in your life. When you know your life purpose, determine your vision, convert your desires into achievable goals and then act on them, you're virtually guaranteed success.

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"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." - Andrew Carnegie

When you're finished reading this article you'll understand the importance and science of goal-setting, how to set goals, and how to achieve the goals you've set for yourself.

Goal-Setting Theory & Science 

After decades of research into how the human brain works, scientists now know that for our brains to figure out how to get what we want, we must first decide what we want. Once we lock-in our desires through goal-setting, our mind and the universe can step in to help make our dreams a reality.

Experts on the science of goal-setting and success know the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, the brain will actually start looking for information, for resources, and for opportunities and other ways to achieve the "want" you have identified. While this may sound like an impossibility given your current situation or circumstances, we've seen countless individuals "suddenly" get what they want -- often from a source or opportunity that already existed in their life or sphere of influence, but that they had never instructed their brain to find it before.

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Now to effectively engage the powers of your subconscious mind, a goal has to be specific and measurable. How much, by when. When there isn't any criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want... we call it a wish, a preference, or a just good idea, but it does not register in the mind as a goal.

Some people call specific, measurable goals SMART goals.

What is a SMART Goal?

No matter what you call your goals, they must be specific and measurable. One of the best methods of goal-setting is setting SMART Goals. Ensure that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bounded. You have a bigger chance of achieving SMART goals than those that are vague and too broad or don't have a specific target date for completion.

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S- Specific

When goal-setting, your goal must be very clear and defined not only to you but to others as well. It should be precise, detailed, and capable of answering questions instead of creating more.

M- Measurable

Include dates, exact financial numbers, and amounts in your goal. Your goal shouldn’t be, “Make more money,” it should state a specific amount, by a specific time. “I will make $10,000 extra dollars by January 1st, 2018.” If the goal is broken down into steps, each step must be measurable, as well.

A- Attainable

Your goal must be achievable. You should be able to accomplish it within the constraints of time, money, environment, as well as your skills and abilities and other important factors. I do however, recommend you set a couple goals for yourself that I call “breakthrough goals” or a goal that is really going to push you to attain.

R- Realistic

Goals should be in line with the direction that you’re heading in life. Keep your goals in line with your true purpose. Don’t waste time with unrealistic goals.

T- Time-Bounded

Always set specific deadlines for the completion of your goal. Creating a target date of completion creates accountability and gives you more motivation. If you don’t achieve your goal by your specific date, that’s ok, adjust and keep moving forward. Always set a date to your goals.

How to Set Goals

The first step to goal-setting is to decide exactly what you want.

  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What do you want to experience?
  • What do you want to acquire?
  • Who do you want to be?

One of primary reasons most people don’t get what they want is that they aren’t clear about what they want. Others will recognize what they’d like to have, but when they can’t see how it’s possible to get what they want, and they dismiss their desires as foolish and unattainable.

Don’t sabotage yourself this way!

1. Set Goals in Important Areas of Your Life

We start the goal-setting process by getting clear about what you want in order to create the life you want.

What do you want? To create a balanced and successful life, write down a minimum of 3 goals in each of the following 7 areas:

  1. Financial Goals
  2. Career/Business Goals
  3. Free Time/Family Time
  4. Health/Appearance Goals
  5. Relationship Goals
  6. Personal Growth
  7. Making a Difference

If you have more goals than this, don’t limit yourself – write them down! On the other hand, if writing down 21 goals seems like a lot, remember that we can have a mix of long-term and short-term goals.

For a goal-setting example, in the financial area, you may have a short-term goal of paying off a $5,000 credit card balance, as well as a long-term goal of amassing a net worth of $5 million dollars.

You want to keep both goals present in your mind, even though you’ll be working more actively on the short-term goal first.

2. Set a “Breakthrough” Goal

When setting goals, it’s important to include a few that will make us stretch and grow to achieve them. These might be learning a new skill or trying something that is uncomfortable and maybe a little frightening, such as public speaking. It also helps to set a breakthrough goal that would represent a quantum leap.YELP_Webinar_Blog_Sidebar_250x300

Examples goals that require a breakthrough include: publishing a book, starting a business, getting on Oprah, winning a gold medal at the Olympics, or getting elected president of your industry association.

Material goals are important, but the ultimate goal is to become a master at life. In the long run, the greatest benefit we receive from pursuing our dreams is not the outer trappings of fulfilling the dream, but who we become in the process.

The outer symbols of success can all be easily lost. Houses burn down, companies go bankrupt, relationships end, cars get old, bodies age and fame wanes, but who you are, what you have learned, and the new skills you have developed never go away. These are the true prizes of success.

Motivational philosopher Jim Rohn advises that:

“You should set a goal big enough that in the process of achieving it, you become someone worth becoming.” - Jim Rohn

Once you are clear about what you want, write them down and turn each item into a measurable objective.

3. Decide How to Measure Your Goals

Measurable means measurable in space and time – how much and by when. You cannot set goals without a proper way to measure it.

As soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big ideas to make it happen. You’ll start attracting the people, resources, and opportunities you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams not only inspire you, they compel others to want to play big, too.

You’ll also discover that when your dreams include service to others – that is, accomplishing something that contributes to others – it accelerates the accomplishment of that goal. People want to be part of something that contributes and makes a difference.

4. Work on Your Goals Daily

To keep your subconscious mind focused on what you want, read your list of goals every day. For an even more powerful approach, close your eyes and focus on each goal and ask yourself, "What is one thing I could do today to move toward the achievement of this goal?" Write down your answers and take those actions.

As the old joke goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Steady progress in bite-sized chunks puts even the most audacious goals into reach.

You can also create a vision board and use it to visualize your goals each day. This helps keep you inspired and keeps your goals top of mind!

Create Your Own Life Goals List

One of the most powerful things you can do is create a life goals list for yourself. This is a list of all of the things that you want to accomplish in your lifetime. It always changes, it's always updating itself BUT you must write your most important goals and dreams down.

Goal-Setting Examples

Let’s go through some goal-setting examples to explain why your goals need to be specific.

For example, "I want to lose weight" is vague. But it might become... "I will weigh 135 pounds by August 1st at 5 PM." Or "I will increase my income to $80,000 year by December 31st at midnight." Or I will live in a 35,000 square foot home, as big as the one Bill Gates has, by December 31st at midnight." Now, notice in these examples, they all stated how much, by when. A specific amount that you can measure by a specific time that can be measured.YELP_Webinar_Blog_Sidebar_250x300

For instance, if you were to tell me that you wanted more money, I might pull out a dollar and give it to you. You would probably protest, saying “No, I meant a lot more money, like $20,000!” But there is no way I’d know how you’d define “more money” unless you tell me, right?

Similarly, your boss, your friends, your spouse, your brain, God, and the Universe can’t figure out what you want unless you tell them specifically what it is. What exactly do you want and when do you want it by?

Now an easy place to start when you're setting goals is to simply look at one area in your life that you would like to be different. It might be where there is something that is negative or disturbing that you'd like to eliminate, or it might be where there's something missing that you'd like to create. Something you'd like more of...more money, more love, more time.

Now once you've decided what you want you can either do something about it...or not. It is your choice and you have responsibility for your choices.

But bear in mind that you have to be willing to change your behavior and do something different if you want to create a different outcome. You have to be willing to take whatever risks are necessary to get what you want.

A Goal VS. A Good Idea

When there are no criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want, a wish, a preference, a good idea. To engage your subconscious mind, a goal or objective has to be measurable. Here are a few examples of good goals to give you more clarity.

Setting Personal Goals 

Good Idea: I would like to own a nice home on the ocean.

Goal: I will own a 4,000-square-foot house on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Califonia, be noon, April 30, 2018.

Setting Goals For Weight Loss and Health

Good Idea: I want to lose weight.

Goal: I will weight 185 pounds by 5PM, January 1, 2018.

Setting Leadership and Business Goals

Good Idea: I need to treat my employees better.

Goal: I will acknowledge a minimum of 6 employees for their contributions to the department by 5PM, the Friday.

How to Achieve Goals

Setting goals are only the first piece of the puzzle. Once you’ve set goals you must take immediate, everyday action to accomplish them. Sometimes, when things don’t happen for you as fast as you’d like

1. Check Your Expectations

When we admire someone's success, we tend to focus on the end result and overlook the time and effort it took to get there. This can cultivate unrealistic expectations and lead to the idea knowing how to be successful happens overnight.

But the thing is, overnight success is a myth. REAL success typically follows a series of small events and achievements that can seem to take an eternity, include a number of disappointments along the way, and challenge you to the core: your stamina, courage, integrity, and even your willingness to keep going.

So if you’re feeling particularly challenged right now, don’t worry! It’s all part of the process. The important thing is to learn the lessons you need to learn and keep moving forward.

2. Focus on What is Working – NOT on What Isn’t Working

When you’re frustrated because you’re not progressing as quickly as you’d hoped, it can be easy to focus on the negative instead of the positive.

You may even find yourself entertaining self-destructive thoughts like "I'm not good enough," "It will never work," or "Something must be wrong with me."

But one of the great laws of the Universe is, you get more of what you focus on. So if you pay more attention to the things that aren’t working, you’ll encounter more negative experiences, people, and results. And there’s not much success in that!

On the flip side, if you focus on what IS working, you will be able to see where you’re getting the best results for your efforts, and will start identifying new ways to get even better results! 

3. Keep a Written Record of Success

YELP_Webinar_Blog_Sidebar_250x300Humans have a built-in negativity bias. It’s an evolutionary thing – it helped us stay alert to danger back in the prehistoric days when everything was out to kill us!

In modern times, this negativity bias causes us to feel and remember the bad things much more powerfully than we feel and remember the good things. It really helps to have a written record of what’s working so you can keep track of your positive achievements and remember them at the end of the day.

That’s why I recommend you keep a daily success journal. It’s a great way to focus your attention on the positive and continually stay on track with your vision for your ideal life.

Spend a few minutes each morning writing a list of what you’re grateful for in your life. Then, at the end of the day, write some notes on what went right that day. Be sure to write down everything, no matter how small it may seem. When you train yourself to recognize and acknowledge your own achievements, you are guaranteed to attract even more success into your life.

4. Use Meditation to Cultivate a Positive Mindset

Meditation can be a powerful tool to help you find solutions to problems and shift your attitude so you can attract success sooner rather than later.

Meditation shuts down your judgmental, highly critical brain and allows your unconscious mind to take over – so you can enter a deeper state of inner peace and joy and tap into a higher level of creativity that will help usher in the results you want.

(NOTE: If you’re new to meditation or if you’ve struggled when meditating on your own, my 4-step meditation guide will help you get started using a simple process.

5. Use the Rule of 5

My favorite way to get more done every day is to follow the Rule of Five. Here’s how it works: every day, identify 5 specific things you will accomplish to get closer to your goal – then don’t call it quits for the day until you cross each one off your list.

Not only will this give you a proven structure to ensure you get more accomplished every day, it will also give you a clear sense of what’s actually achievable in a day – and you can round up your goals or scale them back so they help you move forward consistently without exhausting yourself by working until midnight every night.

6. Don’t be Afraid to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone & Take BIG Action

Let's say you're doing ALL these things, but you still aren't happy with your results...

Here’s a question to consider: have you taken any BIG ACTION to launch yourself out of your current situation and closer to the life of your dreams?

You may be taking action – but it might be the same kind of action you’ve ALWAYS taken. If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten.

If you want to create a new life for yourself, you have to practice some new behaviors. Shake things up a bit and see if you can take new actions or modify existing ones. And don’t be afraid to do something BIG.

Setting Goals Can Change Your Life

You see, it's very liberating when you finally realize that you have the power to make your life whatever you want it to be. It's a wonderful feeling knowing that your success does not really depend on anyone else.

Brian Tracy says that setting SMART goals can have an impact beyond your own life, as well. He suggests they can also be used to motivate your employees and create phenomenal business growth - a claim with which I absolutely agree!

So if you're looking for one thing to do different today than you did yesterday, make it this: Commit to taking 100% responsibility for every aspect of your life. Then choose what it is you want. Decide what actions you're going to need to take to create it and then take those actions one step at a time.

There are a lot of things you can learn to do to accelerate your success.  But the basics that will move you from where you are to where you want to be are simply this: Decide what you want, take control of your thoughts, visualize what you want, make a plan and then take action. Start with these simple steps and I promise you that you'll start seeing the results you want.

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3-Step Total Focus Training Process for Successful People

Do you ever have trouble staying focused or feel like you need focus training? This is a problem that plagues many entrepreneurs and successful individuals. Anyone who is successful knows that at any given point, there are about a hundred different activities you could, or should, be working on.

The key to getting the most benefit and “bang for your buck” out of your time is to prioritize tasks and only focus on the ones that will yield the greatest results and propel you towards your goals the fastest.

In addition to prioritizing the tasks that will yield the greatest results, you also want to focus your time and energy on doing the things you are truly brilliant at. These are typically the ones that will also reap the biggest rewards.

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The 3 Step Total Focus Training

To help you clarify what you should be spending your time on and what you should be delegating to others, I encourage you to do the following exercise.

Your goal is to find the top one, two, or three activities that best use your core genius, bring you the most money, and produce the greatest level of enjoyment.

Step 1: List All of the Activities That Occupy Your Time

The first step is to start by listing all those activities that occupy your time, whether they’re business-related, personal, or related to your civic organizations or volunteer work. List even small tasks such as replying to emails or returning phone calls.

Step 2: Choose 2 Things That You’re Brilliant At

Next, choose from your list one, two, or three things you are particularly brilliant at.

These are your special and unique talents, the things very few other people can do as well as you.

Also, choose from this list the three activities that generate the most income for you or your company. Any activities that you are brilliant at and that generate the most income for you or your company are the activities where you’ll want to focus the most time and energy.

Step 3: Create a Plan for Delegating Everything Else

Finally, create a plan for delegating everything else to other people.

Delegating takes time, training, and patience, but over time you can keep chipping away at the low-payoff, nonessential tasks on your list until you are doing less and less of those and more and more of what you are really good at.

That is how you create a brilliant career.

Practice Delegating One Thing From Your List

Create a list of all the activities that occupy your time, choose 3 things from that list that you are brilliant at, then delegate at least 1 thing from the remaining list to someone else TODAY.

Tomorrow, delegate one more thing to someone else. Do this every day until you are only working on the tasks that you do best and that produce the most results.

Leave a comment below and share one task that you are truly brilliant at - whether it be in your personal or professional life! And share one task you are going to delegate today.

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How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset Using Positive Affirmations

Did you know that all millionaires think a little bit differently? Over time, they have developed a mindset for success and are able to create more wealth in their lives. Developing this millionaire mindset is important because if you want to be rich, you have to learn how to think like someone who is already rich.

Without a millionaire mindset, you will remain stuck in a lower or middle-income reality. But, once you have developed a wealth mindset, you'll start to do the things you need to do to create more wealth in YOUR life.

Discovering Your Financial Set Point

We all have a financial set point. A financial set point is like the thermostat in your house that is set to a certain temperature:

  • Too hot, and the air conditioner comes on.
  • Too cold, and the heater comes on.

This system keeps you within a degree or two of where you set the thermostat.

Your inner financial set point works the same way, keeping you in your financial comfort zone until you reset your financial thermostat.

If you don’t work on developing a millionaire mindset by retraining or reprogramming your subconscious mind, your subconscious negative attitudes and limiting money beliefs will keep you stuck where you are.

The following metaphor will help you understand this more clearly:

Imagine you have 100 horses. Imagine they are harnessed in such a way that 15 horses are pulling in one direction, and 85 horses are pulling in the other direction.

The 15 horses are your conscious mind, your conscious intentions, and financial goals. The 85 horses are your unconscious mind – your unconscious programmed beliefs and attitudes about money.

Clearly, the 85 horses will overpower the 15 every time, and this is the same with your mind. You have to get the unconscious mind pulling in the direction you want to go.

Otherwise, you’ll always stay stuck.

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How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset

So let’s look at how can you develop this millionaire mindset—what steps do you need to take, and how often?

First, you have to identify and release your limiting beliefs around money.

These are things like:

  • Money doesn’t grow on trees.
  • It’s selfish to want a lot of money.
  • You have to have money to make money.
  • You have to work too hard to make a lot of money.
  • Money is the root of all evil.
  • You can’t buy happiness.
  • The more money you have, the more problems you have.
  • Wealth brings pain and misery.
  • I don’t have what it takes to make a lot of money.
  • I can make money, but I can’t hold onto it.

You must banish these thoughts. You can do this through positive affirmations.

Repeat These Affirmations Instead

You can do that by repeating written affirmations out loud or silently to yourself twice a day for 5-10 minutes each time.

Or you can listen to recorded affirmations on CDs or on mp3 files while your hands are busy but your mind is free.

Repeat affirmations like these:

Every day I practice the success principles that are based on universal laws.

I have everything I need to create anything I want.

I am now using my core genius to create unlimited prosperity.

I now have enough money to buy anything I need or want.

I see opportunities for enriching others and myself everywhere I look.

I have the ability to accumulate people, resources, and capital to support all my goals.

I consistently take the actions I need to take to increase my wealth.

I constantly find abundance and prosperity everywhere I look.

I deserve to be a millionaire, and I am comfortable asking for what I want and need.

You also want to create and practice affirmations affirming both your income and your lifestyle.

These are affirmations such as:  

I am so happy and grateful that I now have a $200,000 a year income.

I am so happy and grateful that I am now a multimillionaire.

I am so happy and grateful that I now spend my days traveling all over the world solving global challenges through impact investing.

I’m so happy and grateful that I am now feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that we have enough money for our kids’ college education.

Take a few minutes twice a day – when you first wake up, and right before you go to bed. Repeat each income or lifestyle affirmation one at a time, and then close your eyes after each one and then visualize it as if it has already come true.

Fill in the Details 

Fill in all the details of where you would be, who else is there, any sounds you would be hearing including what is being said, and most importantly feeling the feelings you would feel if you had already achieved it.

Practice Acting As If You Were a Millionaire

Finally, practice the principle of "Acting As If."

Start right now acting how you would act if you were already a millionaire or multimillionaire.

How would you walk and talk, how would you hold your body? What would your attitude be? How would you interact with your family, friends, coworkers, clients, and customers? And then start acting that way today.

One of the most powerful exercises I often do in my live seminars and training is to have people stand up and mill around interacting with people for ten minutes as if they were already millionaires.

At the end of the exercise, I ask people if they found that they were different…

Everyone always reports that they were more confident, more outgoing, happier, more enthusiastic and energetic.

Yet they really hadn’t become millionaires except in their minds. Start acting as if you are already a millionaire or multimillionaire, and the energy of that will help you attract the people, the resources, and the opportunities to actually create that in your life.

How Much Money Will You Be Making Within the Next Year?

Pull out your checkbook and write a check made out to yourself for the amount of money you want to be making within the next year. Sign and date the check, and place it somewhere where you will see it every day. Use it as a daily reminder of where you want to be, and do whatever work is necessary to reach that goal.

Leave a comment below and share one thing you’re going to do to ensure you reach the financial goal you’ve set for yourself within the next year.

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 4 Common Reasons and Resolutions

Are you one of the millions of people who need to learn how to stop procrastinating? Do you ever put off a task only to find yourself in a mess of panic and anxiety as you scramble to finish it before the due date?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I do this?”

It’s because it’s a habit. Go on, admit it and say it aloud, you are a procrastinator.

If it’s any comfort, you’re not the only one. Just about everyone procrastinates. Sometimes that’s good, but mostly it’s an insidious, chronic malaise that will cripple your future.

So why do you continue to procrastinate, despite knowing that the end result will only produce turmoil and subpar work?

There are 4 good reasons why you may be choosing to procrastinate right now, but with a little help you can overcome this nasty habit and take decisive action toward achieving your hopes and dreams.

Here are 4 reasons why you may be wasting time and how to stop procrastinating:

1. You procrastinate because you’re bored

It’s a fact of life. We all feel less than enthusiastic from time to time. Sometimes our work becomes routine and we end up just going through the motions.

But how do you combat this?

First, recognize that you’re bored. Be conscious of your feelings, your falling energy levels, and your lack of desire to finish your projects. Ask yourself a few questions and be totally honest with your answers. Am I bored with what I’m doing? Why am I bored? What would give me a lot more energy?

Successful people maintain their excitement by constantly going after new projects and bigger opportunities. They thrive on taking new risks and the possibility that they might hit a massive home run. And the uncertainty makes it even more appealing!

Keep raising your level of expectation and never become satisfied with routine business that requires no challenge or ingenuity.

2. You procrastinate because you’re overwhelmed 

Often people procrastinate because they let things pile up, instead of handling one task at a time and taking each task to completion.

This may start with one little thing that doesn’t get done because the time wasn’t right, or you just didn’t feel like doing it. Then something else comes along, and you postpone that, too. Now you have two things to do.

Individually, neither one seems too big to accomplish, but together they create resistance. And after a while, a growing list of a half dozen items has been put off and procrastination has reared its ugly head.

If you’re not careful, this can begin controlling you, and you will become overwhelmed and won’t know where to start.

To combat this, start each day by doing the list of tasks you least want to work on or the tasks that are the most challenging. Then, you won’t have to worry about them piling up and looming over your head.

3. You procrastinate because you’re doing work you don’t really enjoy 

There are two sides to this kind of dilemma. The first is that all of us are required to do certain things we don’t enjoy. That’s one of the rules of the game if you want to become more successful. You may not like it but that’s the way it is.

Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do. They don’t enjoy doing some of these things either, but they go ahead and do them anyway. This is a fundamental point, one that you need to fully understand if you're going to learn how to stop procrastinating.

The other side of the coin is that you may be stuck in a mediocre job or career that doesn’t allow you to use your greatest abilities. If that’s true, then look for an opportunity to expand your talents. Life is too short to be stuck in work you don’t enjoy. Most of the time, the type of work you do should stimulate you and give you energy.

Why stay in something that drains your energy and is not fulfilling?

If you’re not switching careers due to fear, remember that the biggest rewards in life are found outside your comfort zone. Being willing to feel the fear and take action anyway are prerequisites if you want to enjoy a life of success and adventure.

4. You procrastinate because you’re lazy

I’m going to be blunt for a moment. If you avoid taking action because you’d rather put your feet up every night and watch movie reruns on TV, there’s little chance you’ll be enjoying an abundant lifestyle anytime soon. If this were you, then you wouldn't have any interest in figuring out how to not procrastinate and you probably wouldn't be reading this post, so cheers to you!

The bottom line?

Success takes effort and consistent, focused activity. Laziness is not part of the equation.

Imagine what could happen if everyone substituted their TV time with regular meditation!

Now it’s time for YOU to succeed and stop procrastinating

Keeping these 4 reasons in mind, I want to leave you with a few thoughts.

Write down a list of things that you may be putting off doing right now, then ask yourself WHY am I putting off doing these things? If you can’t think of a good reason why you can’t complete the task, then make a plan of action for how you’re going to complete it and by when. 

To hold yourself accountable (now that you've learned how to stop procrastinating), leave a comment below with the list of tasks you’re going to complete and by when. I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re staying on track!

Remember, nothing will change for the better until you do.

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Bonus Strategy: Chunk-Down that Goal to Avoid Procrastination

We rarely see them as a series of small, achievable tasks, but in reality, breaking down a large goal into smaller tasks—and accomplishing them one at a time—is exactly how any big goal gets achieved.

After you have decided what you really want, with specific deadlines, the next step is to determine all of the individual action steps you will need to take to accomplish your goal.

How to Chunk It Down

There are several ways to figure out the action steps you will need to take to accomplish any goal. One is to consult with people who have already done what you want to do and ask what steps they took. From their experience, they can give you all of the necessary steps as well as advice on what pitfalls to avoid.

Another way is to purchase a book or manual that outlines the process.

Yet another way is to start from the end and look backward. You simply close your eyes and imagine that it is now the future and you have already achieved your goal. Then just look back and see what you had to do to get to where you now are. What was the last thing you did? And then the thing before that, and then the thing before that, until you arrive at the first action you had to start with.

Remember that it is okay not to know how to do something.

It's okay to ask for guidance and advice from those who do know. Sometimes you can get it free, and sometimes you have to pay for it. Get used to asking, "Can you tell me how to go about...?" and "What would I have to do to...?" and "How did you...?"

Keep researching and asking until you can create a realistic action plan that will get you from where you are to where you want to go.

What will you need to do? How much money will you need to save or raise? What new skills will you need to learn? What resources will you need to mobilize? Who will you need to enroll in your vision? Who will you need to ask for assistance? What new disciplines or habits will you need to build into your life?

Another valuable technique for creating an action plan for your goals is called mind mapping. 

How to Stop Procrastinating with Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a simple but powerful process for creating a detailed to do list for achieving your goal. It lets you determine what information you'll need to gather, who you'll need to talk to, what small steps you'll need to take, how much money you'll need to earn or raise, which deadlines you'll need to meet, and so on—for each and every goal.

When I began creating my first educational audio program—a breakthrough goal that led to extraordinary gains for me and my business—I used mind mapping to help me "chunk down" that very large goal into all the individual tasks I would need to complete to produce a finished product.

To mind-map your own goals, follow these steps as illustrated in the example:

  1. Center circle: In the center circle, jot down the name of your stated goal—in this case, Create an Audio Educational Program.
  2. Outside circles: Next, divide the goal into the major categories of tasks you'll need to accomplish to achieve the greater goal—in this case, Title, Studio, Topics, Audience, and so on.
  3. Spokes: Then, draw spokes radiating outward from each mini-circle and label each one (such as Write Copy, Color Picture for Back Cover, and Arrange Lunch.)

On a separate line connected to the minicircle, write every single step you'll need to take. Break down each one of the more detailed task spokes with action items to help you create your master to do list. 

Next, Make a Daily To-Do List

Once you've completed a mind map for your goal, convert all of the to-do items into daily action items by listing each one on your daily to-do lists and committing to a completion date for each one. Then schedule them in the appropriate order into your calendar, and do whatever it takes to stay on schedule.

Do First Things First

The goal is to stay on schedule and complete the most important item first. In his excellent book, Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy reveals not just how to conquer procrastination but also how to prioritize and complete all of your action items.

In his unique system, Brian advises goal setters to identify the one to five things you must accomplish on any given day, and then pick the one you absolutely must do first. This becomes your biggest and ugliest frog.

He then suggests you accomplish that task first—in essence, eat that frog first—and, by so doing; make the rest of your day much, much easier. It's a great strategy. But unfortunately, most of us leave the biggest and ugliest frog for last, hoping it will go away or somehow become easier. It never does. However, when you accomplish your toughest task early in the day, it sets the tone for the rest of your day.

By chunking down your goals, and then taking daily action on them, you create momentum and build your confidence, both of which move you farther and faster toward the achievement of your goals.

Now go take some action and leave a comment below if you've successfully figured out how to stop procrastinating!

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