RYU Connector Carlos Salas shares 5 simple, but insightful steps to Setting Goals That Produce Massive Impact. Carlos knows that setting goals can be just as difficult as striving to achieve them. The content you’re about to discover is a compilation of the best advice out there combined with his years of experience in growth coaching. So let’s get into it!
We can’t tell you what your wants and desires should be, but we can tell you how to develop a very clear understanding of whatever they might be. Here are 3 questions to consider:
- Is your desire quantifiable?
- When you imagine it, what does it look like?
- Is it a nice-to-have or a must-have?
Answering the above questions helps refine any goal into something measurable. By ensuring we have absolute clarity on what our objective is, we gain a benchmark to which we can now strive for. After all, how can we know if we’re successful in achieving our goal if we aren’t specific about the desired outcome.
Below are some examples of goals and a more specific version of each:
I want to lose weight.
I want a new car.
I want to read more.
I want to lose 20 pounds and decrease my body fat to under 20%.
I want a brand new Audi A4, black exterior, black interior, tinted windows and wicked rims.
I want to read for 20 minutes every day.
The difference is obvious, right? Like in the third example, you are able to say you’ve achieved your goal when reading for 20 minutes a day becomes a habit and something you look forward to each day.
This seems really simple but it is often overlooked by most people. We believe that purpose is just as important as the result which is why knowing the reasons behind whatever you’ve come up with in Step 1 is valuable knowledge when it comes to goal setting. This is because the journey to successfully attaining any goal will be filled with ups and downs. There will be days when you don’t feel like doing the work. There will be times when quitting and moving on to something else feels like the best option.
Understanding why your goal is important to you will help you power through the tough days.
The first step to creating an amazing action plan is to understand what variables we need to consider before building it.
Is there a specific end date in mind?
Is the end result quantifiable? And if so, ensure that it is included in Step 1.
What tasks are within your control? What variables are you able to directly impact or influence?
To what level are you willing to commit to sacrifices in order to achieve your goal?
On a blank sheet of paper, write down the goal you developed in Step 1 and the reasons underneath it from Step 2. From there, take a look at the considerations outlined in this step and understand them before developing your plan.
Creating a plan shortly after completing Steps 1 and 2 is crucial.
Completing all 3 steps as soon as possible gives you maximum runway. Remember the deadline to achieve your goal isn’t changing so maximizing the time we have until the deadline is an advantageous thing. The best part, it’s within our control! But more importantly, it gives us a feeling of momentum.
Although it’s tiny progress, it’s a feeling that affords us a sense of credibility with ourselves because we’re moving in the right direction. Credibility goes hand in hand with confidence. That’s a wicked base to springboard from and with the plan in hand, we know exactly what needs to be done.
Before we begin talking about execution, let’s first make sure we’re in agreement on a few things:
- You’re the one who decided on the goal
- You’re the one who understands the purpose behind your goal
- You’ve developed a plan that you are committed to following
Now it’s a matter of you simply executing as required within the parameters of the plan you developed. No shortcuts. No slacking off. Maximum effort day in and day out.
Will you fall off your plan? Yes — otherwise you wouldn’t need this guide.
Will you have times where you’ll want to quit? Yes — getting out of your comfort zone and staying there is really hard.
Will you question if you’re capable and if this is really something you want? Yes — you’re human and doubt is very natural.
At the end of the day, this is about you making progress. Not the speed or magnitude of the progress. Simply progress. And you quitting or failing to execute will both produce the same thing — nothing!
Don’t let failure to execute be the reason why you aren’t achieving your goals. No matter how tough it gets, keep plugging away. Execution is 100% controllable. Knowing and respecting that is key to making it happen on a consistent basis.
We believe that once you’ve arrived at Step 5, there is no reason you can’t be successful in achieving your goals. Think about it. You have your specific goal and why it’s important to you. You also have a well thought out plan.
At this point, it comes down to the quality of your execution.
When you’ve arrived at a milestone or checkpoint in your plan, we recommend you assess your journey thus far. Your assessment will likely fall into one of the following three scenarios:
- Execution on point and the plan is working → Continue as is and get back to work
- Execution on point and the plan isn’t working → Adjust the plan and get back to work
- Poor level of execution. As a result, we’re unable to assess the plan → Get back to work
Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of scenarios, the one common trait of each is that you have to get back to work. And that’s the key to achieving any goal; understanding and appreciating the fact that you will always have to do the work.
So what are you waiting for?