We hear this saying ALL the time, and too much sometimes. I’ll be honest I use it in my own life, but not in the way you think.
I set my goals weekly based on what I did or didn’t get done the week prior, the things I struggled with, the things I did well, and the places I need to grow. I won’t go into huge detail what those goals usually are, but what I will share is how I re-evaluate, refelct, and reframe.
1. Have a clear vision: where are these smaller goals leading you? What is the END GOAL? I have goals mapped out in my head as far as 20 years out with the things I’d like to happen in my life. So, I reverse engineer things: 20 years, 15, 10, 5, 1, 6 months etc… But no matter what there is a CLEAR vision of what I want things to look like at those certain points in time.
2. Make sure your goals are REALISTIC but HEFTY. What I mean: you can’t say that in a year you want to live in your mansion on the coast in San Diego because of the income your start up, blog, or online business is providing if you JUST started, but you can put that down as a 10 year goal. My 1 year goals are hefty af, but they are attainable if I do the work to make them happen. Same with my 5 year and 10 year goals.
3. Have a plan: this is where reverse engineering your goals comes into play. Have that 6 month goal in site then reverse engineer monthly, weekly, and daily. What are the daily actions you can take to make the weekly goals happen, and what are those weekly goals you need to be hitting to make your monthly goals happen etc..
4. Get to work. Writing our goals is nice and all, but if you don’t actually do anything you’ll never reach them. I have a goal of getting 2-3 blog posts out a week, but if I never actually sit down and write the posts, take the pictures, or edit the content I’m never going to get the posts up regularly. In order to reach any goals you have to be willing to put in the work and this is honestly where people stop. It’s all fine and dandy to write out goals, but actually doing the work is the hard part.