In honor of Friday the Thirteenth (the only one this year!) I present: my favorite 13 tips for Reaching Your Goals.
Tip 1: Set a DUMB Goal
The usual acronym for goal-setters is SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Defined. But really? Do those words inspire you to greatness? No! So I say forget SMART goals. Set DUMB goals instead. Daring! Unlimited! Magnificent! Bold!
Don’t get me wrong here. You still want your DUMB goals to be specific and all those other things but to inspire you to take action, you want them to be daring, unlimited, magnificent and bold.
Tip 2: Ask Yourself: Is it Your Own Goal?
Give birth to your own goals instead of adopting those of others. You have your own dreams and aspirations–go for them. Too often we just take on goals that we think we should have. They are worthy and society or family or friends sanctioned. If you find that your goals just aren’t getting you out of bed in the morning, maybe it’s because they aren’t really what you want.
Tip 3: Believe!
Doubt will squelch your ability to manifest your dreams. Belief will take you to new heights. If every time you voice your goal, a little inner voice reminds you that it probably won’t happen, your powerful manifestation powers are being diminished. Whether that nagging voice is coming from your own doubts or from outer doubters like friends or family, silence it!
Tip 4: Start with your Ideal Day
What does your Ideal Day look and feel like? Describe it, write it out, visit your future life every day. Having a problem coming up with DUMB goals that make you jump out of bed eager to get going? Then start with visualizing your Ideal Day, in detail, in the first person. Then analyze it to identify what is essential to your perfect life, important, or just nice to have. Those are the starting points for setting DUMB goals.
Tip 5: Set a Clear Intention
Turn your dream into a goal with a clear intention. What will it look and feel like when you achieve it? The feeling is what is key here. Visualize achieving your goal and experience the feeling of reaching it. Make it real. Make it specific.
Tip 6: Know the Difference Between a Dream and a Goal
Know the difference between a dream and a goal. A dream is: I wish I was rich! A DUMB. goal is: I will double my income to $140,000 by the end of this year. A dream is wispy and vague. A goal will be clear and specific and you’ll know when you have achieved it.
Tip 7: Don’t be Wimpy
Don’t be wimpy. Dream big and set DUMB goals. Or why bother? “I’d like to have a decent car someday” is wimpy. “My next car is going to be a Mini Cooper convertible” is a DUMB goal. Make it even more powerful. Go to the dealership and have someone take your picture sitting in your future car.
Tip 8: Create Habits
Make it easy to achieve your goal. Build habits and systems that lead you there no matter what else is going on. It’s fairly easy to stick to a plan when all is going well and you’re not stressed or tired or overwhelmed. But when faced with challenges, habits and automatic systems and responses will keep you on track till you get your equilibrium back.
Tip 9: Create a Vision Board
A vision board will help you stayed focused and keep your eye on the prize. Not just for the woo woo factor. Even if you don’t believe in the Law of Attraction, a vision board works because it signals your reticular activating system (RAS) in your brain to notice things that are aligned with your goals.
Tip 10: Celebrate the Small Wins
Set milestones and reward yourself for achieving them. Celebrate the small wins. Research shows that small wins will help you to continue working towards your goals. If you set small goals or milestones, you will be able to recognize that you’re making progress. A key ingredient in staying motivated.
Tip 11: Keep a Ta-Da List
Forget the to-do list. Keep a ta-da list instead. It’s more fun and keeps you motivated. Instead of making a list of things to do each day, keep a record of what you do as you do it. You’ll be amazed at how much you accomplish. It’s much more satisfying than looking at a long to-do list and worrying about whether you’ll get to the end of it.
Tip 12: Join a MasterMind
Join a MasterMind group—a source for accountability, ideas, support and solutions. Some of the greatest goal achievers in history have been members of a MasterMind. Follow their example.
Tip 13: Enjoy the Journey
Reaching your goal is a blast, but don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Don’t live life on the layaway plan, waiting for success (whatever that looks like) before you allow yourself to be happy.