Why Big Goals Always Fail
Are there things you dream about but never take action on?
In college I had dreams.
-I wanted to travel.
-Earn a living outside of corporate America.
-Write a novel.
I thought I knew goal setting secrets. I was wrong.
I had big hopes! I would get all worked up, get a bunch of energy drinks and snacks, read a bunch of blogs, sit down at my laptop and tell myself I wasn’t getting up until I was a skinny, freelancing, successful author.
Thirty minutes later i’d be on the couch working on a bag of Hostess donuts. I’d fall asleep half watching reruns with powder sugar on my face.
My college goal setting secrets needed a little work.
I did this over and over until graduation. When graduation came I hadn’t wrote a novel, hadn’t left the country, lost weight, or wrote a single page in a book.
Then something happened.
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How Everything Changed
Do you know what the average word length for a novel is? I didn’t. I thought it was a huge number.
I read an article online. It said the average word length for a novel is between 80,000 and 100,000 words. I remember reading that and thinking,
‘Holy crap! That’s it?’
Suddenly a novel didn’t seem so big. I could write 1,000 words a day. If I wrote 1,000 words a day I could write a novel in eighty days. If I wrote a thousand words every day for a year I could write four novels!
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I decided to take a chance. I would write every day for a year. At the end of the year I would have a book. I just needed new goal setting secrets.
The book didn’t have to good, big, or the same book that I started at the first of the year. My goal was to write a book. Want to know how I went from lazy to published author? I created new goal setting secrets. Sound interesting? Read on.
How To Write a Book
You want to write a book, earn enough money to take a European vacation, or pay off your credit card debt?
You need to know how to set goals.
Setting goals is key to accomplishing everything. When I started writing I had one goal. Every day I would write one paragraph.
The paragraph didn’t have to be good and I didn’t have to stop at one paragraph but that was the goal. Some days I struggled to get that one paragraph in. Most days I wrote a lot.
Why did I set my goal so small?
I knew the key to success was the practice of cultivating consistency. If I wanted to succeed everyday I had to set the bar low.
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In sales we call this ‘Taking Away Reason To Say No.’ or ‘Non-Barrier Selling’. By making it easy to succeed every day I had no reason not to. Ramit Sethi’s mentor B.J. Fogg writes about a similar principle for flossing.
Ramit Sethi on Flossing and Goals
Ramit has a great guide on setting goals with habits (Here). The guide shares how master influencer BJ Fogg uses small wins to generate massive results.
BJ explores his method for getting results through flossing. BJ wanted to start flossing. To start this he set a goal to floss one tooth every day.
This is brilliant! Flossing one tooth is an easy goal and not flossing the rest of your teeth would feel silly. By making the goal super easy (flossing one tooth) you put yourself in a place to achieve the entire goal (flossing all your teeth) by leveraging your psychology.
I’ve built on the principle of ‘Non-Barrier Selling’ and designed a three step guide to setting and achieving all your goals.
Want to get off the couch, write that book, start the side-hustle, and live your version of an awesome life? Then read on.
How to Achieve Your Goals: A 3 Step Guide
This three step guide will help you achieve your goals. This process helped me write multiple books, lose over 150 pounds and freelance my way to a full time online consulting business. Now I travel the planet while working from my laptop.
Want to do the same? Read on.
Step 1)Define what you want:
Most people have vague goals. I want to write a book. I want to be healthier. I want to freelance online.
These goals sound good but they are hollow. Do you want to write a book? How long will it be, what type of genre is it, and do you want it to be a single book or a series?
You want to make money online? Okay. How do you want to do it? Do you want to freelance, run a retail site, resale through Ebay? Do you need to make money in the next month or can you build a brand and do affiliate sales in a year?
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By knowing what you want you set parameters for what you need to do and what you need to avoid. Parameters are good. Parameters remove the burden of having to make lots of choices.
Step 2)Make Each Step Easy To Accomplish:
Big steps are what stop us from achieving our goals.
When it is hard to get started or keep going your mind wants gives up. If you want to stay with a project you need to break down each part into easy steps.
Want to lose weight? Don’t start by creating a six day a week workout schedule. That is to much. You will lose motivation and give up.
Start by choosing one meal per day to eat healthy. Once you have mastered that make it two meals. Once you have mastered that add one fifteen minute workout session a week. From there keep scaling.
Pro-Tip:Once you have built momentum introduce a difficult task. Difficult tasks are easier to accomplish with a couple wins in your belt.
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Step 3)Set a Deadline:
You ever go to make dinner only to be overwhelmed by the fridge? You see all the meat, veggies and stuff and decide takeout is easier. A week later you throw away wasted food.
Working without parameters is hard.
Think about the last time a client asked you to do something and they didn’t give you enough details. Didn’t you want to pull your hair out while trying to figure out what, ‘A creative page’ is?
The same is true for deadlines. Putting a deadline on your goal makes it real. If you have a year to write a book that means every day you need to add to it.
-Achieving your goals isn’t hard. If you want to start crossing things off your bucket list, lose weight and achieve a rich life use my three step guide.
*Make it easy to take the next step
*Stick to a deadline.
Need help taking the next step, setting a good deadline or creating clear parameters? Leave a question in the comments below. I’ll respond to inquiries with my advice.
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