With the New Year fast approaching, I thought that it would be appropriate to post an effective plan for reaching your goals for this week’s Monday Morning Motivation.
Many people, including myself, are busy formulating goals and New Year’s Resolutions that they would like to accomplish in the coming year. If that describes you as well, how do you plan on making it all happen?
The purpose of today’s post is to lay out a time-tested plan that will help you turn your goals into realities. It has worked extremely well for me over the years, and I am sure it will work for you as well.
But first, a quote to get us in the right frame of mind:
“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi
Yes, it takes consistent hard work to achieve any worthwhile goal. But here is the good news. Reaching your goals can be accomplished in an amazingly short period of time time if you follow a few simple guidelines, and you are willing to commit just 1 hour per day toward your goal achievement.
That said, here is my personal “Power Hour” goal achievement roadmap, broken down into in 5 simple (but powerful) steps:
1. Set One Important Goal – Choose just one thing that you either want to improve upon, accomplish or get better at. Then pour all of your efforts toward achieving that one important goal. This is all about focus!
Too many times we get caught up in a “to do list” mentality when it comes to goal setting. This dilutes our efforts, and many times none of the items on the list get accomplished.
Set just one important goal. Then, once that one is reached, you can move on to another. But not before!
To assist you in completing this important step, here is a Personal Action Plan that you can print off and fill out at your convenience.
2. Get Motivated! – Imagine in your mind’s eye how rewarding it will be once you reach your goal, let that excitement build within you, and let that vision and excitement motivate you for step #3.
3. Take Consistent Action – Here is where the “Power Hour” kicks in. Set aside 60 minutes per day to focus completely on the achievement of your one important goal. No email, no Facebook, no phone calls. Nothing but productive, goal achievement action.
As a tip, I usually do my “Power Hour” in the morning before everyone else gets up … normally between 5-6 a.m. This way my goal work is done, and I can move on to the rest of my day. Just choose an hour that works best for you.
Also, don’t get frustrated if you don’t have an entire hour to devote to reaching your goals each day. If you need to, start with a 20 minute plan … especially if you are occasionally tight on time. What we are looking for is incremental progress. That is the most important factor.
4. Analyze Your Progress – Make sure that you take some time every week or so to analyze your progress. This accomplishes two important things with regards to goal achievement:
First, by looking at where you are compared to where you started, your motivation to continue will increase because you will be able to actually see the progress you are making.
Secondly, if you are not progressing fast enough it will allow you to adjust your approach and plan if necessary. This will allow you stay on track and reach your goals more quickly.
5. Finish the Job
Make a firm commitment to yourself to finish the job .. to achieve that one important goal. Remember, don’t concern yourself with any other goals other than the one that you’ve chosen to focus on. Then commit yourself to the process of consistent daily effort until that important, desired target is reached.
Try out my “Power Hour” plan for a month. It works like a champ for me, and I think you’ll find yourself reaching your goals faster than ever before.