+7 Goal Hacking Tips After a Year of Hyper Success
In a brief list, I will share 7 tricks that I have found most helpful in my +20 years of goal setting.
2019 was my most ambitious year in terms of goal setting and accomplishments. I blew my own expectations out of the water.
The New Year is on the horizon, so what if a tweak to your approach could make the difference between failing and succeeding at your goals?
1) S.M.A.R.T. Approach (undefined vs. defined)
"Get a job I like"(undefined) vs. "Work in the environmental sector as a restoration project management lead"(defined) Attempt to answer: What? Why? Who? Where? When? How?
"Get fit"(undefined) vs. "Work up to the ability to do 100 pushups"(defined)
"Create golf course on Jupiter" (undefined by reality and circumstances) vs. "Spend 10 minutes on language learning app every day before work" (defined by reality and circumstances)
Does this goal bring me closer to where I am trying to go / closer to what I want to ultimately experience? An aspiring astronaut does not exercise goals to make themselves a beauty model but instead focuses on goals relevant to their passion.
"Create a personal website" (undefined) vs. "Create a 10-page website by by building 1 webpage every week for the next 10 weeks with a deadline date of: xx/xx/xxxx"(defined)
2) Commit to Your Goals Publicly
The more people you tell about your goal, the more pressure you put on yourself to succeed. Tell your family, friend, partner, or if you want to really go big, make a public commitment on social media.
Every time you repeat your goal/commitment to someone, this hack programs your mind, body, and soul to focusing and realizing your mission. It elevates potential for adherence to discipline, giving you positive boosts of energy when you sit down to do the work AND when you make progress.
Unintended benefits include unsolicited support from your network. Each person you told your goals to is made aware of your present focus and efforts. Should they desire, they can send resources your way to aid you in succeeding. Had they not known about your goals, you would be working away "in the dark", so bring your goals "to light".
***PRO TIP 1: When sharing your goals, ask others if any part of your goal interests them and if they would like to get involved. The more people are involved in your goals, the more likely you are to succeed. (Think of how this is applied by running groups, exercise partners, think tanks, serial entrepreneurs, etc.)
***PRO TIP 2: Talk about your goals often. As time goes on, your progress will be revealed to you and others. This again, programs the mind positively to feed on and desire work and progress towards your goals.
3) Review Your Goals Daily
Like a computer, you can program your mind to succeed by reminding yourself each day of what you are here to do. Look at your goals each morning as one of the first things you do when you wake up. This sets the tone and focus for your day.
***PRO TIP: Display your goals in your bedroom/bathroom or on a computer or cellphone background– a spot where you will see them frequently/all-the-time.
Pareto Principle: 20% of your efforts create 80% of your results.
Imagine if you spent your day only working on the 20% of activities that create the results you need and want.
Get rid of the fluff. Trim the fat. Only work and focus on what is crucial. This means saying "No" to many time-wasting, energy-sucking activities. Focus on the "must-haves", once complete, then the "should-haves", and very last: the "could-haves".
You will find yourself with more available time and energy to put towards the 20% of items that truly matter.
***PRO TIP: Square the Pareto Principle. 4% of your efforts create 64% of your results.
Follow Up Question: What are 1, 2, or 3 most valuable activities that create 64% of your results? Now increase the time and effort you spend on THOSE activities.
We can't eat an elephant in one bite.
Break down the goal into work packages.
Break those work packages into lists of activities.
Identify dependencies. What needs to get done first in order to do the next task?
6) Manage, Monitor & Control
Consistent nurturing is how we make lasting progress to attain success. Create the environment and use the tools you prefer to help you succeed.
Are you on your cellphone and computer a lot? You may benefit from using Trello or another digital platform for managing your ongoing tasks and goals. (I prefer digital because of mobility, notifications/alerts, and seamless updates between my cell and laptop) Here is what mine looks like right now:
Prefer paper planners? Then devise a system to stay on track and manage your progress.
Whatever method you choose, choose something that works for you. The more you like it, the more likely you are to use it consistently to your own success.
7) Progress, Not Perfection
Goals are destinations. It's not being at the top of a mountain that makes you a stronger person. It is the journey you endured to climb the mountain.
The real benefits to any goal are in the journey, not the destination.
When the journey has been endured, only then is the destination able to be reached.
So when you experience those moments of not achieving a goal, pay attention to the benefits of the experience leading up to that. Focus on what you have learned along that journey.
***VALUABLE GROWTH-ORIENTED QUESTIONS:
What are the lessons learned?
What are the most valuable takeaways from the experience?
If I had to do this again, what would I do differently this time?
Failure can arguably teach us more than success.
Do not worry about failures. Instead, consider all that you would not have learned if you had not even tried.
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” —Albert Einstein
Enjoy the journey.
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What tricks help you in attaining your goals?