I’ve always set goals, for me i love having something to work towards.

But more often than not I wouldn’t achieve the goal. It took me a while but I realized that all the goals I didn’t achieve fell into one, or more, of these three categories:

1 – It wasn’t something I actually wanted. It was something I thought I should do or something other people thought I should do. When it’s not something you want, it can be hard to get motivated to reach the goal. It can also feel like the goal isn’t important and if something isn’t important, why waste your time on it?

2 – The goal was unrealistic. I’m a massive fan of setting goals that stretch you but there’s a difference between something like setting your goal as $6k a month instead of $4k and wanting to lose 100 lbs. by the end of November 2016, you know? Setting a goal that will push you is great but working towards something you couldn’t possibly achieve is setting yourself up for failure from the get go, which isn’t great for your mindset.

3 – I didn’t know how to achieve my goal. I’m not saying you need to know exactly what you’ll be doing every step of the way and it’s good to have wiggle room as plans do change. What I’m saying is if you want to make $20k this month but you’ve only got a $50 self study course, you’ll need to sell 400 courses to make your goal. If you’ve only got 20 people on your email list, then it’s going to be touch to reach that goal. But if you’ve got a $5k package then you only need to sell 4 to make that $20k. Then it’s a case of creating a plan to get people on the phone, making sure you’re comfortable pitching, emailing your list and posting on social media etc. When you don’t know what to do how will you know what to spend your time doing? Having at least a high level plan of how to achieve your goal will get you further than doing random tasks every day.

What do you do to make sure you achieve your goals?