Are you ready to start achieving goals? Feeling proud, you have a whole list of goals you want to achieve this year. But your list of goals suddenly seems very long and daunting. Now’s the time to stop panicking and get those goals organised.
In this article we’ll cover common reasons why people find it hard to get started, as well as four easy steps to get going. Let’s get started.
Do you suffer from analysis paralysis?
a.k.a. “There’s so much I want to do but I have no idea where to begin…”
When the optimism and promise of the first few weeks in the year begins to fade, it can feel like you’re pushing water up a mountain. The goals you set seemed so achievable just weeks ago. But now the thought of them makes you break into a cold sweat.
There is a massive fear of failure, that you won’t be able to achieve what you want to. That alone can put some people off completely and that list of goals ends up in the bin. Or maybe you feel so overwhelmed that you procrastinate about getting started.
Suddenly it’s halfway through the year and you’re no closer to achieving goals. May as well just give up, right? Noooo!
I have a really simple technique to help you make some progress. Just getting the ball rolling and ticking one thing off your list can give you the motivation to tick more and more things off.
So how do you choose *which* goal to start with?
Getting started is as easy as choosing the right goal to begin with. It can be hard to know where to start when all your goals seem so intertwined.
But follow this simple process you’ll move from overwhelm to calm in a few short minutes.
4 Easy-peasy steps to start achieving goals
Ok here we go. It’s super easy, just make sure you download the worksheet first to follow these steps.
1. List it all down
Anything & everything that you want to achieve this year
That includes your money goals, your holiday goals, career goals, health goals, personal goals, or any other kind of goals. Anything and everything. The big and the small.
2. Rate each goal
As to how quickly you can & want to achieve them
Take each of the goals you have just written down and group them into how quickly you can achieve them. Can they be done soon, are they more long term, or are they something that would be nice to do one day.
3. Pick your favourites
Choose 5 goals from the list & rank them
Put the one you are most interested in as number one, and the others in descending importance. Now you know what your focus will be for the year.
4. Pick one goal from the list
The one you can start the soonest
It doesn’t have to be the number one goal on your list. But it should be one that you can start quickly.
Yes, it’s okay to start with a laughably easy goal!
By starting with a goal that you can take action on quickly then you will prove to yourself that you can do it. You will start to see results sooner than if you pick the biggest long term goal on your list. If you can start making traction on one goal, then you will build momentum on the others.
Having one focal point to start with will prevent you from getting distracted.
Once you have ticked one off, move onto the next. Check out our 90 Day Goal Planner to get started.
Before you know it, you’ll be achieving goals left, right and centre!