8-Steps To Reaching Goals – On Time!
by Capt. Dale Black
Do you want to reach your personal goals? Much like the captain of an airliner flying from one city to another, you need a flight plan that helps guide you safely to your goal. Let’s review the 8 strategies for reaching goals on time which are necessary for your personal success:
Put your goals in writing. It is said that if your goal is not written down then it’s only a wish. Wishing for something can be fun—like a trip to Hawaii—but if you want to GO to Hawaii, you have to get on an airplane or ship. Write out what steps are required to reach your goal. Be clear and specific.
- Begin with prayer. The Bible tells us that God gives us the desires of our heart. If He gives the desire, then setting goals must begin with spending time with Him in prayer. Ask God to reveal His purpose for your life and then set goals that you believe are in agreement with His will for you. If they don’t glorify God, then why set them in the first place? Don’t set selfish goals. Ask two or three others whom you trust and who has the wisdom of God to help crosscheck your motives.
- Count the cost. Is this goal something you want badly enough to invest the time and attention that will be required? Every goal requires effort to achieve—bigger ones require more. Make sure you are willing to give what will be required before you begin.
- Determine how you will measure the progress and the accomplishment of your goal. What does the process require? How much money is needed? What other ingredients are necessary in order to reach your goal? And lastly, what has to happen for you to know that you have succeeded?
- Set a timeline for accomplishing your goal. After you have determined exactly what you want, calculate what amount of time that will be required to reach your destination. Having a timeframe helps you fit your activities into a constructive plan. It also gives you a sense of purpose and urgency which help you stay motivated to continue moving forward.
- Select a goal that you are able to control. Wishing for something doesn’t require realism, but setting a realistic goal does. The steps required to reach your goal need to be something you can control. People can accomplish almost anything as long as it’s controllable, there is enough motivation, and the goal is clearly identified.
- Design a strategy that will get you to your goal. Consider the obstacles you will face and the resources you have available to you—then determine your path forward. Creating a strategy that navigates you through the process takes some creativity and positive thinking. You cannot trust willpower or strong emotions to carry you through. Inevitably those motivations will fluctuate and probably diminish. A realistic and detailed strategy will provide the stepping stones that will see you safely to your goal. The schedule you design and your accountability to the required tasks can more likely see you through to the finish line in spite of your emotions. Life will always offer you many opportunities to give up or sabotage your plan. By committing to follow your strategic roadmap, step by step, you are more able to finish your course and reach your goal.
- Strategize your plan into specific steps before you begin. Big things don’t happen in one or two steps. They take many steps consistently going in the right direction over time. If you get bogged down along the way, break that section into smaller steps until you can make your way through whatever is causing you to stumble. Stay on your path taking one more step after another and eventually you will reach your destination.
- Be accountable. If you know what you want and by when you want to achieve it—and it’s realistic, then create accountability for your progress. Establish consequences and rewards for each step you take and complete. Find a trustworthy friend or mentor who you can ask to hold you accountable at regular specific times and provide regular reports on your progress.