Tony is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. He is a trainer with Erickson Coaching International teaching classes weekly, online, around the US and Canada, as well as internationally. He regularly teaches Erickson's The Art and Science of Coaching, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program, NLP Practitioner Courses, and Sales Training. He runs a highly successful international one on one Coaching practice out of his hometown, Seattle.
Make Your Goals Inevitable
Reach the goals you want to reach. Well, that sounds pretty simple, yes? Sometimes that is more easily said than done. Everyone has goals and reasons for setting them, but without motivation, those goals may be something they wrote down on a piece of paper and then forgot about. You need to take action and make your goals inevitable.
Make inevitable goals
Ok, again, sounds easy! But how do you do it? How do you make goals that become inevitable instead of little slips of paper or jot notes in a day planner?
Start off by thinking about when and where you need to place yourself. Think about the people you need to be around in order to be successful in reaching your goal. Who do you know who will inspire you, propel you, and above all, support you?
After that, think about your behaviors and the specific things to do or actions you need to take. Break your goal into smaller manageable steps so that the process of getting there does not seem overwhelming.
It is important that you need to work toward your goal one step at a time and set up a time frame to complete each step. As the saying goes, "Rome was not built in a day!" You can’t expect to reach your end goal all at once either. Start small and each success will build on itself.
Remember that it is ok if there are setbacks or if there is some kind of resistance; you will find a way to work through it.
Focus on your capabilities, skills, and techniques that will empower you to move forward. Examine what you already know and what you still need to learn or build on in order to experience success. If you are not sure where to start with this step, look to people who have already experienced success with their goals. Watch their YouTube videos and listen to their podcasts and pay attention to what they believe contributed to their greatest successes. If you listen to the mindset of others, you can learn from them and it will help you move to the next level in your own plan.
In the meantime, you will be strengthening your own skill set and you can start implementing new strategies which will help you reach your goal. As you do so, tell others about your goal. You can write a blog, post on social media, and talk to family and friends. In talking about your goal you will find the encouragement and strength both from within and from others to keep you moving forward to achieve the greatness you desire.
It is important to ask for what you need and to say no to things that do not contribute to your goal or directly deter you from it. If your goal is to lose weight, it is ok to turn down a dinner date. If your goal is to write a novel, it is okay to say no to a night out because you need quiet time to write. And in the same regard, ask for what you need. Tell your friends who are hosting a brunch that you have restrictions; tell your spouse you need a night in the basement away from other responsibilities so that you can work. You need to be honest with yourself and with other about your needs in order to reach your goal. When people are aware of your goal and what you need in terms of support, you are more likely to get what you need from others in order to experience success.
For yourself, focus on your values. Decide why you have this goal and what it has accomplished for you when you get there. If you make a plan to achieve your goal that exemplifies your values, you are bound to be successful.
The Smaller Picture to Reach the Big Picture
So why is it important to make a step-by-step plan? Again, a goal will not be accomplished in an extremely short amount of time so it is important to break it up so that you can celebrate milestones along the way. Your values should be included in the milestones.
Enjoy the journey you are on and celebrate how each of your values show in your achievements. How are you being honest with yourself and others? How are you inspiring others to set and achieve their own goals? Think of the person you are trying to become with achieving your goal and how does that fit your call, your mission, and your passion? How are the steps in the journey helping to make you into the person you are striving to become? Celebrate that!
Also, think about the effect the journey has on others. How does your personal journey and your inevitable goal impact your family, your friends, and your community? If you are writing a book, what impact do you want to have on your readers? If you are trying to lose weight, how will reaching that goal affect your family? You also need to think about the type of person you need to be to reach your goal and the type of person you hope to be in the end. Think about where you are now and where you are going in the end.
Set up the environment that you need in order to be successful and achieve what you want to and then start taking action. It is important to talk about your goals but then you need to move into action to make them a reality.
Work through your plan, celebrate along the way, and become your goals so that you can create something of massive value for the world. Start small but aim big and that is what will help to make your goal inevitable.