Let’s talk about how to write goals. They don’t just have to be “New Years” goals. In fact, they shouldn’t be. You should not wait for that one day to come so you can make a change. Your change should start now. The reality is New Years is the time that seems to motivate people to start, and we absolutely support that. And we want you to see it through and be successful.
We truly believe there is never a perfect time to do anything. The best way is to just take the leap and let your goals lead the way. It is okay to think you’re crazy, trust us. We say it to ourselves every single day. That is how you know you’re doing something right. So here are some tips to help get you started and guide you along the way. Brace yourself…they may seem unconventional, but we wouldn’t be where we are without it.
BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER…this is by no means “the way”. This is our way. These are the methods we’ve found work for us, and we believe they can work for you too if implemented correctly paired with the diligence to see them through.
This one will assure you a quick win when attempting to “check the box” on the to do list. Start by simply writing your goals. That is it. Get it on paper. You can’t map your course without knowing the destination. So write everything down and work from there.
The best way to think about it is this: if your goal is to make $150K this year, make your goal $500k. If you want to sell 1,000 of your custom made necklaces, shoot to sell 10,000. If you want to generate 10,000 monthly visitors to your site, put the work in to generate 100,000. See the idea here? Do not settle for what you want, aim for something that makes you uncomfortable. Something that immediately makes you say “no way, I can’t do that”. Then never say it again…speak the goal into existence and the universe will react!
Act as if. Speak as if. As if you’ve already achieved the goals you’ve set for yourself. Don’t lie, of course, simply speak it. Embrace it. Visualize what it will feel like to have achieved that goal and the feeling of setting the next goal…visualization is a powerful tool. We ourselves need to do much more of it. For us, we do it when we run together, and sometimes when we’re laying in bed or meditating. Visualization doesn’t have to be done in the dark, so keep your eyes open sometimes. See your life, your achievements, and your future right in front of you.
This is essential. You may say you want something, but visualizing that reality can steer you in a completely different direction. The more you visualize the more you come to know yourself. Let’s say, for example, you want to live in a custom built ranch on 10 acres of private land. Visualize the home from all angles. What it feels like to walk up to that front door, grab the handle to open it and walk inside. What’s inside of your fridge, or your garage! Visualize your routine when you wake up and the same for when you go to sleep. And think about this every single day, putting in the work to achieve that visualization. That’s the power right there.
We outlined a list of strategies to help you in your journey. The last step is checking in every single day. Did you put in the work? Did you visualize with effort? Did you give that last push of effort until you had nothing left? Keep yourself honest and on track. It is the only way to ensure you’re on the path to achieve everything you set your mind to.
You have to have the right tools at your disposal in order to be successful. Here are some things that we leverage to help us every day.
This is a big one for us. We move from written form to digital with everything, but the power still truly lies in the written word. Find yourself a planner that goes beyond the hours of everyday for you to block your schedule. Find something that pushes you and motivates you. One that we love is The High Performance Planner. We have been using it for over a year and can’t say enough great things about it. The binding, paper quality, and adaptability to most every person setting out to achieve their own greatness is one of a kind.
We found this to be an essential part of our process, but honestly it is the one we fail to truly prioritize everyday. BUT WE WILL! We kind of have to after putting this out there, so check in with us and help keep us honest. Any journal will do but we picked up the Start Today Journal from Hollis Co.
We’ve tried a ton over the year and Moleskine seems to be the one that never lets us down. It is truly the gold standard in personal notebooks. Seeing as we use ours for planning and sketching, we use the grid paper design and find it extremely helpful. Check them out!
This may sound silly to some. But we can promise you that there is power in a pen that feels right when you write. Someone words flow better. Our go to pen for the past four years has been the Muji 0.5 Gel-Ink Ballpoint pen. We have every color they make, and always have a black one on hand. Highly recommend this pen as it seems to never smear!
This last one is extremely important. Form a group of people with different strengths and visions, and come together to share, discuss, debate and learn with and from each other. Start with social, or a local group of people you come across, to build your power circle. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable…you don’t have to have all of the answers and have your shit completely together. Trust us, no one really does. Be honest and willing to get critical feedback, and in turn be strong and willing to share it. We grow best together.
What are your strategies to writing and achieving your goals? We’d love to hear them and feature some in a forthcoming post. So leave a comment, shoot us an email or DM! We always love hearing from you.