Goal Setting: 7 Things You Can Do to See Results Quickly
Tired of waiting to see results? If you’re anything like me – you want results and you want them now. In this post you’ll learn 7 Things you can do to help you quickly achieve your goals, kick-start the process and start seeing results. Not only will they fast track your progress, but they only take a few minutes to do!
1. Break your goal down
Look at the two scenarios below, the goal is to lose 30kg – which one feels more manageable?
a) To reach my goal weight I need to start waking up early to go to do some exercise before work, I need to prepare healthy meals for myself each day, and I need to go to the gym a few times a week
b) To reach my goal weight I need to start eating less carbs and more healthy fats first
See, both are focussed on the same end goal – but because the first option is looking at several big changes that need to happen in order to get there, you’re likely to give up within the first two weeks.
It’s too much too soon.
You’re a lot more likely to reach your goal if you break your goal right down and work on it, bit by bit.
Take a look at the steps you need to take in order to get there. Then decide which step will be the easiest for you to manage day to day.
Once you have that down pat, move on to the next stage, and repeat.
Goals don’t have to be difficult or scare you. Do what’s easy for you. Because you’re a whole lot more likely to reach your goal when you feel in control.
2. Research how others have done it
It’s no good trying to reinvent the wheel when it’s already been done a million different ways.
You’ve got way more important things to do with your time!
So do a quick google search about what you’re trying to achieve.
Be wary though. Especially if you’re looking into weight loss. You’ll find a lot of people pushing a MLM (multi-level marketing) product. So be on the lookout for people who have reached a similar goal to yours without the use a ‘miracle’ product.
Because there is no miracle product to get you your result. But you will get there by making little changes and spending a few minutes on it each day.
3. Slip it into your daily routine
People tend to think that they need to make big changes as soon as they start.
But the truth is, the easier you make it on yourself, the more likely you are to actually make a positive change in your life.
Our daily routines and habits have been developing over years.
So it’s not going to be a quick fix, “oh I just need to eat healthier! Easy.” Of course it makes sense to eat healthier – we know we need to do it, but it’s not that easy.
Especially when you rely on that sugar hit in the afternoon when you get home, or in the form of dessert after dinner.
When starting something new, start small, and slip it in to one of your current habits.
For example, if you’re wanting to feel more confident, slip a positive affirmation on your mirror (or in your wallet). Or, if you stop off for a coffee in the mornings, take your planner with you and plan your day.
If you goal is to eat healthier, find a diet or regime that is similar to what you eat already. For me, because I’m not a huge fan of fruit or veges, it was the Ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and moderate in protein.
Download a free meal planner to help you get started!
4. Plan each day out
When you’ve just spent 8 hours at a job you don’t particularly enjoy, followed by another hour (on a good day) in traffic, you’re left with a tiny opening left in your day to get everything outside of work done.
And dinner, routines, kids, and prepping for tomorrow takes up the majority of that small window of opportunity.
Before you know it, the day’s gone and you’re rushing to get ready for the next day to do it all over again. This can leave you feeling exhausted and ashamed that you didn’t work on your goal today. But with a slight rejig, you could be achieving more.
To get more out of your day, I’d suggest planning it out. Every morning or the night before. Whenever suits you.
And this planning can be as detailed or as simplified as you like. You could plan out every hour of the day, or you could write a quick to-do list on tissue.
Better yet, save yourself time and check out our free to-do list downloadables!
By just spending a few minutes thinking about what needs to be done today or tomorrow stops the whirlwind of life taking over. Leaving you in control.
5. Get someone to join you
It’s simple, you’re more likely to work on your goal if your friend is there egging you on.
It also makes working on your goal a sociable event. Perfect for catching up on the workplace goss and talking about your tedious boss, Mr. Micromanager – while getting stuff done.
Just make sure you partner up with the right type of person. Think about their personality. Are they going to encourage you in a way that works with you? Or will they put you off morning jogs with their ex-military yelling?
And if the thought of working towards your goal with someone there physically beside you makes you feel uncomfortable, you can opt for the less social option.
Just check in with someone each week or month to talk about your progress and challenges.
Plus – you’re always welcome to email me about your goals & progress!
6. Use positive affirmations
If you’re putting in all this time and effort – it’s not going to result in much if your mindset isn’t supporting you.
If your thoughts sound anything like this, “I can’t do this”, or “I’m not fit enough”, or even “I’m not good at this”, then you need to flip them on their head and turn it into something positive.
Because if you have a negative mindset, you’ll get a negative outcome.
Your thoughts create your behaviours and influence your moods. So to keep yourself feeling inspired and confident – all you need to do is feed yourself positive, useful thoughts.
A clever trick Tara Jackson mentions is to add the word “yet” to the end of your thoughts. For example, “I can’t do this… yet”, or “I’m not fit enough… yet”, and “I’m not good at this… yet”.
If you need some quick inspiration, our Motivate Me stickers do the trick!
7. Record your daily achievements
This last step is incredibly powerful. Because it lets you unpack the day, see how you got on, and acknowledge your achievements.
Whether they’re big or small.
And in a week’s or month’s time, you’ll be able to see how far you really have come. Which is a great feeling of accomplishment.
For example, I spend hours every day on my business. And sometimes it feels like I get nowhere because there’s always so much to do. But when I take a look back through my planner, I can see wow! I’ve actually done A LOT.
This blog post was written by Steph from The Daily Goalgetter, a website dedicated to helping you set and achieve your goals.
Filled with amazing ideas and resources to encourage you to reach that endpoint.
She has also developed the 90 Days planner a beautiful planner that helps you to set smart, achievable goals and encourages you to stick to them. You can get your planner here.