How to Set Goals You’ll Actually Follow
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Ready to actually follow your goals and achieve them? Tired of setting goals to only to struggle to reach them?
Let’s learn the importance of having clear goals and how to set Smart Goals. Then I’ll give you my top 3 Tips to actually follow through and achieve your goals. Plus, get a printable goal setting worksheet for tips to create a step by step plan to reach your goals; a plan to kick start your action and establish new habits. It’s time to establish long term success in your business.
What is Goal Setting?
Simply put, goal setting is the selecting of a objective or target that you want to achieve. That’s easy enough, right?
Sister, I would love to tell you that is all it takes, but you and I both know that that is not the case. Picking a goal is the easy part. Actually obtaining the goal is another thing.
I have found knowing your internal motivation for why you want to achieve the goal is crucial. In the book Start With Why by Simon Sinek, he tells us “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it, and what you do simply proves what you believe.” From this I learned, it is not only the prospective client that needs to believe in what we are doing, but we need to as well.
The second major part of this goal setting to being willing to make sacrifices to reach the goal. I find this is one of the biggest factors in finding success. If you are not willing to make changes to your day, your life, then your goal will remain a simple statement of hope.
The truth is building a business takes time, it takes resources, and it will require much from you. At times it may even be uncomfortable and boring process. So as a goal seeker, you will have to decide if you are willing to make the choices needed for success. Are you willing to live a not so glamorous lifestyle that rests between setting the goal and achieving it.
The Goal vs. The System
Picture yourself driving a car. You fingers are firmly wrapped around the steering wheel as you journey down the road of possibility.
Think of your goals are like the steering wheel of a car. They set the direction. You use them steer you down the path. When you decide on the goal you are seeking, the steering wheel points you toward it. When you change goals, the direction of your travel changes.
While you comfortably guide down any road that you chose, something else is at play. It is the engine. Without the engine the steering wheel would be nothing more than a toy. Think of the engine as the system you use to achieve the goal. It is the step by step plan that determines if you will be successful. Without the engine you would never have the opportunity to travel to where your dreams come true.
Here is an example of how goals and systems connect:
As an new online entrepreneur your goal might be to make 10K a month. But the step by step system is the daily action steps in marketing and sales that you take.
Goals are directing you down the path and the system is action behind the goal that actually moves you forward toward success.
Tired of setting goals and not achieving them?
Has this started your mind thinking on your goals and the system you have in place to reach them? If so, you will love my Goal to Action Habit Journal. In it, I walk you through setting smart goals, establishing habits, and getting into money making action.
Know Your Superpower
Once you set your goals, obstacles will pop up to slow your progress.
Obstacles most often come in the form of schedule issues, old habits, and limiting beliefs. So what can you do about these things?
Know Your SuperPower
Your superpower is the intersection between:
- what you love to do (you would do it for free)
- what you are good at
- what other people are always asking you for help with
When you hit the sweet spot where all three meet then you have found your superpower.
I encourage you to take 10-15 minutes to brainstorm what you think your superpower might be.
Finding this sweet spot you will have passion you need to overcome the obstacles, crank up that engine and take hold of the wheel. You will be on the road to achieving your dreams.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I had my first call with Angela. I’d had group coaching calls for programs that I was in before, but I’d never had a 1-on-1 call with a life coach. From the start, Angela and I hit it off, there was no awkwardness for either of us and, from my perspective I didn’t feel guarded at all (which isn’t typical for me).
We got to know each other a bit and then dove into the questions. Many of these questions are questions that I’d heard before, and some I’ve even asked myself and journaled on, but Angela knew just the right way to ask the next level of those questions to get things to “click”. In just an hour together I had so many take-aways and 2 pages of notes!!
I was literally holding back tears (the good kind) because I FINALLY felt a relief – or freedom – that I didn’t even know was missing. In the few days after our call, because of our call, I had some amazing breakthroughs that have already contributed to me leveling up in my life and my business.
If you’re stuck, if you’re spinning your wheels like I was, I recommend working with Angela. She not only knows the entrepreneurial life herself, but she’s got the credentials and knowledge on the coaching side of things to help you get through those limiting beliefs, set some big goals, take action to achieve those goals, and next-level your life.
Friends, our brains are incredibly efficient systems. We are hardwired in an amazing way. Our brain is a system that is designed for rewards.
This is were so many entrepreneurs go wrong. They put the big hairy audacious goal out there, and then tell themselves when they achieve it they can have a big reward. This is a sure fire way toward failure. This goes against how our brains are created.
So to overcome this obstacle, it is best to start small with mini rewards. What I have started doing is doing a mini reward session when I finish my most important daily action steps.
As an online entrepreneur your goal might be to make 10K a month. Three major action steps to help you move toward that would be:
- Hosting a FB Live with a call to action for your online course
- Writing A Blog Post
- Holding a discovery call with a potential 1 on 1 client
Once the three most important action steps for the day have been completed, then it is time for a mini reward. This could be a cup of tea and time with a good book, a 15 min. walk in the sun, 10 min. of watching cat videos on Youtube. Whatever your thing is. Whatever motivates you.
What happens here is your brain connects the actions you did with a reward. The brain will start to try to help you be more productive and efficient at the activities so it can get to it’s reward.
So combining the mini rewards with the actions will mean ed success. Which will lead to serious money making success.
Habit stacking is stacking (think legos) a new habit with an established habit. Connecting the old with the new. To try it complete this sentence.
Before/ While/ After [CURRENT HABIT], I will [NEW HABIT].
Here are some examples:
- Daily Devotional: While I brew my morning coffee, I will read my morning devotional
- Gratitude: Before I eat dinner, I will say one thing I am grateful for that day.
- Brain Dump: After I get into bed, I will write out and brain dump ideas from the day, and plan my top three actions for the next day.
- Follow Up with Potential Customers: Before I have a evening glass of wine and listen to music, I will follow up with 5 potential customers.
Now it’s your time! It’s time to unleash your success. You have been setting goals, but struggling to reach them. So what could you lose from trying these new strategies.
Don’t try to do it alone. Download my Goal to Action Journal. In it I walk you through setting smart goals, establishing habits, and getting into money making action.
It is the start of my step by step system that will help you up-level your life and unleash your success.
- Feel confident in your choices and decisions for your life and business.
- Develop a step by step plan and get unstuck, so you can stop stressing, and finally get stuff done.
- Feel focused and more confident as you show the world you do have what it takes.
- Experience a more balanced life and renew your mind, so you can feel like the best version of yourself in both business and your family.
Now is your time to make your dreams a reality!
Truth is that building a strong confident mindset, reducing stress, and learning to anchor habits into long term actions is the KEY to building a money making business.
Here is what you do…
Until Next week. Go grab your dreams and don’t let go.
Certified Life Coach to the Female Entrepreneur
Congratulations on deciding to reach for your dreams. It’s your time! I am so excited that you are showing up for yourself by reading my blog. It is my hope that my blog posts will inspire you and give you simple practical steps to rock your best life.
Who is this blog for:
- Women that are working hard to grow their online business.
- They have a product or service that they have created and they are working to bring it to the world.
- Women that are setting goals, but are struggling to make them become a reality.
- Women that although the are go getters and do all the right things, they have some mindset issues or limiting beliefs that seem to be holding them back.
- Women that are want to transform their life and business, and Sister, they are willing to chase the moon to do it.
- Women that sometimes get stressed and overwhelmed to the point that their personal life and business seem to suffer.
- Women that are determined to not stay in that stress and overwhelm, but are ready to uncover what is holding them back so they can move forward.
- Women that may have some old habits they want to break, and in turn build new habits that will last.
Who am I?
I am Angela Naumann, boymom, bookie nerd, and amateur wine taster. I’ve been married for over 20 years and love to go on adventures with my family.
After 20+ years of my own entrepreneurial and personal growth journey, I became a life coach for women that sometimes needed a “Yoda” in their life.
I help the female entrepreneur that is setting big audacious goals, but struggling to make them a reality. Which leaves them feeling stressed out, not getting stuff done, wondering how to balance life while not be a moody witch.
With a practical step by step strategy, I guide you to uncover what is stopping you, build confidence with a step by step system that is unique to them and their business So, they can uplevel their life and unleash their success. Basically together we unleash your success!!
I’m excited to be on this journey with you!
What people are saying….
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