4 Actions Steps to Achieving Your Goals

A lot of people love the idea of goals and love to talk about goals but when I actually give you the steps to do it, you either find that it’s too difficult or you don’t see the value. So my goal (see what I did there?) in this post is to help you find value in your goals and to give you some real data to back up why you should be doing your goals.

Both my coach and my mentor taught me not only about the importance of having goals but how important it is to write them down.

A story has been floating around for years about the Harvard goal study. A lot of motivational speakers, from Zig Ziglar to Tony Robbins, reference this story *. The story goes like this: Havard surveyed post-graduates and asked them about their goals:

  • 3% had written goals and had a plan
  • 13% had goals but they didn’t have them written down
  • 84% didn’t have any specifical goals

Fast forward, 10 years later, they interviewed the same Harvard graduates. The group that had goals but didn’t have them written down, earned twice as much as the graduates who didn’t have any goals. The group that had their goals written down and had a plan made 10 times as much as everyone else combined.

This is some pretty inspiring statistics. It was actually the reason why I wrote my goals.

Action steps for making powerful and achievable goals

  1. Pick a goal and write it down
    • I want to lose weight
  2. Make your goal measurable
    • I want to lose 10 pounds
  3. Set a deadline for your goal
    • I want to lose 10 pounds by June 1
  4. Set 3 action steps to how you are going achieve your goal
    • Drink more water
    • Go to the gym three times a week
    • Bring lunch to work 4 days a week

When you do this, it’s really hard to miss the goal. You have the action steps right in front of you. You know exactly what you need to do. When you write it down, you are holding yourself more accountable.

I know some of you are scared that you’ll fail if you don’t achieve your goal. First of all, you are not a failure. Second, that’s why there are action items. If you do the action items, you may come up short but now you have learned what worked and what didn’t.

But if you’re reading this post and nodding your head, but not actually taking the steps… that’s where the real failure happens.

You know I have a template for writing down your business goals and the action steps needed to take them, right? Don’t worry, it’s free. You can find it here. It’s awesome. There’s a process and I walk you through it step-by-step.

Writing down your goals will change your life. Set your goals. Do the steps. Make it happen. And do not procrastinate.


*  FORBES: The Science Behind Setting Goals and Achieving Them