Achieving your goals can be tricky, mostly because goals often tend to evaporate. Many people set goals at some point in their life, but they often end up wondering what happened to them as the years pass by.
Fortunately, there is a science to setting goals. Most people don’t know that as they set their goals. Here is how to set and achieve goals
1. Adopt the Entrepreneurial Mindset.
You need the right mindset for achieving goals before you start setting them. Because you’re setting goals that are entrepreneurial in nature, you’ll need to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset.
Seek out the most successful entrepreneurs because you’ll need to think like them. Reading their books can help you understand how they think. Once you’re in synch with how these entrepreneurs think, you’ll be ready to start setting your goals.
2. Describe Your New Mindset in Writing.
Now get some paper and write a description of your mindset. What benefits or abilities will having this new mindset give you? Now that you’ve adopted an entrepreneurial mindset, what will you do?
Anything is good as long as whatever you come up with is in line with the new mindset you’ve adopted. You do need to be completely honest with yourself, however. And don’t get lost in the details. You can deal with those later in the process.
3. Put Your Goals on Paper and Then Internalize Them.
On a different piece of paper, write down some points that describe where you’d like to be in five years. I’ve seen people use a number of different, quite creative ways to do this. I’ve even seen people paste a picture of their dream house across from the written goal.
Do whatever works to help you believe in and achieve goals that you’ve set. Nothing is too outlandish. If you create goals you believe in, it’s possible to achieve them.
4. List the Steps to Achieve Goals.
Break down each of your goals into the steps you’ll need to take to achieve them. For example, if your goal is to create a profitable business, list the steps you’ll need to take to in order to do it.
It looks easier to achieve goals once you break them down. If it still looks too complicated, you can break things down even more, into tiny baby steps. This will help you understand the steps you’ll need to take in order to get there.
5. Assign a Timeline to Achieve Each Goal.
Your timeline doesn’t need to involve any specific date. For example, a month is close enough. Then put your timeline somewhere you’ll see it every day, like on your fridge or the wall of your office. Once you establish it, commit to it. Focus and patience will drive the achievement of your goals.
You might not meet your timeline for achieving every goal, but that doesn’t indicate failure. You might just need to slightly re-organize the unfulfilled goals. Remember that being an entrepreneur requires a certain type of mindset. Although some lucky people are born with it, others can develop it and then put it to work.