New Year, New Goals… Now What? How to Create a Roadmap to Achieving Your Goals

It’s the beginning of a new year! Which means that everyone is talking about goals and resolutions. “This year I’m going to _____.”  “This is the year I ______.” Goals are great, I talk about goal setting with each and every one of my clients. However, once you have your goal, then what? Do you know what to actually do to turn that goal into a reality? Do you know what steps you need to take to achieve that goal and successfully complete it?

This is the area that I find most people lack, the ability to bridge the gap between having a goal and achieving it. And let’s face it, what good is a goal if you have no idea how to accomplish it? It looks good on paper, but it’s not doing you any good there. It needs to be put into ACTION!

Now, creating a roadmap for achieving a goal does start with proper goal setting. So all the talk at the beginning of the year about goals, intentions, and resolutions is important! You’ve probably heard of SMART goals.

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Realistic

T – Timely (Time specific)

Creating a SMART goal is the first step.

Specific. You know if you’ve accomplished the goal or if you’ve missed the mark. Saying “I’m going to eat clean” or “I’m going to workout more” is not specific. You won’t know if you did or did not hit that goal. Instead, a specific goal would be “I’m going to eat 6 servings of vegetables a day” or “I will run 15 miles a week.”

Measurable. There is a way to quantify if the goal has been accomplished. Are you measuring miles ran, pounds lost, books read, ect. Whatever the goal may be, there will be a metric that you can analyze. This measurement can also become a tool if you do not hit your goal. For example, if you want to eat 6 servings of vegetables but you eat only 4, then you know there are 2 servings you need to be more diligent with. If the goal was to run 15 miles but you only got in 7, that could be important information in assessing the goal later as well.

Attainable. The goal needs to be possible. It’s there to push you and stretch you to grow, however, it needs to be possible for you to achieve with what you can do and what you have to do it with. You can’t have a goal to build a house if you have no resources. Do you have the resources in place to achieve this goal? This is where the “HOW” will start to come into play.

Realistic/Relevant. Is this a goal that can be done at this time? Is it important enough to take priority and push other things aside? This is making sure that your goal matches your ability and desire.

Timely. There needs to be a “deadline”. There needs to be a date that you want this accomplished by. Saying “I want to lose 15 pounds” is a good start, but by when? That will make it into a SMART goal. You need to be working towards a goal with an expiration date. It gives you a target to stay focused on.

So now that you have your SMART goal(s), now what? What do you do with these perfectly crafted statements that you’ve now written down in a notebook, put on post-it notes, and placed all around you to see and keep you focused? What do you do now?

This is where most people get stuck. This is where I spend most of my work.

Take out that notebook again.

  1. Write down everything you need to accomplish that goal. What are the resources that you will need to achieve your goal? Time, money, education, support., ect.
  2. Where will you find those resources?
  3. Now you are going to break that goal down into smaller parts, also known as steps (aka ACTION!!)
    1. What is the first thing you need to do to take a step towards your goal.
    2. What comes next? Keep writing out these small steps. This is also where it’s a good idea to put dates next to these smaller steps so that you can stay on track towards progressing towards your ultimate goal.
  4. What are some obstacles or setbacks you might in counter? These can be almost anything from not having the money or time to having fear and anxiety get in the way. If this is a goal you’ve set before, then think of what got in the way before of accomplishing the goal.
    1. What can you do to overcome these obstacles? D
    2. Do you need any additional resources to overcome setbacks?
    3. Is your desire, your “why”, for achieving this goal big enough to overcome any obstacle that might pop up? If the answer is yes, awesome! If the answer is no, then stop and take a look at the goal. {This is where having a coach or mentor like myself can be incredibly beneficial. To work through these barriers, and sometimes even rework the goal.}

This is the work that needs to be done to take something from a goal into a plan of action. At first glance it might seem overwhelming or tedious, but it’s necessary. If you do not have a solid plan in place, with as mush forethought into what could go wrong (let’s face it, something usually goes wrong!) then at the first bump in the road might derail you completely. However, if you know the direction you are going, a little bump will just need course correcting before you are back on target.

If you would like additional guidance through goal setting and creating a roadmap, please book a complimentary consultation with me. Let’s make this not only the best year yet, but the year you actually get $h!T done!!

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