There’s overwhelming evidence to back up the belief that successful people set and achieve goals, but the tactics that people use to bring those dreams to fruition often vary.
Is there a right way?
If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know that I write down all my desires, decide which ones are goals I want to pursue, then each day I rewrite my goals from memory. Over time, some of those goals will drop off because they’re not my true passion, but the ones that rise to the top day after day inspire me to take consistent action and bring them to reality.
I recently interviewed adventurepreneur, business owner and coach Daniel Lawson on the Goals Do Come True podcast (click here to listen), where he shared his explanation as to why writing down goals before you do anything else is not his ideal methodology (click here if you’d like to read that blog).
In this blog, I’m sharing the three steps Daniel takes to nurture his goals and give them the fuel they need in order to come to fruition. These steps will help you to nurture and achieve your goals too!
1) Set goals that inspire you (and forget about everybody else’s opinions)
Daniel: “When I started connecting with the idea of riding a motorbike to the Himalayas, there were three steps that I took to start making what seemed impossible possible. I realised that while my goal was inspiring to me, it was a bit crazy to other people and I had to stop concerning myself with the naysayers. Your goal is for you. It needs to inspire you or motivate you enough to go for it. By all means tell people [more on that in a moment], but don’t take on any negativity.
Imagine the outcome, connect with your goal on an internal level as if it’s already happening; see what you will see, hear what you will hear, tell yourself what you’ll be telling yourself. This gives you a much stronger point of reference and helps your mind to see that it’s possible.”
2) Add weight to your goal by getting the right support
Daniel: “At first my trip to the Himalayas was a joke over a beer with my brother, but as I talked about it more, I started to find people who were inspired and amazed by it, which created a positive feedback loop. It was as if a flame was growing inside of me. My passion, inspiration and motivation grew stronger and stronger and I felt like I needed to make it happen even more. Telling other people added weight to my goal, which drove me forward and gave me accountability.”
Having someone to back you and your goals is a great way to propel you towards success. When you give your goals space to breathe, and have an opportunity to throw around ideas, you have a lot more scope to realise them (which is why I offer a complimentary discovery session for anybody who is serious about goal setting – click here to book a call with me).
3) Take consistent action
Daniel: “You need to keep taking action, even if your goal initially feels impossible. It’s common for people to try to solve all the potential problems they might face in their head, but that just turns into overwhelm. If you consistently take small, achievable steps, then you’ll find a way to move forward at the next step and the next – for me that included looking at motorbikes online, going to a dealership, putting money down on a bike and progressing from there.”
Daniel confirmed one of my big beliefs, which is that the universe works with you when you show up and take a step forward. I once bought a personalised number plate (DB 05 PAN) six months before I bought my Harley Davidson Pan America; I trusted that at some point in the future I’d buy the bike to go with the number plate – how about that to help with your visualisation
My blogs and podcasts share stories from inspirational people all over the world, and have shown time and again that there is no 100-per-cent-guaranteed strategy or set of tactics that will make your goals spring to life.
That said, most goal-setting experts (me included) agree that there are some commonalities (write goals down, visualise them, take consistent action, have an accountability partner or coach), and when you work with me, we will find the system that best suits you, your needs and your goal.
You can book your complimentary discovery call with me by clicking here, or click here to buy one of my books and build your goal-setting muscle.