Part 2 in The Secret To Setting Goals focuses on implementing small, achievable goals in your subconscious, almost as daily habits that will see you achieve them in no time.
If your goals are on autopilot and in your subconscious as well as conscious mind, you’re on your way to really making them stick.
So, in the previous post I talked about imagining your ideal average day, in order to set actionable goals to help you get to where you really want to be in life or work.
A few months ago, a client came to me with some pretty big goals for the year ahead. She wanted to finish her postgraduate degree, get healthy, learn mindfulness, take care of herself, start a business, double her freelance work, travel to Canada for a conference and start planning her wedding. Are you exhausted just reading that list? Those are some pretty big goals, and she was putting a huge amount of pressure on herself to achieve them. She had spent the beginning of the year goal-setting and planning with high energy. But she was looking at the bigger picture, instead of breaking the goals down into manageable bite-sized pieces, and hence burning out fast. She had them written down at her desk, but her brain couldn’t handle the overwhelm, so she came to me for help.
To improve the chances of achieving these goals in a big way, follow the THREE steps below to break them down even further, into weekly habits that will set the goals up on autopilot in your brain.
Look at all aspects of your life - career/business, relationships, health, finance, personal development, spirituality, relaxation and fun. Make a pie chart or write them on individual pieces of paper. Take a bit of time to assess how they’re going. What’s going okay? Where would you like to improve most? What area is completely falling apart (we’ve all got them!)? Rate them out of 10, for clarity (and fun!). Here’s a great article on the Think Simple Now .
Write down a few goals for each area of your life. For example, in ‘personal development’ you might write down ‘learn to relax’. Keep them somewhere you can see regularly, such as beside your bed or above your desk. Writing them down is key, as this engages the visual, kinaesthetic and auditory parts of your brain, making it more likely to activate your subconscious mind. Read more about that on Psychology Today . Once your subconscious mind is engaged, it will work in the background – almost on autopilot – to move you towards your goals.
Identify actions you can take on a weekly basis to reach your goals. The client I mentioned above wanted to learn mindfulness, so we broke down her weekly goals to include examples like: ‘I will listen to meditation music for 20 minutes every Monday night’ or ‘I will watch a mindfulness YouTube video during lunch at work, twice a week’. If you want to save for a holiday and you have a year to save, divide the amount you need to save by 52.2 weeks in order to work out how much money you need to automatically debit each week and siphon into a high-interest savings account. If you want to grow the number of clients in your business, work out how many sales calls you need to make each week, factoring in the sales conversion rate.
If you focus on the small steps you need to take each week to reach the bigger goal, it seems much more manageable to achieve. With small, consistent steps that become habitual or ‘autopilot’, we’re on our way to success.
I can help coach you through this three-step plan and set actionable goals for the week, month or year ahead. Sign up below to receive a free 30-minute coaching call. I’ll send you an email to arrange a time that suits.