The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide Part 3: Coming Out With Your Strategy

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Ultimate Goal Setting Guide

Complete Series

Part 1 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Introduction to GSPET
Part 2 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Setting Your Goals
Part 3 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Coming Out With Your Strategy You are at Part 3 of the series
Part 4 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Time To Put Things Into Plan
Part 5 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Turning Dreams Into Reality
Part 6 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Keeping Your Eyes On Your Goal At All Time

GSPET – Strategy

Strategy is a plan of action to help you achieve your goals.
Source~Wiki

A strategy can help you to plan your course of action to achieve your goals. Most likely you will experience frustration and failure if you fail to come out with strategies that can help you to achieve your goals.

Here are the 5 steps that you need to do to set up your own strategy.

  1. Break things down
  2. What do you need to achieve your goals?
  3. What stops you from achieving your goals?
  4. Identifying the 80/20
  5. Create accountability

1. Break Things Down

Once you have your goals written on a piece of paper and it is time to break it down into smaller pieces to prevent yourself from being overwhelmed.

Breaking your goals down into smaller tasks or milestones can make it much easier to reach.

Here is an example:

If your goal is to lose 30 lbs, you may want to break it down into losing 2.5 lbs every 2 weeks.

You then follow up by breaking your goals down even further into tasks such aiming to run 3 times per week and perform resistance exercises 3 times per week.

You may also want to make some changes to your diet and you think that restricting yourself from eating refined carbohydrates is going to help you lose the weight fast. Hence, you aim to go without refined carbohydrates for 6 days per week and have one cheat meal.

You also come up with the plan of having an accountability partner who will help increase the chances that you will succeed in achieving your goals. Hence, you decided to seek out any of your friends who want to achieve similar goals.

This is what strategy is all about. You break things down into milestone and tasks so that you can execute them.

Remember to write down what you had broken down (milestones, tasks, etc).

2. What Do You Need To Achieve Your Goals

You need to start brainstorming about ideas to get to your goals. There are 3 questions that you need to ask yourself.

1) What do you already know?
2) What knowledge/skills do you need?
3) Is there anybody who does it better than you?

1. What Do You Already Know

You need to assess yourself on your skill/knowledge from a scale of 1 to 10. What is the skill/knowledge you already have on hand that can help you to achieve your goals?

If you want to lose weight, how much do you know about fitness, diet, fat burning, metabolism, lifestyle and nutrition?

There are so many things that you need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

If you want wealth, you need to study wealth. If you want success, you need to study success.
~Jim Rohn

Rate your skills/knowledge that you need in order to achieve your goals on a scale of 1 to 10.

Once you done that, you know where you stand and you will proceed to the next step to ask yourself….

2. What Knowledge/Skills Do You Need?

You want to make sure that you are on a scale of 8 to 10 on the skill/knowledge that you need to achieve your goals.

You will fail easily to achieve your goal if you do not have the skills or knowledge required.

You will fail easily to achieve your goal of having a slim/well cut body if you do not have any idea about metabolism, nutrition, exercises, interval training and healthy lifestyle.

Be a Master of the skills/knowledge that you need and you can easily achieve your goals. It is time to live first class!

If your goal is to lose weight, you need knowledge about fitness, exercises, diet etc.

Go and get at least 3 books and subscribe to at least 1 blog that cover topics on fitness and weight loss. You will start to learn and get all the skills that you need to achieve your goals.

The internet makes it possible for us to get all the information that we need. It all lies on our fingertips. If you want to learn something, there are tutorial types of videos on YouTube or there are blogs and books that cover on the topics that you are interested in.

The library is also a huge resource. It is a waste if you are not making full use of your library. It is free to borrow books in Singapore (I believe it is the same in your country too) and I make full use of it.

Go get some books now and start reading now about the skills and knowledge that you want to pick up. Remember, read at least 3 books and subscribe to 1 blog on the skills/knowledge that you want to pick up that will help you achieve your to achieve your goals much faster.

3. Who Does It Better Than You?

Life is too short for us to go through everything with trials and errors. There are people who had gone through what we went through and we are able to tap into their skill and knowledge just by simply modeling them. hence, seek out people who have done what you want to do and learn from them.

It will be good if you can get them as your mentor or if it is not possible, find out whether they have any blogs or books and start reading them. This can accelerate your growth and make you much better in a shorter amount of time.

3. What Are The Obstacles That Are Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals?

Brainstorming about possible obstacles that you might encounter is a great way to help you be mentally prepared for it. It You can also try to prevent the obstacle from appearing at the first place.

If you are trying to lose weight, there are many obstacles that can stop you from losing weight such as:

  1. Festive seasons (Think junk food)
  2. Your kitchen is filled with junk food
  3. Lack of time to work out
  4. Drinking with your friends
  5. Your love of chocolates.

Or the obstacles may seem like this if you are trying to create your own business at home.

  1. You like to spend time lying on bed.
  2. Distractions from family
  3. You spend too much time on surfing aimlessly online.
  4. Procrastination is a huge problem.
  5. Lack of time.

Obstacles will lie ahead of you when you try to pursue your goals and dreams. The only thing that matters is how you deal with it.

You don’t complain about how hard it is too conquer your obstacles. You focus on how to overcome them or prevent them from being obstacles in the first place.

I believe strongly in setting ourselves up for success. Willpower and discipline is limited and if you are depending on them to help power you through the obstacles in the long run, you are going to fail – miserably.

If you love to eat junk foods such as chocolates and you are trying to lose weight, you have a problem – a big one.

When your kitchen is filled with all kinds of junk foods, you are not going to be able to resist all the temptations of these lousy junk foods in the long run. You will give in to your temptations in a matter of time.

Why not set yourself up for success and get rid of all of the junk foods in your kitchen?

You won’t need any willpower or determination in this case and you are simply setting yourself up for success.

If you think you are wasting too much time surfing online and you can’t get anything done on your new online business, why not work offline or use applications to help you block off your time wasting sites? (Exp: Stay Focused for Google Chrome)

So ask yourself what are the obstacles that you think you are going to face and how you can prevent them from happening?

Not all obstacles can be prevented. If your obstacles can’t be prevented, at least you are mentally prepared to face it and make sure that you won’t give up on moving towards on your goals when your obstacles pop up.

Start brainstorming for your obstacles now and find ways to set yourself up for success.

4. 80/20 Principle – How To Get The Most Results In The Least Amount Of Time

The essential thing that you need to know about the 80/20 Principle is to get the biggest result using the least amount of effort.

You can read more about the 80/20 Principle in this article that I had wrote.

Not everything is equal. This includes your tasks. Since you have gone through the steps of breaking down your goals into tasks, you will need to make sure that you give priorities to the tasks that are essentials. I call these tasks ETs (Essential Tasks).

What are the essential tasks if you want to set up your own online business? It is to have a website, have a product and start making some sales.

The important thing is not about getting a new computer, chair, office or getting a logo designed. The only way you can have a successful online business is to have sales and in order to do that you will need to make sure that you have a product that you can sell on your website.

What if you want to lose weight? You want to burn fat away so that you can achieve a well cut body.

If you spend your whole time running, you may get results but you won’t get significant result unless you are doing interval training that will maximize fat burning in the least amount of time.

Go through your tasks and think about what tasks will give you the most results using the least amount of time and effort? Once you identified these tasks, put an asterix beside them or highlight them.

These are your ETs (Essential Tasks) and you will need to make sure that you prioritize them every single day. I will talk to you more about what to do about your ETs at the Planning Stage in GSPET.

5. Create Accountability: The Rope That Will Pull You Along

Do you work harder when your boss is around? Of course! You work harder (even just a little) especially your boss is around.

You don’t slack around when your boss is around isn’t it?

We will create the same effect over here. It is call accountability. The possibility of following through will increase drastically due to accountability.

Is it harder to work out alone or with a friend?

It is harder to work out alone because there will be bad days when you feel you are too tired, quarreled with your spouse or your dog peed on your favorite couch. When these happen, you have a good excuse to not workout for the day.

You can come out with 101 different excuses to stop yourself from taking steps to achieve your goals when you have no accountability. But if you promised your friend that you will go with him/her to the fitness class together, it is much harder for you to give yourself an excuse and skip the workout.

I still have my Mastermind Group (It is only 2 of us) and we meet weekly online or offline. We use the time to discuss what happened the previous week and what we will do for next week. We create accountability for our tasks and we make sure that we will complete it by next week. This will help to keep us on track and ensure that we are accountable for our tasks and taking action.

You can read more about how to create your own Mastermind Group here.

There are so many ways you can create accountability. You can create your own Mastermind Group, publish your goals on your blog, rope in your friend who want to achieve similar goals or even through posting on personal development forums (or any forum for your particular goal).

Right now, think about 3 ways that you can use to create accountability for your goals and write them down.

The next step of GSPET is the Planning Stage of the 5 steps process. This is when we will start allocating your ETs and start planning your day to make sure that you follow through. You can read next part of the series here: Part 4 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Time To Put Things Into Plan

Cheers
Vincent

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Complete Series

Part 1 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Introduction to GSPET
Part 2 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Setting Your Goals
Part 3 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Coming Out With Your Strategy
Part 4 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Time To Put Things Into Plan – Click here to read Part 4 of the Series.
Part 5 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Turning Dreams Into Reality
Part 6 Of The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide: Keeping Your Eyes On Your Goal At All Time


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7 Responses to “The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide Part 3: Coming Out With Your Strategy”

  1. bijay gautam says:

    Vincent,
    I will never be tired thanking for these life changing articles. I was an average student in my intermediate level. But as soon as i entered college i was with a commitment of being fully dedicated to study and i kept on moving and was success on achieving first goal of topping college. Then furthermore i was seeking to boost up myself and dropped to HMS by google.
    Now i am targeting to stand as a university topper. So its 1 of my 3 Accountabilities to keep myself in tracks.
    Cheers!!

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Bijay!

      This is a great way to build accountability. Keep going and I wish you all the best in your goal. I hope to hear more good news from you.

      Cheers
      Vincent