So you set a goal. If it is a good goal, it will be S.M.A.R.T. It will be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. Something like, I will make $100,000 from my property investment portfolio over the next 12 months. And all you now need to do is to start talking action from the day you set this goal?
You have missed two significant steps, in my opinion. These steps are fundamental to whether you achieve your goal or not.
The first step you have missed is to ask yourself the question, “Who do I need to become in order to achieve this goal? How does the person who achieves a goal like this think? What is their mindset?”
“The goal is not to run a marathon, the goal is to become a runner.”
This quote from James Clear, author of Atomic Habits and the champion of identity-based change, says it perfectly. In relation to the above goal, the goal is not to make $100,000; the goal is to become the sort of investor who knows how to make $100,000 in 12 months.
This leads me to step two which is often missed. Asking the following question: “What system do you need to develop in order to reach your goal? What habits do you need to acquire to be able to achieve this goal?”
Once you have achieved this goal, the real ‘gold’ of the goal-setting process is the system or process you have created on the way. This system can then be used again, and again, often for greater outcomes.
“Goals are good for setting direction, but systems are best for making progress.” Another great quote from James Clear.
What sort of systems would help to achieve your goal of making $100,000 in 12 months? Your system around analysing deals; using money partners; developing relationships.
By adding these two steps you are not just goal setting but levelling up. You have acknowledged that to achieve this goal you need to become someone else AND think differently.
And the best part of this is that a whole new world of performance is now available for you. Levelling up requires you to consider all aspects of your life as you achieve this goal – and start to use for example your health and relationships to fuel this outcome, rather than at the expense. You are now levelling up into High Performance too, not just High Achieving. (Something I discuss in another blog.)
Now it’s time for you to reflect – do you have any goals you simply have not managed to achieve? Bring them to mind now and ask – “Did I consider the new person I needed to become? Did I think about a system I need to develop to achieve this goal?”
If you answer no, send me a message and let’s talk. My speciality is helping humans to achieve those goals through levelling up.
I am Bella Reynolds and I transform hurting High Achievers into happy, healthy and wealthy High Performers from the inside out.