Are you looking for practical tips on how to reach your goals?
Well, you came to the right place! At PCS, we LOVE to talk about goal-setting.
If you feel overwhelmed or stressed out, don't worry. In this article, I'm going to share 5 practical tips you can use throughout the year to help you reach your goals.
5 Practical Tips for Reaching Your Goals
The following article was inspired by our on-demand webinar, Controlled Burn in the #NewNow: Fueling the Fire of Your Heart to Burn for You, Your Business, and Your Customers, hosted by our friend Jason Barnaby, Chief Firestarter at Firestarters, Inc.
Here are five key takeaways from Jason’s inspiring presentation (and overall philosophy for success) that can help you reach your goals.
1. Become Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
At the start of 2020, you were probably excited and ready to work hard towards your goals. Unfortunately, just a few months later, life as we knew it changed with the onset of a global pandemic.
2021 brought some hope for better days ahead, but the reality has been one bumpy rollercoaster ride!
With many coining this time of feeling uncomfortable and pivoting as the “New Normal,” it’s important to remember that these obstacles won’t last forever. Instead, Jason encourages us to think of this strenuous time on our path to success as “The New NOW.” A time in your life and business where you’ll need to pivot, not succumb to the hardships or give up.
There’s no doubt this gives many (if not all) of us an uncomfortable feeling.
Regardless of the situation or reason, this is not the first time—nor will it be the last time—you’ll encounter uncomfortable situations in your life, especially when it comes to your business.
So what do you do when this happens? According to Jason, the answer is to torch fear and ignite hope. Get rid of the fear you have of being uncomfortable and spark the hope that better days are ahead. Do things you haven't tried before. Make the scary leap or decision it might take to bring you over that hump blocking you from accomplishing what you want to accomplish.
I get it. This is definitely easier said than done! So, what steps should you take towards calming your mind and adopting a positive mindset?
It helps to start by asking yourself these two questions:
- How did we get here?
- What do we do next?
You can’t predict every obstacle or uncomfortable situation you’ll be faced with in life and in business, but you can do your best to prepare for emergency situations, so you’re not scrambling to decide what to do when problems arise. Instead, develop a life and/or business pivot plan to follow!
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2. Create an Action Plan
Every goal needs a plan. A goal without a plan is just a wish!
Answer the following questions.
- What exactly are the goals you want to achieve?
- When do you want to achieve them?
Write your answers down and share them with your team and/or staff. No one can reach their goals alone, so be sure to schedule a brainstorming session with your team and decide on what each person needs to do to make sure those goals are achieved.
It’s also important to discuss potential obstacles you may encounter along the way. Once you’ve done so, take a look at each scenario and list its best, good, and worst outcomes.
- Best Outcome: What would be the best outcome of this scenario? What can you do now to prepare most effectively to have this be the outcome should this scenario arise?
- Good Outcome: This is your backup plan. If you find yourself in a position where the best outcome isn’t possible, what can you do to survive and make it through until things return to normal again?
- Worst Outcome: No one likes to think about this, but it’s important to do so! What is the worst outcome if this scenario were to occur? What can you do to avoid this scenario?
Establish a plan for yourself and your team to make sure you're always in the best position to respond to potential setbacks.
3. Quiet Your Negative Self-Talk
Did you know, according to the National Science Foundation, an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day and of those thoughts, 80% of them are negative?
More often than not, self-doubt and inaction due to fear are two of the biggest obstacles that can hinder you from reaching your goals.
Stop asking yourself questions out of a place of fear or anxiety, such as “But what if…?” or “But what about…”
If you find yourself dealing with the "worst-case scenario", refer back to the questions we discussed previously. Ask yourself:
- How did we get here?
- What do we do next?
Answer these questions, take a deep breath, and keep going.
Remember, the most you can do is your best.
Like Babe Ruth once said, “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
4. Identify Your “Tribe”
Many successful people have a “tribe,” or a group of people who function as their support system.
Remember, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Who are those people in your life?
Now ask yourself the following questions:
Which individuals on your list:
- believe in you and your dreams/the goals you want to reach?
- encourage you and motivate you to work hard?
- will give you tough advice and challenge you when you need it?
- proactively support you, whether it be emotionally or financially through giving you their business?
- do you respect?
- do you want to reach your goals for (besides yourself)?
If there are individuals you listed as being in your “tribe”, but are not included in the answers you gave to the previous six questions, you might want to rethink who you keep in your “tribe.”
Spend time with people who love and are honest with you. Who support you and/or mentor you. Who make you a better person. Don't nurture toxic relationships.
5. Give Yourself Grace
Life is unpredictable. You may not always be able to control what happens, but you can control how you respond to it.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with stress when you encounter obstacles or pitfalls.
Give yourself grace and allow yourself to learn from these moments. This will help you move forward in business and in life.
It’s important to remember to extend this grace to others as well, especially those who are on your team and in your tribe!
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On-Demand Webinar: Controlled Burn in the #NewNow
If you’re interested in learning more about Jason Barnaby’s philosophy for success, check out the Firestarters website.
Make sure to also listen to the full on-demand webinar here.