How To Make Goals Happen

How To Make Goals Happen
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I've had this dream for a long time. In my dream, I have an online business that earns enough money to pay for things I need and things I want. I feel free and generous with people I love without any fear of running out. Total freedom - that's a dream worth living for!
 
I've been working on my dream for a couple of years now. I've attended hundreds of webinars, bought many info products with big promises, dabbled with few ideas and even made some money. I know now that I can make my dream happen. I also know that it can only happen when I learn to stay focused on one thing at a time.
 
My online business comes with many perils. One of them is a "shiny object" phenomenon. I struggle daily to resist the many tempting offers in my mailbox. Until now, I had just one serious addiction to deal with. These days, I have two. The "too many carbs" addiction is killing my health. The "too many shiny objects" addiction keeps me from achieving my goals!
 
But I am not here to talk about my carb addiction... What's relevant here is the problem of being too long on "bright ideas" and too short on time. I had to find a way to help me stay focused on my goals despite the never ending distractions in my mail box.
 
So here I am. These days I am using index cards to deal with new ideas while working steadily on my dream.
 
goal_settingUsing index cards makes the plan flexible. It lets me add and evaluate new ideas while working on existing project pipeline. Over time, when new ideas are sufficiently fleshed out, I can estimate the work effort required and set the target dates for completion. I may decide to drop some of them later, but that's a useful exercise for learning to focus on what really matters.
 
The best part is that I don't get sidetracked by new ideas. I just write them down on an index card, then flesh out the details over time as they reveal themselves. In the meantime, I focus on those project tasks that have been clearly defined. Focusing on those tasks and checking them off as completed is what gets me closer to my goal.
 
My 10 Step System To Make Goals Happen
 
1. Write your big dream on the blank side of an index card. Turn the card around and describe it as clearly as you can. You can come back and fill in details later as they become more clear. Be specific!
 
2. Make a list of things that need to be done for your big dream to come true. Write each of these projects on a blank side of an index card, one project per card. You can add more projec later on as they become clear.
 
3. On the lined side of each project card, write down tasks that need to be done to complete the project. If the list is too long, staple another index card and continue. Again, you don't have to know all tasks right away. You can fill them later as they become clear (see step #9)
 
4. Arrange and sequence your project cards by priority. Give higher priority to the projects for which the task list is completed, i.e. you have all information to start work on them right away. Start with number 10 and increment  by 10. This way, if you need to insert sub-projects later, you can use the numbers in between (11, 12, 21, etc.).
 
5. Estimate project hours. First, estimate the number of hours it will take to complete each task and write that number next to each task. Add up all task hours and write that total number next to project description.
 
6. Using the estimated project hours and priority number, determine project completion dates. Do this step for every project. The last project's completion date will be your target completion date for achieving your goal!
 
7. Start working your plan, starting with highest priority project (#10).
 
8. Work through your tasks and check them off as you complete them. It's important to keep the momentum and complete at least one task every day. Seeing your tasks completed gives you a sense of accomplishment and keeps you motivated.
 
9. Review your project cards every day and see if you can add more detail to the project task list. When the task list is fully fleshed out, assign that project higher priority to move it to the front of the line.
 
10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until all projects and all tasks are completed.
 
It helps to think of your indexed plan as a living thing that needs daily loving care to keep it alive. Attend to it daily with loving care, as you would if it was a child. With the right attitude, the right plan and the system for staying focused, achieving your goals is a certainty.

 

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