Goals. We all have them and we all need them. Whether your goal is to quit your day job and freelance full-time or make X income per month, there are steps you need to take to reach your goal.
Goal setting is something I struggle with on a daily basis. It’s too easy to get caught up in the day to day madness of running a business and all that entails.
There is so much to do after all. But most of the time, that day-to-day busyness might make me feel better in the moment, but isn’t effective in reaching my end goal.
What I constantly have to remind myself is that I need to stop obsessing over the end goal and instead make a habit of focusing on each individual step that will lead to it.
How do I do that? For each goal I have, I write out each thing that needs to happen and turn it into a checklist. I then can focus on just one at a time, until I get through them all and reach my goal.
This is so simple but super important.
Our minds are full of so much clutter every day and goal clutter is the most paralyzing of them all. So today I wanted to share with you the 5 steps that are always on my checklist to reach any goal.
Define what success means
Also known as: determine what your goal is. But I like to rephrase it as defining success because over time our goals may change or evolve.
Maybe you want to make 5k per month with your freelance business. That’s a great goal and I definitely have money goals too. But maybe you put in 80/hrs a week to make that 5k and aren’t feeling the freedom you expected when making that much. So achieving that goal doesn’t feel as great as you previously thought when you set it.
Instead of just setting a goal for 5k/month, decide how your life will look and feel when you reach that goal and you might arrive at that feeling before arriving at the number.
Set a date to reach that goal
If you don’t set a date, the day-to-day busyness will often take precedence over getting through the steps on your checklist. You need to make the steps a priority and setting a date to accomplish them all will keep you on track
Surround yourself with people on the same track
Self-determination and motivation are incredibly important in reaching your goals, but the truth is, we can’t always do it alone. Surrounding yourself with other people trying to reach similar goals can help push you during tough times and can motivate you to make bigger goals and reach them faster. Whether that be in a Facebook community, a mastermind or an accountability partner, or simply following them on social media; find people working towards a similar goal to connect with and inspire you.
Who can you surround yourself with to help reach your current goal?
Set up or refine your systems
No matter what kind of goal you have, there should be systems around it. If you want to bring in 5 more clients a month, you likely need a project management system to keep track of the increase in work. If you want to grow your blog audience, you’ll need an editorial calendar to help you be more strategic about what you post. If you want to quit your day job and freelance full-time, you’ll need to have a client intake process in place.
What systems can you put in place to help reach your current goal?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, every investment I’ve made in my business has taken me to the next level and helped me achieve each one of my goals. Getting a business bank account helped me treat my biz as a real biz not a side-hobby. Getting professional photos taken helped me feel comfortable raising my prices. Hiring a launch strategist helped me hit my launch goals outta the park. Taking an online course helped fill in the gap of knowledge about freelancing I needed to finally quit my day job.
In what areas can you go pro to help you reach your current goal?
These are the first 5 things I put on every goal checklist I have, followed by the nitty gritty of making it happen. Working through them one by one makes even the biggest of goals a lot more manageable, and in the end, reachable.
I’d love to know, do you make a checklist for each goal you have or are you just dealing with the madness day-to-day?