Self Development

How to Set Achievable Goals for 2021

Who are you tomorrow begins with what you do today ~ Tim Fargo

It feels like we slept in 2019 and dreamt about 2020 then woke up in 2021.

What do you remember about the year 2020? Specifically, what were your plans? what were your goals?

My guess is that you had many plans and goals like everyone else on the eve of 2019.

But, the year 2020 became a never-ending nightmare everyone wanted to wake up from.

Luckily, we’ve woken up and it’s 2021.

I want you to take a minute and ask yourself this simple question.

How many of your goals did you achieve in 2020 before the hand of the clock drove you into 2021?

Here is the thing. Everyone has wishes. Everyone has plans. Everyone dreams.

Even a homeless dog running amok in the streets of Istanbul dreams of one day living in a real home like some of its comrades.

The idea of planning and thinking about what we want to achieve in the nearest future is often the fun and easy part.

But, what usually happens before the first month of every year expires is this. Billions of plans and goals get crushed.

Here is the reason why most people never achieve the goals they set for themselves.

The strategy of goal-setting they use is completely wrong and not executable.

Basically, what most people do is this. They think about the things they want to achieve. They pen it down on paper and throw the paper somewhere among other stuff.

Then they go by their daily lives hoping for a miracle to occur and magically turn their written words into gold.

Some people never even take a second to write their goals down. I was one of those people.

What is even most striking about the list of goals people set is that it is often too abstract.

For example, an unemployed individual sets a goal to earn $100.000 by the end of the year. And that’s it. He goes by his daily life. Business as usual.

In this article, I will share with you the most effective strategy you can use to set goals that are achievable for the year 2021.

Goals that can be measured. Goals for which you can see yourself drawing closer to the finish line every single day.

Before I developed the strategy I call goal-action strategy, I spent a great deal of time experimenting with different techniques of setting goals.

But, most of them weren’t effective. I wasn’t getting more done. I wasn’t moving as fast as I wanted toward my goals.

But this simple technique proved the most practical and effective.

The results I got from the process of applying what I am about to share with you were staggering.

For example, for four years now, I have always wanted to write a book, but I never did. I once started in 2018 but stopped at the 30th page.

With this new strategy, I was able to start from scratch and write the first two drafts of the book. At the time of writing this article, I’m currently writing the third draft.

I applied thesame strategy to building my website and in less than 2 months, the site was complete. In fact, everything I do in my life is based on applying the goal-action strategy.

So, what actually is the goal-action strategy?

It begins with picking a goal you want to achieve. Any goal. One that excites you. One that you believe is worth pursuing. One that will take you one step up the ladder of life.

Let’s say for example your goal is to save $5000 by the end of 2020. Simple goal right? Guess how many people never get to save the amount of money they really want. More than 90%.

But, here is how you can use the goal-action strategy to save $5000 by the end of 2021 (Remember, this is an example for illustration. But, you’ll see in a second how to apply it to every other goal in your life)

You start with the largest timeframe for achieving your goal. So, for us, it is one year. Then you divide the time and the goal by half.

This means that in 6 months you have to save $2500. But, 6 months is too far into the future. You can’t see it with your eyes yet.

So, you split the time and goal in the middle again. This means in 3 months, you should save $1250.

Okay, not too bad. We are close, but not too close. 3 months is still miles away into the future to achieve something. You shrink the time and goal to a month. And your new goal becomes $417. Fair enough.

But, hold on. What does this actually mean on a weekly basis? It means you must save $104 every week. That sounds easy, doesn’t it?

A week is made up of 7 long days. This is still a little far into the future.

You have to bring your distant goal as close to your face as possible. You have to feel it. You have to see how you are influencing a one-year goal in every instant.

So, again we split $104 to know exactly how much we need to save every day. It turns out all you need to save $15.

Now, saving $15 dollars every day is something you can easily do. It’s small. It’s simple. You can see yourself doing it without even thinking about it.

Here is why this strategy is super effective and guaranteed to work. If you save $15 every day, you don’t need to worry about achieving your goal of saving $5000 at the end of the year, do you?

As long as you commit to your small daily savings, your $5000 is guaranteed to be in your account at the end of the year. No doubt about that.

Now, this doesn’t only work for saving money. It works for every other goal in your life.

Do you want to lose 10 pounds of body fat? or do you want to write a book? Do you want to create a business? or do you want to read 50 books?

What is your goal for 2021?

Pick anything you want to achieve before 2021 disappears from sight. Anything.

Apply the goal-action strategy by writing it down on a piece of paper or notebook on your phone.

 Break it down until all you have is a single day. At that moment, you are certain of the action you have to take to ensure that your goal is met by the end of the year.

Guess what? Personally, I don’t stop at the day. In a day there are 24 hours.

I drill down to every hour of my day. Then before I go to bed, I make sure that I write a plan for the next day.

In that plan, I include a small slice of my goal for the next day.

That’s how I got to write my book, that’s how I built my site, that’s how I’m able to do sports every morning, and so many other goals I have in my life.

You too can follow exactly this process. You can create the future you want by simply choosing the goal you want, applying the goal-action strategy, then executing it every day.

The Takeaway

Many of our goals never come to fruition because of how we set them.

We make our goals too abstract. They’re never specific or concrete enough.

This makes it difficult for us to chose the set of actions that will take us one step towards achieving these goals.

In this article, I have shared with you a simple goal-setting strategy to use for the year 2021.

This technique is predicated on the simple idea of breaking the goal and timeline down to its smallest unit.

Start with a big goal that can last a year. Then break it down to 6 months. And then to 3 months, 1 month, a day and if possible an hour.

This way you’ll be able to take actions now that will steer you towards your ultimate goal.

Control the outcome of your distant future by controlling your daily actions.

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