The number one reason we see most people fail at their goals is that their goals weren’t set properly. There’s actually a science behind setting and achieving those goals.

Have you ever set a goal and given up on it shortly after? What happened? Why didn’t you follow through? Did you take the time to examine why it didn’t work out?

Here are some techniques and questions to ask yourself when setting your New Year Goals:

Start at the Finish Line

I like to think about the long run first, then work backwards. For example; I want to meditate every day, double my business, grow my Youtube Followers to 10k and win a National Medal in Olympic Weightlifting. If you didn’t realize, those goals are quite lofty! Let’s pick one and examine how to achieve it this new year.

Goal: Grow Youtube Following to 10k subscribers

To get to 10k subscribers, I’ll probably need to post roughly 100 videos of high-quality content. That’s about 2 videos per week. Wow, that seems like a lot! I’m almost overwhelmed just thinking about it. I’ve made about 50 videos in the past 2 years on the GeauxFit Training Channel – check that out here if you’re curious.

So now, we’ve broken down a lofty goal into smaller steps; 2 videos per week.

Since 2 videos seem like a lot: How can I make that manageable?

Similarly, If we want to lose 50 lbs this year, we can simply that by 4lbs per month, or 1lb per week.

Simplify

Let’s make this super easy now – what’s the simplest way to achieve that goal of 2 videos a week? We don’t want to come out of the gate trying to make Golden Globes; let’s do just enough so that we satisfy our goals. Consistency is paramount. Consistency will build habit and confidence. Somedays, it might just be video of me training. Super simple, just record then post. Some days I might talk about training tips [more difficult editing], and some days I might interview people or discuss a topic [most difficult]. Planning ahead helps, but having an easy way out that satisifies your goals checklist is important too.

If my goal were to lose weight, maybe I just start with eating 1 veggie at every meal. Or taking a walk daily. Or doing a circuit every morning of 5 pushups, 10 situps and 15 air squats. And no matter what, not skipping it!

Think: What’s the easiest way I can knock this out right now? And get it done!

Maybe that’s taking a multi vitamin, eating a salad, drinking a protein shake or just going to workout. But you have to do something, it doesn’t have to always be everything.

Plan Ahead

Now, you should start to look at how you can increase your results from the work you’re doing. To grow my audience, I don’t just create and publish content. I must also share that content with communities that are interested in what I’m talking about. I’ll share on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, emails and ask influencers in this space to review my content.

To go back to the weight loss analogy, I might start with the 1 veggie/day thing + mandatory daily movement and start to amplify my results using things like:

  • Increase # of veggies per meal; only buy healthy stuff
  • Add more reps, reduce the time frame to complete a certain rep scheme or go into deeper ranges of motion
  • Add in more complex movements, longer runs or faster sprints
  • Start prepping healthy meals ahead of time
  • Add in a supplement to help with energy, metabolism, protein, etc.
  • Get a coach or find a group to challenge your
  • Sign up for an event, race or competition

Celebrate Small Achievements

Success will take time, and if you stay consistent, time will move by much more quickly. Don’t forget to celebrate every small achievement because nothing is going to happen overnight – at least nothing worthwhile anyway. Take moments to practice gratitude for your journey. The fact that you are on this journey is freaking powerful. Enjoy the process. Don’t be afraid to work hard for it. The harder you work, the more meaningful it will be once you achieve your goals. Don’t look for the easy way out. Embrace the suck. Suffering unveils a life worth living.

Have fun with it

Sometimes you’ll need to create small challenges with yourself to get going. How can I make a video today from only my selfie camera? How many times can I say the word meow? What’s a new way to cook this veggie (ask google)? Make it a game or competition to make things more interesting.

Think about what you want to accomplish this year and write it down. Now, for each of the things you want to accomplish ask yourself

  1. What is it?
  2. Why do I want that?
  3. How will that benefit me? My friends and family? My coworkers and the general public?
  4. Why is this important to me?
  5. How important is this?
  6. What am I willing to sacrifice to achieve this by next year?
  7. Who can I ask for help?
  8. What are some obstacles that have stopped me in the past?
  9. How will I overcome them this time?
  10. If I achieve this, how will my life change?

These are things I ask myself and my members. Sometimes you’ll need support, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Sometimes you’ll need to sacrifice, don’t be afraid to cut things out of your life. Believe me, when you decide you want them back, you can have them back.

See if this helps in your goal planning. If you need help and want to sit down to chat about this with me, i’d love to help!

Have a great New Year!

Also, step One: FOLLOW ME ON YOUTUBE :P