How do you know if you're actually going to get what you want?
Clients of mine, women and audiences that I've spoken to, and my friends have said to me, “Diane, how do you achieve so much? How do you achieve so much when you have two young children? How do you achieve so much when you have so much going on? How do you just do it all.”
(The funny thing is I don’t have it all together. Currently, I’m stepping over stuff in my house that’s all over the floor and I have 2 loads of clean laundry to fold.)
But I want to give you something really simple to know if you are going to achieve what you want.
Number 1: Are your goals alive?
We talked about goals. We talked about what you want. However, are your goals alive? That's the key thing. Goals must be alive. Are they living? What you want must be alive in your life. If it's not, if it's not present, if it's not there, you will not achieve it.
How can you make your goals alive?
Step 1. Make sure that your goals are actually written down.
Make sure to write your goals down so that they are active goals. If you haven't written down your goals yet, then they're passive. They're just dreams. They're just wishes. You are not actually going to attain them. Write down what you want.
Step 2: Move your goals into your calendar.
The second step is to move them into your calendar. If you want to answer the question “Are my goals alive?” check your calendar. If you have a health goal of losing 20 pounds, is there anything in your calendar that says workout? Is there anything in your calendar that says meal prep? If you want to write a book, is there anything in your calendar that says draft an outline or talk with publishers?
If there's nothing in your calendar or in your schedule that is related to what you want, then you're not going to attain it.
You might think, “I delegate a lot.” Well, that’s great. However, is there anything in your calendar to check in on those who are instrumental to the success of you getting what you want? For example, if your goal is writing your own book, do you have meetings with a publisher? Do you have meetings with maybe a ghostwriter or the book layout designer? You need to ask yourself, “Do I have meetings with these people?” If you don't have meetings with them, then you're probably not going to get what you want. (I have weekly meetings with my team.)
Now, you might say, “I don't need to have meetings with them.” Well, as long as you're monitoring their progress (I like Trello for this), as long as there's something that's happening, then it's in your calendar. And that goal or what you want is alive.
Step 3: Make sure your resources are going to it.
If you plan to build your own business, are you spending time learning how to do that? Are you investing time to be able to do that? Are you investing resources in a coach to support you and to provide accountability? If your resources of time, energy, and money are not going to what you want, you won't achieve it.
That's like saying, “I'm going to get super fit, so I can run an Iron Man.” But then you're not spending any time doing any exercising and you're not investing in the right coaches to train you, and you're not buying the right equipment that you need to do it.
The number one way to know if you will get what you want is to make your goals alive. Make sure they’re in your calendar. I know that is something that you can do today. Write down your goals. Check your calendar. See if you have time, energy, resources, money going towards what you want.
Today, I hope you'll do something to get closer to what you want. And that the action you take will have you feeling confident that you will actually achieve what you want.
Share a goal or two in the comments below. Then you’ll check off already doing the first step, which is to make sure that your goals are written down. Bravo! Now go crush them!
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