- Real purpose/Vision
What is it that you really want or want to see in your future? Why do you want it? You must know your definite chief aim, as Napolean Hill puts it. For example, why do you want to start exercising or lose 15 pounds of body weight? Is it just to look better or to live a healthy lifestyle? Why do you want to start a business or save money? Is it to make some extra money or to obtain financial freedom?
You must analyze yourself and your environment. Analyzing yourself includes: your strengths, skills, talents, passion, and weaknesses. Your environment includes the opportunities and the obstacles. This is important because if you’re not honest with yourself, then what you’re trying to do will be impossible or at least extremely difficult to achieve.
3. SMART goals
This is where you set your goals, but not just a vague goal. Your goal needs to be as specific as possible. This means your goal needs to be a SMART goal. A goal that is Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. An example would be: I will lose 15 pounds of body weight in 90 days. That is specific as it quantifies the number of weight you’re trying to lose. It’s measureable because you can measure yourself now and three months later. It’s achievable because it’s only 15 pounds in 3 months and not 50 pounds in 3 months. It’s realistic because if you exercise even just 3 times a week and eat properly you can do it. It’s time-bound because you have a time frame of 3 months to lose only 15 pounds. Another example is I will save $100 dollars a month and invest it.
4. Projects (strategies & tactics):
This is where things get tough. How will you achieve your goal of losing 10 pounds of body weight in 2 months? One of the best strategies is to break them down into projects (aka mini-goals). Given that, you can try to lose 2 pounds of weight per week and you’ll definitely lose at least 15 pounds in 3 months. Start off be cleaning up your diet with every meal. Eat complex carbs, complete clean protein, and good fats (omega 3 ones).
5. Execution (daily tasks)
What will you do on a daily basis in order to achieve or work closer toward your SMART goal? Are you just going to be doing nothing and hope it comes? This is crucial to obtaining success. For the losing 15 pounds in 3 months example, exercise as the first thing in the morning if you’re doing aerobics (cardio exercises). And if you do anaerobic (strength training such as weightlifting) then do it as the first thing an hour after your breakfast. This is one way to get it over with first thing in the morning when you have the most willpower and nothing on your mind yet. Also, by putting exercise as your first priority of the day you’ll be more likely to do it than if you put it at the end of the day when you’re exhausted from school and/or work. Other than exercising daily, you should also strive to eat 4-6 healthy small meals a day and sleep before 12AM and get around 8 hours of sleep. If you’re not already doing any of these then I suggest just picking up one good habit at a time. So the first week you may try to just start eating 4-6 small meals. Then second week exercise daily first thing in the morning. And then fix your sleeping habit and sleep earlier than 12AM but still getting around 8 hours of sleep