The key to achieving your goals is often seen as the holy grail – something that seems to evade many and yet for others appears super simple.
We all know those people who state an intention and actually make it happen.
These are the people who have an idea or a dream and manage to turn it into a reality.
Actually it’s not so easy. It might LOOK easy, but looks are deceptive.
Is it luck?
People often tell me that I’m so lucky to have been able to achieve what I have.
I often hear “Oh, it’s easy for you, Michelle” or “I wish I could do that”
The truth of the matter is that anyone with the right mindset can do exactly the same.
So what is the secret?
The secret is discipline.
Staying focussed and in your own lane.
It comes down to being an effective goal setter.
You need to know exactly how to construct your goals and understand how to go about achieving them.
The good news is that goal setting and goal getting is something you can learn.
I use the formula constantly and I love teaching others how to use the same formula.
Why we need clear goals
Having goals helps you to work effectively because you set your priorities.
By having clear goals together with a pathway to achievement comes down to :
The acronym is PEG.
The dictionary defines a peg (noun) as a pin of wood or other material driven or fitted into something, as to fasten parts together, to fasten parts together, to hang things on, to make fast a rope or string on or to mark some point.
A peg on a clothesline is something we use to hold up our clothes as they dry.
If we choose weak pegs, they will always be snapping and breaking. Our washing will be fluttering off merrily into the breeze or dangling askew on the line. Perhaps only just hanging on.
Conversely, when we are using pegs that are strong and solid, they hold things firmly even if there is a strong breeze.
At worst, in a strong breeze the clothes might get twisted and tangled up, but they do stay on the line.
I always say that achieving your goals comes down to visualising your goals as the items hanging on a clothesline.
They have to be neatly laid out and…
Goals must be firmly pegged
Consider the kind of pegs needed to secure these in place so no matter what comes along, your goals remain firmly on the line, even if they may get blown about.
They may even get a little tangled and twisted. BUT, they will still be there providing the pegs are strong.
Gusty storms are part of life and I’ve experienced a few.
Here’s what I’ve discovered …..
As long as your goals are there in front of you, firmly on your individual line they can be retrieved and straightened out after a gusty storm has passed.
It all comes down to staying in your own lane.
You do this by having a Strategic Plan.
Not the boring corporate kind that sits in the back of a cupboard.
Achieving Your Goals Requires
A plan that is real.
That is user-friendly.
One that comes with a simple actionable plan that keeps you moving in the direction you want to be going.
Actionable. Trackable. These are the keys to a great strategic plan.
You may like to check out my FREE Introduction to Strategic Planning Workshop which will give you a little more idea around setting out your plan.
Fly like a dragon
Michelle Hanton is a multi-award winning bespoke business strategist, working internationally as a consultant, coach, speaker and writer. She has a keen interest in the not-for-profit sector and is the former CEO of Lifeline Top End, and founder of Dragons Abreast Australia, a national charity dedicated to the promotion of breast cancer awareness.