5 steps to help you save money, lose weight, be more successful, or whatever else you want to do

Seriously though. These 5 steps will help you achieve whichever goal you set out to do. This isn’t just another click-bait fix-all snake oil sales pitch. It’s a real game changer. And while the concept is a lot more approachable than you may expect, it’s a well established practice, and with a little prep work, you’ll be on your way to success.

So what is this mystery formula?! Come a little closer and I’ll tell ya! Be smart. Actually, be S.M.A.R.T. You have not have had the right approach to your previous goals, which is why you haven’t had the best of luck when attempting them. Let’s dive right in, and leave luck in our wake.

The first step is to get specific. What are you setting out to accomplish? Be honest with yourself when deciding this.

  • Are you trying to lose weight, or be healthier?
  • Do you want to make more money, or spend less?
  • Do you want to read more books, or learn to better manage your time?
  • Or would you simply like to learn a new skill?
  • Do you see what I mean?

How are you going to measure your progress? Use numbers to quantify your goal. This is really important to keep you on track. You can set benchmarks  to turn your goal into a few smaller goals that you’ll reach over time so it feels less overwhelming.

  • Exactly how many pounds do you want to lose?
  • Exactly how many books do you want to read?
  • Exactly how much more money do you want to make/save?
  • Exactly how early do you want to get up every day?

How are you going to achieve your goal? This is important to understand for many reasons. This is your list of actionable steps that will take you from where you are now to the finish line.

  • Set up a running schedule with incremental increases.
  • Make a list of recipes and analyze your daily calorie intake.
  • Is there a membership through Amazon or the library to help you find relevant books?
  • Do you have your resume and cover letter ready to turn in?
  • Do you need to take some extra classes or find an internship?

You need to make sure you’re setting a realistic goal. This is a really big one. Well, they’re all important… but this one is REALLY BIG! If you are trying to do too much to quickly, it’s likely not going to work out.

  • What is a healthy amount of weight to lose for your body type?
  • Can you safely run a marathon after two weeks of training, if you’ve never ran more than 2 miles at a time?
  • Can you really make $200k right out of college?
  • Are you a fast enough reader to really absorb that many books this year? Or will you have to skim through a few chapters and cheat a little?
  • Do you have the business acumen to make your art your profession?

How long do you need to achieve your goal? Can this be done in a few days/weeks/months/years? This will help you set benchmarks to track your progress, and will also create the pressure you’ll need to get things rolling. And being able to see the finish line is a huge help, rather than getting it done some day… which will likely never happen.

  • Exactly how long will it take?
  • Can you set benchmarks to track your progress?
  • Set a stretch goal incase you finish early! Reward your momentum with additional progress! High five!

And there you have it! This is THE framework for helping you achieve your goal. Now don’t get me wrong, you still need determination, motivation, discipline, and drive. But remember, you are setting this goal for a reason. You are not happy with where you are now and you’d like to change that. Make a reminder to stick to the bathroom mirror, or the fridge door. Don’t let yourself forget why you set this goal. Now go! Get on it!

I also recommend doing this with a buddy. You can each set a goal and help keep each other accountable.

And please share your results with me! I’d love to get an email from everyone who reads this and takes action so I can cheer you on and high five you at the finish line!

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