Everyone likes accomplishing things. Not everyone makes plans. Setting goals only to fail can feel like an exercise in self-destruction. Been there? I have. I’ve tried and failed. I’ve written down things I want to accomplish during the year and been left feeling defeated and discouraged. Why bother? I want to live loved, not destroy myself.
Then last year I learned something that changed all that. Two little things anyone can do and get the results they long for.
Because of what I learned I not only set goals last year—I destroyed them! I’ll show you what I learned and how it works.Because of what I learned I not only set goals last year—I destroyed them! Click To Tweet
To destroy my goals I needed to see them differently than I had in the past—through the eyes of grace. Without grace, I’d make a list of things I should do and then oppress myself. I’d become Godzilla to myself, destroy my plans and suffer awful shame and condemnation.
Grace remembers we’re human.
Grace takes the should out of goals and turns them into a place you’re aiming for. Grace helps you follow a plan—a way to get where you’re going that’s good self-care instead of destructive.Grace remembers we’re human. Click To Tweet
How to Get Where you’re Aiming
One step at a time. I’d heard that before but it didn’t help me. Not until I learned something called The Next Step. I learned this little gem from Michael Hyatt at one of his Best Year Yet webinars. It revolutionized my ability to accomplish goals. The one step is the next step.
How it works is after you’ve made your goal, you expect only one thing of yourself—the next step.
What is this next step? It’s what you identify as something you’re fully capable of doing to take one step toward your goal.
And after you take your first next step then there is the next.
And then the next…
Until your goal is destroyed.I learned this little gem from Michael Hyatt at one of his Best Year Yet webinars. Click To Tweet
The most important step is always the next step. – Michael Hyatt
Why This Works
Two reasons this works.
- The next step process is full of grace. Just one thing to do. One thing you’re capable of doing. Goals exist outside of our comfort zone but each next step is something inside the comfort zone.
- At the end of the year, you see progress even if you fall short of the entire goal. Which goes back to grace. The next step process removes the pass/fail – live/die oppressive emotions, and replaces them with a look how far you’ve come attitude. The next step process celebrates progress. Even if you only do 1 next step you’ve moved in the direction of your goal.
How it works
Decide what goal or goals to set. Ask yourself these questions.
- What do you want to do or accomplish?
- What’s most important to you?
Decide what area or areas you want to set a goal.
- Things pertaining to you personally – self-care
- Things pertaining to others – relationships
- Things pertaining to circumstances – work or activities
Write down your goal. A thought in your head is only a wish and will be forgotten.
- Be specific. Using words like more or less can’t be measured and rob you of the ability to celebrate progress. Don’t be afraid and remember grace.
- Have a deadline. For example, by the end of the week, the end of a specific month or the end of the year. These give you mini time frames before them for the little next steps so you can celebrate progress.
Your reasons are vital. Why are you going after this goal?
- This is what keeps you going when you’re uncomfortable.
- This is the payoff you want or the adrenaline during the process.
- It could be spiritual, emotional, mental/intellectual or physical.
Remember the aim is to destroy goals—not you.
- Challenge yourself but be kind. Going after a goal will be aiming outside the comfort zone. Prepare for discomfort, not misery.
- Be realistic and honest with yourself. Goals are not abracadabra for wishes.
- Start small and build as you go. Too many goals at once can become overwhelming.
Take the Next Step
No matter if it’s the beginning of a new year or not, now is a good time to start. Procrastination wants to stop you—don’t let it.
Excessive planning is often a fancy way to procrastinate. – Michael Hyatt
Now that you have the framework, determine your next step.
- Identify just one thing to do.
- Keep it simple and doable. Fear can’t stop you when you’re succeeding.
- Resist the temptation to look too far ahead. Your process will become clearer as you go.
Utilize your cheerleaders.
- Nothing cheers us on as quickly as success. Noting your progress and celebrating the little victories are important.
- Keep your vision before you—it’ll speak to you.
I destroyed my goals and they didn’t destroy me—even though I didn’t complete all of them.
How is that destroying the goals?
- I made goals when I used to be afraid of them! (eighteen of them – I was a bit overzealous, I have less this year)
- I exceeded goals. I made them small enough I exceeded 5 of them. One was read 12 books by the end of the year. I read 16.
- I accomplished goals. 8 things I wouldn’t have done without the goals. One was I published my book on Kindle.
- Although I fell short on 5 of them—every single one of them I took at least 1 next step toward.
- Celebrating progress.
- Celebrating my personal growth.
I learned a lot and I couldn’t have done it without Grace and The Next Step process.
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