5 Steps to Achieving Goals
How many times have you heard stories of people achieving goals, even though there were told what they were aiming to achieve couldn’t be done? Then somehow they are constantly achieving goals, and the world finally starts believing in them.
There are too many to list, and I’m sure we all know a few of these people who are constantly achieving goals many thought impossible, I know I do, as I am one!
I was told constantly that I wouldn’t finish the Marathon des Sables in 2012 after only 5 months of training. I’ve been achieving goals my entire live while proving doubters wrong, the Sahara desert dream was no different! Experienced triathletes told me repeatedly that I would struggle to complete the Double Brutal Extreme Triathlon in north Wales as my first ever triathlon. It’s not those i’m trying to prove doubters wrong through achieving goals, but simply I have stronger belief in myself than they do. I finished my first ever triathlon in 35 non-stop hours of fun!
And pretty much the entire world outside my inner circle had doubts about me completing my 2000km in 12 days Ultimate Triathlon from Morocco to Monaco. People said things like “no chance buddy” and “there is no way you can do that.”
Did all these people’s opinions bother me? Not for one second, because that’s all they were, another persons opinion, and I knew my capabilities when it came to swimming, cycling, running, and achieving goals. Most of them didn’t know me as person, an athlete, or the work (both physically and mentally) I put into achieving goals when I prepare for them. So many of us let what others think, and their assumptions get in the way of going after our biggest goals and dreams; I think that’s just crazy.
Why do we let what others think, say, or suggest dictate our own thoughts or actions towards something achieving goals we truly want to accomplish? Self-doubt can cripple even the strongest human being, overcoming your own inner critic can be an enlightening and strengthening process. This is easier said than done though, right?
Here are my top five tips that have worked for me in the past to tune out that negative voice between your ears. They will also help you tune out those who try to bring you down with their negative opinions that can hamper you from achieving goals in your life.
Achieving goals step by step
Chase your Passion
Be passionate about what you are doing, as this can be an invisible energetic force to help achieve goals and move you forwards.
Having an emotional connection to the goal you are looking to achieve can help you stay on track, and remind you that it’s something you are excited about if things get tough!
Know your Why
Knowing why you want to achieve goals you’ve set is important. Where the motivation has come from will give you clarity, you can use this clear understanding of your drivers when faced with setbacks. Being clear of your reasoning’s can provide insight as to where you can draw energy from throughout your journey.
Do your Research
Understanding the challenge you’re facing will not only give you vital information on what’s needed to achieve your goal, but also can enhance your self-belief through knowing you are doing everything you can to turn your dreams into a reality. Continuously learning, understanding, asking questions, and developing your knowledge will nurture the inner self-confidence to achieve your goals.
Do the Work Hard
Be prepared to consistently turn up each day with conviction, and do the work that is necessary when achieving goals. Day in day out you need to show up and continually make the sacrifices that are needed to be successful. Stay present during this part of your journey, as it’s here where you can learn a lot about yourself.
Taking the time to stop and reflect on what you are doing, where you have come from, and how you’ve achieved what you have so far is a priceless tool in my book.
The knowledge you can receive when internally observing your practices, results, and what needs to still be done can open up a whole new perspective on what is needed to achieve your dreams, but also fill your soul with pride for what you’ve already accomplished!
My 5 Step Achieving Goals Process