If you’re like a lot of people, you have some big dreams.
That’s nothing unique.
Most people have dreams. Most people want to be successful. Most people have things they’d like to accomplish. So, how do you take action and actually reach your goals?
How do you separate yourself from the people who continue to hold their dreams in their hearts and never take them to fruition?
Here’s how to actually reach your biggest goals:
1. Streamline your life.
If you want to achieve your biggest goals, you’ll need space in your life to take action toward those goals. The way to create room in your life is to streamline your life. You’ll need to streamline your schedule and get rid of the unimportant junk to make time to take massive action toward your biggest dreams.
Start by eliminating time-sucking ’empty activities,’ the activities that don’t add value to your life. Carefully evaluate how you are spending your time and determine which tasks you can declutter from your schedule in order to create room to work on your big goals.
2. Set goals that actually matter to you.
When you set goals that actually matter to you, it’s a lot easier to take massive action to reach those goals. Think about what truly matters to you and what you really want to accomplish during your lifetime.
What impact do you want to make on the world? What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? Who do you most want to be as a person? What are you incredibly passionate about?
3. Kill your procrastination habit.
If you want to reach big goals, you’ll need to kill your procrastination habit. One way to do this is to spend a few minutes each evening, writing out your schedule for the next day. When you plan in advance how you’ll spend your time, you’ll wake up in the morning knowing exactly what you’re going to do with your day, so you can be sure to take action toward your big goals.
Another great way to kill your procrastination habit is to “eat the frog every morning”. This comes from Mark Twain, who said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Your frog is the task you’ve been procrastinating.
It’s the thing you dread, or the action step you need to take that’s out of your comfort zone. As you work toward reaching big goals, you’ll need to eat many frogs along the way. Make a point to eat the frog each morning, and you’ll make massive progress toward your big dreams.
4. Develop a specific goal-attainment strategy.
It’s important to set specific goals, so you know what your target is. It’s also incredibly important to develop a strategy to actually achieve those goals.
For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, what action steps do you need to take? What time of day will you do your training runs?
How will you make room in your life to fit in the workouts? How will you fuel your body? How will you persevere and get through long workouts on days you feel tired or unmotivated? What stretches and strengthening exercises will you perform to help prevent injuries? What training program will you follow, and who can be your accountability partner as you work toward reaching this big goal?
5. Find an accountability partner.
One of the best life hacks to reach big goals is surrounding yourself with people who are also working on big goals. As Jim Rohn said:
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
Are you spending time with people who are inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting? Surround yourself with people who help you become the best version of yourself, and ask someone to be your accountability partner as you both work toward bettering your lives.
Knowing that someone is overseeing your progress can help give you that extra boost you need to take massive action on the days when motivation is lacking.
Hopefully you find these strategies as helpful as I have. Keep setting and working toward big goals, and take action every day toward the life of your dreams.