First let me ask you a question. Why should you set stretch goals, anyway? And why is it important to explore how to achieve goals?
Take some time to think about your big life dreams.
Yes, those that get pushed away daily by the urgent priorities of the day. Well, these type of big dreams are usually quite stretch and you owe it to yourself to really push for reaching them.
There are no limits to what is possible to achieve, if you set your mind to it. But you need to approach such goals in a smart way. So, let’s get right to it.
Keep Your Motivation High
Sustaining motivation over a long period of time is key in order to succeed. You will face roadblocks, failures, negative people, apparent lack of progress.
It is easier to just quit and this is what most people do. So in order to find the strength to move forward, it pays off to capitalize on a few tips:
- Start small and build the intensity of your action gradually. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to do everything perfect all at once, then failing and quitting. You don’t need to be perfect and you don’t need to do everything now. Just move forward consistently, no matter how little.
- Keep your mind on the prize. Create a vision of the outcome and use it to motivate yourself. If you start focusing on the obstacles, you may run out of steam. Keep yourself positive via focusing on the end result.
- Just do it. I think Nike’s slogan is brilliant. Coming back to our topic, the point is to just start taking action and then you will find it easy to continue. Sometimes, you don’t naturally feel like doing something and procrastination is ready to embrace you strongly. Make it your objective to just take the first step towards doing something.
- Get support. Try to surround yourself with supportive and like-minded people. You don’t need the negative energy of the nay-sayers. Get a coach, join a mastermind, find a buddy. Capitalize on the energy you get out of sharing an objective with others.
- Celebrate success. Don’t be shy to reward yourself when you make progress and manage to stay on-course. And do it often!
Take Massive Action
Achieving a stretch goal implies taking massive action. There are of course the odd cases in which someone gets lucky. These are exceptions, though. Most people who truly succeed at something worth experiencing, are paying the price.
Check out Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers“. He provides a superb argumentation on why it takes at least 10,000 hours of practice to master something.
You may see these cases in which people succeed overnight. It all comes so easy to them, right? Most of time though, what seems as an overnight success has lots and lots of effort behind. The outcome you envy is just the tip of the iceberg.
If you don’t take massive action towards achieving your goal, you are not likely to reach it. At the same time, when you contemplate the huge task ahead, you will probably feel overwhelmed and quit. So, what to do?
Massive action is definitely needed, but think about it as long term. Start with baby steps. It doesn’t matter how far you are from reaching your objective.
Don’t try to close the gap all at once. Consistency wins the race. If you overstretch yourself, you will soon lose motivation and quit.
The important element is to continuously make progress towards achieving your goal. One step at a time. The fact that you take one step and then another one and then another one builds-up over time.
There is a compound effect at play and the Universe will start to help you out, as well.
Become A Good Vibrational Match For Your Goal
In order to attract in your life situations and people that support you in reaching your goal, the vibration of your energy needs to have the right frequency.
The common knowledge says that you need to visualize the final outcome and try to feel today as you would feel when reaching your goal. As the outcome is something that is most likely very aspirational to you, then you will probably feel very excited.
There is a very powerful angle on how to approach this in an effective way. Steve Pavlina explores it in-depth in his epic post on the topic. The point is that if the outcome determines you to feel over excited, this also send the signal that reaching it is something that is totally extraordinary for you.
You tend to attract something, when it seems natural for you to experience or have that certain something.
For example, buying a car may feel natural for someone who can afford this. At the same time, it can feel as totally out of reach for someone struggling with unemployment.
If you set a goal that is so high that you’re totally out of alignment with it, it’s unachievable for you. If you go for something that feels natural doing or having, then your goal is not stretch.
The solution is to go for something in-between. Set a goal that you feel it’s reachable, but that you are not yet vibrationally aligned with. This is a stretch goal.
Jack Canfield names these breakthrough goals, to indicate that once you reach them, your game is upped to a whole new level.
In this way, your mind believes that you are able to achieve the goal. If subconsciously you don’t believe it’s feasible, you will not take the action needed to succeed.
Since for stretch goals your vibe is only partially aligned with the goal, one of your key action steps is to fully align it with the goal.
In order to do so, you first need to really understand the new vibe.
Interact with people who are already there, read books on the topic, place yourself in contexts in which the new vibe is manifested, visualize yourself after reaching the goal.
Ultimately, you not only need to become familiar with the feelings of having reached your goal, but it should feel totally natural.
This progressive change will inspire you to take the right actions and will start to experience lots of synchronicities. You will start to meet people and bump into resources that support you in achieving your goal.
How To Achieve Goals
Here you are! Once you have set the right stretch goal, you are ready to move on to taking massive action, starting with small steps and continuously building on them.
Most importantly, you need to become a good match in terms of vibrational alignment with your stretch goal. Then, everything will fall into place and you will achieve your stretch goal.