…will get you where you want to go.
Success is not complicated. Achievement is not a secret. The mystery is more about why more people don’t achieve their dreams, when the solution to success is simple. Setting daily goals is the best way to get to where you want to go.
Table of Contents
- …will get you where you want to go.
- The Shiny Object Syndrome
- The Pyramid of Progress
- Daily Goals
- How Do You Prioritize Goals?
- Setting Simple Goals
Success is not a mystery, or a secret known by the few. The surest way to success is to set goals and work them daily.
Can you guess which aspect of the creative process most creators find challenging? When we polled our creator community, we found the answer. It turns out that the hardest part for most creators is finishing.
Chances are you also have more than one project started… but not finished, right? This is why we talk so much about setting daily goals.
Ideas are ephemeral creatures that disappear as quickly as they come if we don’t heed them, seize them and bring them to life through daily effort.
Audio Article – Setting Daily Goals:
The Shiny Object Syndrome
The Shiny Object Syndrome is a common challenge for the creative mind. New ideas are fresh and intriguing and—like persistent children (or the dog determined to be let outside)—they demand our attention.
New ideas come with new and fresh energy. Existing projects require us to bring the fuel of perseverance even when we’re tired of working on something.
New ideas demand our attention, but we can’t neglect our other “children“… our work-in-progress.
The Pyramid of Progress
To manifest ideas and bring them to fruition is to learn how to prioritize and focus on the most important projects first. Ideas are wonderful and swimming in the see of ideas is exhilarating. But ideas evaporate like stardust if we don’t anchor them
The most effective way of setting daily goals is to start with the big picture, then break it down.
Beginning with the macro of your yearly goals, break it down from there to quarterly goals. Once you’ve identified the four key quarterly goals for accomplishing your annual goal, you can then break that down into monthly, weekly and daily tasks.
If you’re new to goal setting and starting with yearly or even quarterly goal feels overwhelming, then start with your monthly or weekly goals and break those down further. As with anything, goal setting improves over time with practice.
If macro goals are tough for you, no problem. Keep is simple. Start with daily goals instead.
Every journey begins with a single step. Each day is a step in the journey of your year’s goals. So whether you work best from big to small or small to big, isn’t so important. What matters is that you set and work your daily goals.
Some experts recommend not working more than 90 days out because the brain has a hard time conceiving that. The day is real, the day is present and here, the day is tangible, palpable and doable.
The day is the way to get things done.
Setting Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Goals
If you struggled with starting in the macro of your 90 day goals as laid out in ‘The Pyramid of Progress’, then let’s flip it around and start with the day.
As you become more practiced at setting and achieving your daily goals, then you can expand into setting weekly goals and beyond.
Focus on your daily goals and you will achieve your weekly goals!
Ask: “At the end of today, I will feel great when I accomplish _________.”
That becomes your primary daily goal.
Focus on your weekly goals and you will achieve your monthly goals.
Ask: “At the end of this week I will feel great when I accomplish __________.”
That becomes your primary weekly goal.
Focus on your monthly goals and you will achieve your quarterly goals.
Ask: “At the end of this month I will feel great when I accomplish __________.”
That becomes your primary monthly goal.
Focus on your quarterly goals and you will achieve your yearly goals.
Ask: “At the end of this quarter, I will feel great when I accomplish __________.”
That becomes your primary quarterly goal.
Setting and achieving goals is empowering and energizing. Success builds upon success.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
~Zig Ziglar , Motivational Speaker and Author, (1926-2012)
How Do You Prioritize Goals?
For creative artist entrepreneurs with a million things going on, deciding what to do first can be daunting.
It’s important to ask focusing questions to help you identify the most important goals, and from there, the most important tasks toward achieving your goals. For that, we use one of two approaches.
- How to decide – a 7 Step Decision Making Process – especially good for narrowing options from a list of many.
- The simple question posited by the book, The One Thing, which asks:
“What’s The ONE Thing you can do—such that by doing it—everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
~The One Thing book
What’s the One Thing?
This uber simple question is a steadily reorienting one that serves to keep bringing the needle of your compass back to your true north. Your true north, in this case, is your 90 Day Goal, which is a part of your annual—macro—goal.
Or… it could be your daily goal. The “one thing” concept works equally well for all goal setting. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do more than one thing or set more than one goal. Rather, it simply helps you to decide what’s first, and then what’s next.
First Things, First Thing
If you want to take your efficiency and success to the next level, the best way for you to get there is to prioritize one thing at a time. Some people do better tackling the biggest hardest goal of the day first. We’re in favor of this as well.
Not a Morning Person?
If you’re not a morning person, and have more energy later in the day, then it may work better for you to tackle the smaller “one things” first. Try it and see if it works best for your to save the most challenging task on your list for when you’re energy is highest.
Most people do best tackling bigger tasks first, but find the approach that works best for you and stick with it.
The best way to arrive at your goal is to focus on it… one thing at a time.
“Most people give up way way too soon. Don’t be most people.”
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
Setting Simple Goals
Since everyone has different kinds of business goals, perhaps a more general goal common to many people might help here. Most people can relate to health and fitness, so we’ll use a weight loss example.
If your goal is weight loss, and you regularly enjoy an afternoon trip to Starbucks for a venti frappuccino, this could be the one thing you could change to make everything else easier or even unnecessary.
For instance, you may be wanting to keep your diet exactly as it is, and just plan to increase your workout time and intensity. But, instead, you could replace your afternoon venti frappuccino that has around 20 teaspoons of sugar, with a protein shake with almond milk, or fresh fruit smoothie with coconut milk, or even a green juice with coconut water (best option for health). That one change daily will make a significant positive improvement that compounds over time.
That one positive change per day will save you calories and health, and likely make it so that you don’t have to increase your workouts to begin to see better results. That’s your one thing for that day or that week. When that’s done, you identify and do the next most important “one thing”.
Choices compound. Choose good ones.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
So what is that for you now? What is the one thing you can do next that will move you closer to your goal?
Hello! I’m LeAura, a philosopher, autodidactic former homeschooling mom, personal development advocate, entrepreneur, author, ideator, web publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life!
While my greatest teacher is Life… my formal training includes certifications in mediation, fitness trainer, and strategic intervention coaching, including marriage and family. My favorite is helping people discover and grow their incredible potential.
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