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How to Set and Accomplish Goals

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9 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Why set goals?

    • 3. Short Term vs Long Term Goals

    • 4. Reverse Engineer

    • 5. Small Actionable Steps

    • 6. Making a Pivot

    • 7. Feedback Loop

    • 8. Class Project

    • 9. Final Thoughts

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How to Set and Accomplish Goals 

Within this goal setting course, we cover many important things including: 

  • Why setting goals are important 
  • How to effectively set them 
  • The importance of short term vs long term goals
  • Advanced concepts such as pivoting and feedback loops

And much more! 

We are really excited you've decided to take this course and hope you get some great information out of this! 

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Mind Favor


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1. Introduction: Before we can accomplish any goals that we have, it's really important for us to understand how to effectively set those goals. Hi, my name is Steven with mine favor, I'm a content creator and instructor here on skill share. And thank you so much for checking out my goal setting course. Within this course, I'm going to break down the reasons why setting goals is super important. And then after we understand that, I'm going to actually walk through my goal setting process and sort of pull back the curtain and give you some insights into what's been really effective for me when it comes to not only setting goals, but also accomplishing and achieving my goals. This course is for anybody who's interested in setting goals or getting a better idea of how to properly set goals and then accomplish them. So with that being said, I'm very excited you decide to stop by and let's go ahead and get started. 2. Why set goals?: Before we get into the steps of how to actually set our goals, it's important for us to take a step back and better understand why setting goals is so important in the first place. Setting goals is really important for a couple of reasons. For one, you aren't gonna be able to reach your goal or your destination without having a clear idea of what you're working towards. First, if we take a look at anybody who's accomplished anything of significance throughout history, regardless of how different they look and appear in one thing they all have in common is they had a grand vision or a big sort of North Star guiding them in terms of what they wanted to accomplish. Everybody's gonna have different goals. Everybody's going to want to accomplish different things out of life. But before we get started, we have to better understand why do we want to accomplish it? And what exactly do we want to accomplish? Because the human mind is really powerful and can help us achieve those goals. But if we don't set a clear idea of what we really want, then it makes it very hard for us to accomplish those goals. So that's the gist of it. That's the reason why setting goals is really important. 3. Short Term vs Long Term Goals: Another concept that we need to keep in mind when setting goals is to really look at goals in two different buckets, either short-term goals and long-term goals. And it's important to have both of these at the same time and be able to adjust then as things go on. Okay, so well, what do I mean by this? When I say a short-term goal, I'm talking about a goal anywhere from now to about a year out. And then what I'm referring to a long-term goal. And this can be different for everybody. But I personally think of this in a five to 20 year timeframe. So when we're setting our goals, it's going to be important for us to set a separate long-term goal that's gonna be guiding and dictating our behavior. And then also short-term goals as well. Just having this awareness that there's two different types of goals. And if you wanted to, you could throw some more intermediate type of goals, maybe from a year to three years. But just keep it simple. We'll just talk about short-term and long-term goals. Let me give you an example to better illustrate this idea. Let's say for example, I'm working in the corporate world in my long-term vision or my long-term goal within my corporate career is I want to reach senior management level, right? I want to be a CEO or COO, chief operating officer, somebody in the highest levels of management within a major corporation. That's my long-term goal, something I'm looking forward to many, many years down the road, then my short-term goal could be maybe I want to get a promotion to that next level manager. As you can see, it's very possible to have two seemingly different but still similar goals by me reaching in accomplishing the short-term goal of getting a promotion and becoming a manager. Ultimately, that's helping me move closer towards my longer or Bayer term goal of reaching and senior management. But it's important for us to still be able to have both of these long, long-term and short-term goals at the same time. Because here's the thing. If we didn't have a long-term goal or some bigger vision of what it is that we're working towards, then we're not getting making the right short-term decisions. It's, let's say deep down, I really wanted to reach this management level. But if I didn't articulate that as part of my long-term goal or something that wasn't really on the top of my mind or I wasn't really thinking about, well then it will be very possible in the short term, I'm making other decisions which may seem like the best idea at the time, right? So maybe I get a promotion for a different job. That's not a management role. Maybe it's for IT or some other field where in the short-term it seems like a good decision because maybe I'm making more money, but in the bigger scope of things, it's not actually helping me get closer towards this ultimate goal or desire that I have of reaching senior management level, it's important to have that duality of being able to simultaneously have long-term goals, which are really again, your north star driving you and showing you the general direction that you should be working towards. And then your smaller short-term goals, which are going to consist of the more actionable day-to-day stuff that you're gonna work on. 4. Reverse Engineer: The next important thing for us to do is to reverse engineer this, he says, of other people who've already accomplished the goals that we want and living in the 21st century and having access to the internet, we are truly blessed in the sense that we can virtually find anybody in the world who has already accomplished something that we want to accomplish. If we lived in the 16 or 17 hundreds, it'd be pretty tough to find somebody who's reached a certain level of success that we want to reach or has already accomplished certain goals that we want to. A lot of it would just be luck and hopefully you find a mentor who lives in your small town. So when it comes to us setting our goals, the first thing we're gonna wanna do is find these folks out there. You've already gotten the results that we want to get and then reverse engineer or basically take a look at all the things that they've done that have helped them accomplish that goal. And then what we could do is work backwards from the result and break that down into small actionable steps, which can then help us accomplish our goal. It's important to understand that everybody is unique in the world is always changing what worked exactly for one person four years ago, it probably isn't going to work exactly for you today. But if you take a look at enough folks who have already gotten the results that you wanted to. And if you again, reverse engineer or deconstruct what they did, what you can do is identify common patterns that all these people who have gotten great results, you're going to find common patterns start to emerge. And then what you do is you set your goals or the daily actions that you're taking around these fundamental principles which are most likely going to lead you to accomplishing that goal. So for instance, if your goal is to become an Olympic ice skater and you watch all these interviews and you see all these training videos. Successful Olympic champion ice skaters. And they all talk about having a certain diet or a certain work our practice regimen. And this is a pretty common theme among many of them will then it's going to be in your best interests to structure your short-term goals around these common principles or diets or exercise routines that they've identified. 5. Small Actionable Steps: So now that we've identified the right course of action for us to take in the roadmap, which is going to most likely lead us to accomplishing our goals. We eat to take these steps and break it down into smaller, more bite-size actions that we can take on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. So going back to that previous example of becoming an Olympic ice skater, let's say we take the exercise regimen and we break that down on a daily basis, right? So maybe in our daily planner, we plan out on Monday, we're going to do this type of exercise tuesday, we're gonna do this TO exercise Wednesday, we're gonna take a rest day and take an ice bath. So as you can see, we're breaking the exercise down into small, daily actionable steps. And this is really powerful because a lot of times when you're looking at a big goal that you want to accomplish, it's very easy to become discouraged. And it's important to understand that it doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter how motivated you feel. There's inevitably going to be days where you don't feel like getting up and doing the exercise. You know, we're all humans and we all experience a range of emotions depending upon what's going on in our day. And so it's completely normal for you to feel motivated to say follow this exercise regimen for a couple days, then one day you don't feel like it. There's plenty of roadblocks that can coming our way that tried to stop us from taking the actions and the steps we know we need to take. Because when you already have it written out in your planner as to what you need to do when you're going to do it. That makes it so much harder for you to back out of it and just simply go, go forward with it. There's a famous quote by Sir Isaac Newton which says, an object in motion tends to remain in motion along a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force. This is simply the idea of momentum. And I think this is something that we've all experienced at some point in our life. You start to put in the work and effort, and eventually that starts to pick up. And as you create momentum behind whatever you're working on, it tends to get easier and you seemingly stay on a straight path for awhile until something stops that momentum or gets you knocked off course. And so by setting these small goals and breaking it up into small actionable steps, planning ahead of the week what you're gonna be doing when you're going to be doing it, that's simply helps you keep your momentum from earlier in the week. This is something that we should just keep in mind. And again, understanding that nobody's perfect and everybody has days where they don't feel like doing the work are showing up or they feel lazy. Discipline, unmotivated. Everybody feels that what really separates the people who get great results in life versus those who were just average or don't. Is the people, even when they don't feel like it, they still show up and putting the work in by setting the small actionable steps. By again, planning out ahead of time that can help us keep our momentum and really help us show up even when we don't necessarily feel like it. 6. Making a Pivot: Next thing for us to be aware of when we're working on our, on our goals is you can't be afraid to pivot and try something different. So what I mean by that, again, going back to our idea of long-term versus short-term goals, your long-term vision or goal, you should be pretty firm on that and not really changing that unless you're deeply unhappy or maybe you just her values and life change. It's very possible that in your early twenties you have this big idea of what you want to accomplish. But then maybe when you hit your thirties and you have children and a family, that bigger vision changes. So I'm not saying that you're bigger vision has to remain the same your entire life. But for the most part, when you are working towards goals, for the most part, this should remain pretty static. Going back to the idea of pivoting when you're working on your short-term goals. If you're working on your short-term goals in after a certain time period, you determined that they're not really moving you in the direction of your bigger vision, then that may be assigned for you to make a pivot in your short-term goals and try something different. It's been said the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So for instance, let's say you're a musician and you're trying to become a successful musician, let's say for a year, you are working on a certain type of music and you're putting it out there. And relatively speaking, compared to other artists who are maybe your size, you're not getting much traction and ultimately you're not really getting much results. It wouldn't make much sense to continue doing the exact same thing you've been doing for another five to ten years. Because if we're being honest, at the end of the day, you're probably not going to reach your bigger term goal. Just keep doing the same thing over and over again as you're going throughout your journey of trying to accomplish your goals. And you have good benchmarks in terms of what isn't, isn't successful relative to your industry. Going back to our previous example of becoming a successful musician, if you know there's other artists around your level, or maybe who started around the same time you were. And on average, they've grown by 20 thousand followers on Spotify, or maybe they're averaging 25 thousand monthly listens in comparison to white you're receiving, then that may be a relative indicator of how either successful or unsuccessful your music efforts are. Fear, again, trying the same thing for six months or a year and you're not really gaining much traction, then that may be assigned for you to pick a pivot in your short-term goal. Again, are bigger term vision, we're keeping the same or bigger term goal is to become a successful musician. Way we're approaching that, we have to make a change. So maybe instead of making Country music, we make more R&B music, or we make jazz music. Maybe we make the same type of music. Well, we change up the way that we're marketing it and we try to go after different demographics are different channels to reach and build an audience. One of my favorite stories that best illustrates how effective this pivot concept can be comes from a company called Twitch TV. You may be aware of it. It's the largest gaming string and platform out there. Amazon bought it several years ago for close to a billion dollars. And the guys who founded it when they first started their company, they basically wanting to start reality livestreaming show. And they were doing that for a while and they end up having that much success. So then what they decided to do is make a pivot in the business. And instead of streaming, just one person who was part of their company, they started allowing streaming for many different types of entertainment, one of which was gaming. And then after they made that pivot, they notice that the amount of people who were interested in streaming video games skyrocketed. And so that was a clear indication to them that, okay, we need to stop doing everything else that we're doing and solely focus on this video game streaming aspect. And it was only because they successfully pivoted from their original idea to video games. The company to completely blow up, have Amazon purchase the company for close to a billion dollars and ultimately made the venture successful for everyone involved. But that was only possible because they made a pivot in their short-term goal. They saw what they were doing wasn't working the way that they wanted it to, that gave it a sufficient amount of time. So they made a pivot in their short-term goal. There's just an idea to keep in mind when we are setting our goals and working towards goals is don't be afraid to pivot. Now on the other side of that, you don't want to give up necessarily to easily, the more tuned in are glued and you can beat your industry. And really knowing the industry that you're in, like the back of your hand can really help you better understand the key metrics that you should be using to compare your results against. 7. Feedback Loop: Another concept which is really going to help you accomplish your goals a lot faster is by creating what I like to call as a tight feedback loop. Only me by this is after you put in some work, it feedback from an outside source telling you whether you are on the right or on the wrong path. I've seen a lot of people make the mistake with this because let's say they're practicing the piano. Again, going back to our example of becoming a musician, you're working towards those goals. It's going to be much more effective to instead of your room making 20 songs by yourself, not releasing it to the world, It's going to be much more effective to make one song, put it out to the world, and then get feedback from real listeners. Is this good or is this not good about getting that honest feedback from the consumer? That's really going to help you better understand what is working and what's not working. That creates our feedback loop. You put in work and energy. You then get feedback from the consumer, and then you take that feedback and allow that to influence the next word that you're putting in, which then slightly changes the end product you get out. It's this constant loop of you getting honest, constructive criticism from the marketplace or the end consumer, which then helps allow you to better to refine your approach. By the 20th song, you're going to have a much better idea of what the consumer wants to hear. And inevitably your song is gonna be so much better versus if you just sat in a room by yourself and maybe 20 songs all at once without getting any feedback from the marketplace. The products and services and businesses that really thrive and succeed are the ones that are deemed best buys a customers out there. And so you're gonna give yourself an advantage and it really a leg up on the competition. The better your feedback loop is gonna be, the more constructive criticism you get from the consumers, the better off you're going to design your products. 8. Class Project: For the class project, what I encourage you to do is to complete the attached worksheet and fill out both what your long-term and short-term goals are for whatever it is that you want to accomplish in life. This is going to be completely up to you, whether it's business, professional, artistic, personal, family, whatever the case may be, everybody has certain goals and things that they want to accomplish. And so by completing the attached worksheet that can really help give us better clarity as to what it is that we want to work towards. And then once you're complete without Be sure to upload that to the course project. I'm really looking forward to seeing what your goals are and you have any questions or insights, feel free to leave them in the discussion section below. That's one of the best ways that we can all learn and grow together, right, is by taking our unique insights and feedback and sharing that with the class and other students as well. And really just help everybody bounce ideas off each other. 9. Final Thoughts : And so that does take us to the end of the course. I first want to thank you so much for your time and attention. And I really hope you got some great insights and pointers into how you can better affectively cycles, but more importantly, you accomplish those goals. And if you have any questions, again, please don't hesitate to leave a comment down below. But with that being said, thanks so much. I wish you the best of luck and take care.