How to Create a Killer Goal

Creating goals is something most people do, but some people are much more successful in their goals than others.  Creating a killer goal is not a fly by night operation.  It takes thought and planning, but more than that it takes a good hard look at your current life, and the life you would like to create.

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Types of Goals

The first thing you should consider is the type of goal you are trying to set.  Short term, long term, stretch, bucket list goals are all mentioned in the wonderful world of goal setting.  Knowing which one you want to create, and how they relate to one another is the first step in setting a killer goal.

  • Short term – a goal you plan to reach in the next 6 months to 18 months.
  • Long term – A goal you plan to reach in the next 1-5 years.
  • Stretch goal – A goal that pushes the limits of what you think you are capable of.
  • Bucket list goal – An activity you would like to do before you die.

Notice the first three are very different from the last.  A bucket list goal is just an activity you would love to do before you die.  Maybe you want to see the 7 wonders of the world, hike the Appalachian trail or visit all 50 states.  These are one time things that while amazing, are not things that will improve your quality of life.

The other 3 types of goals are all goals you set to improve your quality of life in one way or another.  It might be more money, better relationships or a more fulfilling job, but it will improve your life in some way.

Scare Yourself

A killer goal is a goal that scares you and excites you all at the same time.  If it doesn’t scare you and excite you, time to have a goal development day so you can really focus in on what will knock your socks off.

There are some standards to creating a good goal, but a killer goal is on a whole nother level.  That said, you should try to stick to the basic framework of goal building.  Your goal should be specific and measurable.  It should also have a time limit.  Once those three requirements are met, it’s time to push the envelope.

Scare yourself, reach, stretch and plan a goal that is so scary Stephen King doesn’t want to look at it. Then, plan how you are going to get there.

Imagine Your Success

A key to planning a killer goal is to imagine what your life will be like when you reach that goal.  Imagine you are sitting in a lounge chair contemplating the life you have built.  As you sit there, you reflect on all of the things you had to do to reach your dream life. You imagine each obstacle and how you overcame each one.

Now you can write down some of the known obstacles, and possible ways to overcome them.  You will not have success without hardship, but planning for the known obstacles will make your path easier.

Break it Down

The reason some people reach their giant, sabertooth goals and others don’t, isn’t because those people are better than others, or luckier than others, it is because they know the secret to planning those goals is to break them down to cute, fuzzy faced chipmunk goals and focus intently on those goals.

Make Your Plan

Once you plan your giant, sabertooth goal, break it down into cute little chipmunk goals.  If your goal is to be the next POTUS, there are going to be some smaller steps before you get there.  Your steps might be to run for town council, volunteer to help your party fundraiser, take a class in economics or travel to learn more about foreign and domestic policy.

Each step in your short-term plan should be a step in your long-term plan.  You can check out my post about making a life plan to get a free excel spreadsheet to get you started on your plan.

Stay Focused

The best plan in the world will not matter if you don’t stay focused on your goal.  Honestly, most people take a detour here or there, they get distracted or they have a major life event that makes them put their goal on the back burner for a little while.  The key here is to always bring yourself back on track.

Self-discipline is a huge factor in achieving your goals.  Or achieving anything for that matter.  I didn’t want to wake up for work this morning, but I did anyway.  One of the biggest complaints I hear about my blog is “yes I know I SHOULD, but I can’t seem to get there”

If you need a little boost in the self-discipline area, check out this post about creating self-discipline. Practice some of these things before you start your goal planning process so you already have the self-discipline before you make that killer goal.

My Favorite Goal Planning Books and Tools

If you need a little help creating that killer goal, here are a few things that can help.

A Goal Planning Notebook – If you don’t write it down, you will not get there.  Keep track of your goals, successes, failure and future plans in a notebook like this one.

48 Days to Work You Love –  This book is full of inspiring, actionable ways to help you find the work you love.  This book made a huge difference in the way I looked at life!

Strength Finder 2.0 –  I was introduced to this through a coaching call with Joy Martinez. (which was awesome by the way!) This is a book, plus you get a code to take a strength test, to find your own personal strengths.  Really insightful, and a lot of fun.



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