How taking practical and actionable steps towards your goals can make them a reality.

What’s your end game? What are you doing all this for?

Is your ultimate ambition to be an estate agent until they carry you out in a box? Or do you have something else you want to be? A dream?

I speak to a lot of estate agents. I often ask, “What’s your goal?” and I’m surprised at how many just don’t have a clue.  Sometimes a little digging can work. An agent the other day told me he loved being creative, and spent his very limited free time sculpting and doing amateur dramatics. Another lady told me she wants to sell up and move to France and be an immoblier.

If you don’t have a clear vision of what you want your future to look like, you’re certainly not alone. But a concrete goal can really help you get through those tough times at work; conversations with unreasonable vendors, carrying out difficult performance reviews and dealing with the day-to-day detritus of running a busy office, all become much easier to bear when you have a clear goal to aim for.

In a previous post, I wrote about my FOCUS Strategy.  In it, I shared some tactics to help you to get more done and really focus on the stuff that actually matters. It’s much easier to do this when you know your WHY – something I also wrote about here.

Have you ever written down your goals?

The actual act of writing them down on a regular basis – ideally, daily – can help your brain create new synapses and stimulate it to work on your goals all the time, in the background, so that your subconscious actually helps you to achieve them.

Here are my five steps to achieving your goals, and creating the future you really want:

  1. Form a clear image of the outcome you want – I find ladies in particular, tend to enjoy creating a vision board: a big piece of cardboard or a noticeboard with lots of photos and images of the life they want for themselves. You can put anything you want on it: car, house, travel, a hobby, a monetary goal. The visual element really helps to get your brain locked onto your goals and gives you a better chance of achieving them.  If you feel this just isn’t you, then buy a nice notebook and write your goals down in there.  Framing them in words will help them seem more achievable, and get your brain locked onto your ultimate aims.
  1. Create positive pressure – some of your goals may be large, and distant. It really helps to divide your big goals up into little ones. So if a goal is to live abroad for half the year, every year, then perhaps you can start taking extended holidays in the near future. Or if you really want to run the London Marathon, how about setting yourself an interim goal of a local 10k run? Giving yourself smaller, easier to achieve goals will keep you on track for your big goals, without feeling overwhelmed.
  1. Add a timeline – you ne