The 70-25-5 Principle to Achieve your Goals: Explained!

What is important to achieve a Goal?

To reach your goal successfully, you need to be strong in three things. They are, knowing your strengths, willingness to improvise and accepting weaknesses and correcting it. If all three are set, you can easily reach your end goal. By spending most of your time on your strength and improvisations, you reach what you want. The 70-25-5 principle is to take care of these three attributes to make you perform better.

What is the 70-25-5 Principle?

The technique is:

  1. 70%: Spend 70% of your time to work in your strongest areas.

  2. The 25%: Give 25% time to working on things you want to improve.

  3. The Balance 5%: Spend 5% time working on areas of weakness.

How to use the 70-25-5 principle to achieve my goals efficiently?

Here’s an example.

Your end -goal: Complete the Assignment by Month-End.

Step 1:

The strategy suggests that, if an individual spends 70% of their time in areas of their strength, they easily progress towards goals.

Ex: If your strength is in doing quality-research and taking crisp notes, then you need to spend 70% time here. By doing so, you gain a solid base to start your assignments.

Step 2:

And, by spending 25% of the time on areas to improve, an individual gains consistency. It becomes easy to move forward.

Ex: Your improvisations can be good time-management, prioritize topics to write faster, improve writing style, etc.

Step 3:

The balance of 5% is tricky. It is about spending the last 5% time to work on a weakness. Only when we accept our flaws, we begin to correct it.

Ex: Weakness here can be distractions, procrastination habits, etc.

Takeaway:

70-25-5 is a simple strategy to follow to achieve your goals. You can use it every day.

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These are the primary obstacles which you need to overcome first:

• DISTRACTION: Find your distractions. It can be surfing on the internet for a longer time, excessive music, and many more. List them and try to spend less time on it. Slowly you will start to minimize your distractions.

• EXPECTATIONS: Do not expect extra-ordinary. You will get the results if you consistently follow your work schedule and every other parameter. Don’t expect overnight results.

• EXCUSES: Stop giving excuses. Excuses always delay your work. Give your work your first priority.

• TAKING BIGGER STEPS: Always breakdown the things into smaller. Do not take any bigger steps. You may manage it for 1-2 times but it doesn’t work for a long time.

• FOCUSING ON THE END RESULT: The end result fascinates us but does not daydream about it. You need to walk the path for it. So make sure you work equally to achieve them.

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Challenges for goal setting:

CHALLENGE 1-UNREALISTIC GOALS: this can be a challenge for you. It is very hard to find what exactly you want in life.

CHALLENGE 2-PROCESS: To make a process is very tough. It’s hard to breakdown your goals into numerous small achievements.

CHALLENGE 3-MANAGEMENT: to manage time, goals and time are very tough. You need to think carefully to give time to them.

CHALLENGE 4-SACRIFICES: some goals require sacrifices. Some are very easy like switching your social media accounts off and some are tough as leaving your comfort zone.

Solutions to face these challenges:

SOLUTION 1-REALISTIC GOALS: give time to think and set goals.

SOLUTION 2-WORK ACCORDINGLY: find the main pillars of your goal and try to achieve them one by one.

SOLUTION 3-FOLLOW SCHEDULE: make a schedule and follow it.

SOLUTION 4-GAIN: when you sacrifice something, you always gain new things that you need to find and apply those positive things at the right time.

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Goal setting problems are as follow:

• Time. Time becomes a problem in goal setting when you are too late. When you delay things, it can also become a major problem later. So giving time to your goals and completing the work on time saves your maximum time. If you follow your schedule then time becomes no problem.

• Process. Go according to the process. Breakdown your goals into small achievements and work for it. Go one by one and achieve them. The process becomes a huge problem when you do not follow the process. It also becomes a threat when you do not make any process to achieve them.

• Dos and Don’ts. Always be punctual, stick to the process and follow your dreams. There are many things which you need to find according to your goals.

• Management. This is the backbone of your goals. You need to manage your goals and your work so that it will be easy to work on it. Manage your work, appointments, and projects properly.

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These are some important and basic things which you need to focus on:

• AIM HIGH. Aim high but keep realistic goals. Break them into small goals and achieve them.

• START SLOW. Don’t hurry. Keep calm and be on time.

• KEEP GOING. There are many ups and downs but you must keep going. Don’t give up on your dreams.

• CELEBRATE. Celebrate whenever you achieve small goals. It will motivate you to take more effort for next.

• DON’T LET OTHERS TO SET YOUR GOALS. Have your choices. You can do your best with your choices. It’s impossible to do your best when others set a goal for you if you are not interested in it.

• STAY CLEARED. Know what the goal is for. Don’t get confused. Always go deep into the topic and have zero doubts about that.

• UNDERSTAND WHY THE GOAL IS IMPORTANT. Know why you are doing so. The purpose of completing your goal motivates you to work on it.

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Your goal becomes unrealistic when it requires more energy, skills, abilities which are not available to you. Abilities and skills and be developed but time cannot. The requirement of money can also be the factor for unrealistic goals. There are many parameters that set your goal as unrealistic.

The necessary requirement for work time can also become a factor. Some goals require maximum working hours and some do not. Setting unrealistic goals does not lead you to the target.

Your goal becomes realistic when it requires the necessary energy. Skills and abilities. These are the goals which you can complete by your abilities or sometimes you need to develop them. These goals give you a sense of achievement and a direction to work. This will lead you to a better future.

So here’s the difference between realistic and unrealistic goals, so choose the realistic goals and work for it.

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If you’re focusing on your health, pick something practical. Enjoy going to the gym or jogging, and let that make a real difference in your life.

If you want to be your boss and waiting for others’ advice for your next step in life, then you are probably never going to achieve that goal.

When you want to make a difference in your career, and be more successful, investigate what would make a difference. Try to analyze the performance of people who have the job you desire for. What are the missing links that they do differently than you?

Make all these answers to your goals. Try your best to achieve them in sequence.

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If you’re focusing on your health, pick something practical. Enjoy going to the gym or jogging, and let that make a real difference in your life.

If you want to be your boss and waiting for others’ advice for your next step in life, then you are probably never going to achieve that goal.

When you want to make a difference in your career, and be more successful, investigate what would make a difference. Try to analyze the performance of people who have the job you desire for. What are the missing links that they do differently than you?

Make all these answers to your goals. Try your best to achieve them in sequence.

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These tips will help you develop and achieve your success straightforwardly. Following are some tips for achieving goals

1. AIM HIGH, BREAKDOWN YOUR GOALS AND KEEP GOING

Instead of setting one big goal and start running towards it, break down this goal into a series of small goals. Aim high, but keep a reality check and keep going in the forward direction.

2. SET YOUR GOALS YOURSELF

Don’t let others set your goals. You know yourself better, inside-out. So, set your own goals and be committed.

3. BE CLEAR ABOUT THE RESULT

Before setting a goal, be sure what and why you want to achieve this goal. What’s the output? Apply the SMART technique to find the result.

4. UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR GOAL

Attach a purpose to your goal. Why is it important? What other things in your life will it impact if you achieve this goal?

5. REVIEW AND KEEP TRACK OF YOUR GOALS

Once you set a goal, don’t blindly follow it without reviewing periodically. Review once in few days to make sure you are on the right track and goal is still feasible.

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“Actions speak louder than words.” Even if you set your goals properly and find out all the required information, they won’t complete on their own. It is you who has to put in sincere efforts to achieve your goals.

FOLLOWING ARE SOME TIPS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL GOALS-

I) DECIDE

Decide what you want to achieve. Focus on yourself, and don’t think about others. Don’t compare.

II) PRIORITIZE

Number your goals on priority scale 1 to 10, wherein 1 being the highest priority and ten being the lowest. This will help you to organize your goals properly and not get overwhelmed by all of them at once.

III) BE SPECIFIC

Narrow down your goals until you reach a specific and definite point.

IV) BE REALISTIC

Setting realistic goals is important because your efforts are dependent on it. It should be achievable so you can start working towards the same.

V) BE OPTIMISTIC

This is important to stay motivated and boost self-confidence.

VI) REVIEW

Check your goals again and again until you filter out the less important ones and take in the more important ones.

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After the “why” and “what” of your goal, the next question that comes to mind is “how.” Without this, there will be no actual action taken from your side to achieve your goal.

For this, you need to: Work hard, follow your heart, stay updated, committed, positive attitude, set deadlines, etc.

For example, if you write down your goal on a piece of paper, draw some branches to that goal and ask a few questions like:

1.) IS THIS GOAL FEASIBLE TO ACHIEVE?

2.) WHY THIS GOAL?

3.) WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

4.) WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP REQUIRED?

5.) HOW MUCH TIME?

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Steps make the process of achieving goals more systematic and professional. It’s always recommended to start to form basic and the move forward towards growth. Steps are very crucial, not only to achieve your goals. But in daily practice in an average person’s life.


STEP-1 BE SPECIFIC


STEP-2 ACTION PLAN


STEP-3 MAKE A LIST


STEP-4 ACT, DON’T SIT


STEP-5 RESEARCH AND TAKE ADVICE


STEP-6 BACKUP PLAN


STEP-7 REVIEW YOUR GOALS ONCE EVERY FEW DAYS


STEP-8 POSITIVE ATTITUDE


STEP-9 VISUALIZE


STEP-10 SENSE OF CONTENT

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Skills are the crucial characteristics that will lead you to achieve your goals. Skills can be learned easily, and perfection in the learned skills will get closure to success. In addition to the practical goal setting, some skills are essential to help you achieve your goals. You might have learned other skills. But these skills are an obligatory phase that everyone must learn.


1.) PROPER MINDSET

2.) FOCUS

3.) CONTINUOUS EFFORT

4.) BE OPTIMISTIC

5.) SELF-CONTROL AND WILLPOWER

6.) UTILIZE THE TIME WISELY

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(1) BELIEVE

This is important because if you don’t believe in yourself and your goals, you will never accomplish those, however hard you try. Have faith, confidence, and think positively.

(2) PLAN

First of all, decide what you want to achieve, then set the goals effectively, write them down, prioritize them, organize.

(3) COMMIT

Commit yourself and be consistent in achieving your goals. Make it a habit. Be truthful to yourself, and stay focused on the path that you are moving forward.

(4) REVIEW

Analyze your goals, find out if any obstacles, and take action accordingly.

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If you follow the basics of goal setting, the “why’s” and “what’s,” apply the SMART technique, you are on the right path of your goal setting. Commit yourself, go outside your limits, bring a positive change, challenge yourself, act on what you have set your goal for. Inculcating this aspect will help you improve your goal setting.

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1.) Commit

Declare your relevant and meaningful goal and write it down as a form of commitment.

2.) State your "why"

State your motivations- why it's important to you, what benefits you will get from it, and how you will stay accountable.

3.) Set a deadline

Set a reasonable deadline to avoid procrastinating.

4.) Set a reward

Set a reward to look forward to and to motivate your more

5.) Break it down

Break down your goal to avoid overwhelm by setting progress markers and deadlines for each.

6.) Plan ahead

Identify obstacles you might face and come up with solutions to overcome them and eliminate excuses.

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1.) Evaluate your situation

Assessing your past and the present situation is key to setting goals tailored for you- what worked before? What didn't? Based on these, what do you want to improve on and achieve?

2.) Make it smarter

Your goals need to be:

S-specific

M-measurable

A-attainable

R-relevant

T-time-bound

E-evaluative

R-revisable

3.) Write it down

Write down your goals to clarify and strengthen your intentions.

4.) Break it down

Break down your goals into small and manageable steps to overcome overwhelm.

5.) Hold yourself accountable

Hold yourself accountable by maintaining focus and discipline throughout your process.

6.) Reward yourself

Rewarding yourself will help reinforce the positive actions you've taken so you can continue doing it.

7.) Develop systems and habits

Effective systems and habits make it easier for you to accomplish your goals on a regular basis.