How to Set Your Goals – Define Your Life Goals
To set your goal you need to identify precisely what it is that you want. You need to be specific about your goal, the more the better. The more clarity that you can gain, increases the likelihood of achieving your goals.
Once you have identified your goals, it is very important that you write them down to increase the likelihood of achieving your goal. I suggest the use of a goal book to both write down your goals and also add pictures of your goals. With the goal identified you will find it easier to stay focused and maintain momentum to pursue your goal. Keep updates of your progress to maintain focus.
To start with comes an idea, then a desire, then the defined goal, work (it will require some effort), if it was easy everyone would do it. You are then on your way to the achievement of your goal. You have to take after your goal and be inspired in the pursuit of your goal.
As an individual you realize what it is you need or desire. The mystery is to know how to put it on a paper and follow it.
The correct approach to compose your goal would be; I will make $5000 net profit monthly from my business by December 2017. An inaccurate approach would be; I need to make $5000 dollars. You truly need to identify the specifics about your goal.
In writing your goal be very detailed, as detailed as possible. Make it look as detailed as possible, have pictures of your goal if they are available, this makes it easier for you to visualize. Better still use a computer program like Photoshop to put yourself in the picture. This will make it easy for you to see a clear picture about your goal. And don’t forget that timing is very important also, your goal needs an achievement date to increase the likelihood of success.
Updates are also important, this will keep you motivated and remain focused. To remain focused keep the updates about your goal around you. To do this, record your goal on list card and place it some place where where you will see it regularly, your wallet or the refrigerator are good places. Review your goals constantly, ideally at least once a day. For instance, I read my goals in the morning and before I go to bed. So the goal that I have is constantly at the forefront of my thoughts.
If you still have difficulty deciding on your goals; put yourself in this situation the doctor has given you 2 years to live. Now focus on what you would want to achieve in those 2 years, these are the things that are most important to you. Then distill these into individual identifiable goals and you are on your way.
20 Keys to Effective Goal Setting
These 20 straightforward, steps will kick start your life again; invigorate you with new energy, excitement and passion. They will help propel you forward from where you currently are, to where you need to go, quicker than you ever hoped or believed possible.
The 20 keys to effective goal setting to assist you in completing this task are:
- Burning Desire
- Have One Major Goal
- Set Goals That Are Achievable
- Set Goals That Are Measurable
- Write Down Your Goals
- Set An Achievement Date
- Identify All Possible Roadblocks And Setbacks
- Create Your Key Indicators
- Make Plans
- Be Organized
- Use Leverage
- Motivate Yourself To Maintain Discipline
- Take Action
- Failure Is Not An Option
- Stay Positive
- Reward Yourself
- Make Changes
1. Burning Desire
“Achievement is centering the full force of all you are on what you have a blazing craving to accomplish.” – Wilfred Peterson
The primary rule of goal setting you must have a burning desire.
This is not something that you can prepare yourself to have, you either have it or you don’t. You may have the capacity to stay focused and concentrate on your goal for a brief while, however without a burning desire you will lose momentum and become disillusioned.
2. Have One Major Goal
Around 95% of all Americans don’t have goals. Out of the remaining 5% of Americans that do have goals, most set an excess of goals.
Why would that be an issue? Since without one noteworthy unmistakable reason or goal you have no clarity; you are no closer to fulfilling any of your goals than the 95% of Americans that don’t set goals.
Your goals must be clear and specific.
3. Set Goals That Are Achievable Yet Stretch You.
Many times we do one of two things while setting goals: we either set our goals too high or too low; infrequently do we set them just right.
This component of goal setting can be difficult, particularly without much experience utilizing this methodology. By setting our goals too low we never achieve our maximum capacity to what we can finish and never achieve a self-satisfying life.
By setting our goals too high we sabotage ourselves on the grounds that the goal is so far out of our comfort zone.
Ideally we find goals that stretch us and take us outside our comfort zone. By expanding our comfort zone we are now able to achieve more difficult goals on our road to success.
4. Set Goals That Are Measurable
Goals need to be measurable this enables you to measure your progress and keep tabs on your progress. It is the same on keeping tabs on your progress while driving your auto to a destination. When you drive your auto you know how far you’ve gone and how far you have to go.
It is just insufficient to say, “I need to be physically fit.” How will you know if you are physically fit?
Instead be more specific, an illustration of this may be, “I can now run a 7 minute mile”. It’s unmistakable, exact, and quantifiable.
5. Write Down Your Goals
Make certain that when you record your goal it is clear, positive, and in current tense.
An illustration of this is, “I now earn in excess of $100,000 every year”. By basically recording your goal you are making it come alive; you are making your goal a reality.
6. Set An Achievement Date
Parkinson’s Law says, “Work grows in order to fill the time accessible for its consummation.”
The additional time we offer ourselves to fulfill an assignment or goal, the additional time it takes us to finish it.
We must figure out how to utilize Parkinson’s Law to further bolstering our good fortune by setting shorter time periods in which to finish the goal or assignment.
7. Identify All Possible Roadblocks And Setbacks
Identifying detours should not demoralize you but rather help you. By knowing what the pitfalls are before you start out makes it easier for you to avoid them as you progress towards your goal. It is much easier if you avoid them in the first place rather than digging yourself out of a setback. Maintain a strategic distance from any setbacks that you identified may happen. This allows you to make achievable plans and avoid the setbacks.
By identifying these roadblocks, your mind will already start to consider answers for dealing with these if they do occur.
In Robert Kiyasaki’s exemplary, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyasaki’s “rich father” shows him how the psyche of the rich is different than that of poor people. At the point when the poor see something that they fancy yet is past their present spending plan they say, “I can’t bear the cost of that.” While the rich say, “By what method would I be able to bear the cost of that?” Think as this rich father and apply it in funds, as well as in all parts of your life.
8. Create Your Key Indicators
Once you identify tasks that need to be achieved, you can then set a goal for that specific marker. This step is to help you identify the most important tasks that need to be done once a day to convey you closer to fulfilling your goal. An illustration of a key marker is the quantity of cold calls that you will make.
By doing what needs to be done first and seeing that undertaking to the end, you will invest 80% less energy than if you took a stab at doing these tasks in an adhoc manner.
9. Make Plans
Attempting to perform a goal with no plan is similar to attempting to building a high rise without first taking the time to draw out detailed blueprints.
The same applies to your goal; if you don’t take the time to make plans, then fulfilling your goal will be a difficult task as you do not know what you should be doing and when to achieve it. Without guidelines the method that you must follow to achieve your goal will be confusing, and haphazard.
This expense is not generally money related, but rather in time squandered, broken connections, and so forth.
Make plans to achieve your goal that you can start now, to attain the future you desire.
10. Be Organized
If you are to have control over your own life you must be organized. If your physical surroundings are jumbled then so will be your brain.
When you sit down to commence work on a task that your work space is set up in a clean and efficient manner. If there are papers that you can’t take care of then put them on the floor briefly and make the most of this opportunity to work. Whilst you are at it make sure that you minimize distractions like social media, email etc, put these aside until you have achieved the set task that you intended.
We are all guilty of when the going gets a little tough it is easy to “make yourself busy” doing things that are not important. This is where having the burning desire for the goal you want to achieve makes it easy to ignore these minor distractions.
11. Use Leverage
Influence is the ability to get other people to assist you in achieving your goal. An illustration of this is using, other people’s knowledge, skills or time to assist you achieve your goal.
One of the best approaches to using influence is to look for a guide or a mentor. By doing this you will save yourself time and money by avoiding the experimentation stage and rather start seeing immediate results. A good mentor is one who has already achieved what you want to achieve, or a person who is able to guide you through the process you need to follow.
By using influence you get the benefit of other people’s knowledge as well as their assets and systems. this helps you achieve much more than you could by yourself in the achievement of your goal. There is no point in trying to reinvent the wheel if you can source one for minimal time and/or money.
12. Motivate Yourself To Maintain Discipline
Increase your motivation to fulfill your goal as opposed to reasons not to do them. As you do the tasks that you need to do to move you closer to your goal you will feel a sense of fulfillment, achievement, and peace in your life.
It will be difficult now and again to continue pushing forward, particularly if you don’t see outcomes being achieved as quickly as you expected; continue moving forward any case.
People overestimate what they can achieve in the short term but underestimate what they can achieve over the longer term. An awesome approach to do this is to help yourself to remember why you want your goal and to continue to focus on this reason.
This is the reason that taking part in a like minded group gathering can be so useful; it gives us somebody to answer to. This person will hold us accountable, they who won’t just energize our motivation, however they will consider us responsible for what remains to be done in accomplishing our goals and related markers.
A good example of this is having an exercise partner, you will be motivated to go even when you don’t feel like it as you will not want to let down your training buddy.
Autosuggestion is a method by which an individual prepares their subconscious to think something, this in turn will then drive their motivation to keep going.
Autosuggestion is basically the recording a couple of goals, for example, “I acquire $100,000 every year” on a file card, and carry that card on themselves at all times. Whenever they have a moment or two – first thing in the morning, before retiring to bed, on break at work, and so forth – start reading aloud what you have composed on the card with conviction and an inward conviction that what you are stating about yourself is valid!
Keep the announcements positive, in the present tense and vividly describe them; in light of the fact that the subconscious sees in pictures.Also try to experience the feeling achieving this goal will give you.
For example, if you were to say, “I am without obligation,” the subconscious mind would just see “obligation” and subsequently would concentrate on getting more “obligation.” A positive, current state autosuggestion for this thought could be, “I am financially free” or “Cash streams to me abundantly.”
If the goal is able to give you goosebumps then you are well on your way, as you have clearly identified something that resonates with you.
15. Take Action
Occasionally we will achieve our lifetime goals after we perform some different less important goals. Keep in mind, there is never a better time than right now to do something, regardless of what it is.
Nobody even improved themselves by waiting for the “perfect time”, and neither will you. Why not start today on improving a life for yourself and friends and family?
It is the actions that you follow on a consistent basis that will determine what you will achieve.
16. Failure Is Not An Option
By choosing from the outset that failure is not an option as you set yourself up to attain your desired goal.By doing this means that you will not just accept setbacks but you will get back up and start again.
To utilize your desire and drive to achieve your goal; envision how wonderful your life will be with the completion of your goal. Then again maybe mull over the inverse: how unfulfilled and distressing your life is without it.
By using this strategy for inspiration, you should always be working on taking the next step towards the achievement of your goal.
17. Stay Positive
Notwithstanding all the previous steps that you’ve taken to keep any obstacles from appearing on your path to achievement you will still run into them.
I have one suggestion for you: don’t become demoralized. Accept that each set back and deterrent is temporary and is an open door for development and learning. Look for the advantages of being at the place you are at this time: whether its figuring out your spending plan or carry on with a solid lifestyle; there is a positive to each circumstance.
18. Reward Yourself
It is vital to reward yourself at least once a week for work well done. Not only do you get the chance to see the your rewards for so much hard work by doing this, but by taking the time to unwind you continue to be more successful and revved up for life.
Your prizes don’t need to be substantial; it can be having some serious time off work, going out for a stroll around the recreation center, or getting a a little something that you have been putting off for a while. These little rewards are the best way to compensate yourself, and is a large component towards maintaining your motivation.
Whether you achieved to your goal or not is insignificant, but rather what is imperative is to think back about all the things that you did to get where you have.It is also important in this evaluation stage to honestly assess whether you still want to achieve this goal, at times it is prudent and smart to change the direction that you are heading.
Ask yourself, “What did I do well?” and “What might I be able to have improved?” By genuinely answering these questions, you will be much further ahead towards your next goal than you were on your past one, and you will start to find that every goal you set will be less demanding. you will find that goals that you thought were inconceivable for you to achieve are now easily attainable.
20. Make Changes
After you’ve assessed your progress, now is the ideal time to roll out improvements. Once in a while they’re little and simple modifications, other times they can be agonizingly difficult.
Anyway, if you want to continue advancing and achieving a satisfying life then changes must be made constantly.
“I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.” – Carl Jung
You now have been given the tools and knowledge necessary to achieve whatever it is that you desire.Remember the cornerstone to this whole process is to have a burning desire and to be able to accurately identify what it is you want to achieve.
If it really is your life’s goal then it should give you ‘goosebumps’
This life is yours and yours only to do what you will with it, no one can decide for you; you are the master of your own destiny.
Decide now to be successful and go be successful.
Best of luck. Although I know luck has nothing to do with it as it takes effort and planning to achieve.