It’s been said that everyone has goals, whether we know it or not. We have goals to keep our current job, or to get a different one. We have goals to save for the future, or to travel, take a vacation, or purchase the things we need and want to make our lives more enjoyable. Goal setting is something that everyone tries to do, but only a few people can actually make it work. The challenge most people face is committing them selves to the desired outcome they like to have. As soon the journey begins, obstacles and hurdles come up, and this is where most people end up quitting. Whether you’re setting personal goals or professional goals, this guide will explain everything you need to know.
- Dream, but be motivated: When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. Motivation is key to achieving goals. The very first thing you need to achieve a goal is a reason and deep desire to achieve it. The path to achieving goals is fraught with boredom, excuses and difficulty. You will have a lot of opportunities to talk yourself out of the goal. But if you can keep going back to the reason and your desire for the goal, those will help you stay on track.
- Be specific: Top achievers know that to reach their goals, the brain must know exactly, precisely, what they are trying to accomplish. Generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.
- Set measurable goals: How are you planning to make your goal a reality? You need concrete steps to get to your destination. Making your goals measurable will help you know when you’re making progress, when you’re on the right track, and it will motivate you to take action.
- Set achievable Goals: Goals need to be realistic to be achievable. If you set an unrealistic goal, it will discourage you from taking action and even taking the first step. Accomplishing a goal that you didn’t have to work hard for can be anticlimactic at best, and can also make you fear setting future goals that carry a risk of non-achievement. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need.
- Timely: Setting a deadline will dramatically enhance your focus and motivation. If you’ve ever worked under the pressure of time, you know how fast you can produce great quality work. Your goals must have a deadline. Again, this means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.
- Write your goals: Writing out your goal is your commitment to achieving the goal. Writing a goal is a powerful statement in comparison with half-formulated thoughts in the back of your mind. The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. The act of writing your goals down vastly increases your chance of success. Write it down! Then, keep your notes where you can see and read them every day.
- Share your goals: We are far more likely to stick to our plan and reach our goals if we know our friends and family support us. Being part of a team increases our determination, our stamina, and our courage. If you are certain you will be supported with the accomplishment of your goals, share them.
- Highlight your visuals: Visualization has been proven over and over again not only to be effective in improving performance, but also in changing behaviors and achieving big goals. A ‘vision board’ can be highly motivating. Create a vision board of your own by collecting photos, cutting out magazine pictures, clipping inspirational quotes and sticking them to a cork or poster board.