Simply put, a goal is something you're trying to achieve. At least that's how the dictionary defines it. But goals are a little more complicated than that, right? If not, would we ever have unmet goals? Goals are one of the many things that make us human, that set's us apart from other species. Achieving your goals takes hard work, diligence and a good dose of planning right from the start. Let me help you become a better goal setter with these helpful goal setting tips!
Having a plan can help ensure success when it comes to goal setting. Knowing what you want to achieve is just the first of many steps in becoming a better goal setter. Grab a pen and paper as we ponder a few questions and review a few points that can help you blast that goal out of the park!
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1) Determine your destination.
This is the fun part my friends! Close your eyes and focus on your goal. It's bright, shiny and new. Best of all, it's just for you. What's in that neatly gift-wrapped box? Why, it's your goal, of course! Now that we got that out of the way, let's figure out how to achieve that goal.
2) Write it down.
The first step to being a better goal setter is to WRITE DOWN your goals. Defining your intentions and clearly stating your desired outcome can help you stay on track when you stray from the path.
3) Define your why.
Knowing what you want do is one thing, but knowing why you want it is essential. We all have different priorities, and it's important to understand your own priorities when you set out to achieve any important goal. Aligning your goals with your priorities ensures that you'll become a better goal setter.
4) Find your motivation.
Just like understanding yourself can improve your success rate, knowing what motivates you can help you stay focused on your goals. Motivation is essential in goal achievement, so take some time to think about what motivates you to achieve this goal.
5) Use your imagination.
Focus for a few minutes on your goal. Now, close your eyes for a second. Envision you've achieved your goal and that you've accomplished all you set out to do. Bask in the warm glow of success. Now you know how it will feel at the finish line.
6) Expect obstacles.
How will you handle traffic, road blocks and speed bumps along the way? Life's full of twists and turns. Having a plan for the unexpected is just as important as knowing the direction you'll take. It can help you stay on track even when you are distracted.
7) Be strategic.
Now take a few minutes to break down your goal into more manageable short-term goals. Once again envisioning your epic road trip, think about what it takes to get where you're going. Are there rest-stops or mile-markers along the way? These are the milestones that you can help keep you on track. Now's a good time to jot down a few ideas.
8) Seize the days.
You'd never go on a road trip without taking care to prepare, so why would consider working to achieve a goal without preparing for the trip. What do you need to do in order to succeed? These day-to-day tasks are the objectives you must meet in order to keep you on track to achieving your short-term goals.
9) Enlist an army.
"I did it all by myself" said no one ever! Sure, you may be the primary person working to achieve your goal, but no man is an island unto himself. The people around you can make or break your success. You'll need strong support and allies to keep you focused and sane when the going gets tough. Consider telling some of your friends and family members about your goal. Ask them to help you along the way.
10) Set the pace.
Only you know how much time you have to spend working to achieve your goal. You may have only a few minutes to chip away at it every day. Or you may be able to set aside a few hours, days or even weeks to get it done. What's most important is setting a sustainable pace. This can help you avoid burnout. After all, you can't drive full speed without eventually running out of gas.
11) Look in the rear-view.
Better goal setters know that taking the time to reflect on your progress and learn from your challenges is important. Looking back helps you grow and ensures that you stay on the right path toward your ultimate outcome. What have you learned along the way that can help you stay focused? What will help you next time you set a big goal?
12) Pop the top!
Well, you did it my friend! You not only learned to be a better goal setter, you achieved your goal! Crossed the finish line, made good on your promise, did the deed...whatever you call it, you've done it! Congratulate yourself and take the time to celebrate your victory.
I hope these tips are helpful for all you goal getters out there. After all, what's life without a good goal? Take a few minutes to tell me about your goal in the comments below.
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