The Beginners Guide To Goal Setting

January 2, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: How To, Life

Setting goals is a fundamental component to long-term success. The basic reason for this is that you can’t get where you are trying to go until you clearly define where that is. Research studies show a direct link between goals and enhanced performance in business. Goals help you focus and allocate your time and resources efficiently, and they can keep you motivated when you feel like giving up.

1. Think about the “big picture.

Ask yourself some important questions about what you want for your life. The answers to this question can be as general as “I want to be happy,” or “I want to help people,” or “I want to be fit.”

2. Break the “big picture” down into smaller and more specific goals

Consider areas of your life that you either want to change or that you feel you would like to develop with time. Begin to ask yourself questions about what you’d like to achieve in each area and how you would like to approach it within a five year timeframe.

3. Use the SMART method to create actionable goals 

SMART is a mnemonic used by life coaches, motivators, HR departments, and educators for a system of goal identification, setting, and achievement. Every letter in SMART stands for an adjective that describes an effective way to set goals.

4. Make each goal a positive statement 

Once you’ve done the brainstorming and considered how to make your goals SMART, it’s time to solidify them. Using positive statements is a direct way to affirm your commitment to completing your goals. “if you would like to achieve ___ in 5 years, you have the roadmap for setting necessary goals for next year, next month, next week, tomorrow, and today.

5. Set priorities 

At any given moment, you have a number of goals all in different states of completion. Deciding which goals are more important, or time-sensitive, than others is crucial. If you have a college interview scheduled on the same day as a training session for your big half-marathon, the interview would take precedent as it is far more time-sensitive, and probably more important.

6. Keep incremental goals small 

It can be overwhelming to think about your end goal. If all you say to yourself is, “I have to get married, I have to find someone to marry me,” you are missing the incremental goals that form the base of the large goal. Refocus and gain some perspective. Think about creating an online dating profile, meeting someone your friend think you might hit it off with, or joining a social club.

7. Keep track of your progress

Journaling is a great way to keep track of both personal and professional progress. Checking in with yourself and acknowledging the progress made towards a certain goal is key to staying motivated.

8. Reward your accomplishments 

Acknowledge when you have reached goals and allow yourself to celebrate accordingly. Take this time to assess the goal process–from inception to completion.




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