Goals are resolutions you make to achieve the desired result. Goal setting is a fundamental component to long-term success. You can never get where you are trying to go until you clearly define where that is. Setting short-term goals to reach long-term ones is a key to success for individuals and businesses. Having goals gives everyday task a meaning and clarifies the reasoning behind your decisions.
Importance of Setting Goals
If your desire is to succeed, you need to set goals. Without them, you will lack focus and direction, as setting them will allow you to take control of your life’s direction. It also provides you with a benchmark to evaluate if you are on the right track. Setting goals is important because;
– They set a direction
– They motivate and make life more interesting
– They help you focus your mind
– Having a set goal is like having a road map to follow.
– Goals hold you accountable for failure
– They tell you what you actually want
– Setting goals creates hope and confidence
– The journey is no less important than having a goal
The Process of Setting Goals
- Get in State
First, you need to get into the right state to set compelling goals for yourself. You must allow yourself to dream. Forget to be reasonable for a moment and flow high in the field of all possibilities. Avoid any distractions and set yourself in the right frame of mind.
- Brainstorm your life goals
At this point, start to think about what excites you. Look at the things that give you a real big smile on your face. When brainstorming, you get ideas into your mind and write them down as quickly as possible. Choose only the important areas in your life to set goals in.
After the brainstorming session, you now have your ideas well written. From all what you have written down, list those ideas according to priorities by giving them numbers from 1 to 10. The number 10 item should be the most motivating, and that means reaching it means making a lot of progress in life.
- Choose the Top 3 Goals
From the list of your priorities, select the three highest rated goals and highlight them. Determine your number one goal, one which is the most compelling thing that you want to achieve. Next, you will now start to bring these ideas into reality.
- Create an Action Plan
An action plan is a specific list of actions that will lead to the success of your goal. At this point, evaluate all the necessary measures that need to be taken for you to reach your goal. Set deadlines that you need to beat and strictly follow the action plan to get to your goal.
Golden Rules to Setting Goals
(i) Always set goals that motivate you. Without that, you will lack focus and direction.
(iii) Set the goals in writing. The physical act of writing make them real and tangible and differentiate them from wishes.
(iv) Make an action plan. Do not get so focused on the outcome and forget the action plan.
(v) Goal setting is an ongoing activity so stick with them to the end.