Goals that is the topic of discussion today. Why should you make goals? Okay, so you make them, now what? Making goals is one thing. Attaining them, now that is a completely different thing. In this post, I’m going to walk you through the most in-depth post ever about setting goals and attaining them. Stay tuned to the end because I’ve got an awesome bonus that you’ll want!
I am a sucker for a good goal. Setting goals to me is a part of my personal growth. I am always trying to improve myself in some way and setting goals are part of that. In this post, I will be explaining the things you need to know to set a goal. Then, I will show you how to put this all together. I will tell you exactly why you should, what you should do, and how to go about making these goals happen.
What are goals?
I would like to start off by explaining what goals are. Goals are defined as an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.
In other words, we can think of goals having quite an impact in our life. They can change your mindset by changing your focus. When you change your focus, your thoughts change as well.
I’m going to use myself as an example. Since my youngest daughter was born, I wanted to start a blog. I had no idea really how to go about this, I just knew I wanted to do this some day. I didn’t make this want a goal. Starting a blog didn’t start until I made it a goal.
1). Making SMART goals.
This is the easiest and most efficient way to set and attain your goals. Making SMART goals is an acronym meaning:
I would like to dive into each of these a little bit further;
Having specific goals.
Why is this important? Well, having specific goals really helps you set yourself up for success. If you have a goal to lose 20 lbs will that be specific enough to succeed? Probably not.
When making your goals you want to be as specific as possible. So instead of, I want to lose 20 lbs, you could have a goal of I would like to lose 20 lbs by x date, I will do x amount of cardio a week, lift weights x times a week and start a blank eating plan.
Do you see how really diving into the goal bit by bit will set you up for success? Don’t leave anything out. The more specific the better off you will be and the more likely you will be a success.
When making your goals you will want to answer these questions:
Who is involved?
What do I want to accomplish?
Where is this going to happen? (find your location)
When is this going to happen? (find your time frame)
Which items will I need? Where will I have difficulty? (your requirements and constraints)
Why am I wanting this? (these are specific reasons, purpose, or benefits of accomplishing the goal)
Make measurable goals.
This is something I enjoy doing. Making measurable goals can be a fun game in a way. If you don't know this about me, I love lists. I create a list for just about everything I do. I am a visual person so putting a list together is a quick and simple way for me to mark my progress.
When you are setting your goals, you can put your goal(s) into a workbook, then each month (or how often you make your goals) you can see how you have progressed over time. Like I said, a fun game.
What you will be doing is taking your specific goals and measuring them in whatever system you put into place.
Set only attainable goals.
Yes, please do this! Do not set goals you cannot attain. I cannot stress this enough. Yes, we are our own worst critic but, give yourself a break and only set goals that you can attain.
When you figure out the goals that are most important to you, it is time to find ways to make them come true. This is when you develop attitudes and skills to reach them. You will begin to see opportunities that can bring your closer to achieving your goals.
You have the power to attain most any goal you set your mind to. It’s about being smart and strategic about your goals. You may have goals that seem impossible or out of reach. They can make these goals become more of a reality because you force yourself to grow and expand to match them.
Here’s another example;
Maybe you have a goal of being the CEO of a fortune 500 company and you have no experience at this at all, but this is one of your biggest dreams. Maybe this goal is attainable but just not yet but, with a little planning this can be your dream come true!
Later I’m going to show you exactly how to achieve your biggest goals.
Make your goals relevant.
Making your goals relevant to you is so extremely important! You will be able to focus your time and energy in an area that is relevant to you and your life right now. If you are doing this chances are, you’ll continue on the path of your goals and not put them on hold because they just don’t fit into your life.
You will want to make goals that are relevant to the direction you are wanting your life and career to go. By keeping your goals set in where you are wanting your life and career to go, you will develop the focus you need to achieve your goals.
Make your goals time-bound.
Hopefully, you are seeing a theme here. By making your goals time-bound, you are essentially giving yourself a due date to accomplish. Why is this so important? Well, if you are giving yourself a due date, you are eliminating the excuses and the extensions. You are setting yourself up for success at the very beginning.
Later on, when I show you exactly how to set your goals, I will show you how to set due dates for your goals.
2). Make your goals challenging!
This is a tricky balance. Making your goals challenging but not too challenging. Let me give you some examples:
If you are walking 1 mile a day right now and you would like to walk more setting a goal of walking 10 miles a day out of the gate will probably be too challenging. You would wear yourself out the first time you do it and say “forget that” and quit! Another problem you might run into is you don’t have the time for that. There again you would say “forget that” and quit.
Now, on the other side of that not making your goal challenging enough you may lose interest and quit. If you are walking 1 mile a day and want to walk more so you add a .1 of a mile to your walk. Sure you are walking more, but are you really challenging yourself?
Something to think about when making your goals.
3). Divide your goals up into bite size pieces.
Okay, so you have your goals, now what. I’ve explained the SMART goals. This is the outline to how you should set up all of your goals. Now it is time to make your goals work.
Divide your goals up into bite size pieces will keep you from feeling too overwhelmed. This will also, you guess it, set you up for success.
What you are going to do is write down your goal. Then you are going to think about what you are going to need to do in order to achieve this goal. Write down everything you are going to need to do.
Put your list in order of relevance.
Chances are you are going to need to complete certain things before others so put them in order.
Finally, give each little task a due date.
4). Putting your goals into your schedule.
If you are not actively pursuing your goals, then you are just not going to finish them.
Like I mentioned in the last section. You will be putting together a list of everything you will need to accomplish in order to achieve this goal. Then, you will be adding a due date to each task. This is where your schedule comes in.
Putting your goal tasks on your schedule will act as a constant reminder of those things you will need to complete.
5). Post your goals somewhere you can see them.
You’ve heard the expression, out of sight out of mind. This is a perfect example of why you should be posting them where you can see them. If you are going to go to the trouble of setting yourself up with some awesome goals, you might as well follow through with them!
What you are going to do is simply put your goals in writing. You can either make a list in a document file, print it out, and tape it to a wall where you are going to see it. This other thing you can do is just write them out with the good ol’ pen and paper. Again, tape it to a wall where you are going to see it.
Each month I print out my goals and post them next to my desk. I see them every single day. I am given a daily reminder of what I need to do to get to my goals.
Let’s put all of this new information together!
It is time to put all of this new information into action.
Like I said earlier, I put together a goals workbook for myself so I can check my progress and have a nice visual.
Now it is time for you to make some goals. Start off by thinking of the areas you would like to focus on. When starting out, I recommend picking only 2 areas.
Now it is time to pick the goal. Write that out.
Figure you who is involved. Is it just you? Will you need help from other people? For example, in the family section, there may be others involved in your goal. Keep in mind you are the only one in control of you and your goals!
Ask yourself if you will need any items or will there be any obstacles in your way? Think this through.
It’s time to get extremely specific! What EXACTLY will you need to accomplish this goal? Then you will be adding your list of tasks to your calendar so you can...
Assign a due date!
Are you feeling inspired to start your goal setting mission? Maybe you are feeling a little overwhelmed by everything I talked about. Hey, that is okay and I’m here to set you up for success! Do you remember at the beginning of the post when I said that I’ve put together a bonus for you? Well, we’ve come to that!
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Are you a goal setter?
If you are do you accomplish them? If you aren’t I hope I’ve inspired you to start. I would love to hear all about your goals in the comments below!! Thank you so much for taking the time out to read this, your support means a lot!!