Have you ever set goals and not achieved them? Have you had trouble answering the question when someone asks you what your goals are? Have you set goals and reached them, but have not been able to repeat that process?
Here are some things that you should keep in mind when you are setting your goals, that will greatly increase your chances of success. Also having clearly written and defined goals makes it easier to make plans to reach to those goals. Another great benefit, is that it allows you to see if you are on the right track or if you need to make adjustments.
1. Oftentimes, we set goals without thinking about its importance in our life. We need to set priorities about the things we want out of life when we are setting goals. It is only when the goal is practical (but still a stretch) and purposeful will we stay motivated to achieve it.
What purpose will this goal achieve? How will this result further my life goals? This will help you to make sure that each of your smaller goals feeds into your overall – big goal.
2. All to often as we are setting goals, we focus exclusively on ourselves, but we need to remember that no man is an island, and our goals will affect the people around us, and often times requires assistance at some point along the way. Now is a good time to get clear in our minds about the people who may be able to help us to achieve our goals.
Whose help can you enlist? Whose lives will be most affected?
3. Achieving your goals will not be an easy straightforward process. You will have to step outside your comfort zone – perhaps way out. You will have to do things that may make you uncomfortable, but you can’t grow without some discomfort. But, it really helps if you know beforehand what kinds of difficulties you might have when you are trying to achieve your goals. Think about these difficulties and how you will surmount them.
What constraints and difficulties will you have when you are setting your goal? Why are you willing to move beyond your comfort zone? What kind of rewards can I offer myself to doing uncomfortable tasks?
4. For most people, there really is one major roadblock that is keeping you from reaching your goals. In most cases, this roadblock is money. It could be something else for you, like a mindset that you have developed and you need to fight with in order to reach towards your goal. I am a world class procrastinator, so if I find myself putting off a task, I have to stop myself and ask if it really needs to be put off or if I’m just procrastinating. Sadly, most of the time the answer is that I’m procrastinating, so I listen to the immortal words of Nike and “Just Do It.”
Determine what your primary roadblock. (The next step is to make a plan to overcome your roadblock)
5. Make your plans to fight your primary roadblock. To reach your goals you need to keep moving forward, so making a plan in advance will help you when the time comes. If your primary roadblock is lack of money, what will you do? Can you find free help on YouTube, at least for some things? Can you take out a loan, or get a credit card just for your business?
So, focus your energies on this one primary roadblock and the remainder of your path will smooth itself out.
6. Enjoy the process. Find ways to stay motivated and inspired. Read self-help books, but not to the exclusion of taking action. Do things that you like to do, as you continue moving towards your goals, for me this is often reading fiction or cross stitching. Do not forget your family and friends – my husband will let me know if he is feeling neglected, not everyone is to lucky, so pay attention. Love yourself too – treat yourself with love and kindness, or your body is going to rebel against you and reaching your goals will become more difficult.
7. Look forward to the results. As a matter of fact, you should write your goals down as if they have already happened. Imagine your life once you have reached your goals. This way you will want your goals to be fulfilled so bad that you can almost taste it. You will want- even need – to make it happen. It is only when you are so relentless about it can you make a good deal out of your goal setting and, thus, your life.
So create that vision and put it in writing. If you would like to read more about writing down your goals, read this post.
I hope you find these steps helpful as you set your goals and work to achieve those goals. As with most of life, no one size fits all, some of this tips may resonate deeply with you and others are not issues for you. Take what you need, and most important take action.