How to Set Successful Long Term Goals

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Have you heard the pharse, that a goal without a deadline, is just a dream. And also – a goal not written down, is just a wish. So how do you go from wishing and hoping to actually setting meaningful and obtainable goals?

In life reaching goals is a marker of success.  There can be a big difference between dreaming and actually becoming successful. I love to daydream, but I have to do more than just dream to make my dreams a reality.  Of course, lets face it, not all dreams should come true. Garth Brooks, had a wonderful song many years ago about thanking God for not answering all of his prayers.  Here’s a link to the video on YouTube.

Most people have hopes and dreams of some kind, but not everyone is willing to take action to make those hopes and dreams into reality.  You can.  When you are dreaming about what you want to achieve in business and in life, you see it as a done deal – all set to go.  When you want that reality enough to put it down on paper and figure out the steps to achieve it, you are setting a goal.

One of the best ways to ensure your success is to set your long term goal and focus, focus, focus on that goal.  Do not have multiple big long term goals going at the same time – this is a recipe for failure. If you try to set 2 different goals at the same time, you will most likely not reach either goal.  I know that it can be hard to choose a singular goal for a long period of time and be singularly committed to this goal.  For a lot of people, myself included, I want to lose weight, eat better, as well as improve my marriage and my financial future.  These are all wonderful goals, and I plan to achieve all of them, but not right away.  Pick one, get started and stay committed.  You should give full attention to that one goal that is most important to you.

Next, make a plan to reach your goal.  Break it down monthly, then weekly and finally you will be able to create a daily schedule of tasks that will get you there.  Next to not actually writing down goals, this is the next place, people all too often drop the ball.  If you don’t make a plan, you will flounder and likely not meet your goal.  I’m in the process of creating a new product that has several moving parts, if I didn’t have a plan, I wouldn’t even know where to start.  I use my Google Calendar more and more everyday to make sure that I’m staying on track.  If you have a Google account, you can set up your own free calender today.

The best way to make sure you meet your long term goals is to set short term goals to meet along the way.  As you set create a schedule of tasks, look for various places to set deadlines, this will keep you motivated and keep you moving towards your goal.  This can also be a great way to build up your self confidence if this is an issue for you, like it can be for me at times.

Goals setting takes time and determination.  Know that you will face obstacles as you chase your goals, but if you have a clear path and plan, you will much more easily find a way around those obstacles.  Keeping a positive outlook on life can also help you as you move towards your goals.  Everyday doesn’t have to be sunshine and rainbows, but an overall positive outlook will serve you in the long run.

Setting long term goals can have got a big impact in our lives. Share your goal with someone you trust to help you reach your goal and someone who will not judge your goal.  This can be hard.  If you are making a major change, your friends and family may have doubts, so don’t tell everyone, just those whose support is pre-determined.

Most of all – you shouldn’t give up on your goal no matter the obstacles and trials that you may face.

To help you get started on your goal planning download this free Goals Journal to help you figure out what you want and to develop a plan to reach those goals.  Get started today, click here to download.

 

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