Goal setting isn’t easy. And achieving goals can be even more difficult. But if you want to be successful and feel truly fulfilled in life, learning how to set and accomplish your goals is definitely worth it. By mastering the proper mindset and framework, you’ll find that goal setting and achieving the goals you set become a lot easier and more realistic the more often you do it.
How to be successful at goal setting
Assess your situation
Before you begin goal setting, you need to evaluate your current and past situations. Think about what aspects in your life you’re not satisfied with and what you want to improve. Also reflect on which goal setting methods in the past worked for you and which ones didn’t. This will help you save time and be more successful.
Set S.M.A.R.T. goals
Don’t rush into setting just any kind of goal. For a greater chance of success, set S.M.A.R.T. goals.
S.M.A.R.T. goal setting
Specific: If your goal is vague, it’s tough to know how you can accomplish it and even tougher to know when you have accomplished it. The more clear and specific your goal is, the easier it is to accomplish.
Examples of vague goals: I want to be successful, I want to travel more.
Examples of specific goals: I to be promoted at work, I want to visit Australia.
Measurable: Similar to the point above, your goals need to be clearly measurable so you can track your progress and know when you’ve achieved them. Use numbers and concrete targets whenever possible.
Examples of non-measurable goals: I want to lose weight, I want to save money.
Examples of measurable goals: I want to lose 10lbs, I want to save $1000.
Attainable: Don’t set yourself up for a huge fail. No matter how optimistic you are, it’s important to set goals that you can realistically achieve within the time frame you set. If you see yourself achieving your goals, you’re much more likely to stick with your plan and continue goal setting in the future.
Relevant: Make sure your goals are relevant to you and not anyone else you’re trying to impress or get approval from. It’s important to live life on your own terms and setting goals that are important to you will help you move and grow in the direction you want to.
Time-bound: One of the things that sets a dream apart from a goal is a deadline. This sense of urgency is very useful and greatly helps you avoid procrastination and focus on achieving your goals. It’s important to set a realistic deadline for your goals and continue to evaluate if you’re working toward them or just wasting time.
How to achieve your goals
Now the best bit – achieving your goals! Follow these four steps for each of your goals and you’ll begin accomplishing more than you ever thought possible.
1. Write your goals down: Having your goals written down on pen and paper helps make them more concrete and powerful. Keep them in a place you’ll see them every day so you’ve got a constant reminder.
2. Create milestones: Split your goals into manageable chunks you can do on a consistent basis. Slowly but surely each milestone you achieve will help you accomplish your overall goals.
3. Be accountable: No one else is going to take over and accomplish your goals for you. It’s all down to you. Tell your friends and family what you’re doing so you’re more likely to see it through.
4. Incorporate rewards: Every time you achieve a milestone, give yourself a little treat. These rewards work excellently by recognizing you did a great job in the past and encouraging you to achieve even more in the future.
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