Goal Setting for Success: 5 Tips for Setting Crystal Clear Goals
It doesn’t matter if you are setting goals for your personal life, for your business, your health, or even your spirituality – setting clear and concise goals is the first key to achieving them successfully. Without clear goals, it is very likely that you will end up misguided about what you want to achieve. This misdirection could easily lead you down the path of stagnation.
o Crystal clear goals will give you meaningful motivation, greater momentum, and intensify purpose in your life.
Here are five important tips to help you define those crystal clear goals for your life or business:
– Be aware of what you want to achieve. First of all, if you want to set crystal clear goals, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve – where you want to be, what you want to have, and what you want to do. You will never know how to get there if you don’t know where it is.
Once you know where you want to be and what you want to achieve, you can come up with the goals that will help you get there.
o Where to be 1, 3, 5 and 10 years from now?
o What kind of work do you want to do?
o What type of relationship do you want to be in?
or Where do you want to live?
These are just a few ideas to get you started …
o Take the time to sit down and think about your long-term dreams and wishes.
– Put the clock. A goal with no deadline is a wish or dream that will easily evaporate like morning dew when daylight shines through. Setting deadlines will thwart procrastination and prompt you to act toward your goals. Having a timeline for your goals also helps clarify them because now you not only know what you want, but you also know when you want it.
o Think of goals you want to achieve in a month, year, and even five or ten years from now.
o Nest some small goals chronologically to form the achievement of a larger goal: Example: I will walk 3 times a week starting this week, I will jog 1 mile per week before x / x / 2009, I run 5 miles per week on x / x / 2009, I do 3 hours of cardio a week before x / x / 2009, I run 5 miles a day before x / x / 2009. All of this could lead to a bigger goal of “I will run my first marathon for x / x / 2010 “. – you get the image
o Create a MAP (Massive Action Plan) to stay on track BUT, don’t set your map in stone! Allow modifications along the way, but always keep your eyes always focused on the main objective.
– Keep it real. With realistic goals, you can ensure that you will be able to achieve everything you want. Set a goal that is a little out of reach … then when you reach it, you can go further to reach the next one. This way, you won’t be stressed out trying to accomplish something that is out of your reach. A clear goal is realistic, make it an exaggerated goal (don’t be too easy on yourself) but definitely make it achievable.
o As I noted earlier, you’ll want to break down long-term goals into smaller goals and smaller goals into achievable, bite-size action steps. Completing the action steps and tasks towards your goals will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to continue your journey towards your main goal.
– Be crystal clear. Specify your goals with the details of exactly what you want. Avoid vague generalities. Have you give a stranger a sheet of paper with the goal of a sentence written on it, they would know exactly what you were trying to achieve. Also, they could tell you if you have already done it or now. When you set a specific goal, you’ll be better able to achieve it, not to mention knowing WHEN you’ve achieved it.
o Specific objectives allow you to form your timeline and define your action steps. There is no guesswork involved when it comes to details.
o For example, “make money online” is too vague a goal. You should set a specific goal, such as “I earn $ 1,000 more per month, by x / x / 2009.” This objective is specific, measurable and realistic. Also, take into account the time of the goal. It is written in the positive present tense.
– Review and refine your objectives. Your life will go through changes, so your goals will remain constant. If you think about it, when you were younger you thought and believed things that today may not. You have changed as a result of the inputs, actions, and activities that have taken place in your life. Your goals can also change as your life changes. During this process of review and refinement, discard the goals you no longer want and shift your priorities to the ones you do want. Again, make them more specific, realistic, and achievable.
o It’s okay to refine your goals multiple times in your life! What is important this minute may not be so important to you nine months or nine years after this minute. Accept the change, heck, even embrace it. Review your goals at least once a year and make new plans if necessary.
Many stagger through life, unsure of what they want to achieve or what their purpose is. That won’t be you! Give your life crystal clear meaning by giving a little thought to what is important to you. What goals do you want to achieve? What actions are you going to take to make your dreams of today your reality tomorrow?