Goal Setting: Why Goal Setting Is Important and How to Set Goals
Setting goals is often overlooked or done half-heartedly. Most people do not understand the importance of goal setting and miss the correlate between effective goal setting skills and success. Bottom line is, the more skilled you are at goal setting, the more successful you will be. Here are a few goal setting strategies to assist you on your journey to success.
Set Realistic but Ambitious Goals
This means set goals that are challenging but not impossible to accomplish. When you set goals that are impossible to accomplish you inevitably will fail and become disappointment.
If you are unsure if your goal is realistic, research it! The more informed you are on how to achieve your goal, the better.
Specify and Define the End Result
Many people are too broad with their goals. “To get healthy” is way too broad of a goal to have. Also, what does healthy mean? There is a lot of gray area with that statement that needs to be defined.
A better goal might be: “I want to lose 10 pounds in two months.” That goal is not only specific, but it sets a timeline for success. Try to be as specific as you can in your goal setting efforts.
Have a Plan
Now that you have your goal, you need a plan. How will you accomplish your goal? What do you need to do in order to be successful?
A good planning strategy is to set smaller goals that will help you accomplish the desired end result.
Let’s go back to the goal about losing 10 pounds in two months. Two great smaller goals might be: Exercise 3 times a week and sleep at least eight hours a night. Like your main goal, be specific, precise and realistic in your goal setting.
Write it Down, Tell People and Remind Yourself of Your Goal
Write your goals down on a piece of paper and place it in a spot you visit often. Tape it to the dash board of your car, put it on the fridge, or pin it on a cork board in your bedroom. My favorite way to remind myself is to write it down in a note app, take a screen shot of the notes and set it as the wall paper to my phone. Whatever works for you!
Now tell people about your goal. This creates a sense of accountability. Post it on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter, or send your friends an email.
Analyze Your Progress
This is where you assess your level of success, or lack there of. You can do this daily, weekly or bi-weekly. Depending on your goal the frequency of this may vary, but the more often you can do this the better.
These questions can help guide you through this process.
Did I accomplish my goal?
What worked well in my journey?
What failed or did not work as well as I would have hoped?
How can I fix these failures or make my attempt at reaching my goal more efficient and effective?
Once you figure out the answers to these questions you can reformulate your goals to achieve further success.
Failure is Progress
Failure is not a bad thing.
“Show me a man who has never failed, and I’ll see a man who has never attempted anything.”
Failure is part of life. Failure gets you one step closer to success. Use your failures to better yourself. If something did not work, come up with a plan based on your experience to fix the issue. Nothing is more powerful than your own personal experiences.
Goal setting does not have to be difficult if you follow these helpful hints. Good luck on your journey and I hope this was a rewarding read for you!