Setting critical successful goals are important to creating your vision. Think of your goals as the directions to getting to your vision successfully. Just like any set of directions you have to make sure you are along the quickest route and try to avoid potential "roadblocks". With modern GPS, navigating from point A to point B is a lot easier than creating the directions to reach our goals successfully. The practice of goal-setting is not just helpful; it is a prerequisite for happiness.
To make this a bit easier, I put together 5 strategies to help you set successful critical to complete your vision.
Step 1: Start Small
When we set goals we try to tackle the largest, most intimating one, not knowing that we are practically setting ourselves up for failure. If your goals are projected to take between 12-18 months to accomplish it can destroy our confidence and diminish hope in achieving them. To combat this, set smaller goals…still dream big, but set smaller goals to make those big dreams achievable. Crawl, walk, then run!
Step 2: Write Your Goals Down
Get your goals out of your head! If you ever experienced walking into a room and forgetting why you are in there, how do you think you are going to remember your goals in a couple of weeks? Writing your goals down increases your chance of success by 97%. Also, when we write down our goals they are easier to look back on and measure our progress!
Step 3: Be S.M.A.R.T With Your Goals
You may have heard of this phrase before but I promise it truly works!
S - Specific
Bring clarity to what you want to achieve. Your goals must be clear. Clarity yields results. If your goals are broad you can't ensure commitment.
Incorrect: I will lose weight.
Correct: I will lose 20 lbs by May 1st 2016.
M - Measureable
Making sure you are able to measure your goals are important to your success rate. If you can track your progress and make sure you hit your goals, you can easily determine what equates to success and know if something is not working.
Incorrect: I will finish writing my book by May 2016.
Correct: I will dedicate 1 hour per day to writing my book and will complete it by May 2016.
A - Attainable
While you are creating your amazing goals make sure you have the tools and resources to achieve them! Educate yourself, find a mentor, develop or enhance skills needed to achieve them.
Incorrect: I will start my own personal training business.
Correct: I will obtain my personal training certification and start my own personal training business.
R - Realistic
If your goals are too big or far-fetched, you could be setting yourself up for failure and/or discouragement. Ask yourself if you will be committed to achieving your goal…Commitment = working towards your goal when you feel like it and when you don’t. Be sure to set yourself up for success and not bite off more than you can chew.
Incorrect: I will run a marathon by the end of the year.
Correct: I will train 3 times per week to condition myself to run a marathon by the end of the year.
T - Time bound
Deadlines are magical, especially for procrastinators, they ensure we get things done. Deadlines also cause us to be motivated to complete our goals.
Incorrect: I plan to finish my business plan next month.
Correct: I will finish my business plan on February 20th, 2016.
Step 4: Visualization
An important key to accomplishing your goal is to visualize you achieving them. This makes it real and it will skyrocket your determination and commitment to completion. Meeting Oprah is a goal of mine, so I have already chosen the questions I will ask her, the setting we will be in and I even picked out my outfit! I am one step closer to meeting her!
Step 5: View Your Goals Daily
Make sure you are viewing your goals every day to make sure they stay on the forefront of your mind. When you view and meditate over your goals it will help you stay committed to achievement.
Picture yourself on December 31st, 2017 saying "This year was one of the best years of my life". What goals will make this reality for you?
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