World renowned motivational speaker Jim Rohn stated, “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. What ever good things we build end up building us.”
Goal setting is indeed a tricky task. Every goal you wish to accomplish has to begin as a thought. So the first step is to think. Evaluate your overall situation and define your goals.
The steps below are an outline for you – remember to keep it simple!
Five Step Goal Setting Made Simple:
1. Set Realistic Goals – You know your limits, push them slightly.
2. Write a list of supporting tasks – The more details here, the better.
3. Prioritize your tasks – First things first.
4. Do you’ve a set time? – Without a scheduled date, you’ll be nowhere fast.
5. FINISH – You’ve gotta push yourself through to the end.
Give Yourself Realistic Goals
Deciding what your personal, financial, and business goals are take a lot of consideration from you. Think about what you might want or need to accomplish and write things down while you do it – even if you don’t think it’s an important detail, it could be an important part in your final goals later down the road.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” – Quote from Henry Ford.
Take a couple days at at least to think it over. If you watch a carpenter work, he’ll say “measure twice, cut once.” If they don’t measure twice and then cut too short, the project will take longer to complete because they didn’t make the right measurements in the first place. They’ve to use extra wood, extra time remeasuring, all making the goal more difficult to reach.
If you set your goals too high, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Be sure you can comfortably challenge yourself with your goals. That’s not to state you should make it easy on yourself!
Make a List of Objectives
Give yourself definite goals and subgoals. Set aside time for each goal during your planning stage. Give yourself concise notes about how you think you’ll reach each goal and subgoal.
Prioritize Your Tasks
Be very clear with yourself about what you must do to reach your goals. Take great notes. Make lists of what you’re willing to give up to turn your goals into a reality. Decide which goal is most important to you and put it at the top of your list. The tasks needed to reach that goal are now your number one and only priority. Once you reach that first goal, move the next one up the list!
Set a Time
Work out your time frame. Make sure you have a realistic one. You don’t want to be looking 10 years down the road, upset at yourself for not staying focused! You’re the only one who can decide when you can reach your goals, and it’s only you who can make yourself succeed. Like the first step, Make Reachable Goals, you have to make a real time frame for every goal. Remember, challenge yourself, but don’t make it so hard that you quit.
Besides the thought process and mental planning, this is quite likely the most critical step. If you don’t finish, you’ll never reach your goals. You can never ever give up on yourself! If your goal is to take off 10 pounds, you can’t let yourself to halt at 9. If your goal is to get a good grade on the huge test coming up or get a raise at your job, don’t quit until you’ve gotten it!