The Five Rules of Goal Setting
Planning for the future is something that most people do in the future.
We always say I know I need to do that and I’ll get to it tomorrow. But as the song says tomorrow never comes. This is why goal setting is an important skill that everyone should have.
Ten years ago I never even worried about it. I would just let things happen as they happened but I found also that I wasn’t getting exactly what I wanted.
If I wanted to be successful, I needed to set goals. Without them I lacked focus and didn’t have any direction. By setting goals I was able to take control of my life and get the job done. It let me assess whether I was doing what I set out to do as it drew the line for the minimum that I wanted out of something.
Goal setting is an excellent skill to have but you also need to know what kind of goals you should be setting. There are three types short-term, medium-term and long term. I consider short-term goals to be every two months, medium-term are once a year and long-term every five years.
For me I know people talk about daily goals but I see that as a to do list which is something completely separate. To me a goal is something to achieve that involves steps to completion or a daily activity that needs to be consistent over time.
So today I am talking about how to set your goals. It is not an internal conversation that you have to yourself. There is a process that helps you to make careful considerations and allows you to set out the steps for how to get there.
I have found that there are five steps to creating your goals and here they are:
Goal Brain Dump
I do love a good brain dump. Having the chance to write out all of your thoughts and feelings. When setting goals for yourself firstly, write down everything you think you want to achieve. You can have a page filled with ideas and from here you hone in. Circle those that are the most important to you. In order for you to complete a goal you need to be motivated. So make sure that you want to do it.
Once you have the most important circled write them all down on a separate piece of paper in order of importance. You need to pick the ideas that have the highest priority in your life. If you don’t have this type of focus towards the idea then do not pick it. You will not do it!
Once you have finished writing these all down we need to break them all down.
Create SMART goals
When creating goals you should make them SMART goals. They are powerful and allow you to ensure that you have everything organised for that goal. SMART stands for:
- Specific – Your goal needs to be clear and well defined.
- Measurable – You should include amounts, dates etc. If you want to save money then you should be saying how much and by what date. That way you can measure your progress as you go.
- Attainable – Make sure you can actually achieve the goals. If you are saying you want to save $10000 in a month but only earn $1000 a week that isn’t attainable. Don’t put yourself in the situation where you erode your self-confidence. You need to also ensure that you are not being too easy on yourself. Not too big, not too small. Go for the goal that is just right!
- Relevant – Make sure that the goals you pick are relevant to your bigger picture. Will they fit in with the direction you want to go in your life?
- Time Bound – Give your goal a deadline so you know when to celebrate. Working to a deadline makes you push yourself harder and increases the likelihood of you achieving the goal.
Decide what kind of goal they are and then write them down!
You need to work out if they are short, medium or long-term goals. This is easy based on the deadline date. Then you need to write your goals down. The act of writing down goals makes them real. You have no excuse for forgetting about them. Use positive words like “will” instead of “would like to”. Write them down on a page and have them up on your wall. Write them down in your diary on the deadline dates and then set reminders. Put them on the fridge. Make sure you are reminded every day of your goals.
Make a plan to complete your goal
It is important to take the time to step out your goal for how you are going to complete it. Write out the steps to complete the goal as well as a list of resource required. You can mark off the steps as you complete each one. This will help you work towards completing your goals!
Getting it done!
Goal setting is difficult because everyone’s life gets busy.. Everybody gets distracted at some point. So make reminders in your diary, on your fridge, in your phone to help keep yourself on track and give yourself time to review your goals. Use your action plan and at times you may need to make changes which is fine as well as long as you keep working towards a goal.
Goal Setting Summarised
Goal setting is so much more than just thinking what you want to happen. You need to clearly step out and define what you want to happen. By being clear you are raising your chances of being successful.
To help you on your way click here for your FREE goal setting workbook. It will help you in each step of goal setting.
So, what goals will you set today?