Setting Goals the Right Way

How are you doing in the your goal setting process? First of all, are you setting goals? That’s the first part to achieving what you desire. Next is to make sure that you are setting your goals in the most effective manner possible. I recently came across some of Randi Bussin’s work and wanted to share her insights on goal setting for success with you. (You can learn more about her at aspireforsuccess.com.)

Here are 10 tips for goal setting:

1. Create a big picture of what you want to accomplish in your life. Take a piece of paper and write down everything you want to accomplish in the next 10 years (or use whatever method that works best for you). Be sure to include goals for all major areas of your life and as you make a list of your goals, ensure they are what you want to achieve and not something others desired for you.

2. Prioritize the goals by time frame. Return to the list you created and break the long list of goals into three smaller time frames. Three categories are short term (next 12 months), medium term (two to five years), and long term (six to ten years).

3. Rewrite your short-term goals in S.M.A.R.T. goal format and be sure the goal is written as a positive statement. Not sure what a SMART goal is? SMART stands for Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. To learn more, simply Google “SMART Goal.”

4. Type up your goals, put them in several places where you can see them, review them daily and revise them as needed. This action of putting your goals in a visible place becomes a daily reminder of what it is you are trying to accomplish. Spend a minute each day in front of your list of goals and read them to yourself.

5. Identify the obstacles that you will have to overcome to achieve your goals. What is going to get in the way of you achieving your goals? What is a limiting factor for you? What within yourself is holding you back?

6. Identify the knowledge, skills, and competencies you need to achieve your goals. Which skills do you need to be at the top of your game? What one skill, if you developed it, would have the greatest impact on your life or career? What one skill, if you developed it and did it consistently, would help you achieve your most important goal? Identify it and begin to work on it every single day.

7. Identify the support team you need in place to achieve your goals. To achieve big goals, you will need the help and support of many people. Identify the list of family members, work colleagues, and mentors you need in your life. As you think about your support team, think about ways in which you can be a giver and not necessarily a taker.

8. Celebrate successes. When you achieve a goal, take time to enjoy the satisfaction of having reached the milestone. Treat yourself to something to mark the accomplishment. Take the time to relish in your success, which will help boost your confidence.

9. Organize your 12-month goals into smaller more manageable steps, from the beginning to the completion of the goal. Planning is very important to reaching your goals. The 80/20 rule (the Pareto principle) states that 80 percent of your results will come from 20 percent of your efforts. So how will you spend your time?

10. Act every day. Lots of baby steps add up to big goals. If you’re having a very busy day at work, don’t beat yourself up. Just do one thing, one little thing, each day that will keep the momentum going and you moving forward.

Think about how you will implement these today!

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