6 Quick Steps to Goal Setting Success
After listening to and reading countless of experts go through their ideal Goal Setting procedure I went about building one that worked for me. I would recommend you take from this what works for you and create your own.
What you will need:
1: A whiteboard, butchers paper, pad of paper or your computer
2: a timer
If you are doing this for the first time then use something big and in front of you. Butchers paper can usually be found at a local arts store and they are cheaper than red frogs. You may also like silence or maybe music will help. Whatever you choose - turn your phone OFF.
Step 1: Use the below 4 areas to set your goals.
- Personal Development
One big mistake people do is put like 8 categories of goals down. Let’s simplify that with these 4. Usually, most other categories are sub-categories of these 4. Relationships can come under health, career may be a part of finance or finance a part of your career, charity may fall under personal development. Add sub-categories at the end if you feel it necessary.
Once you have started the timer write down everything. Start with one category and complete 10 minutes for each. Don’t worry if the goal seems to be achievable or not, just write it down. We can filter out the ones we don't want later on. The action of writing it down feeds the creative part of the brain. If you feel stuck at any point just write down your next thought. Doesn’t matter if its related or not – just make sure it’s a positive thought.
Step 2: go over each of the categories and add in time frames.
Split the goals up into two time frames: short term and long term. Short term is anywhere from 1 week to 1 year. Long term is anything from 2 years to 20+. If you feel short is 6 months then change it to 6 months. If you feel its 2 years, then change it to 2 years. I really don’t give a shit to be honest. Whatever works for you but remember long term goals help direct the short term. This is, after all just a guideline.
Step 3: Goal, Resolution or a Task?
It is important to understand the difference between the three. Some people fail goals because they are resolutions. If you goal is to ‘meditate daily’ you may find this falls under a resolution rather than a goal. because of this you may miss a day which give you the illusion that you failed your gaol. In reality, since it is a resolution you can just pick it back up tomorrow. A goal may be more inclined to be written as attending a meditation camp. Resolutions are daily rituals, Goals are dreams that you don’t know how to achieve and tasks are goals that you do know how to achieve. You may collect more information from a task but seeing as you do not have to go out and discover more about yourself it may not fall under an actual goal.
Step 4: choose two short term and two long term goals from each category
Choose two goals from each category and give them a timeframe that has depth and meaning to you. Once you have done this we get to the most important part.
Step 5: The 3 most important questions
To each goal you have chosen answer these three questions.
- Why is this important to you?
Dig deep when answering this question. “Because I want to own a gym” or “ I like helping people” is not a strong enough ‘why’. Something with depth may be more like “it is important that I use my life to reduce the amount of domestic violence in house holds.”
- What’s the cost if you don’t?
Now I am not talking about just the dollar cost. I am talking about the cost to other people. Their happiness, the cost of not pursuing your dreams. How that impacts your relationships and home life. I have had the opportunity to help impact a lot of people positively and seen people create better lives for themselves through businesses and programs. Whats the cost on peoples happiness, their ability to find evidence of positivity in this world. Really think about this one.
- What is my first action?
There is where you make a decision and write down your first action towards this goal. you cannot leave the site of goal setting without setting your sails and then taking action upon that task. This is more powerful than simply just ticking a box. Momentum is key and the key to momentum is the first step.
Step 6: set your next goal date.
Everything up until this point has been crucial for your short term success and long term planning where as this last point is probably the one that holds the biggest impact for where you are in 10 years time. Consistency with your goals is key.
DO NOT GET TO THIS POINT AND FAIL TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THIS LAST STEP.
Once all of the above is done, you should be able to leave this whole practice with the ability to have more solid direction, have taken your first call of action and a deeper ‘why’ or purpose.
Failing to invest time in your own direction whilst encouraging others to do so is not just down right ridiculous it also impacts all of those around you. Playing small only encourages those around you to follow suit.
Use what makes sense and disregard the rest. You have to make it work for you – which, like anything else means you have to do it multiple times to know what to tweak.
Set a time now to do so and have fun planning your future.
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Until next time, take care and kick arse,