The purpose of effective goal setting is to achieve what you want in
life in a successful, focused and decisive
manner by taking the right actions in a lesser time frame.
Who doesn't want to achieve more in less time, yet many of us abandon our goals before we
Why is that?
Some of the reasons include: lack of confidence, not having a workable plan for achieving them, being unrealistic by expecting too much too soon,
fear of failure, and lastly,
putting too much pressure on ourselves to accomplish them.
Luckily there are strategies and behaviors we can adopt for
and achieving goals.
How do you start?
Know that you deserve success and achievement. Before
beginning the process of setting goals, know that you deserve
success and that it is achievable
for anyone who puts their mind to it. You must believe you can do what you set out to
and that you possess the talents and abilities for doing it. Unless
you begin with this crucial premise, your efforts will be thwarted and you will fall short of accomplishing what you want.
Determine what you want. One of the biggest problems people have in
setting goals effectively is not knowing what they really want.
Lacking a clear concept of what you want in life makes it difficult to
The one thing all successful people have in common is that they are extremely
intensely goal oriented. They know what they want and
they understand it takes
setting goals to achieve it. A good way to begin the process is to take
the time to write down the goals most meaningful to you and then list what you
would need to do accomplish them.
To figure this out you can look at
the 'big picture'
of your life. Start a journal or workbook and write
down for yourself the answers to some of these important questions:
Do I want to be in the best of health and what will
it take to get there?
What do I want to achieve in my career?
What kind of family life do I want?
What kind of lifestyle do I want today and in the
How do I see myself in 5, 10 or 20 years from now?
As an example, under the goal of maintaining good health, you can jot
down: exercise 3-4 times a week, eat a balanced diet of protein, fruits and vegetables,
get 7-8 hours of sleep etc.
For where you want to be in 5 years, you might include:
finish college degree; be earning an income of x amount of dollars; have a serious personal
relationship (or avoid having a serious relationship until career is
Plan, organize and prioritize your goals in smaller, manageable chunks. If you look at everything you want to achieve all at once, you might find it daunting and overwhelming, so
it's best to organize and prioritize your goals. Instead, devise a workable plan for each
item you want to accomplish. You know that your health goals need to be ongoing ones, so
establish a daily routine or agenda that
you can keep up on a regular basis. For a career goals, categorize
them in monthly, quarterly or yearly chunks. List points, or plan the actions required to attain a particular point in your career.
This may include taking the odd supplemental course, doing extra
reading, or volunteering in the community in order to get exposure and experience. Since careers take time and effort to build, planning and
organizing your moves makes good sense.
Review, update and revise. Review and update your goals on a regular basis to
ensure they are still relevant to you. Doing so also keeps you on track and
taking the appropriate steps and actions. If
some of your strategies aren't working, fine tune them, or devise new
ones. Likewise, figure out which obstacles and distractions are getting in your way and
determine what you need to do to overcome them. We all know there
will be setbacks and bumps in the road along the way to achieving our goals, but we need not let them
hinder or take us off course. Revise and adjust the game plan where, and when, you need to.
Stay focused and motivated. Staying focused and
is probably one of the hardest things to do when setting goals. It is common to
periodically fall off the wagon however, it is essential to get back on
track as soon as possible.
great tool for keeping you focused is the journal or workbook you've been
maintaining. Go over it regularly as a reference point and to remind yourself what you want to accomplish. Set up routines or
that will ensure you stay on track. For example - do your exercises at the same time each day; drink your protein shake first thing in the morning.
Other helpful techniques for staying motivated include the use of relevant
visualization. Many successful people, especially athletes, swear by both.
It's important to 'see' yourself accomplishing a goal before you actually do.
implant positive thoughts into your subconscious, which in turn, prompt you to take the right actions to achieve your goals.
The Benefits of Setting Goals
Give you the 'big picture' direction you want your life
Help you achieve success more efficiently and in less time
Make the small day to day tasks more meaningful and purposeful
Goal setting, and certainly effective goal setting, has been a tried and true method for achieving success
and accomplishment in life. Without it we would drift aimlessly and waste valuable time and effort in pursuits that lead
nowhere. So start now! Decide which goals are most meaningful to you and
devise a plan for achieving them.