With a New Year comes a new set of resolution promises that we make to ourselves. This is the time where we attempt to set new aspirations and goals. Some of us say them out loud, some of us write them down, but some of us fail to do anything at all. Why? We do not know how to properly set goals.
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Life without setting goals is like hopping in the car and driving somewhere new without a map or sense of direction: It may be exciting and adventurous initially, but it may also lead you to a place you didn’t want to be.
It’s all well and good for us to set goals, but we shouldn’t stop here. How many of you have set goals at the beginning of a year and achieved those goals or even remembered by March what they were? I’m not here to tell you what your goals should be, but I am here to help you accomplish those goals with the following steps:
1. Finding a goal.
In order to set your first goal, you need to find one. If you’ve focused in on something and you’re happy that you’re doing this for you, move onto the next step.
2. What do I want?
You need to ask yourself if it’s something you really want and not just something that sounds interesting. Ask yourself if you could do anything without limitation what it would be.
3. How would I feel if I reached this goal?
This goal should excite and motivate you. If the thought of it doesn’t, then re-look the goal.
4. Is my goal specified?
An important aspect to creating your goal is making it specific so you can focus in on what you want to make happen.
5. What is important about this goal?
Ask yourself why your goal is important to you. Is this something that will better your life?
6. How will I achieve this goal?
This is an important measure as you need to break your goal down into a step process, a strategy of how you are going to attain this goal and what it will take for you to get there.
7. What is preventing me from achieving this goal?
You need to look at your obstacles, whether they are external forces or simply you getting in the way of yourself.
8. How will I know if I am succeeding?
Once you have found a goal that you want, know why it’s important, know how you are going to attain this goal. You need to understand when and if you are succeeding. Giving yourself a deadline is important to obtaining your goal, otherwise it remains open-ended.
9. Your goal isn’t just about the end reward.
We now know that achieving your goals is quite a process, a journey that will often change you and mould you into someone new and it’s important to remember that sometimes the journey is your reward.
10. What does it mean if I am a new person?
This is in no way a bad thing. The person you have become is someone who understands how to set and achieve goals and is someone who is expected to achieve future goals.
When you have read through steps one through eight you are ready to set your goals. When you have read through steps nine and ten, you understand why achieving these goals is essential. Do not forget to stop and appreciate all that you are and all you have achieved, and as Jack Canfield once said, “Self-acknowledgement and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
What goals will you set today?