Goals are important. People who have clearly defined and written goals are significantly more likely to be high achievers. The importance of having well defined goals cannot be understated. We have already talked before about how to achieve goals, but what is equally as important is to figure out what goals to set. This list explains exactly how to create and set goals! Let’s begin.
1. Figure out your Ultimate Vision.
The first step in setting any goal is figuring out your ultimate vision. If you don’t know what your end destination is, it’s hard to plot a course. Determining where you want to end up is crucial to the process and must come first. Once you know where you want to be, you can then set goals that lead you in the right direction.
2. Break your Goals up into Categories.
There are multiple different aspects of your life in which you many want to improve so there should be multiple different categories for your goals. You probably will have multiple ultimate visions for different parts of your life. You may want to lose 20 pounds, make 50k more and spend more time with your family; all of these are different parts of your life and should be organized that way when writing your goals. Figure out what categories work best for you and organize your goals into them. Some common categories are: finance, personal development, health and fitness, and relationships; but you can create any category that works best for you.
3. Be Specific.
As Jake Canfield said in his book, The Success Principles, “Be as specific as possible with all aspects of your goals.” Remember vague goals produce vague results, so be specific about your goals. Don’t write “I want to lose weight.” Instead write “by January 1st 2018 I will have lost 25 pounds; I will do this by going to the gym daily and eating half of what I currently eat.” The more specific a goal, the better.
4. Be Realistic with your Time Frame.
You can achieve any goal you set your mind to, but it isn’t easy and it doesn’t happen overnight. If it is a goal worth achieving, it is going to be hard and take time. When planning your goal, set a time frame that is realistic. You should give yourself a time frame that is challenging to meet but do not give yourself an impossible time frame. You cannot write for a goal “I will lose 50 pounds by tomorrow at 5 pm,” because it is impossible and will only discourage you. Challenge yourself, but make sure it’s a realistic time line.
5. Make sure your goals are measurable.
When planning your goals make sure you will be able to measure your progress. If there is no way to make sure you are on track, there is no way to determine if you are heading towards your goal. Sometimes it is obvious how you will track your progress and it is easy to measure: for example, weight loss. Sometimes it is not so easy, but almost any goal’s progress can be tracked if you spend some time figuring out how. It is important to note that this step is not saying to not set certain goals because they are hard to track; if you want to achieve the goal you should set it. What this step is saying is once you have a goal in mind, make sure you do your due diligence and figure out ways to track your progress.
6. Have Goals that Stretch You.
As the Great Jim Rohn once said, “You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming.” The best goals are ones that require you to grow to achieve them. The only way to truly develop personally is to grow as a person. The goals that force you to do that are the best goals.
Using these six steps when creating a new goal will ensure you create quality goals that are worth achieving.
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