“This is my magic notebook, all the things that I write in it comes true.”
These are the words inscribed in front of my “goal journal” and thankfully most of the things that I have written down have happened already- moved countries, found a job, settled in, back to routine and now I have a full blown website working on the side (as a hobby).
It’s essential to have well-crafted goals, yet few people understand how to write smart goals — plans that can truly be put into action. The great news is that anyone can do it, and goal setting doesn’t have to be complicated.
IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS
First, you must identify specific goals. Vague goals like “get more money” or “become successful” simply won’t cut it. Many people struggle with making their goals too huge and complex — because of this, it’s helpful to break bigger goals into smaller, achievable objectives.
For example, if you’re trying to increase sales in your business, a goal might be to implement three new marketing strategies by the end of the quarter.
For your personal life you can go for something like “go out with friends to socialise at least twice a month” or “go on the gym for at least 3 days”.
ACTION PLANING AND SPECIFICS
Once you’ve identified a goal, the goal-setting process becomes much easier. Get specific — use numbers, timespans, and other details to make sure the goal is clear and measurable. Next, define a timeline for achieving the goal. Think about what resources you can use to reach it and who can help you — these can be mentors, friends, coworkers, and services.
BREAKING DOWN GOALS TO REALISTIC CHUNKS
When people procrastinate, it’s not that they don’t have the best intentions nor they don’t have any idea where to start. Sometimes looking through the whole process can be overwhelming, it may sometimes even seem impossible- visioning yourself at the outcome you desire.
Breaking down goals into smaller parts makes it more realistic and easier for you to start.
ARE YOUR GOALS TANGIBLE AND ACHIEVABLE?
It’s also essential to make sure that your goals are tangible and achievable. If you’re trying to achieve a goal but turning it into a mini mountainside, it’s best to delve deep and answer some tough questions. These might include — how will I measure success? At what point can I claim victory? Is achieving this goal feasible? Does this goal fit my long-term goals?
It is best that you set up a system to monitor your goals and how are you achieving it. Personally, I just use my journal or notes app to keep track of my goals every month, every quarter and for the whole year. This enables me to problem solve and think ahead. This also ensures that my goals for the next year are updated and continuously improving.
WHEN’S THE DEADLINE?
Finally, you must commit to action. Don’t let time and dates slide — if you find yourself constantly putting things off, then it’s time to revise and reposition your goal. Perhaps it just needs restructuring, or maybe you need to access more resources and coaching.
Setting smart goals can be overwhelming, but having the right approach can make it much easier. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to achieving those goals and reaching your full potential.
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