Have you ever set a goal and not accomplished it? Yes, it’s called a New Year Resolution. Ta. Da. Da.
Ha! Now that I got that out of my system. Let’s talk about why goal setting is an annoying yet incredibly important concept to success.
No matter what, if you are alive, you are moving somewhere. If you have no goal in mind than it doesn’t really matter where you are going. You can end up anywhere but I’m positive there are things you want in your life for yourself, your spouse, your family that will need work. There are products out in the market that cater to our goal setting intentions and some of us are amazing at setting goals and hitting them while some of us are not sure where we are going. Therefore, setting goals is most times futile.
Do you know what you want? Are you not sure what you want? GREAT! It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t setting goals will help you. If you know what you want, you can build goals to get there and if you don’t you can build goals to figure it out. Let’s get started.
1. What energizes you?
Some people call this motivation but it’s what’s important to you. Even when you are not sure what you want to do, you understand at a fundamental level what energizes you. You like helping people, or need to be creative, or lead others, etc. This is a good starting point. Focusing on things that energize you will allow you to understand your direction and building a goal from this point becomes more manageable.
2. S.M.A.T. Goals
This has been a tip spewed out all over the internet and while it has good intentions, it can be a lot better in some areas.
This makes sense. You have to know where you are going to get there and vague goals won’t be the guiding beacon.
This depends on the goal. If you are trying to reduce spending, or add revenue or be faster, lose weight, etc. This step works.
This is where we differ with the old advice. The thinking behind this is that if you set attainable goals you won’t get disappointed by not reaching your goal. I don’t agree because this feeds into a fixed mindset and a fixed mindset will get you nowhere, quickly. You need to change your mindset to a growth one. This will allow you to understand even if you don’t hit your goal, you can adjust or keep going with a new goal until the ultimate goal is reached. This will have you moving forward towards your goal and more than likely achieve even more than you set out to do. It’s not just me who thinks this. Grant Cardone, an insanely successful person who built himself from practically nothing talks about this all the time. It’s call the 10X Rule. If you want to read more about growth mindset google Carol Dweck and see, hear and read her study on growth mindset.
This is an obvious one but it also allows you to maintain the focus you need to hit the goal you’ve set for yourself.
This gives you a time frame. It’s no good to have a goal you don’t works towards because you will literally never get to it. You won’t prioritize it and this goal will turn into a wish. Don’t underestimate how long something will take. It’s OK to have a goal that takes longer. It’s better to know you are actively working towards something that wanting a reward right away.
Setting goals is all about your mindset. Are you really interested in hitting the goal you set? If so, you will take the time and steps to get there. It is as simple as that. It’s your choice if you want to succeed or not.
3. Write your goal down…
…take a picture of your words and add that picture as your screensaver on your phone and computer.
You will see it every day and difficult to ignore. Your goal should be a priority and if you can’t remember it throughout the day you won’t do it.
4. Have integrity
You don’t need to broadcast your goal to the world to get accountability. Have integrity with yourself. If you told yourself, you will do something do it. No one cares about your goals, it sounds harsh but if you sit down do you care about your friends goals? No, you don’t. You will be supportive but if they don’t get it done it won’t make a difference to you.
Care about other people but do things for you and complete the tasks you say you will for you. You are the most important person in your life and how you see yourself it’s ultimately what matters.
5. Consistency/Follow up
This is an easy one. Once you have your goal identified and are ready to execute it, do it! And then do it again with another goal, and another, and another, and another, etc. This is how you get what you want and get a reputation for being successful.
Now, share this with people you care about. Has any other goal setting tip work for you or them in the past? Maybe, maybe not and how you stumble onto my tips. Was it because it wasn’t a good plan or was it because you didn’t follow through? Know that if you didn’t, it’s not a big deal. Try again and stick with it. You are a great person for trying to better yourself. Don’t doubt yourself, don’t be afraid, just do.
“The best way to get things done is to begin.” – Anon