There is more to goal setting than deciding on a goal and moving towards it. While it is important to establish goals, it is also important that you are setting goals that you can achieve. To set goals that are right for you ask yourself these questions:
Are your goals specific and Realistic?
You may like the idea of being a best-selling author but have you explored why you want to be an author? Do you know what it takes to write a book? Why do you want to be an author? Do you have a story you want to tell? Maybe you want to leave a legacy. Do you need to be an author to tell your story? Is there another way that would be more realistic?
Once you’ve set a goal that is indeed realistic, then you need to be specific enough in your description of it so that it’s also easy to take the goal and work backward to create a schedule of actions required to succeed.
Are Your Goals Balanced in all areas of your life?
Focusing on only one part of your life often ends in disappointment. People live multifaceted lives and need to make goals for all areas to feel successful. If you have an excellent business and career but your personal life suffers, then no matter how successful you are, you will not feel successful. Think about relationships, career, personal growth, health and spiritual.
Are you setting aside time in your schedule to achieve your goal?
You may have a goal to start a new business so you can leave your full-time job. You need to consider how much time you are going to devote to the business. If you have not scheduled time in your day, to work on the business, it is likely you will not succeed because something will always get in the way. How much time will you need to dedicate to the business to be able to replace your job? How long will it take?
What are you doing to keep yourself on track?
Successful people review their goals daily. They have a weekly and daily action plan. Make sure you look at your schedule and goals every morning and every night. It is easier to adjust your goals if you are monitoring them on a regular basis. This step took me a long time to learn. I would look at my goals maybe 3 times a year. Sometimes I never took action on any of the goals.
Are Your Goals Positive?
When writing a goal, write it in a way that feels positive to you. For instance, “lose 10 pounds” may be a be a great goal but if you have tried to lose weight before then, it may make you feel deprived. Instead, you may want your goal to read “ Improve my BMI by 5 points.”
Do You Have Too Many Goals Set at One Time?
While not setting enough goals can be a problem, so can setting too many. Everyone is busy with career and family. If you have too many goals in too many areas of your life, you might get overwhelmed. Pick goals just few areas and focus on them until you reach them. You can add goals as time goes on. You don’t need to do everything today.
Setting the right goals for yourself will take some thought and consideration. Don’t try to set all your goals in one day. Set goals in different stages and different areas of your life. Reflect on why you are setting the goal.