Setting Goals for Your Life: The What, The Why and The How

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Goals are essentially desired outcomes that one aims to achieve.  It can include losing 20 lbs, increasing your earnings by $10,000 next year or reading one book a week.

Setting goals in life is a common denominator in every successful professional and entrepreneur. These people have the big goals in mind and then they break them down into smaller more manageable ones so each day they are making progress towards their vision.

So Why Set Goals? 

Goals will give you the ability to see on paper what it is that you want to pursue.  This will help keep you accountable and will help you to make small but consistent steps that will add up to you meeting or exceeding your own vision someday.

Goals are also confidence builders. When you accomplish a small goal that leads towards the completion of a bigger goal, you will feel good knowing that you have gotten that much closer to that bigger goal.  This could mean losing 1 lb after weighing in at the end of the week.  It could also mean getting 1000 words down on a blog that you are writing for your online business. Either way, getting smaller goals accomplished that make progress toward the bigger goal will always lead to a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

 

How to Set Your Goals
When setting your goals and writing them down, always think SMART:

Specific:

When setting your goals, always make sure they are specific. Just saying you want to lose weight and look good for the ladies at the beach isn’t enough. Dig deeper. Think along the lines of losing 20 lbs by a certain time, eating 1800 calories a day and working out 3-5 times a week for six months. Not only does the specific goal hone in on a specific desired outcome it will also help you break the “lose 20 lbs” goal into daily and weekly goals.  By doing this you are more likely to take consistent action toward losing 20 lbs since there is a specific blueprint in place.

Measurable:

Measurable goes together with specific.  You must be able to quantify your goal.  If you are running an online marketing campaign, you don’t want your goal to be “write blog posts by the end of the week”. Not only is this too vague but there is nothing numeric about it.  It doesn’t give you a target amount of posts to write. By having vague goals without some sort of quantity attached to it, it becomes much more difficult to break the goals down to smaller and more manageable ones and you are less likely to keep your focus.  By having a target for each day, week or month, you are more likely to see progress and remained focus which will keep you moving forward.

Agreed Upon:

Agreed Upon means that you are setting the goal in stone.  You are making a contract with yourself and/or others that you will get this thing done and although you may fail or lose focus along the way, you will achieve the goals you have set out to make no matter your setbacks.

By not agreeing upon a goal with yourself and your friends and family, it is much easier to procrastinate on daily tasks and lose focus.  It might help to print out a written contract with yourself that you sign, date and stick on your refrigerator.  That way you have a consistent reminder of the commitment you have made to yourself.

Realistic:

So, your goals are specific, measurable and you have agreed to complete it, but now you need to make sure that your goals are realistic. Losing 100 lbs in one month, for example, is not realistic at all and trying to do so is quite dangerous.  Not only is trying to lose 100 lbs dangerous but it will also lead to disappointment as you are very likely to fail to lose that amount of weight in that timeline. This disappointment eventually leads to frustration and you are much more likely to give up if you can’t make your goal realistic.

Having realistic goals also means breaking the big goals into smaller ones as I mentioned before.  To get a good glimpse of how to do this, read Alex Becker’s 10 Pillars of Wealth: Mindsets of the World’s Richest People. In this book, Becker describes how to envision the success of the larger goals and then break them into smaller, daily tasks that will make reaching that goal much easier.

Timely:

Finally, if you want to accomplish your goals, you must give yourself a due date.  This gives you a sense of urgency to get the goals accomplished and helps you fight procrastination.  Start with the big goals such as “lose 20 lbs by October 2017”. This goal ties in every component of the SMART System and so will be easier to break down into smaller timely goals.

For example, tell yourself that to lose 20 lbs by August 2017, you must aim to lose 1 lb per week for the next 5 months.  By breaking the big timely goal into smaller timely goals, you can track your progress more easily and stay on track towards losing 20 lbs.

 

Please leave a comment below about what your SMART goals are in 2017 and how you will stay committed to them. And if you find this article of value don’t forget to like and share on social media.  See you soon!

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