Top Goal Setting Secrets
Often, we start the year full of renewed drive and motivation only to peter out by the end of the first quarter. It’s easy to make plans for how we want to change our lives. It’s harder to get the habits and overcome the obstacles we need to succeed.
Does that mean it’s better to give up and just decide not to set any more goals?
Goals are important. A person who lives without setting goals is like driving without a destination. Such a person allows things to happen by chance rather than intentionally pursuing the outcomes that matter the most to him.
The goal-setting process takes effort, but reviewing your goals will give you a road map on your journey toward success.
What are some secrets to goal setting?
1. GAIN CLARITY AROUND THE THINGS YOU WANT FOR YOUR LIFE.
Think about what you want to achieve in the coming year, five years, or even ten years. What goals do you want to accomplish? Visualize them in your life.
- A clear, positive image of yourself can help you work to achieve your goals. If you find it hard deciding what you want, think about events that made you happy. Consider the achievements of people you admire. A goal can result from anything.
- You can choose to take a 30-minute walk, strengthen your skills at presentations, or learn a new language. Your goals might be large or small. The important thing is that you set them and achieve them.
2. SET GOALS THAT FOCUS ON THE JOURNEY AS WELL AS THE DESTINATION.
Many people make the mistake of setting goals that concentrate only on the destination. People usually say they want a bikini body, earn a 6-figure income, buy a house, or lose 30 pounds.
- The problem with this approach is that it focuses solely on the result. You tend to see the end and ignore the challenges on the journey. That explains why many people set goals but stall out shortly after.
- When they realize that the result they seek is not coming as quickly as they expected, they give up.
- The best type of goal is one that alters our life direction. And the best way to find out what those are is to search for them from within and apply them to your life. Instead of focusing on what you want to achieve, think about where you’d like to go instead.
3. MAKE YOUR PLANS DETAILED AND ACTION-PACKED.
Sometimes our goals might seem like we’re shooting for the stars, an impossible task. But when we break them down into more manageable steps, we start realizing that we have a fighting chance for success.
- And sometimes, all we need is a little bit of encouragement to help us get started. Case in point: Before an aspiring wrestler reaches outstanding goals, he might start overweight. But instead of focusing on the difference, he focuses on where he wants to go.
- Instead of stopping him, his parents might also help him develop a personalized diet plan. He might also start working out at the gym each day. His diet and training will help him lose the weight he needs to reach his goal of becoming a world-class wrestler.
- The point is, a detailed action plan and a bit of encouragement can go a long way.
4. MICRO HABITS.
Instead of setting big goals, successful people set small, incremental practices. The plans aren’t huge, but they still have a significant impact on your life.
- For example, you might set big goals for your career,
like moving up to an executive position. But you might start with small plans like coming towork earlier, leaving a bit later, and working all the time that you’re at work.
- You may not see yourself reaching that goal in a few weeks. But the small habits add up over time.
Goal setting is like dieting – it’s easy to start but harder to stay on. But, if you keep at it for the first few months, you’ll learn a lot, and after a while, you’ll see that your goals are within reach!