Goal-setting seems like it should be so simple, doesn’t it? You decide you want something, create a plan, and then go get it! Unfortunately, you can probably think of many times when you did just that – but you ended up NOT achieving the goal, right?
You are not alone! The truth is, there is more to goal-setting than simply having a plan. Events don’t always adhere to the plans you make, and if you’re not careful you can easily get sidetracked by obstacles, fear, procrastination and more.
Let’s get started!
Do you already have a clear goal in mind? If not, take some time to figure out what you really want – but start with just one thing for now. Once you master the goal-setting process and overcome the tendency to sabotage your efforts you’ll be able to handle multiple goals, but for now you’ll want to start small.
Your goal should be both achievable (it will challenge you but is still realistic), and measurable (it will be easy to tell if you are making progress or not).
In addition, you should have a general timeframe during which the goal will be achieved. Keep in mind that sometimes it’s not possible to control the timing of events, especially when some of them may be out of your hands. However, you should be able to determine a general length of time in which your goal can be achieved.
Equally important as clarifying what you want to achieve is understanding the reasons WHY you want to achieve it.
Please take your time with this part of the course because if you don’t have solid reasons for wanting something, you will not be able to stay motivated long enough to accomplish it!
So, be sure to write down your goal in as much detail as possible, along with the general timeframe in which you want to achieve it, and then be sure to write down exactly WHY you want to achieve this goal.
What qualities or benefits will it contribute to you and your life? What do you stand to gain from the achievement of this goal?
What do you stand to LOSE if you do not achieve the goal?