7 Incredible Ways to Effective Goal Setting and How To Achieve Them
We usually create our goals at the start of the year. We write the things we want to achieve for a specific year without realising that our goals should be really a “lifetime commitment” to where we really hope to see ourselves in the future.
Our goals every day should add up to that big audacious goal that we visualise ourselves doing in the future, it should add up to our ultimate personal goal for ourselves.
However, even though we have our goals set up for the future, our problem lies in how we could really achieve our goal every day and in how to really create an effective one.
So to be able to do that, I’m here to help you create a Goal-Setting guide that will put your goals into ACTION!
MAP your goals in a time horizon.
Create a short-term goal for this year and a long-range goal for the next 2-3 years, for the next 5-10 years and for your ultimate life goal. If you can put some pictures on your goals it would also be better. The more detailed it is, the great. But do not let perfectionism destroy the very purpose of your goals. Do not be very stubborn to adjust your goals or strategies if really needed.
Mapping your goals will give you a hindsight for where your focus should be NOW in order for you to reach that ultimate goal for the future. It will help you understand that NOW is connected to your future and it will help not waste your time now because it will eventually all ADD up.
Here’s an example of mapping your horizon and looking it in a way that should be connected to what you must be doing every day. This is from the book, One Thing:
Focus on the most important thing that you can do NOW
After mapping out your goals, write the various activities that you need to do NOW in order to reach your goal for a week that will help you achieve your goal for a month that will help improve your goal for the quarter and then ultimately for a year that is also connected on that last part of your goal map. This goal setting plan to the NOW came from Gary Keller:
In the book One Thing by Gary Keller, the author also keeps on saying that you just need to ask this one question every day to help you FOCUS on what you really need to do “NOW”:
What’s the ONE THING I can do right now such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
Professional Development Goal:
What’s the one thing I can do right now to hit my sales targets?
What’s the one thing I can do right now to improve my skills?
Personal Development Goal:
What’s the one thing I can do right now to improve my skill at writing or reading or playing this sport or this musical instrument or painting etcetera?
This book really opened me up to a lot of things and realisations. There are more insights and wonderful tips that this book provided me in order to really help me be productive in my priorities to reach my purpose.
I suggest you get an ebook copy of this book. Here’s the link if you’re interested to add more value to what you know,
Write your goals EFFECTIVELY
A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true. – Greg S. Reid
Writing your goal is a very important step because it will help you to really stay focus. It is the first step in making your goals into reality.
Here’s my guide for you on how to effectively create your goal:
- Write your Goal
- Why That Goal is Important For You
- The Powerful Action Steps/the ONE THING You Need to do “now” to arrive at the result
- The Feeling When You Reach that Goal
- The Reward You’ll Give to Yourself.
A. In writing your goal, make sure that it is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Bound.
Ultimate Goal: To be an International Best Selling Author by 2020 with 5million books sold worldwide.
Two-Year Goal: Join a Book Club or Writer’s Club or Find a Mentor/ Start Drafting Your First Book by (write date)
One Year Goal: Create my own ebook about (topic) by (write date)
6 Months Goal: Create my own (what kind of blog) blog or WordPress website by (write date)
B. You have to know WHY a goal is important. Unless you can see an importance for that goal, you will not have any burning desire to really work for it and you’ll become very timid about it.
Being an author will help me change the lives of people from the stories and novels I write. I want to spark creativity and influence other people to take positive action in their lives by what I write.
C. Today’s GOAL or the Powerful Action Steps/ One Thing to do NOW – Staying committed really requires cultivating small habits or powerful action steps one at a time. According to the latest Psychological Research, the minimum number of days that a person can really develop a habit is 66 days. But regardless of the number, the challenge lies with yourself and how you will use your will-power and most productive part of the day to keep you energised for what’s important. After all, if you’re able to create a good habit, it will stay with you forever.
What’s the one thing I can do today to increase my vocabulary for words:
- Read 5 chapters of a book
What’s the one thing I can do today to help me write better:
- Write at least 500 words per day for any topic
What’s the one thing I can do today to learn more:
- Watch one Youtube video about writing or making a book
D. It is also important to write the feeling that you will achieve once you have reached that goal
I would be very fulfiled and happy because I know I’ve helped many people through my writing.
E. Reward- In rewarding yourself make sure to celebrate your small winnings in a week in a month after you have been able to continuously develop a good new habit. This reward system is a confidence builder that will remind you that you are achieving something and that you are moving closer and closer to your ultimate goal.
I’ll go on a vacation and spend time with my family. But yes, the reward was already there when I’ve made an impact on other people’s lives.
READ your goals every day
I cannot emphasise the importance of visualisation and be having to repeat something over and over again in your mind. You have to let your subconscious mind think that you are already doing and actually orchestrating the things that are yet to come because it’s really a powerful way to charge your morning. It will keep your focus and it will always remind you especially if you know the PURPOSE of each goal.
Having a calendar would also be great. Mark an “X” for each successful day that you have done something great in achieving your small habits. This will give you momentum and it will give you small winnings to keep you motivated.
Manage your SELF
The best way to achieve any goal is through self-management and discipline. We all know very well what we are actually doing with our time. The problem is we have been used to wasting our time because we feel that no one will check us.
In order to overcome this, you should always remember to read your goals but to also NUMBER your days in a way that would make you fast forward your life on that day that you are already old.
Imagine yourself in the mirror at the age of 65 years old, looking at all your goals not accomplishing anything, would you still SLOW DOWN?
The best way to achieve your goal is to just FORCE yourself every day and to IMAGINE that there will be no more tomorrows left!
WORK on your goals
It is not enough to plan and to visualize. You have to work on them!
Your goals might be similar to the goal of another person but I do not want you to compare yourself. However, I promise you this. There’s one person out there who is already doing what you are not doing right now.
With this information age, the challenge is to really how you will use the knowledge you are receiving and how you will translate it into action the fastest and best way you can.
You have to do something but you must work smarter and faster by making sure that you are always using your time doing something that is connected to your goals.
Achieving your goals and your lifetime dream is a process. We keep on looking at the end result, the future. We keep on daydreaming about ourselves being successful that we lose sight of TODAY, which should be really our ultimate FOCUS.
Success and achievement of any goals worth achieving is a step by step process. You have to stay consistent and be committed until you break your old habits.
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