Goal – A desired result a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development.
Goals are the things that keep us inspired. Goals keep us looking forward to our future and help control our doubts and fears. When we write our goals down, it helps us stay on track and we are statistically, more likely to achieve them then if we don’t write them down!
Setting goals is paramount to your success.
In this article, we are going to explain:
- Why goal setting is important
- How to set goals and obtain them
Why have a goal
Having goals lead to a feeling of hope and when achieved, satisfaction. Having the feeling of prosperity is good for you and good for your confidence level as well.
When you set goals and achieve them, the next goals you set are easier to obtain. This will allow you to set even higher goals for yourself and it will be more likely that you achieve them!.
The most important thing about a goal is not the goal itself, but the person you become obtaining it. Goal setting allows us to focus on the steps that need to be taken to make our dreams come true – a “road-map” if you will!
Goals give you a direction
Imagine that you were building a house. Where would you start? What would you do next? Goals give you something to “aim” towards. Goals give you focus.
Setting goals will help you to overlook the everyday obstacles that you are certain to encounter by allowing you to focus on the future (the good future where are your dreams have come true)
Goals Allow You To Measure Progress
Goals allow you to contemplate “how long it is going to take” and how much work is involved. This allows you to gauge where you are in terms of completing your goal. “Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (knowing how much further you have to go) will help to prevent you from getting discouraged.
Goals Keep You from getting distracted
When you set goals, you will be less likely to do things that will prevent you from achieving them. Goals help to keep you from doing things that are not relevant to making your goals/dreams a reality.
Having goals and working towards them is exciting. It gets more and more exciting as you achieve all the steps that you have laid out in front of you, your “pathway.” The more excited you get, the more steps you complete – and eventually you finish what you started!
We set goals for different reasons:
- Sense of accomplishment
- Personal reasons too!
Goals are a terrific self-esteem boosting machine!
How to write Goals:
When you write out your goals, begin each sentence with the words, “I am, or I will.
Do not use any negatives. For example:
Instead of saying “ I want to lose 10 pounds,” say, “I am my ideal weight which is (your target weight here).
Or, “I will be (your target weight here).
This is important. Your subconscious mind doesn’t hear negatives.
Your subconscious mind is programmed using the present tense.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself when setting goals
- What do I want to learn?
- Where do I want to go?
- How do I want to give back?
- Who do I want to meet?
- How much do I want to make?
- What will I do for fun?
- What do I want to do?
- What do I want to have?
Ask yourself why your goals are important to you?
Be specific when setting your goals. Vague statements are not good enough. For example, you don’t “want a car.”
You want a specific car (write it down). You want leather seats (what color). I like to go online and go to the dealerships website and “design my vehicle.” Then, I copy and paste it onto my goal worksheet. I know exactly what I am going to have one day, soon (I can see it, smell it, I can feel its power – it is real to me)
Don’t be afraid to bend (not like this guy though – weird)
You are not a robot. Dreams can change. Stay flexible so that you don’t pass up any opportunities that come your way.
Are you excited?
Your goals should excite you. If they don’t …they aren’t big enough.
A slow and steady pace wins the race
Don’t forget to enjoy your life along the way. Take time to relax and enjoy the things around you.
Act like our life depends on your dreams coming true.
This is easy, think about where you are right now and why your life depends on a better future, your dreams must come true.
If you don’t want your dreams to come true with everything you have (your whole heart) then you have the wrong dream – find one that inspires you. A dream that you cannot live without will do the trick!
Do something. No matter how big or small it is…do something. Your dreams will not come true if all you do is think about them. You must act. Thinking about them is a great way to encourage you to act, but the action is how you make your dreams come true.
Make yourself a promise – and keep it. (Make your dreams coming true, a promise to yourself)
Make it happen!
How to write goals:
- Keep them few in number.Write down your goals and do not write down more than 7. You will not be able to focus on more than this, so do not be tempted to add more. Write down the 7 (or less) things that you would like to accomplish in the next 5 years.
- Make them “smart.”
- Specific—your goals must identify exactly what you want to accomplish.
- Measurable—You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Try to quantify the result. You want to know whether or not you hit the goal.
- Actionable—every goal should start with an action verb (e.g., “quit,” “run,” “finish,” “eliminate,” etc.) rather than a to-be verb (e.g., “am,” “be,” “have,” etc.)
- Realistic— A good goal should be big. You want to be outside your comfort zone but not “so far out of it that your goal is out of reach.”
- Time-bound—When do you plan to complete your goal? Write the date down.
Review them frequently.
- Review your goals once a week and ask yourself, “What do I need to do this week to get closer to achieving my goal?”
Goals are important. Writing them down and reviewing them is also important.
Click this link to download your free “S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting Worksheet https://www.developgoodhabits.com/goal-setting-worksheet/
(They even have a goal setting worksheet for children!)
Do you have a goal that you are destined to achieve? Share it with us in the comment section below!
Author: Philip Isaac
Philip Isaac is the founder of Electrified Mind. He is determined to reach the highest level of personal development as humanly possible by interacting with other world leaders through the Electrified Mind Podcast and absorbing all the knowledge they have to offer (you should join him). His overwhelming desire to make other people feel how he feels about life, drives him.