Goal setting made simple

March 9th, 2006 by Sit up a Tree

Want to improve your life?  There’s one thing that you can do that, above anything else, will help you to move your life in the direction that you want it to go rather than the direction it’s going in automatically – set goals.

In later posts I’ll go into greater depth about the various aspects of goal setting, but for now I’ll cover the basics of the process .

Most people set goals, the problem is that they do it once and year at New Year’s and then forget about them for the rest of the year.  They get to the next new year and wonder why they haven’t achieved their goals.

There are some simple steps that you should follow in order to successfully set goals:

  • Goals must be written down.  Spoken or thought goals just don’t have the “Ooomph!” that written goals do.
  •  Be honest.  Make sure that the goals are your goals and not someone else’s goals.
  • Don’t feel the need to be realistic.  Write your goals (especially long-term goals) with the attitude that anything is possible!  Have fun!
  • Have different goals for different aspects of your life – family, business, health, money …
  • Spend a fixed amount of time on each of your goal areas (say 5 minutes each for family, business, etc) and write for the entire time.  Don’t pause to think – Just write!
  • After you’re done writing, go back and review your goals and pick out the top 5/10 goals.
  • Put a timescale to your top 5/10 goals.  Highlight your 1 year goals, your 3 year goals, 5 year goals and 10 year goals.
  • For each of your top goals, write a couple of sentences on why you MUST achieve them!  This is your motivation for pursuing them.
  • Write down (and then carry out) one action that you can take in the next 24 hours to bring you closer to achieving your goals.

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