Get clear about your goals

August 22nd, 2006 by Sit up a Tree

Do you set goals for yourself and review them regularly?  You really should, because it makes a huge positive difference to your personal growth.

But are your goals clear?  By this I mean have you spent time carefully outlining and planning your goals?  For a goal to manifest itself into reality, it can’t be something vague like “lose weight” or “make more money”, it has to be specific like “I want to weight 180 pounds” or “I want to make $100,000”.  Being specific gives you a true goal to aim for, rather than a broad, wishy-washy abstract.

Once you have your goal, you need to then come up with a basic plan for how you intent to accomplish that goal.  The more detailed the better, but don’t worry if you’re not sure as to how to reach your goal.  As long as you have a starting point, that’s a lot better than nothing.  In fact, you should never leave a goal setting or review session without coming up with two or three things that you can do within 24-hours to take you a step closer to achieving your goal.

But until you have clarity, you don’t have anything to aim for or anything to measure your progress by.

Here are a few tips for effective goal setting:

  • Decide on what you want.  Make it specific.
  • Get clear on why you want to achieve this goal.  If it’s lose weight, understand why you really need to lose weight.  Get plenty of leverage on yourself!
  • Get clear on what it will cost you if you DON’T achieve this goal.  List all the areas – mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually …
  • Set yourself a deadline.  Make is realistic but fix a data.
  • Set a date to review your progress.  Ideally you should consult your goals list daily and carry out a detailed review weekly to see how you’re progressing.  Make sure that you don’t forget about your goal!

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