Setting achievable goals is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It’s not enough to set a goal that is impossible to achieve, it’s also important that your goal be within reach. Goals are meant to help motivate and inspire you and if they don’t meet these qualifications, then they are doing more harm than good.
If you want to set a goal that can change your life, then follow these tips!
Set at least three goals.
Many people only think about one major goal that all their energy is focused on at a given time. This could be making more money, losing weight, or achieving something else like learning Spanish or signing up for college. Your goals are yours. Don’t judge them as you write them down.
What do you want to change?
If you could change one aspect of your life, what would it be? Most people will say their career or family is most important, and health is their second choice.
Health – both physical and mental – are the most important aspects of our lives. If our health is in bad shape, we can’t be the best parent, partner, or person we have the potential to be.
What’s your “why”?
Your motivation is your reason for wanting to change and be healthier in the first place. Think about all the benefits of changing this area of your life, including the things that it will bring you. Revisit your motivation list often when necessary.
Are your dreams big enough?
If your dreams aren’t scaring the crap out of you, they aren’t big enough!
You shouldn’t always live with your head in the clouds, though. Setting SMART goals is important.
You probably already know this but just a reminder: SmART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to goal setting, big goals can be incredibly motivating. I was homeless at one point, and now I make a nice living from home – working for ME, not in the rat race! If I didn’t have big dreams, I never would’ve gotten here.
Get creative when writing your goals down.
Setting goals is one of the most important skills you can learn as a leader. Studies show that without written goals, your successes are drastically reduced and so are your opportunities for development.
If you’re anything like me, though, you need a more creative outlet than just writing a list down on paper. I love to use my Rocketbook, and my Cloud Cards (my affiliate link). They’re super motivating to keep me moving towards my goals. And yes, there’s plenty of room for doodling!
You can also use your iPad and download the GoodNotes5 app to doodle and dream to your heart’s content.
Are your goals manageable?
If your goals are big, that’s wonderful! But, they must be broken down into smaller pieces if you want to stay motivated. There’s a saying about eating an elephant somewhere out there, but it’s kinda weird, so I’ll just say this: take your BIG goals and break them down into at least 3 milestones.
My goals are broken down into about 10 smaller goals or milestones because I need that constant reassurance that I’m on the right path and not wasting time.
Choosing milestones or creating smaller goals inside the bigger goals is key. These smaller goals can be considered your action plan.
Set deadlines and stick to them.
Setting deadlines is an effective strategy for completing goals. If you struggle with hitting the deadline, consider rewarding yourself in some way when you do hit it or when you meet your goal at all.
Rewards are my LIFE. I reward myself for the simplest, silliest stuff… and it works!
Are you taking action?
At the end of the day, achieving your goals requires to you take action. You will never achieve a goal unless you start pushing yourself there by taking necessary steps towards it.
This isn’t the most glamorous part of goal setting, but you’ve gotta look at your life right now and say, “Am I really putting the effort in?” – does your work ethic match your big dreams? Get honest with yourself.
Reflection is important.
Setting goals can be a fluid undertaking. Every once in the while you need to stop and think about what is working, or not working. You also need keep an eye out on your wants/needs, and make adjustments where needed if necessary.
Never give up!
It may seem as though your goals are out of reach, but never give up on them. Friends and family members will try to discourage you from reaching these goals, only because they do not realize the effort and determination it takes.