You have heard it a thousand times before. You need goals and you need to set them up properly to have an adequate start to achieving them. Once again, we are the end of another years, and it is time to revisit and agonize (very briefly) over our past mis-steps and broken promises to ourselves.
Get your journal out, and let’s make some guidelines set up for those resolutions, or goals that you plan to set in the next few days
Whether you want to set goals for your business or your personal life, defining clear, concise goals is very important. Without clear goals you can end up confused about what you want to achieve, and you may be putting yourself on the path to stagnation. Clear goals can give you tremendous momentum and intense purpose in your life.
5 Keys to Clearly Define Your Life Goals
1. Understand completely what you want to achieve. In order to define clear goals, your first step is to determine exactly what you want to achieve. If you do not know where you are going, then you cannot figure out a route to get there. Once you know where you want to be at the “end,” and exactly what you want to achieve, you will be able to come up with the goals that will help you get there.
- Where do you see yourself in 6 months?
- Where are you in a year?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Make the time to sit down and brainstorm your long-term dreams and desires.
2. Figure out a time-line. Setting time-lines will prevent procrastination and spur you on to action to meet your goals. Having a time-line for your goals also helps to clarify them because now you know what you want and when you want it!
- Come up with goals that you want to meet in a month, year, and even five or ten years from now.
- Make a plan that will keep you on track; however, do not etch your plan in stone!
- Allow for changes along the way, but keep your eye on the main goal.
3. Ensure your goals are realistic. With realistic goals, you can almost guarantee that you will be able to achieve them, and you will not completely stress yourself out trying to accomplish something that is out of your reach. A clear goal is a realistic one. For instance, I might decide I want to be an airline pilot, or even fly in the military. For me, because of my age, those specific ships have sailed. But there are still other ways to fill that desire.
- Break your long-term goals into small, achievable actionable steps.
- Reaching multiple goals along your journey will keep the goal fresh in your mind, give you a feeling of accomplishment and motivate you to continue.
4. Be specific. Clarify your goals with the details of exactly what you want. Avoid vague generalities. When you make a specific goal, you will be better able to accomplish it.
- Specific goals allow you to form your time-line and define your action steps. There is no guesswork involved when dealing with specifics.
- For example, “make more money with your business” is a very vague goal. Come up with a specific goal, such as, “I will make $1,000 more per month, three months from today.” This goal is specific, measurable, and realistic.
5. Refine your goals. Your goals may change as your life changes. During this process, you will be able to make them more specific, realistic, and achievable.
- It really is okay to refine your goals several times in your life! What is important right now may not be as significant to you six months or six years from now.
- Be willing to accept change.
- Revisit your goals periodically and make new plans if necessary.
Some people flounder through life, unsure of their purpose or what they want to achieve. Don’t let this be you! Your life will have clear meaning if you put some thought into what’s important to you, what goals you want to achieve, and what actions to take to make your dreams a reality.
You have a greater capacity for success than you realize. Within you is everything you need to reach the dreams that are in your heart. Incorporate these five steps into the pursuit of your goal, and your success is yours!
As a small child, one of my “duties” was to learn long and complicated pieces to recite at church. I have spoken in the past about my Mother whom I loved, but in this kind of activity she took no prisoners. She would not be bringing the speech with her, so I needed to be spot on. I learned the pieces by chunking them down into smaller pieces and getting a flow. And, although I may have felt that this was cruel and unusual punishment as a child, it is the very reason I can speak well today.
My personal second example is professional. I felt early on that this was my calling. Knowing the end goal, and figuring out what needed to happen at each step, I was able to achieve the ultimate goal. And, as we have talked about in the past, my only regret was in not taking the time to celebrate the smaller victories along the way.
What’s next for me? More writing.
Today, I choose to feel inspired by my passions and let the excitement propel me forward to achieve my goals, regardless of any challenges that may arise.
1. Get your journal and write the things you want to do or become next.
2. Work each of them through the above process.
3. Pick 2 that are doable, and set those up as your basic New year’s Resolutions.