How to Set Goals
If you don't have a goal how can you reach it?
This page will show you how to set
goals and break them down into easily accomplished steps. The importance of goal
setting can not be over emphasized, they are the road map and directions to
where you want to be.
In business they are often called
the business plan. Every successful business person has one or more business
plans, they really know how to set goals. Most businesses fail in the first two
years, I believe this is mainly because they did not start out with properly
laid out goals and plans.
Very few people ever sit down to work
out what their life goals
are, they probably don't even know how to set goals. When you look at society
and start to see how many frustrated, confused and lost people there are you
will realize how important goals are. They will wonder what life is about or
whether there is any point to their lives, that is a terrible feeling.
When you learn how to set goals you will have direction and purpose. You will
have the drive and the power to overcome the obstacles that life throws at you,
the determination to win through. Good athletes are continually setting higher
goals and you will notice that people will admire them. Even if someone is not
interested in a sport they will still respect the athlete. Having a goal, and
the drive to push through to it, is a very admirable quality.
Set Your Goals
There are quite a few steps in learning how to set goals, each of them are
important. This is the goals list.
The Goal itself. What
exactly is it that you want, where do you want to be?
Reason. Why do you want to achieve that. This is where passion comes in. If
you have not read the page
Unlock the Passion
yet, I recommend that you do, it will give you the necessary drive.
The Foundation. These are the rules and principles that you build on. For
example, I will deliver the best quality for the price, or we will have open
The Plan. This is the broad overview of how
you will get there.
The Actions. What are the major steps
that you will take to achieve your goal.
The Steps. The
simple actions that lead to the main actions.
You will need to keep track of the things you are doing. This could be how much
money you earned or a schedule of when you expect each action to be completed.
Anything that will let you know how its going.
Completions. These are the rewards along the way. It gives you a feeling of
satisfaction when you can look at a step or action and say done. It is
important to reward yourself once in a while.
You should work
these forwards and backwards until everything lines up. For major goals like
life or a business this could take hours, minor ones may be done in a couple of
minutes. In the Reason part, try to make sure that it lines up with your life
goals. Success at anything is a lot easier when it addresses your passion.
How it Works
Now that you have learned how to set goals, I will lay out a simple (silly) goal.
Make a cup of coffee (Goal). I need a break to gather my thoughts (Reason). It
must have one teaspoon of sugar and be hot (Foundation). Go to the kitchen to
make the coffee (Plan). Boil the water, put the ingredients in the cup, pour the
water in the cup (Actions). Find the cup, find the spoon, put the water in the
kettle etc (Steps). Watch for the steam from the kettle (Progress). The coffee
and sugar are in the cup, the kettle is boiling, water poured in the cup
(Completions). Sit back and enjoy the coffee (Goal Completion).
As I said this was a silly goal that you would not really have to think about
but it gives you the idea. Try a simple one for yourself, it will let you know
if you know how to set goals.
One of the problems that many of us
suffer is procrastination. Sometimes I just can't seem to get started. There is
a way to handle this. Take a look at the first Step in your goals list and do
it. If you still can't get going, break it down even more.
I have a hard time getting a page written for this website I take a look at what
I can do. Well I can turn on the computer, that's easy enough. Now open the
program, alright. Hmm a little writers block, just type a few words about
anything, I can always change it later. Procrastination is human inertia, once
the ball starts to roll it gets easier and easier.
If you are still having
problems then review your Reason, get the passion going again.
Now that you know how to set goals do it for a few of the everyday things that
you want to accomplish. Soon you will not have to think about it, you will only
have to write out the goals list for major projects.
to set goals will make your life a lot easier, have fun with it. Goal setting
and achieving goals is vital to your success so I have expanded this in
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