How many times have you heard that "being successful boils down to how diligent you are at setting goals and following through?" It may come as no surprise to you to learn there is a lot more to success than just setting some goals.
What is a goal?
A goal is a target which is achievable in measurable attainable steps. It is more than just a desire or a need and has an existence of its own. A desire or a wish is less tangible and often just fleeting. Who doesn't desire or wish to win the lottery? A goal is a desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take. It is more than a mere wish or desire.How to set a goal?
How to set a goal
Setting a goal is a process which starts with an achievable need or desire. First you must decide on the following:
What exactly it is that you really want?
Where do you want to be in a year?
Your status, career or qualifications to assist you in achieving the things you want?
A goal can relate to any desire, wish or need achievable by action that you can take.
You then break down the goal into small individual steps or actions. Achievable goals are goals where you can influence their realization and measure your progress towards them.
Achieving long term life changing goals is a process of achieving, step by step, short and medium term actions, remember I said that.
What actions are required?
Goals require action on your part. You first need to decide what action is required to achieve the goal. Your first action is always to write your goals down. Putting pen to paper, and this is one time when a real pen and paper are required, which gives your goals an existence of their own. Please write them down where you can actually see them, not just in your dreams.
Writing a plan is an essential step in achieving your goals - without it you will, over time, amend the long term goal to fit into your reality. You will eventually reduce the goal to a wish, and wishes only come true by chance. Chances are you didn't have the correct mindset from the beginning.
Analyze your results
You then need to analyze, and work out in detail how you are going to accomplish each individual goal. This means writing a detailed plan of what tangible actions are required to achieve each individual goal.
These actions then become smaller shorter term goals leading to major longer term goals. Equalling up to an accomplishment smoothie!
What steps do I need to take today?
Every day ask yourself "What steps do I need to take today?". By now it should be all planned in advance so check your daily to do list and make sure you complete each step every day. If you discover additional steps are needed add them to the plan right away!
Review your achievements every week and month
Every week review your progress for the week. Check what you've done and what you may have missed. Adjust your plan for the next week or month accordingly.
Your plan should always take into account what you will do today, tomorrow, this week, next week before the end of the month, in the next 3 months, 6 months, and so on.
Always, always, always write down your results!!
What if things go wrong?
Goals are difficult because they move you outside your comfort zone to do things differently. To be successful you have to face your own fear of failure and take risks. There will be setbacks, expect them, they are part of the process.
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