Goal setting is very important in order to be able to achieve what you desire whether it is personal or professional life. However setting the wrong goals or unrealistic goals can become a roadblock in the path of success. Here are our five tips to help you set goals that pave the way for the results you want:
1. Define Your Dreams and Goals
Humans have the desire of leading a better life and thus they set some goals for themselves to achieve this dream. In order to be able to establish your goals, you need to know what your dreams are. Once you have determined what you really want from life only then you can set goals that can lead you to achieve what you want. Jim Rohn suggests to “Take time to be quiet ….. Think about what would you love to accomplish? What would you try if you were guaranteed to succeed?” List down all your dreams and then prioritize them according to what is more important and feasible. Once you have done that you are in a better position to set your goals.
2. Use S.M.A.R.T Goals Approach
The SMART goals approach has been utilized for years now, because they work. Sarah Hensen also suggests in her article that when setting goals be sure that they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound (have a deadline).
3. Make an Action Plan
The step that most people miss out is making an action plan to achieve the goals. In order to be able to achieve your goals successfully it is important to outline the steps that need to be taken to reach the desired outcome. An article by MindTools suggests that, “By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is big and demanding, or long-term.”
4. Take the First Step
By now you have identified your dreams, decided your goals and made an action plan. Now the most important thing to do is taking the first step towards your destination. Identify the first step from your action plan and begin your journey.
5. Review and Revise
Change is the only constant in this world. You should always review your goals and action plan to see whether it is helping you in achieving what you want. If you feel that your targets have changed and your goals are no longer aligned with your desires and needs you should replace them with new goals and revise your action plan accordingly. As Steven Robbins writes in his article, “We adopt goals to change our lives. Rather than adopting a goal you hope will change your life once you reach it, do it the other way around. Choose the journey that for you would be awesome—and then choose a goal that acts as a compass to give you that life as part of the journey.”