Many people work hard these days. But realistically and despite all that hard work, most people never get where they once wanted to be and they never even come close to what they once thought was worthwhile. In this article I will show you how to set goals for success and realize your dreams.
The fact that so few people achieve success online or offline should not be surprising because mostly many only practice wishful thinking and they never put any serious thoughts into what it is they want from themselves or from their life. They do not even have set goals, that are specific toward the achievement of what they wish they would (or could) achieve. Most people will generalize and tell you that they want to be happy, wealthy and healthy but they never go about establishing these generalities into workable goals.
To realize your dreams you need to set goals for success.
The process of setting goals is one of the most life-changing tasks you can do as it helps you choose where you want to go in life.
The most profound questions to ask yourself when you are about to set goals are:
- What do I want?
- What kind of a life do I want?
- What do I want from my life?
Too few people understand the positive effects of goal setting. The simple reason for this is that they haven’t experienced first hand how it feels to define clearly what really drives them. If done right, goal setting can easily motivate you to take massive action, succeed and to grow as a human being.
So what is a goal anyway?
- The Business Dictionary defines a goal as “An observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed time frame.“
- In more simple terms: A goal is a future achievement with a timely deadline you can work towards to.
- And to put it even more simply: A goal is a thought with commitment to make it real.
Steps to Set Goals For Success
1. Set a long-term-goal – When setting goals, you need to start with a large-scale, or long-term goal. In other words, a major state you want to achieve. You can think of it as a “Big Picture”. This main goal is a long-term goal. I am sure you are familiar with 5 year or 10 year plans that every major company has in its goals and objectives or mission statements.
2. Break your long-term goal into smaller chunks – Once your long term goal is clearly established in your mind, you will have to fragment the main goal into smaller, easily achievable units or sub-goals.
You will need to create yearly and monthly goals. The reason that you create these shorter term goals is to make sure that you create achievable and not overwhelming small steps that will eventually lead you to your final destination, namely you main goal.
3. Create weekly goals – Create the weekly goals at the end of each month. It is not reasonable to set up weekly goals at the beginning, when you are setting your overall goals. Usually, at the end of the month I reassess my progress, adjust what needs to be adjusted and create a weekly list of my objectives.
4. Create a daily “To-Do” list – Once you create your weekly goals, you will need to create a daily “To-Do” list which is the work for the day that will lead you to accomplishing your weekly goal. When that week is finished, you move on to the next week and so on, until the month end.
Once you begin to work toward your goals (sub and main), you will need to have some sort of a system by which you can check your progress. This is important, because a “check” system will allow you to evaluate your progress and correct your course in case anything does not go as per your plan. As I said, I usually do that at month end at which time I evaluate all the obstacles that may stand in my way and adjust the course I am taking towards my final goal.
Set SMART Goals For Success
A useful way of making goals is to use the SMART designation
- S – Specific – Your goals have to be clearly defined. You need to be clear on exactly what you want to happen.
- M – Measurable – Break your goals into small achievable steps and monitor the progress of them.
- A – Attainable – You need to set challenging goals but ones that you can achieve. There needs to be some reasonableness to your goals.
- R – Relevant – Make sure that your goals are relevant to your expectations.
- T – Time-bound – Set a timeline by which your goal should be completed. Similarly set a time for the mini goals we discussed in the steps above.
Sometimes you may have a real difficulty setting goals. It is likely that you are stuck on some level. You will need to eliminate possible mental roadblocks. You may have self limiting beliefs that prevent you to take control and take responsibility for your life.
You also need to ignite a burning desire. There are many wonderful self help motivational books that will help you overcome your challenges.
Recently I came across an amazing inspirational free video by Earl Nightingale. It will take you about an hour to watch but the hour will be well spent. When you’ll finish watching it, I promise you that you will be excited and highly motivated to set your goals for success and you will be primed and ready to start building your financial independence.
So go ahead and listen to the video and set fabulous goals for your success. Best of luck!