Goal setting, and more importantly, goal achieving is crucial to success. Goal setting on its own is a bit like that new years resolution – the one that you forgot about on January 2. Anyone can make a list, but for that list of goals to be really useful you need to also have a plan that will constantly move you toward achieving those goals. Successful people set goals and then approach the achievement of those goals with a ‘do or die’ attitude. It takes persistence, perseverance and discipline to achieve goals and the good news is that anyone can do it.
Still not convinced? Let’s pretend you are going on a long journey in your car. You know what the destination city is but you don’t have a roadmap or directions. So, with the information that you have you start driving. If you are lucky you may see some sign posts along the way that will set you on the right course. If you are unlucky then you could easily end up heading in the opposite direction to your destination. The same applies to goals. They need constant checking and course corrections, otherwise you can end up going a long distance but not moving any closer to achieving your goals. In short, you need a roadmap – a plan that will guide you and keep you on course.
Your plan should include the reasons why. Think about things like – why do you want to grow your business? Why do you want more income and what will that do for you? Will it allow you more free time, the ability to travel, a bigger house or a new car? Think beyond the basics such as money and develop some much more compelling reasons to achieve your goals.
A sensible list of goals includes short, medium and long term goals. Short term goals might be the goals that you think you can achieve within 3-6 months. Medium term goals could be in the three to five year range and long term goals are your big ten year goals. There aren’t any set rules as far as those periods go and you may have goals you can achieve within weeks. If that’s the case then you should set your short, medium and long term periods to suit your own goals and how long you think it might take to achieve them.
The important part is to write down these three lists and check them regularly. When you achieve a goal, cross it off the list. You may also want to reward yourself for achieving that goal. Just as it is important to have a list so that you can mark when your goals are achieved, it is also very worthwhile to give yourself recognition for achieving that goal. A night out at your favorite restaurant or a particularly decadent desert could be in order.
As you become proficient at setting and achieving your goals you will become more confident, with a belief in yourself that will allow you to achieve almost anything you set your mind to.