Along with a positive attitude and determination, goal setting can help you reach true success. When you know where you want to go, and make a plan to get there, all you have to do is continuously take action on that plan to reach the end. But, how can you set up goals that will impact your life in the most positive way possible? Following are some rules to follow.
Ask Yourself What You Need Most
Don’t try to follow in your parent’s path or your friend’s path. Don’t’ try to live up to someone you look up to you on TV or YouTube. Instead, look inside yourself and find out what your true desires are in life, and what goals will help you get there.
For example, if you want to have financial abundance, then you may want to set the goal of having a specific amount of money. That number is going to be specific to you. It will be a number that you truly feel will give you the abundance you are looking for.
Relationship goals, home goals, health goals, personal goals, and work goals should all be taken into consideration. Don’t leave any area of your life floating in the breeze. Decide how you want your overall life to look, and create goals to help you get there.
If you are having a hard time deciding what you want most, picture yourself at the end of your life. What would you need to do to die feeling fulfilled in life? This exercise will help make what matters most really clear to you.
Be Specific When Goal Setting
Once you figure out what you need most, set specific goals that make you excited. You don’t want to be vague with your goals because that will cause you to have a vague idea of how to get there. Moreover, the chances of you following through on your goals, or the tasks that will help you reach them, are very slim at that point.
How can you tell the difference? Specific goals will inspire focused excitement. Vague goals will cause confusion.
For example, ‘I want to have 1 million dollars in my bank account by the time I’m 55’ is a specific goal that promotes excitement, whereas ‘I want to have a lot of money in my bank account when I’m older’ is a goal that leaves a lot to the imagination.
Be Realistic When Goal Setting
When you get too crazy with your expectations, you will also get stressed out and unmotivated. I’m a firm believer that we can have the life we want, but there are some goals that fight the natural order of things and are unlikely to come true.
For example, wanting to play tennis professionally could be a goal you set for yourself. But, making a goal that you will win every game you play is a little unrealistic.
Put Time Stamps On Your Goals
If a goal doesn’t have a time stamp on it, then you will allow yourself to take your time – and that may mean you never get there. But, a goal that you set for 20 years from now may also give you too much time to fool around and never reach it.
That’s why you have to sub-goals to help you reach your long-term goal. You may need to take two steps to reach your long term goal, or you may need to take 20, so it is important to get clear on what will help you achieve your final goal and exactly how long you want it to take.
For instance, your final goal may be to retire in Maui by the age of 55. Things that can help you do that include paying off your debt by the time you are 40 and increasing your income by $10,000 every year.
If you are not sure what is realistic or not when it comes to your goals and the time needed, seek out help. For instance, talk to a financial advisor if you want to figure out when you should aim to complete your goals and any subgoals that are required. The more details you know for sure, the easier it will be to set attainable goals.
Make Medium-Term and Short-Term Goals
Lastly, always make shorter goals that help you reach your long-term goals. Goals that take less time to reach will help you feel inspired and motivated to keep working towards the bigger picture.