There are a number of different and effective techniques for setting goals. Each individual will respond to the method which best suits their personality and their own unique style of thinking.
At times, I feel it’s necessary to use different methods of goal setting for particular types of goals. The following article incorporates a number of simple yet effective techniques that have worked successfully for me.
WHAT TECHNIQUES FOR SETTING GOALS CAN YOU APPLY IN YOUR LIFE?
DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT
If this is the first time you’ve planned to start setting goals, the most important step is to decide what it is you want. So you’re probably thinking there are plenty of things you want or will like to achieve. Great, so make a list. This can be your first goal.
Simply make a list as long as you want, everything you would like to come into your life. When you have made this list, it’s at this point, you need to make a decision. You need to choose just one goal and set a time limit for achieving that goal.
Remember the old saying, you have to crawl before you can walk. This directly applies to people just beginning to incorporate setting goals into their lives. Don’t try and do too much too quickly as you may overcommit yourself, this is a sure fire way to get discouraged and quit before you ever get any meaningful results.
CHOOSE A SIMPLE GOAL
I suggest choosing a simple goal that you know you can achieve in a relatively short time, definitely no more than a week. It can be as simple a goal as deciding to put the trash out every night after dinner or waking up 5 minutes earlier each day.
It’s not important what the goal is but what’s important is that you set the goal, set the time schedule to achieve the goal and follow through on it. Once you have successfully achieved this very simple goal you can take the next step with confidence as you’re now a goal achiever.
HAVE FUN WITH THE PROCESS OF SETTING GOALS
Once you have that first simple goal out of the way, it’s time to get serious and have fun with the process of setting goals. This doesn’t need to be difficult, it’s simply a matter of setting your intentions and following through in your own time and at your own pace. It’s not even necessary to tell anyone else about your goal setting. In fact, I would recommend not telling anyone.
Why put added pressure on yourself unnecessarily, you’re not doing this for the benefit of others anyway. You’re doing it entirely for yourself and as a result, others may happen to benefit which is just a bonus.
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS
When it’s time to choose some medium range and long-term goals, I find it helpful to get very clear on exactly what it is I want to achieve before I start the process of setting my goals. The best way to do this is to write down your goals. Let’s take a simple example and work out the necessary steps. Remember to add as much detail to make it as easy for you as possible.
REVIEW YOUR GOAL
My goal is to lose weight. I don’t just want to be thinner, I want to be toned and be fit at the same time. I want to lose fat, but I want to keep the muscle I have and have an athletic look. I am currently 180 pounds. I feel my ideal bodyweight will be 160 pounds so I’m going to lose 20 pounds. I believe I can lose 2 pounds per week and still eat enough food to feel comfortable.
Keeping with my current work schedule I can walk for 1 hour in the morning 3 times per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) and go to the gym in the evenings 3 times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). On the weekend, I’ll begin the goal and do some research online towards the best training schedule and the ideal diet to achieve my goal within the time frame I have set.
I truly want this as it’ll make me feel good about myself and when I achieve my goal in 10 weeks and I know I will, I’m going to reward myself with a new pair of jeans and jacket to fit my new body. I’ll review my goal at the 5-week mark.
This goal is just an example but it’s specific and dripping with detail. Below is a list of all the necessary steps for setting goals success.
- It’s written and specific.
- The time frame is clear.
- Action steps are broken down and detailed.
- It’s realistic.
- The motivation behind the goal is clear.
- Definite start and finish date.
- Midpoint reassessment.
- The reward for achieving the goal.
Not all goals and not all people will need such a detailed plan but if you have covered all the points above and work towards your goal setting by taking the necessary action steps, it’ll be just a matter of time till you achieve success.
Whether it’s a short, medium or 10-year long-term goal, the process is always the same. The more detail and the more you break down the steps the easier it will be to get what it is you want. The sky is the limit when you set goals.