Learn how to set goals and achieve them in this post. I’ll walk you through how to set smart goals and setting goals worksheet. You’ll also learn why setting goals is important.
I am a sucker for a good goal. Setting goals to me is a part of my personal growth. I am always trying to improve myself in some way and setting goals is part of that.
In this post, I will be explaining the things you need to know to set a goal. Then, I will show you how to put this all together. I will tell you exactly why you should, what you should do, and how to go about making these goals happen.
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What are goals?
I would like to start off by explaining what goals are. Goals are defined as an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.
In other words, we can think of goals having quite an impact in our life. They can change your mindset by changing your focus. When you change your focus, your thoughts change as well.
How to set goals and achieve them?
Now that we know what goals are, let’s talk about how to set goals and achieve them. Learning how to achieve your goals is what’s important.
I’ve put together a setting goals worksheet for you so you can start setting and achieving your goals from here on out!
Making SMART goals.
This is the easiest and most efficient way to set and attain your goals. Making SMART goals is an acronym meaning:
- Time bound
I would like to dive into each of these a little bit further;
Having specific goals.
When making your goals you want to be as specific as possible. So instead of, I want to lose 20 lbs, you could have a goal of I would like to lose 20 lbs by x date, I will do x amount of cardio a week, lift weights x times a week and start a blank eating plan.
Don’t leave anything out. The more specific the better off you will be and the more likely you will be a success.
Make measurable goals.
When you are setting your goals, you can put your goal(s) on a worksheet, then each month (or how often you make your goals) you can see how you have progressed over time.
What you will be doing is taking your specific goals and measuring them in whatever system you put into place.
Set only attainable goals.
When you figure out the goals that are most important to you, it is time to find ways to make them come true. This is when you develop attitudes and skills to reach them. You will begin to see opportunities that can bring your closer to achieving your goals.
You have the power to attain most any goal you set your mind to. It’s about being smart and strategic about your goals. You may have goals that seem impossible or out of reach. They can make these goals become more of a reality because you force yourself to grow and expand to match them.
Make your goals relevant.
You will want to make goals that are relevant to the direction you are wanting your life and career to go. By keeping your goals set in where you are wanting your life and career to go, you will develop the focus you need to achieve your goals.
Make your goals time-bound.
By making your goals time-bound, you are essentially giving yourself a due date to accomplish. Why is this so important? Well, if you are giving yourself a due date, you are eliminating the excuses and the extensions. You are setting yourself up for success at the very beginning.
2). Make your goals challenging!
This is a tricky balance. Making your goals challenging but not too challenging. Let me give you some examples:
If you are walking 1 mile a day right now and you would like to walk more setting a goal of walking 10 miles a day out of the gate will probably be too challenging. You would wear yourself out the first time you do it and say “forget that” and quit! Another problem you might run into is you don’t have the time for that. There again you would say “forget that” and quit.
Now, on the other side of that not making your goal challenging enough you may lose interest and quit. If you are walking 1 mile a day and want to walk more so you add a .1 of a mile to your walk. Sure you are walking more, but are you really challenging yourself?
Something to think about when making your goals.
3). Divide your goals up into bite-size pieces.
Okay, so you have your goals, now what. I’ve explained the SMART goals. This is the outline to how you should set up all of your goals. Now it is time to make your goals work.
Divide your goals up into bite size pieces will keep you from feeling too overwhelmed. This will also, you guess it, set you up for success.
What you are going to do is write down your goal. Then you are going to think about what you are going to need to do in order to achieve this goal. Write down everything you are going to need to do.
Put your list in order of relevance.
Chances are you are going to need to complete certain things before others so put them in order.
Finally, give each little task a due date.
4). Putting your goals into your schedule.
If you are not actively pursuing your goals, then you are just not going to finish them.
Like I mentioned in the last section. You will be putting together a list of everything you will need to accomplish in order to achieve this goal. Then, you will be adding a due date to each task. This is where your schedule comes in.
Putting your goal tasks on your schedule will act as a constant reminder of those things you will need to complete.
5). Post your goals somewhere you can see them.
You’ve heard the expression, out of sight out of mind. This is a perfect example of why you should be posting them where you can see them. If you are going to go to the trouble of setting yourself up with some awesome goals, you might as well follow through with them!
What you are going to do is simply put your goals in writing. You can either make a list in a document file, print it out, and tape it to a wall where you are going to see it. This other thing you can do is just write them out with the good ol’ pen and paper. Again, tape it to a wall where you are going to see it.
Download a Goal Worksheet
Use the advice I gave you in this post to the next level with a goal worksheet. This will help you set your goals and achieve them.