There’s so much information out there on how to set and reach your goals that it can be totally overwhelming.
So we’ve broken down our process for setting goals to help you make your vision happen.
Setting goals - the goals that matter most to you - first requires tapping into your vision and purpose for your life.
Once you’ve thought about where you want to get to, think about those goals that matter most to that vision. Consider your life and what you hope to experience and accomplish along the way.
Narrow down to just a few goals to start – short- or long-term. We don’t suggest trying to work on too many goals at once. Remember, fewer means more focus.
Then one-by-one drill down into your goals.
First, brainstorm everything related to your goal. Just write down whatever comes to mind – whether it’s how you’ll feel when you succeed, what your obstacles might be, or who might be able to help. Everything.
Once you’ve brainstormed, take all that stuff and turn it into a single statement to capture your goal.
But wait. When you craft your statement, you’ll want to make sure it's:
- Positive – Positive statements are way more like to motivate you than negative statements. So rather than saying “I want to watch less TV” say “I will spend more time with my family”
- Realistic – Realistic goals are ones it’s possible to achieve. Think about where your comfort zone is and then make your goal one step over that line.
- Actionable – Make your goal focused on steps it will take to complete it, using action verbs (“finish”, “run”, “complete”) rather than to-be verbs (“have”, “own” “be”). Instead of “I will own a house”, make it “I will buy a house”.
When you can tap into why you want to achieve something, you’ll be way more motivated to actually make it happen.
Consider why your goal really matters to you and how it will increase your happiness and help you achieve your vision.
You’ve heard the saying “a goal without a deadline is just a dream”? It’s totally true.
Unless you’re holding yourself accountable to some kind of specific deadline, you’re unlikely to start taking action.
Write achievable deadlines for your goals. They should be long enough to be achievable, but short enough to motivate you to get started.
You should also break long-term goals down into shorter, manageable time periods. We like to chunk our goals down into 90-day period(s), because that feels long enough to make real progress but short enough to maintain your momentum.
This is the first step in crafting your action plan. Think about the general things that need to happen for you to reach your goal. Like signing up to a fitness plan, researching the industry you want to get into or choosing where you want to move to.
To Do List
Once you’ve figured out all the aspects of your goal, it’s time to break it down into actionable, logical steps. You don’t have to know all the things you need to do when you start – sometimes you only figure out the next action once you’ve ticked a few things off your list. But do get clear on your first few steps, get them done and move on to the next task.
While reaching your goal is reward enough, having something else to look forward to can also be a big motivator, especially when you’re getting discouraged.
Focus on a reward you'll really enjoy and won’t stress you out or set you back in other areas of your life. So don’t pick an expensive thing as your reward if it’ll cause you to blow out your budget. And don’t choose a food-based reward if your focus is on improving your health.