Do you remember when you were young? Were you always goal setting for your future? I know that my friends and I always had an aspiration to do something, whether it was to work as a doctor or policeman or many other things. As we grow older our goals become more specific and can very from simple things achieving something with a hobby we do, owning and running our own business and earning 5000 a month by the time we are 30. Goal setting has been with us constantly. Is thinking up and dreaming about the goals we want to achieve all there is to it? Not really, it’s much more than that…..
When we set our goals we set out what we want to achieve from whatever we are doing. This will give us the target, drive and determination to succeed. Timescale is important and making yourself accountable for your actions to achieve your specific goal.
Here are 5 useful tips that you should always consider when setting your goals.
Writing down your goal and setting out a daily action plan will help to hold yourself to account. If you don’t write the goal down you can lose direction or be seriously sidetracked and then make it harder to achieve. Goal setting works best if we write down the things and events we want to happen, so that we can frequently keep track and check if we are still on the right path. Get creative with your goal setting list. Place them were you see them often so you’ll never forget. Write down your progress and update your targets each week to keep to your action plan schedule.
2. Your goal should be what YOU want, not what others think you to do…
Be true to yourself. Goal setting does not work if are merely doing what you do for the pleasure and awe of others. Your goal should be tailored around something that makes you happy and benefits YOU. It’s your goal your working towards, not your friends or family’s.
3. Base you goals around your circumstances. Be realistic.
The most important thing when setting your goals is to make progress. This doesn’t mean that you should set a goal you have no chance of reaching or something that will jeopardise your everyday life. Don’t base you goal around spending money you don’t have UNLESS you know that you can achieve it. It’s much better to achieve the goal slightly slower and be able to grow than to rush and make things worse!
You might be tempted into “gambling without certainty” and going for something that you don’t know is going to at least break even. Learn from successful entrepreneurs, because they invest in something they expect to earn from at a profit, but know they will break even and not lose anything. With this in mind, make sure you set your goals based on what you can truly work with.
4. Try to be specific when setting your goals.
This will help you identify your next move more easily. An example of this is that you can set a goal of running a paid solo ad for x amount to build your list at the end of the month, which is more specific than run a solo ad at the end of the month. Doing this will make it easier to focus on and you will know what you need to do.
The non-specific way could lead to you not being able to achieve this because your money target hasn’t been met in order for you to achieve this. Also the more specific the goal, the less confusing and you won’t have any “what if” thoughts along the way.
5. Set your goals and STICK to them.
If you have a goal to build your list by 10 a day by the time you have worked the system you have learned for 3 weeks, take the action you are required to take to achieve this. Don’t think one day “I can’t do this because of…. (something unknown)”, do your daily task NO MATTER WHAT. Consistency is key.
Make your goals more ambitious as you move on. What’s the point in settling for a Second Hand car when your goal is own a new one? You may want a top of the range computer and yet you settle for a lot less… why?
Raise the bar and your work ethic will grow with it and you will achieve your new target. Develop the sort of mindset that “you won’t be beaten” and you will be able to achieve more.
The keys to effective goal setting are consistency and discipline. In short, know exactly what you want, to be able get exactly what you want and more. If you always keep these goal setting tips in mind, you never know, your dreams could become reality sooner than you ever thought possible!
To the future
Do you have specific goals? Are you trying to build a list but need some help to achieve your targets?