Goal setting is frowned upon, viewed as a tough, boring, and dreaded task by most of us. One of the main problems with goal setting is that people don’t know what they want, and that causes procrastination to set in and take its toll! Read on for tips that will help you identify your goals and ensure their success
Step 1: Define Your Goal
If we change the way we look at a situation we can motivate ourselves. Imagine the act of setting a goal to be like going shopping for your something you have wanted for a long time.
For example, if you’re into computers, then picture yourself going to your favorite computer shop. The sky’s the limit, and you can pick out the one thing you really want! When you have it picked out, you’ll have to use it to enjoy it, right?
It’s the same with goal setting. You can choose any goal you want. The sky’s the limit. But in order for your goal to be effective, you have put it into action.
Defining your goal is like choosing an item of the shelf. So shop around and allow our instincts to guide you toward what you really want. Let’s examine goals for your career. You can prime your mind by listing the many possibilities as if they were items on a shelf.
What do I really want for my career?
Do I want a promotion?
Do I want more respect?
Do I want to make more money?
Do I want publicity?
Do I want more free time?
Do I want more control?
Do I want to make my company top in the industry?
Do I want to increase annual sales?
Do I want to attract outside investors?
Asking these or similar questions will help you open up to the many possibilities so that you can decide what it is that you want most.
Step 2: Make Your Goal specific
The more specific you are when you write down your goal, the more your goal will make sense to you and this will help you to stay on track.
Let’s use one of the above examples. “I want to increase annual sales.” That’s a general statement. If this were your goal it would be ineffective, because you would have to continually ask yourself how you would achieve this goal.
To make this goal more specific, list some ways to achieve it. For example:
1. Introduce a new product line
2. Expand our product line
3. Set up a dealer or affiliate program
4. Open new stores
5. Expand our market
From this list, let’s say you choose “set up a dealer or affiliate program.” Then your goal could be: Increase annual sales by implementing an affiliate program.
Step3: Define the “How-To”
Next, write a sentence or paragraph outlining how you will achieve your goal.
Step 4: Define the Time Frame
Defining the time frame will help you stay on track. Answer the following questions:
When is the starting date for your pursuit of this goal?
When is the completion date or date of achievement?
Step 5: Document Your Goal.
For your goal to be effective you have to write it down in some form. Be specific and write it in one sentence. Details can be added later. One sentence goals are easier to remember.
Step 6: Make Sure You’re on Track.
You may know what you want but your stated goal just doesn’t feel right. If it doesn’t feel right it won’t happen.
Take a deep breath and relax. Close your eyes and take a step into the future and imagine yourself already having achieved your goal.
What’s it like? Is it really what you’d want? Does it feel right? Is there anything happening that you weren’t expecting? Remember the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for you may get it!”
This little exercise will help you get in touch with the goal and confirm that it’s what you really want. If the goal feels right then continue. If it doesn’t, then start back at Step 1.
In order to succeed in life, we have to have goals. Goals are what drive us as well as guide us on the path to success.
Make goal setting a habit and, more importantly, make it fun! If you applied a new goal every month, just imagine where you’d be a year from now! Good luck! And remember, A Touch of Business.com is here to help you achieve those goals.
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