With all of the benefits to goal setting, why do so few people set goals for themselves? The answers can be quite varied, consider the following: Refusal to accept responsibility for who they want to become, fear of failure, fear of criticism, lack of knowledge, lack of resources or support, or the lack of understanding the role goal setting plays in reaching one’s potential and ultimate happiness.
Successful people possess tremendous clarity about where they are going, what they want to achieve, and how they are going to get there. The following is how you can set goals to become the person you would like to be:
1) First, you must be able to understand the benefits to your life by setting goals; otherwise, why would you do it?
2) Write down what you value in life.
3) Dream about everything you want to become in each of the nine life categories we discussed previously; write them down.
4) Start visualizing your future life in each life category and write down what it looks like to you.
5) Write down your longer term goals (10 to 30 year time frame) for each life category. Your goals must be personally meaningful to you so make sure they tie into your life values. Keep in mind it’s the longer term outlook that is important to be successful; your longer term goals build determination, self- discipline, and help to maintain your focus.
6) Write down your shorter term goals in each life category as a stepping stone to accomplishing your longer term objectives (a one to three year time frame is about right)
7) When you write down your long and short term goals, utilize the following guidelines: State your goals in the present tense – “I will…” or “I am going to….” Your written goals should paint a positive picture in your mind. Use very specific language to describe your goals and have an approximate date of completion.
8) List the benefits of accomplishing each of your goals; this will give you the motivation required to keep going.
9) Make a list of changes you must make within yourself to accomplish your short term goals.
10) Make a list of the resources, education, and support you will need to accomplish your short term goals.
11) Make a list of the obstacles you will face and ideas for how you will overcome them.
12) Write down your shorter term actions, or to- do list, that will be required to accomplish your shorter term goals (a one month time frame is about right)
13) Most important, remember most things will not work out exactly as you have planned so be prepared to learn from your failures and make revisions in your actions.