Goal Setting is a process that helps you articulate what you want to do as well as the steps required to achieving the goal.
From athletes to business professionals, everyone seems to be talking about goal setting, and with good reason. Having goals means you have a long-term vision. A vision you can reach through hard work and determination.
Goals fuel your desire to reach your dreams. They give you the inspiration necessary to aim for the stars. Goals help you take control of your life. They help you focus on what’s most important. Goals can help you get better organized and work more efficiently. Goals help you be more self-confident and enthusiastic about what you’re doing.
“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” ~ Fitzhugh Dodson
Setting and achieving goals is a never-ending circle of positivity that should fuel your passion even more. Your passion encourages you to persevere over obstacles and it is replenished and increased with every goal you complete.
Everyone needs to have goals they are working towards each day. If your daily actions are not working towards your goals then it’s time to make some changes. If you’re not getting what you want from life, chances are you are lacking in goals or are not actively working towards them every day.
Goals are not one size fits all. Your goals should be what you want; not what others want for you. Your goals should be part of your long-term vision. Where you see yourself in 1, 5 or 10 years from now. Your goals should motivate you. They should be attainable and specific. Once you have goals, you can create a plan with short-term motivators to keep you going until you successfully reach your vision.
Using a journal can help you reach your goals. By writing down your goals, you are taking them from a desire or thought to written commitment. Writing your goals forces you to be accountable. It helps you stay motivated and focused. Nobody wants to write “I did absolutely nothing today that helped me reach my dreams”. By documenting your goals, you are able to plan and prioritize the steps to achieve success. You are able to track your progress and cross off items you’ve completed.
Take note of the following to ensure you’re making the most of your goal reaching efforts:
- Goal setting requires that you write in your journal every day. Take five or ten minutes each day to write about your goals and how you plan to achieve them. Document what you did during the day to bring you closer to your goals.
- Not all goals have to be huge. Small goals you can reach quickly and easily will help keep you motivated. When you do have a big goal, break it into smaller mini-goals so it seems more achievable.
- Make sure your goals are working from most important to least important.
- Document your failures so you can look back and see what went wrong and how you can avoid it in the future. Document your successes so you stay motivated and can look at them when feeling down.
- If you run into an obstacle, journal about it. This can help you see ways to overcome it. Be sure to document how you solved the problem too! This all forms part of the goal setting process.
Keep a separate journal for each major goal you have.
Check out my other post on how to use Positive Self-Talk to Conquer your goals and don’t forget to sign up for my Free Goal Setting Journal here and get started with setting and tracking your goals right away