Goal Setting Simplified
When we start setting goals, many times we start with a blank piece of paper. Where do you start? What should you write down first? What is your most important goal? Goal setting doesn’t have to be overwhelming and confusing. This simple 5-step plan will help you determine and achieve your goals.
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A Simple 5-Step Plan for Goal Setting
Create a Vision
Start your goal setting by creating a vision. Can you picture in your mind where you would like to be at the end of this year? When you reach the goal? Get a very clear vision in your mind. Your vision will be your inspiration.
Is your goal to grow your business this year? Is your goal to lose weight? Is your goal to complete a college course? Move to a new home? Start a new job? Whatever your goal is – get a picture of what your life will be like when you reach this goal.
Having a vision will help you see the end result of your goal and give you the motivation to keep going when you really want to quit. Don’t underestimate the power of your vision.
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As your goals start to take definition, keep yourself be realistic in your goals. Give yourself room to grow and achieve, but also don’t expect things that cannot happen either. Maybe you start slow, and as you gain momentum the plan grows.
For example, if you are starting a side business, but only have 10 -15 hours a week to work on your side business, don’t expect a full-time income in a year. However, you may be able to accomplish $500 – $1,000 per month in income.
Recognize that unrealistic goals will only set you up for failure and disappointment. Realistic goals that can be achieved will grow your success.
Choose your Focus
If you can only give your attention to one thing this year, what will it be? Define your focus. By having a focus, you will be able to better determine your priorities and your goals.
You may choose a word for the year to give you a focus. This year I have chosen the word grow as my word for this year. I want to grow my blog/business. I also want to grow personally and professionally. All the goals I set this year will be focused on helping me grow.
What’s your word for this year?
Set Your Priority Goals
Now that you have a vision, you know what is realistic, and you have your focus, you can start writing your goals.
As your write your goals consider:
- how does each one help you get closer to your vision
- keep you realistic
- stay on your focus for the year
If anything you write down or set as a goal does not meet these criteria, then that is not a goal for this year or this time in your life. Determine that all your goals will stay focused on your plan.
Time to Put Your Plan Into Action
Step back and review your plan. If all your goals match with your vision, are realistic, and stay with your focus, then you are ready to take action. This step is the hardest part.
You must start your plan and carry it through to completion. When you get tired and are ready to quit, don’t! And remember your vision. That’s why you started this plan in the first place. You want to be the person in the vision. When you look back at the end of this year, you will see a person who matches your vision from the beginning of the year.
Make Over Your Mornings
Make Over Your Mornings is a great course to help you get the most out of your mornings and stay focused on your goals. I completed Make Over Your Mornings at the beginning of 2016. This course helped me stay focused and decided what was important to get done.
Some of the topics included in the course are:
- How to Successfully Plan Your Day
- Setting Goals
- Accountability Partners
- How to Create Your To-Do list
- A Morning Routine that Works
- And so much more…
You can do this.
What goals are you setting for this year?