It is a proven fact that most of the people in the world do not set goals. That was a main reason to write my article on the importance of having goals : ‘Why to set your Goals’.
After an overwhelming response on that, I am going to provide the 5 simple most strategies which would help you tremendously to set your goals.
#1 Schedule Your Goal Setting
Now to start with the very first strategy to set your goals, it is actually to set the time to think of you and your life. This is the step which everyone would miss easily. You can’t really just start if you are not setting a time to sit back and think over about your desires. Do you remember when was the last time you sat down alone and thought what you want to do?
[symple_highlight color=”blue”]The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey[/symple_highlight]
Sort out your logistics for this step. Where are you going to sit down to do this exercise? May be a quite room, library, cafeteria, beach or a hill. Find out the right place away from all the possible distractions. Get the needed resources like laptop or your personal notebook to takes notes on, a mug of coffee.
#2 Set Life time goals
Once you are ready with the right logistics, start with the life time goals first. The best way to set your life time goal is to put your limitations(n any form) away and start thinking what is that you would like to achieve. The biggest hurdle in this step is to keep our beliefs aside. Mostly we set our goals based on our current capabilities, financial status, knowledge, circumstances etc. We forget the fact that we can learn, find out ways, gain knowledge, earn more and go beyond to achieve anything we want.
[symple_highlight color=”blue”]If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. – James Cameron[/symple_highlight]
You must ensure that when you pen down your goals, your don’t bound yourself with the current situations.
#3 Goals towards the Big Goals
Once you have set your life time goals, you need to break them down with the timelines. If your one of the goals is travel to Paris, you need to now break that into smaller goals. Write down how do you want to travel there – it can be via road or flight may be; how much money it would take to travel, how many days are required, what weather is suitable to be there, what all do you want to experience in Paris etc. So your smaller goals would become to find all this information, book the tickets, car if you are going by road, apply vacations, arrange finance, visa etc.
[symple_highlight color=”blue”]Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. – Lee Haney[/symple_highlight]
#4. Time bound your goals
For each of your written goal, give every one a time limit. If you want to start a business, declare a date by which you would start the business. To learn a new technology write down the start date as well as the end date. Tell yourself that you will finish the task in the number of days/weeks/months.
[symple_highlight color=”blue”]Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn[/symple_highlight]
Few of the goals always provide you the time boundation by the nature of them. For example: Getting the kids’ admission in school. Likewise, give each goal a set reasonable time and then you would put all the efforts to achieve that in your self limited time frame.
#5. Review your goals / Keep track and alter
You are your own reviewer. No one knows yourself better than you and no one really knows what you want to achieve. So review your goals and the progress your self at the scheduled interval. This would work like magic. Keeping on track and seeing the progress would help you keep motivated and progressing. In case there is any change required in plan or milestones, review period is a good time to do it as well.
[symple_highlight color=”blue”]Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them. – Les Brown[/symple_highlight]
Well, it might depend on the nature of the goal as well. You can decide best when to review which goal. Few goals need daily review while others might need just once a month go through.
If followed, these simple but extremely powerful steps can change your life for ever. If you have not set your goals yet, it is the time. Do it now right at this moment. Believe that you can and then you would really do it. So don’t wait for more and set your goals. Good Luck !