“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going – it’s as simple as that.” Earl Nightingale
I love, love, love goals and goal setting! I can – and do! – talk about goals for hours to anyone who’s interested.
Why? Why am I so keen on something that most people don’t do? And in fact I didn’t use to do myself until I discovered that proper planning makes a HUGE difference to my life and its outcomes.
Why goals rock:
- Goals stop you missing great opportunities because you know what you’re aiming for and can recognise what will help you get there
- Goals are solid strategies to move you and your life forward, not wishes or daydreams
- Goals give you direction
- Goals simplify your life because you have clear focus and can eliminate what isn’t going to propel you forward
- Goals bring focus
- Goals make decision making easier
Honestly, what’s not to love about goals?
“Setting goals is the single most important step you will take in improving your life.” Oli Hille
Goals need careful thought if they’re to work their little socks off for you 🙂
You can set goals for any period of time – many people plan over 10 or 20 years. I suggest that to begin with, you think about where you would like to be at the end of 18 months. You can easily re-do the process to make longer term plans another time, if you want to. Just make sure that everything you plan is leading you to the same final point.
Working Out Meaningful Goals
This will take some time – you need a journal [any hard backed notebook will do] to write down all your ideas and thoughts. Don’t rush it – and remember that you can make adjustments at a later stage as new ideas or opportunities present themselves.
- Your goals need to be in line with your values and your vision. When your vision matches your values, the vision energises you and inspires you to take action and it guides you towards the steps you need to take – i.e. your goals.
- Start by carefully thinking through what you want your life to be like in 18 months. Consider every aspect of your life, family, career/business, social life, home, fitness etc. Just write down every thought that comes into your head – you can edit later.
- When you’ve written down all your ideas and dreams, draw 4 columns in your journal and head them 18 months, 3 years, 5 years and 10 years. Now review all the ideas you wrote down.. It’s possible that you’ll decide that some aren’t right for 18 months and would be better in one of the other columns. Then assign each idea into its appropriate column. We are going to start with the 18 month column.
- One of the key questions in setting goals is ‘why’’ It’s essential that you fully grasp and write down the ‘why’ behind every step you take, in both your personal life and your professional life. Not only does this help you to identify your motives, it is also highly inspirational – especially if you’re having a rough day. Knowing all the whys and the benefits of your actions will keep you moving. So work out exactly why you want to make each idea happen – what are the benefits to you, your career/business, your family etc
- Now look at where you are right now. Be thorough, honest and realistic so that you are able to identify the ‘gaps’ between where you are now and where you would like to be in 18 months. In other words, you can see what you need to do to reach your 18 month target[s]
- These ‘gaps’ are going to form the basis of your goals – in a sense goals are the bridge between where you are now & where you aim to be at the end of the process. Make sure to write everything down clearly so that you can refer to it later on when we get going on writing out your goals in part 2 of this blog.
So, now you have a clear picture of where you’re headed! Well done! You’ve done a lot of work and I’m sure that you can see how valuable it is. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on my Face Book page.