Without self-motivation and personal goals, you may have less determination and less focus on the transformation of your life. Setting goals motivates you to achieve your desires in your life by putting you on the steering wheel, giving you the power to drive your life the way you want.
For the execution of your goals, you first need to learn how to set them. The process may need an ample amount of diligence and consideration towards your target. Here are some effective steps that have helped me and maybe will help you in setting your goals successfully.
Determine what you really want to achieve
Think positively and ask yourself, what you actually want to achieve in your life. Where do you want to see yourself in a year, in 3, 5 or 10 years? A career move may be in your plan or you may have to plans to own your business in the next few years. Maybe you have a business now but want it to grow. These kinds of goals may have a really broadened pitch – so you need to get clear. Something like "I want to make more more." can be more defined to "I would like to double my income with in the next few years by doing X,Y, and Z."
Make practical and achievable goals
There’s nothing wrong with shooting stars, but also set your goals to be more achievable and applicable goals that you can stick to easily. Set your goal wisely and be honest with yourself. I am not saying to set EASY goals but to set goals that make sense.
Jot down short-term goals
Now if you have an idea of what you need to achieve first from your goals within a time frame – make concrete attempts to begin your work on them. Give your short-term goals a jump start by:
Making a visible list of short-term achievable goals so it becomes hard to ignore.
Get a designated notebook for each topic/goal - and write in and reflect on it daily.
Keep track! Set reminders on your phone and/or calendar. If something comes up - make sure to reschedule things - don't just ignore.
Adjust periodical progression
You may have concerned about the broader achievements for your life, but take some time to reflect and look at on the smaller goals that will lead towards the big goal. It’s important not to neglect them while considering them the 'smaller goals'. Allow yourself to adjust flexibly towards your target.
Keep tracking your progress
Maintaining a journal is a useful way to keep an eye on your progression, either personal or professional. Inquiring about what you have achieved and acknowledging the development so far will keep you motivated towards your goals and often encourage you to keep moving.
You may find keeping track of your progress difficult to manage, never be afraid to ask for help from a professional or from a friend. For instance,
If you’re planning to run or a marathon, ask a trainer to watch for your time progression after every lap.
Asking a friend to write down an evaluation of your business - and what they see as an outside. It is important to asks someone who will be honest and even more important to take criticism and not be on the defensive. Have an open mind and respect their opinion. Sometimes we are so close to a project/business that we see the hard work and time spent into things - when the truth is maybe its not working the right way or clear to an outsider. So it is important to see from another person perspective.
Don't be afraid of failures. You cab refer to my past blog Turn Failures Into Opportunities for more of a break down how failures are beneficial for growth.
Your goals may revolve around uncertainty and you may not end up on what you have planned to set on to. ...But you can learn from your mistakes and from the past - start again. Because it’s never too late to try, and try again. Sometimes the end results is something far more better than you imagined.