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How to Set Goals

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We all make goals and we make them for many reasons. They can help us be productive in both our personal and professional lives. But if you don’t know the key aspects of goal making than your efforts can seem pointless. By taking into mind the following key components of goal setting, you can successfully accomplish all your goals.

  1. Make the Main Goal
  2. Find the Goal’s Purpose
  3. Make a Detailed Plan
  4. Measure the Results
  5. Reward Yourself

Why Make Goals?

Goals are how you decide to do something and the plan you take to achieve it. Goals consist of long term and short term goals. Sometimes your goal is a big picture, far in the future kind of goal, and other times your goal is closer to the present. Sometimes long term and short term goals can be seen as main goals and sub goals that lead you to your ultimate goal.
For instance, maybe you want to start a successful business, having a successful business would be your long term or ultimate goal. All of the tasks and accomplishments that are necessary for you to get to your ultimate goal are the short term goals or subtasks or steps necessary to achieve the main objective. One of those short term goals might be getting the papers for your business in order.
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Different Kinds of Goals

Goals don’t just have to be professional. You can make fun goals too! There are lots of formal, professional, and serious goals we need to make throughout our lives, but there are personal and fun goals we can be making along the way as well. Make goals for your more professional and serious successes, but set goals for yourself as well, like to get out every Friday, or to save up for a vacation this summer. You’ll also want to be making financial goals, like to save up for a new car, or spend less on entertainment this month. If you ever need help reaching your financial goals and getting back on track you can take out a personal loan at Check City.

  • Professional Goals (goals about work, or your own professional endeavors, hobbies, or talents)
  • Fun Personal Goals (goal to save up for vacation this summer)
  • Serious Personal Goals (goals to better your physical or mental health)
  • Financial Goals

What are SMART Goals?

SMART goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. It is an acronym that describes the kind of goals you want to make. You want the goals you make to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
 
Don’t just make a blanket goal to lose weight, make a specific goal to lose 10 pounds.
Utilize a scale to measure your progress.
Plan to achieve your goal by formulating a new plan for your meals and exercise.
Make a plan to lose weight because this goal is relevant to your life, and will give you tangible health benefits.
Give yourself a timeline by planning dates for weigh-ins, with specific weight goals for each weigh-in date.

1. Make the Main Goal

Don’t have too many goals at one time. This may be difficult if you are creating a business, but that is why hiring dependable employees and delegating effectively and communicating well with each other is so important, especially in the beginning. If any one person in your project has too many goals they need to achieve they can have trouble focusing and end up not accomplishing anything very well. So delegate goals so that each person can have the most focus possible for their manageable set of goals. That way, each goal gets accomplished on time, and in the best way, done all the way and not incomplete or done poorly.

2. Find the Goal’s Purpose

Every goal needs a clear sense of purpose. You need to have a specific objective in order to effectively motivate yourself to achieve this goal. Yes you may want to have a successful business but why? Think about your reasons and write these down. Many successful businesses today made it big because they had a clear motivation behind all they do, and a lot of them end up sharing this in their company’s origination stories or in their company motto.

3. Make a Detailed Plan

When planning your goals you’ll want to list out a series of steps or subtasks, or sub-goals that are going to get you to your main goal. You want these steps to be very specific things you can really do. Be detailed so nothing important falls by the wayside. For instance, only saying “make print ads” may not be helpful. You also need to plan out how you’re going to make them, when they are due, and where they’re going to get posted, and who is in charge of getting the permissions to post them at each location. Right all these things out, plan out the times, the places, and the people involved.

4. Measure the Results

Keep track of how you’re doing. If the steps you have in your plan aren’t giving measurable results than you can change your plan.

5. Reward Yourself

Sometimes an extra motivator or benefit is helpful when reaching your goals. In life we always like to have good things to look forward to, so feel free to reward yourself when you reach your goals. There are many healthy ways you can reward yourself. You can reward yourself with food, like a celebratory dinner, or a favorite dessert. You can also reward yourself by going shopping and buying yourself a gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Activities like fun outings, a movie or spa night, can also be great ways to reward yourself for achieving something.
 
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Create a Goal Workspace

It can also help to have a place where you write all these things down. Some even find it helpful to hang up your planned goals where you can see them every day. It can also help to place your plans in the most relevant place. For example, if your goal is about losing weight it would make sense to keep your goal chart in the kitchen, or near your treadmill. If your goal is about work then you’ll want to keep your goal chart in your workspace.

  • Put your goals on a calendar. With a calendar you can easily outline the dates of your plan.
  • Put your goals on a template, or chart. With a chart you can keep track of your progress levels and check off items once you’ve finished sub-goals.
  • Use an app. There are countless apps out there to help you track your habits and reach your aspirations. Here are some of the best goal setting apps:

Daylio is a great app for journaling and tracking your moods. It is also one of the most customizable apps, and allows you to track anything you want. It has a pleasing design, icons, and color palettes.
Loop is another great app for tracking. With Loop you can easily see all your goals and their progress in one place.
ATracker has some nice calendar and task features.
TickTick is a great goal app for groups or partners. You can sync and share tasks and goals with other people. There’s also a function to help you focus on certain tasks.
 
In some ways, goals are how we live our lives. It’s how we make decisions and enact change. Knowing how to properly set goals can help you level up in your personal and professional life. As Les Brown once said, “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”


READ MORE
Learn more about setting goals by reading, “How to Set Goals the Easy Way.”
 
Read more about SMART goals and how this acronym applies to your personal life by reading, “Personal Goal Setting: Planning to Live Your Life Your Way.”

Change Your Life by Learning How to Set Goals

Change Your Life by Setting Goals

Each year we have the opportunity to set our New Year’s Resolutions. The opportunity to start your life fresh each year is a great gift that humans enjoy. Goal setting is a great way to help reach your potential and your resolutions. The power of goal setting can help you set your sights on the new attribute you want to develop.

Millions of people have proven that goal setting is a powerful tool to increase knowledge, broaden experience and help us be the people we want to be. If you are willing to set and follow through with a goal, you will be able to achieve everything you strive for. Here are some great tips to help you learn how to set goals:

Make Smaller Goals

The phrase “an inch is a cinch, a yard is hard” works for goals as well. If you’ve taken the first step and decided to set a goal, it’s important to make the goal achievable. If your goals are too broad, or vague, you diminish the likelihood of achieving the goal. It’s best to set small, achievable stepping stones toward a lofty goal. Rather than setting a goal to lose 50 pounds in a week, set small weekly goals to lose 2 pounds so you can achieve your main goal of 50 pounds.

Each goal should be broken into manageable chunks, to make the goal doable. Some common goals are:

  • Getting out of Debt – set yourself a budget, and, or get a second job.
  • If you want to become more well-read – decide to start reading. If you struggle reading, consider joining a book club to increase your ability to discuss what you read.
  • If your job requires you to learn new computer skills, such as Microsoft Excel- begin by creating spreadsheets for your own budgets. If you make the project personal, you’ll learn the software that much faster.
  • If you want to be more politically well-informed, start reading from numerous sources. As you broaden your exposure, you will eventually become more well-rounded and able to discuss politics with co-workers and friends.

This is very important when learning how to set goals.

Write It Down

Once you have decided your goals, write it down. When you write the goals down, you increase the likelihood of achieving your goals. You build a sense of accountability into your goal-setting that can keep you honest as you strive to attain your goals. A list limits the shortcuts and rationalizations as you work toward your goals. When learning how to set goals, it is very important to include this in your goal setting worksheet.

Plan to Win!

You’ve heard the saying, “Failing to plan is to plan to fail.” Well, when you set goals you have to plan to put your goals into practice. Just as you broke your goal into easily digestible parts, you will need to plan each step of the way.

For example: if your goal is to lose weight, find healthy, low calorie recipes and plan your meals daily. A good trick is to make your meals ahead of time, portion them out, so you keep the choices simple. If you create delicious meals and snacks, you will be less likely to cheat. There are many good calorie counters and meal planners online. By keeping a quality food journal, you exponentially increase your success! It is important to do your due diligence and find tools to help you achieve your goals.

Each goal you set is potentially a life-changing endeavor. You can increase your happiness and expand your horizons when you set and realize quality, worthwhile goals. By setting and planning worthwhile goals you can accomplish much more than you ever imagined possible. You can increase your marketability, expand your knowledge and make yourself a better person, just by setting and keeping your goals. As you achieve your goals, your vision and perspective of yourself and your place in the world will expand beyond your wildest dreams.

We hope you have enjoyed this goal setting worksheet and learned how to set goals. Don’t wait, start setting goals today!

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