Goals play an important part in our happiness, well-being, motivation, and performance. They push us forward and further than we could have ever imagined while helping us focus our thoughts on the desired activities.
Still, setting goals does not guarantee that we can achieve them. We’ve all set goals with good intentions but forgot about them on the next day. There can be many reasons why we are not achieving our goals, but one of the most important ones is that we have not set them in a sustainable way. Detailed goal setting takes effort, so we should spend at least the same amount of time in setting the goal as we spend on our action plans.
To make your goal setting process a bit easier, I have listed 10 points you should take into consideration when setting your next goal, along with an example filled out in my goal-setting template:
- Your goal is specific and concrete. You know exactly what you mean by it, and it is so clear that even a child would understand what you want to achieve.
- You can measure your success. You have set clear metrics for your goal and know clearly at what point you have achieved your goal.
- Your goal has a clear deadline. You have set a date by which you will have achieved your goal.
- Your goal is inspiring to you. You know clearly why you want to achieve your goal and what kind of value it will bring to your life. The goal is also in line with your own values.
- You have set smaller goals associated with your main goal. You know which are the first smaller steps you have to take in achieving your goal, and you have set them, for example, in a timeline.
- Your goal is achievable. You believe that it is possible for you to achieve the goal and that you are able to influence it.
- Your goal is positively framed. Instead of thinking about what you want to avoid or get away from, you have thought about what you want to move towards and introduce into your life. This is related to the fourth point in this list.
- You have prepared for the worst-case scenario. You know which factors could slow down or stop your progress and have a plan for those situations.
- You have made yourself accountable. You have told at least one person about your goal and identified the people who could support you during the process.
- You have a reward waiting. You have determined a specific and enjoyable reward that will help you celebrate your success when you have achieved your goal.
There are probably more points that could be added to this list, but taking all these points into consideration will certainly get you started. That is why I have created the goal setting template introduced here, which you can now order for FREE in here: https://www.subscribepage.com/nn_goal_setting_template
Once you have downloaded the template, I would love to hear your thoughts! What do you think is the most challenging aspect of setting goals? Are there some points you would add to the list? Leave your comment below or send me a message!