The Definition of Goal Setting is pretty self-explanatory – it is the process of deciding what you want (or setting a goal) and figuring out how to achieve it.
We all have goals, right? Well… actually… not exactly…
We have plans. We plan to make more money in a few years, we plan to find a better job, we plan to go on vacation in Europe and we plan to start a family when the time is right.
But all these are not goals. They are ‘wishes’, ‘desires’, or maybe ‘plans for the future’ at best.
Even those of us, who are familiar with the concept and definition of Goal Setting often set false goals for ourselves. This is actually one of the main reasons why only 10%-15% of people who have the motivation and skill to succeed, consistently achieve the results they desire.
Whether you are new to Goal Setting or consider yourself a pro, I urge you to take a few minutes and check if your goals are lacking some important characteristics or if they can be made more powerful and more effective.
Is Your Goal:
Make sure that your goal is challenging enough to motivate you, yet not too hard so that it discourages you before you have even started.
How clear are you about what you want? If you were to share your goal with me, would I be able to picture it without asking any other questions?
Are you confident enough in your abilities and your chances of success? Does your goal sound do-able to you?
Do you feel inspired by your goal or is it just something you would not mind having?
5. Limited in time?
Does your goal have a specific deadline, so that you can measure your progress along the way? In my practice, many people confuse goals with ongoing habits (e.g. “waking up early”, “going to the gym twice a week”). If your goal is based on something you have to do regularly for the rest of your life, you are setting yourself up for sure failure.
It is much easier to succeed at something that you enjoy doing, rather than at something that you have to force yourself into.
7. Written down?
Writing your goals down instantly makes them feel more tangible, more urgent and more desirable.
8. Breakable into smaller action steps?
Can you identify a number of steps that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be?
9. Easy to visualize?
Our mind thinks in pictures and, therefore, it is hard for our mind to focus on something like “tons of money”, “a beautiful body” or “a hot-looking date”. Make sure that when you think about your goal you can picture it up to the smallest detail.
10. Backed-up by a support team?
At times when your confidence wavers, is there anyone who can encourage you to stay on track and keep on moving forward?